Word, so I been here fam – just operating in stealth mode for a bit.
yes – I’m still alive
yes – I’m working on new music
yes – I will be putting a new project in your hands soon
In the meantime I’ll serve up some unreleased tracks that got left off the last CD to hold you over. Stay tuned!
Had to do some archiving and back up my music files off an ancient PC the other day and came across a bunch of old tracks. I’m still sorting through it all, but in the meantime I thought you guys would appreciate this. Full Digi download of the 2002 Wortown Hip-Hop compilation “The Revolution Begins Now … Volume One: The 7 Hill Xperience”
DOWNLOAD the full compilation and all artwork
If you’re not up on what 7HillX was or what it did for the city, here’s an old T&G article that touches on it.
The all-star squad over at Hulk Hate Time Travel just posted up a write-up and a bunch of videos from the “Insomniaddict” release party.
… For those of you that don’t know Nytmare is a staple in the Worcester hip hop scene and has been performing since the late nineties. He has shared the stage with homegrown favorites that have since faded away, I mention that only to let you know that Nytmare has been in the scene and putting in work for Worcity hip hop for a minute. I remember the first time hearing Ashes to Ashes over at Brother Menelik’s house circa 1999 and thinking to myself (respectively) “Who the fuck is this nigga ???“ It would be a few months before I met him in person. He had a dark sounding voice on the edge of being gritty with a rapid spitting yet clear delivery, the style Nytmare has is like no other in the City and his work ethic along with perfectionist approach to not only his music but his performance and stage presence is unmatched…
Check the full script HERE
Video evidence from that night is scarce, but the HHTT team managed to capture my first three songs:
Many thanks to T and the whole HHTT team for all they are doing right now for the city and culture in general. If you don’t read them regularly I suggest you get familiar.
Man, I geek out hard to this stuff! It’s like we’re catching up with Jetson’s like technology in music. Check out the new touchscreen Digital Guitar by Misa Digital :
Here’s a video of it being used live in action. WOW!
“Guitars by their very nature have limitations. To create sound you need to hit a string, so that the sound at its most intense point is always the beginning of the pluck. The left hand controls what notes to play, and the right hand controls when to play these notes and the intensity of the notes. Effects can be inserted into the signal chain, but they are usually foot pedals which makes the experience of controlling effects disjointed from what your hands are doing. Plus, you can only really make use of one pedal at a time. Even in the (rare) case that controls are mounted on the guitar, the hand needs to switch between strings and controls. This may be okay if you only use effects occasionally, but when every note you play needs the controls set differently – good luck with that.
Electronic music cannot be played effectively with such constraints. In electronic music, the timbre (or colour) of the sound can be morphed in an infinite number of ways. For a guitar to accommodate this, the right hand needs more control than just plucking strings. You need to be able to control elements of the sound, such as sustain, pitch, filter cutoffs, contour or any other synthesizer parameter, in a way that has no physical constraints.
This was my thought process when designing the Misa digital guitar. There are no strings on this instrument. The right hand doesn’t pluck strings, it controls sound. So don’t compare Misa digital guitars to acoustic guitars or electric guitars. Those are different instruments, for different artforms, for different music. This is electronic music.”
I’m back at it after a little hiatus through the holidays. Had my shoulder operated on so I can go back to MMA training and hoops, and the meds had me vegged for a while. Still lots of love coming on for “INSOMNIADDICT” and I definitely appreciate that. I’ve been coming across a lot of random people who have “Empty” up as songs on their webpages and profiles. I’m pretty surprised by that seeing how that song leaned heavy on the spoken word side, but I’m glad people find something in it that they relate to. (my homegirl Cyn said it should be on Afro Samurai!?)
That being the case here’s that track for download incase you don’t have my CD:
Direct MP3 Link: EMPTY
If you’re wondering; I’m already back in the lab doing new music. Real introspective stuff is coming out of the sessions. Expect a new Nytmare project late 2010.
All of the sick artwork you’ve seen for INSOMNIADDICT was done by my buddy Derek Ring of Abnormalbrain.com. The dude is incredibly talented with a very unique dark, satiracle, comic book type style. Here’s a blog post he put up recently on his thought process for the monstrous release party poster he did along with an animation of the drawing process ( AWESOME!)
As many people know, I work digitally and take screengrabs as I work. Click here to see the latest animation, for last weeks’ Nytmare poster.
Couple things to notice. I originally had the hero fearlessly jumping at the monster, but that wasn’t really working for me. So he came forward and got entangled in the muck. I saw this picture of this roman sculpt when I was little and it’s always stuck with me. Something so calm and cool about all three of them: ‘Stupid serpents of evil, we’re trying to talk here!’
Also, there was going to be a chick in the image as well, but as I was drawing her, I just couldn’t wrap my head around the narrative. Too complicated without actually being interesting. Same thing with those roots. Too much.
Also, during the build, you’ll see the text turn on and off. I dropped in the text early, knowing that I wanted the composition to be 50/50 text/image, but kept it shut off (hidden) most of the time because of the gritty complex fonts. They tend to choke Illustrator. I like that program because it really moves at the speed of thought, so it’s just an efficiency thing.
Have a pleasant weekend.
Ways you can get a copy of INSOMNIADDICT in your hands:
- ONLINE: from the merch store
- IN-STORE: in Worcester @ Jelly’s on Park Ave
- IN PERSON: hit me up and we can meet up
So I’m CRAZY late with this, but hey… that’s what happens when things get hectic!
The release party at the Lucky Dog was real dope, and a great night on many counts. The crowd got thick early – which was awesome to see the city come out to support. I got about 150 CD’s off at the show and that’s with some people forgetting to grab it or couples taking just one. Having the different genres perform paid dividends as each brought something live and different, and throughout the night fans kept talking about being impressed and cross pollinating. Much love to Spit Supreme, Cocaine Robots, Shane Hall and Evince Ethos for sharing the stage with me. I brought my A-Game for the show for sure, but following these acts who thoroughly impressed the crowd had me dig deep for even more.
About 12:45AM we finally took the stage to a wilding ovation. I mean serious loud, after every song. I was definately humbled by the love. A quick intro to shatter pre-concieved notions (“This is not what you think it is …”) and we set it off. The crowd was ravenously hype and pushed up to the stage surrounding me. I emphatically let em know what time it was running through sharp raw aggression with REIGN DROPS, BRUISED UP and ASHES TO ASHES. Bouncing around on stage, passionately laying down verse I had the crowd throwing hands at me and finishing my lines and “bringing it to me RAW”. When I jumped, they jumped. When I nodded, they nodded. They heard their part in the music and called back at me ( “..cuz Lakeside’s crazy… “ I see you!). The music was like a whip I was cracking and the crowd responded to every word. You could FEEL the energy in the room and it was really awe inspiring to me and pushed me to give even more in the performance.
Things really got frenzied with SYCAMORE (“I’m INSANE when I’m boxed in!”). If you check the pics the sweat is pouring off of me from the crazy lighting effects and jumping around and pulling my hair out. Perfect time to induce some cerebral head-nodding with SINISTER and SEX IS A WEAPON. ( this song is so vicious I almost felt bad performing infront of some family that was at the show… ALMOST …. ) Nuz took a break from hype vocals and we mixed it up with Nay’s female vocalist rendition of NOWADAYS, BETRAYAL and the infamous electronica collab I did with GANG LU, TEAR. The singing was mint as usual.
Nuz took his mic back and we had a little fun with the crowd making them sing I WISH I KNEW. Then we finally brought it home with the fav RESONATE, bouncing through the lyrics with the crowd throwing hands and finishing the hook for us yelling “musta been something ya said!”. DOPE! Huge applause at the end, many thanks at the end and it was a wrap. Many daps and props later…. many comments on how they normally don’t like hip-hop but loved the show … I was ready to collapse. I had given my all.
I know I was putting my LP out there, but it ended up being about what was given to me. The energy and love of that crowd was unreal and the greatest gift of all. It was truly something special to be a part of and I will never, ever forget it.