Recording Studio: Sessions with Josh Couvares and Marc Smith at New York Vocal Coaching

Marc Smith and Josh Couvares wanted to check the drum recording capabilities of Marc’s new recording space at New York Vocal Coaching, where they’ve been recording Josh’s new album in Midtown.

Great session, and can’t wait to hear it finished.  Josh’s songwriting choices and playing sound excellent, and Marc’s recording knowledge sculpts, adds, and deepens the songs’ sonic qualities.  Very excited to be a part of these recordings.

Soundcheck with Josh Couvares and Marc Smith at New York Vocal Coaching from jojoSOUL on Vimeo.

 

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Musical Reunion! Performing with Matt Dallow at No Pants Subway Ride 2018

Thanks to everyone who bravely dropped their pants for the #NoPantsSubwayRide2018!

Sunnyside Social Club played in the Union Square platform as pants-less dancers boogied to the music.  We then marched the party upstairs and out to the street to the afterparty at Bar 13 as the trumpet valves and the accordion player’s fingers began to freeze!

I am especially excited to have had the opportunity to perform with Matt Dallow, accordion-man/multi-instrumentalist, songwriter/performer, entertainer.  I met Matt about 15 years ago near our hometowns on Long Island.  Matt’s band “Space Robot Scientists” performed regularly at what was called “Saints and Sinners“, where I had my first few DJ gigs spinning underground house and hip-hop on vinyl and CDs, making barely enough money to drink for the night.  The memories immediately conjure visions of theremins, strange art exhibits, Jameson, and DJing indoors with a cigarette in NY.

Fast-forward to present day- Matt and I have recently found our paths crossing as performers at Club Cumming, where he has a weekly residency performing Monday evenings.  He has also connected me with contacts via Facebook posts looking for musicians to cover gigs, which led to me working with Zachary Clause.  I’ve also enjoyed playing in recent gigs in vintage trains and subway platforms with Matt’s band, Sunnyside Social Club.  

It is inspiring for me to see life’s paths cross this way, and gives me an unexpected opportunity to thank Matt as a respected peer and artist, and to acknowledge the longtime efforts of a couple of simultaneously occurring weirdos from Long Island.  Cheers, old friend!  Getting to perform together and being a fan of your journey reminds me how important it is to me that we are out here navigating this world with our instruments.  Here’s to being a couple of weirdos in Brooklyn, fighting and surviving each day to entertain NYC and beyond.  And thank you to everyone along our paths, for shaping, fueling, and supporting this weirdness.  😉

Go check out Matt Dallow Music and be sure to tip the accordion man when ya see him!

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1/1/17- VIDEO- Grand Opening at SPYCE Astoria! Happy New Year!

So grateful to start this year with a BANG!

Drumming and dancing on elevated platforms in a beautiful new venue… Happy New Year, indeed!  Amazing party at SPYCE Astoria, thanks to all!  Can’t wait to return!

Agave L’amour dancing above a sea of people, across from jojoSOUL, drumming above the pumping, flashing, bottle-raising confetti-filled arena.

Happy 2018 from NewYorkWild.Life!

Thank you, 2017… Welcome NewYorkWild.Life!

What. A. Year…

I’d like to thank everyone who helped me along my path this year, those who supported and influenced me, and those whom I’ve had the privilege to work with this year.  You all inspire me and give me the strength and understanding to continue toward my goals and lessons.  I appreciate all the opportunities I’ve been blessed with this year, and look forward to continuing to cultivate my skills, feelings, abilities, and passions.

With love in my heart, I present to you a new project title and purpose.  NewYorkWild.Life is a self-assessment, a look inward to define what I can express outward, and an honest interpretation of what I’ve found within and wish to share in hopes of inspiring and entertaining.

I am grateful to be in the company of my partner, Agave L’amour.  Your constant support and inspiration keeps wind in my sails, and continues to prove the impossible is only what we allow to beat us.  You are a great teacher and beautiful human, and I thank you for everything.  Here’s to so many more impossibly beautiful moments with you.  Tqm

Now then… ready for 2018?  😉

 

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New Trio Debut a Hit!

The new power-trio had a great debut!  Daphne Always, Agave L’amour, and jojoSOUL!  So proud to perform with these tremendous talents.

Live singing, drumming, and dancing performances of Peggy Lee’s “Fever”, “Protect Transgender” to the tune of “Big Spender”, “The Girl from Ipanema (Guadalajara)”, and “Crave You”.

Thanks for another great night at Club Cumming!  Great crowd, great staff, great times.

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