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The Weightless EP was effectively a bedroom recording whose sounds were recorded either in my old tiny Silver Lake garage rehearsal-space or in a small studio apartment using a laptop, a couple of microphones and an inexpensive simple audio interface.  Inspired by the artists I was listening to and what I was reading at the time, it became important to me that the music contain effectively none of the quantized computer-based performances or virtual instruments so prevalent these days.  I wanted to create music filled with the quirks, emotion, feel and imperfection of musicians as they truly performed their parts in real-time on all manner of real instruments.  I wanted it to sound like you could physically touch the music.  Despite the limitations in my equipment and my recording spaces, I also wanted the music to sound large in scale.  Thus, over a period of months, I brought in and recorded string players and horn players to create as much sound as possible.  I even gathered a group of friends one night for drinks to capture the sound of a group of normal folks singing together and making sound together.  Even though I orchestrated and pre-arranged nearly all parts on the EP, the best musical moments were those that happened accidentally when the musician or I improvised after we had already played the part as written and conceived.   It was these imperfect and jagged moments that infused this project with a visceral and tangible quality.   Below are the players and people who were essential for bringing this project to life.  Thank you to all of you. 

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Jessica Catron - Cello

Jessica Catron - Cello

Daniel Smith - Upright and Electric Bass

Daniel Smith - Upright and Electric Bass

Dina Valenz - Background Vocals

Dina Valenz - Background Vocals

Kimberly Clair - Violin and Viola

Kimberly Clair - Violin and Viola

Jim Soland - Trumpet

Jim Soland - Trumpet

Kiran Gandhi - Tabla, Bongo, Alt. Percussion

Kiran Gandhi - Tabla, Bongo, Alt. Percussion

Tim Schaaf - Drums

Tim Schaaf - Drums

Harley Duggan - Electric Bass

Harley Duggan - Electric Bass

Tony Rinaldi - Trombone

Tony Rinaldi - Trombone

James Patrick Kelly - Engineer/Producer/Co-Producer

James Patrick Kelly - Engineer/Producer/Co-Producer

Paul Klimson - Mix Engineer/Co-Producer

Paul Klimson - Mix Engineer/Co-Producer

Pete Lyman - Mastering Engineer

Pete Lyman - Mastering Engineer

Mark Winkler - Mentor and Friend

Mark Winkler - Mentor and Friend

Tom Simonson - Mentor

Tom Simonson - Mentor

Elisabeth Kines - Manager

Elisabeth Kines - Manager

Brandon Jordan - Musician & Video Director

Brandon Jordan - Musician & Video Director