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Friday, January 25, 2008

1.25.08: Ft. Lauderdale, FL: Hard Rock Casino

First of all, let me say a big thank you to all who complimented my last blog lesson of "Control." I'm glad you dug it. I will post another of "Chaos" very soon, but first there are some questions posted by Jess and Kev that I'd like to quickly answer:

1. Does Mute Math play with a Click track for the whole show?
Yes, except for "Peculiar People."

2. On Reset, during the drum / sampler break right after you hit that delayed out note, is there some sort of count?
Yes, there is always a count going on; however, that part gets a little tricky. DK cues Greg to start a sample with a "one, two" but after a while we just feel it.

3. How does everyone stay locked in through that part? ...???
Practice.

4. When you joined mutemath did you change this bass part up at all, or is this the same part we'll find on the ep?
Yes. Paul is a great writer of bass parts, as is DK ("Reset"), and I've learned a lot from the two of them. Over time, I change the part a bit to be more my thing which was recorded for the debut album; it was changes mainly of transitional fills and inflections.

On with the tour notes: The Matchbox guys have been extremely nice . . . let me repeat that: extremely nice. Last night, MB20 played a sort of rehearsal concert for friends and family, and Rob Thomas said some incredible things from stage, like how stoked they were to watch us night after night. We are really humbled to be here and happy to get the opportunity to play to a lot of new people. I think this is going to be an amazing tour for us, and I'm looking forward to every minute of it.

This morning, we went out to West Palm Beach to play a short acoustic set for 103.1 The Buzz, and it went well. It was a bit of a revamp of the acoustic thing, where Greg is playing mandolin, Paul and I play acoustic guitar, and DK plays a cajón, which is a percussion box used a lot in flamenco music. I must admit, it makes me proud that he is playing un cajón, just so I can have an excuse to practice saying another Spanish word through out the day. The whole trip to the station was a bit rushed because we had to split to get back to the venue, which by the way, is really cool, but it was well worth it.

Anyway, I plan to post some more things later after the show. Thanks for reading.

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6 comments:

Jessica said...

Thanks for answering our questions, good luck tonight, I hope it's amazing!

Melanie said...

That is one acoustic set I would really love to have heard. Can you do that here? LOL

It's good to hear that the MB20 guys are being so nice to you. I think it will be a great show. I don't know if I would have purchased a ticket for it if you weren't going to be there just because of the timing, etc., but I'll be there. I can't imagine either MB20 or Alanis putting on anything but a good show, either.

You have to practice Spanish words? I wouldn't have thought so. LOL Me, on the other hand... totally different matter. I've never known Spanish well, but I used to pronounce it well, but now I don't reallyand it sounds funny when I try. Sigh. I would love to be fluent in multiple languages.

BTW, I love watching you play bass and the videos. You make it look effortless. I keep referring bass players I know over here.

Oh, and I love that you were able to mention practice. I don't think some people realize how much of that goes into the finished work. You practice, and it shows.

portorikan said...

I'm so bummed I can't make it to Central Florida to catch your show on Saturday.

Now that you guys are blowing up, I'll probably never get a chance to see you in Tallahassee again.

I'm glad ya'll are getting mad love and exposure. Congrats and awesome.

Kevin Decker said...

Roy! Thanks SO much for answering my questions! Thanks Jessica for your question as well. I was wondering the same thing. I have been practicing Reset and Chaos on the drums. I am trying to split up my practice time evenly between Drums, Bass and Guitar. Hope to put something on youtube after I get it down. Roy, I hope this tour is filled with great things for MM.
-kev

haggis said...

Roy, the fact that you answer fan questions blows my mind. I've been a big fan since the Reset days, and you guys are pretty much royalty in my humble estimation.

Anyways, I had a few questions of my own. I live in Minneapolis and you guys stiffed us on the tour with Eisley, and unfortunately, I am too poor to buy $40 arena tickets for MB20. Is the goal to tag onto/headline as many arena tours as possible, or are you sticking with venues for awhile? Don't get me wrong, I love the recognition you all are getting, but it is sad to think my grand total of live MM shows might only be 5.

Secondly, do any of the other members keep any interesting blogs or whatnot? I particularly loved the video podcast you guys did for a while, but that seems to be a thing of the past.

Furthermore, how is the new CD coming?!?! I heard rumors of fall '08 but I don't remember where.

I suppose you might not be able to easily answer these, and if not, that's okay, you still rock.

Keep on tranglin'

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