Day 1 – Logans Pub
The tour started off tonight, Monday Jan. 17th. I spent a few hours burning CD’s after work. I started out with 7 copies of Bless the West and was excited to see how many I could give out during the week.
It felt great for me to be back in the tour mindset. The last time I was in this vibe was back in 2012 after the release of Moving Mirrors. Now, after 3 years of life and all its craziness, I’m back and ready for more music, more love, new friends, new styles and various moods.
Since my last tour was full of so many wild stories and adventure! I was stoked to see what this one might bring. Music is where my heart is and I always seem to find my way back to the mic eventually 😉
After a long break I am back and a whole new person, evolved intellectually and spiritually, I have increased my focus and professionalism 10 fold. Sometimes I will say a prayer before I get up and freestyle that the spirit may channel through me any message that would be most beneficial to the souls present at the time 🙂
The first night of the tour began at Logan’s Pub. The host Steve was performing some sweet originals and my friend Shane rolled in unexpectedly which was dope! He is also a true fan of hip-hop like me and we once kicked rhymes together in Fernwood.
I was a little nervous at first but once the music began, I moved into my bliss and calmed down. When it comes to performing I’m trying to come through as clear and steady as possible. I wrote a quick note to myself saying, “Stop moving around so much and just focus on holding the mic straight, back straight and tone steady in the words, smooth flow, breath control and the right enthusiasm.”
Logans is a cool spot at a central location in Vic where lots of peeps hang out and vibe together quite regularly. From skaters to hippies and rough necks, the pub hosts a large assortment or characters.
Each venue holds a new feel and holds the magic of a new experience. You never know who you might meet or bump into when at an open mic. Any difficulties or hardships you may experience help to build character as an artist and may even give you an idea for a song one day.
Shane said he wants to come record so we will definitely have to set something up in the future at my studio. When new peeps come to my place it’s always chill and I do my best to be supportive in any way I can. There have been several occasions where people have never recorded before and they try it out then the result is a cool new guest appearance on a track.
I’ve had the chance now to take part in more open mic events then I can remember. Many times musicians have gotten up and jammed along with me including flutes, saxophones, guitars, bass, singers and more!
The set went well, I felt after that I said a lot of good messages during my freestyles and covered many topics. It was a little hard to know if the levels were right because there was no monitor, just one of the many difficulties that builds your skill as a performer. You need to learn to expect these kind of things and be ready as well as keep faith that the spirit will work things out as they were meant to.
I met an old friend that I knew from the open mic at the Fernwood Cornerstone a few years back named Zach. He is also a musician who sings and plays the guitar. I was stoked to hear him ask about the new CD: Bless the West and then he bought a copy. At the time I was then down to five copies left and excited to see where they may travel to during the rest of the tour.
The first freestyle and my new track: “Tight Clothes” went perfectly; it was probably the best performance of that song to date!
Day 2 – The Cambie