FREQUE MOVES ON FUNKIN'
As time marches on and the internal creative demand to share original music grows, I found myself surrounded with a large group of uber talented and willing musicians who I look up to and am inspired by. Come 2014, "Steely Jam" had many shows under our belt and an original album, "Rock.Hard.Funk: Vol. 1", thanks in part by the generous help of a local music venue, Tellus 360 here in Lancaster PA. They gave us a monthly residency to explore the music of Steely Dan and create our own sound on a regular basis. The Dan tunes rather quickly were being pushed off the setlist for our growing original repertoire. The crowd responded well to the originals, but as we toured from VT to NC and back over the years, the band has encountered some difficulty shaking the stigma and expectation of "the Dan". Understandably so, the band is ready for a revamp and rebrand!
AMFM: Andy Mowatt's Frequency Movement
Born of the retro sounds and arrangements of Steely Dan, and matured by tour life and the excitement of our original material, the movement continues with the birth of the "Frequency Movement".
JOIN THE MOVEMENT. BECOME A "FREQUE".
So here we are...ready to capture the Movement, live in the studio. Where else to document and release a Lancaster sound than the Sugartank, right here at home. The SugarTank is a full-service recording studio, live-music venue and birthplace of big dreams in Lancaster, PA. Throughout the years The Sugartank has been fortunate enough to have a large, supportive extended family of local musician friends and clients that have helped influence the vibe of the SugarTank brand, regardless of where it was at the time we were calling home. A dream come true studio, started in part by Mike Newmann, a professor of mine while I was studying recording technology in college.
"Rising water raises all ships" - Mike Newmann
The idea that the band brings together 4-12 musicians on any gig is rewarding for me. Getting to explore original music and share that on tour, near and far is even better. To raise the water of Lancaster as a unit and share our sound as a community is also special to The SugarTank.
With the release of this [to be titled] album of original music comes periodic video releases, new merchandise and branding, CDs, T-shirts, stickers, hats, etc, etc and plenty of touring!!
THE JAM FAM:
Jam Fam Entertainment LLC is a non-exclusive booking, promotion, recording and logistics management company we started this year to support the Lancaster music scene and the production of content. This studio project will be the first release under the brand or label. Over the years, I've made friends and contacts with creative collaborators locally and on our travels as a band. The idea is to gradually expand the company to represent more local talent and bring the content to more places on the east coast. More shows, more content, more music. The water will rise and all our ships will rise with it!
THE BAND: (to name a few)
Guitar / arrangements - Andy Mowatt
Drums / Percussion - Taylor Wade
Percussion - Brett Gemmache
Drums / Percussion - Jaren Angud
Keys / Vocals - Tuck Ryan
Synth / Keys - Nate Young
Bass - Cole Sipe
Bass - Josh Mulberry
Bass - Mike Evangelista
Guitar - Matt Hostetter
Vocals - Liz Fulmer
THE 12-PIECE ORCHESTRA :
Tenor Sax - Paul Berry
Trumpet - Michael Burton
Alto Sax - Max Swan
Violin - Morgan Hackett
Violin - Alyssa Lahoda
Violin - Alex Price
Viola - Jody Greve
Cello - Neal Alan
Flute - Dave Shultz
Clarinet - Mary Beth Kern
Trombone - Mike Yinger
Bassoon - Connor Rohrer
Bari Sax - Michael Druck
THE PRODUCTION TEAM (AUDIO / VIDEO):
Mike Waskavich - engineer
Lucas Gienow - engineer
Aaron Abercrombie - video / edits
Tariq Qureshi - video
Risks and challenges
Beyond the technical challenges of recording live audio and video, getting 25+ musicians and engineers together to capture the music is a big task. And it costs a lot of time, money and energy all sides. Riasing the money to afford the best engineers, producers, musicians and crew is an important concern. Everyone is a professional and needs to be compensated for their efforts with more than just the satisfaction of an epic product. Everyone is on the same page to prepare the session and the music. The fun of it all is that after everyone is in place, the result is beyond any one person's control. While that's the most exciting part as well; the music that comes out will be unique and unforgettable and therefore must be documented no matter the outcome!
The "Jam Fam" is eager and ready to undertake the biggest music project to date!