Thursday, October 21, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Interview with Still Time
After their amazing set at this year’s West Beach Festival we met up with San Luis Obispo’s own Still Time to discuss their music and future plans
CentralCoastRocks.com:Tell us about your start in San Luis Obispo, and your ties to the Central Coast
Dan Curcio: Well, there are currently seven of us and we all pretty much met at Cal Poly. We’re from all over California. I met Haircut, our Guitar player in the dorms, he was two doors down from me. When we were walking in, the first day of College, parent’s day, my dad sees this guy and says “There you go, there’s your Guitar player.” As soon as I went to College my goal was to start a band. Anyways’ he has all these Rammstein, Tool and Heavy Metal band stickers on his pedal board and I was thinking, I don’t know because at that point I was pretty much a singer-songwriter kind of guy. I finally ended up going over to his room a few weeks into school and asked him if he wanted to jam on Acoustic. I think an Acoustic Guitar to him at that point was definitely a new thing, he was a Heavy Metal guy (Laughs), and so it kinda worked out, we started jamming, doing our thing and met piece by piece over the course of a couple years to where we have the seven of us now
CentralCoastRocks.com: What dorm were you living in at the time?
Dan Curcio: It was at Sierra Madre dorm
CentralCoastRocks.com: Describe your live show for someone who has not seen you
Dan Curcio: A lot of variety and a ton of energy, positive energy bringing people together. I think it’s one of those things where…hopefully what we want to do with our music is have it be something that’s appealing to 16 and 17 year olds but also 40 and 50 year olds and everything in-between as well. Our favorite shows are at The Cliffs (Shell Beach), where literally there’s new born babies and 90 year olds and everywhere in-between, we love playing to diverse crowds.
CentralCoastRocks.com: You have played numerous shows and have shared the stage
with many diverse acts, (Pepper, Ziggy Marley, UB40) do any shows stand out for you personally?
Dan Curcio: For me it was last year here at the West Beach Festival. We played before Ben Harper on the main stage. He’s my idol, I love Ben Harper. That was a huge one for me
John: There is a lot of them, but one of them for me is when we played up in Avila Beach with Robert Randolph and the Family band. They just ripped it up. They had the same thing we’re going for with the energy and changing it up every time but bringing it every time. Just watching them was pretty awesome
CentralCoastRocks.com: Tell us about your current CD “See America”, which was released last year (May 2009)
Dan Curcio: We went more bluesy on that one with T-Bone on board with the Harmonica so we have a little more Blues thing happening on that record than the first one but it also has a variety and mix. We’re actually working on a third record right now, we’ve been home from this National Tour and trying to get down to writing some new songs. But yeah “See America” is basically another step towards defining our sound.
CentralCoastRocks.com: With 2010 coming to a close soon, what are your plans for the rest of 2010 and goals for 2011?
Dan Curcio: At this point for us it’s about being financially stable as a band and keeping the business thing going in the right direction so we can do this for a living. With this next record we hope it’s a very soulful and inspiring record. I think it might be us recording ourselves, which is kind of exciting and a bit of an adventure also.
John: Whenwe recorded the last one “See America”, we tried to get that live energy so we recorded it at Downtown Brew (in San Luis Obispo), which is the place where we play a lot of our live shows. We kinda got that with that one but with this one I think we’re talking about doing it ourselves just to not feel rushed like we have. Just to take the time to get every song perfect and right, so we can come back and add this to that song, come back to it when we’re feeling it and just make it an awesome, flowing, feel good record that we’re all really happy with
Dan Curcio:Ithink the environment that we record in is really important to us too. Like on the last record we also recorded at a mansion in San Francisco with really nice hardwood floors, there was incredible acoustics in this place. So for this next one I definitely want to find some new spots that inspire. It’s cool to be able to record in a spot that you feel inspired, and not some sterile, bland recording studio
CentralCoastRocks.com: Final words for your fans?
Dan Curcio: I think one of the biggest things is to keep supporting us. We play a decent amount on the Central Coast to make sure that we can pay our bills and do this for a living but we really are trying to make it to the next level and be able to do this on a big scale for a living, and we’re really getting there but we just really need the continued support at this point. It’s a really critical point for us to kinda get over that hump, so just keep coming out to the shows, please keep supporting us and look into our new music coming out soon
John: Keep bringing the energy that they bring right now and we’ll do the same. They’re inspiring us
Dan Curcio: San Luis Obispo and the Central Coast is the coolest place on the planet as far as we’re concerned, so we’re very blessed to be living there
Very Special Thanks: Stephanie Ramirez
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
I started working on this bass line again when we got back from tour, and have realized even more since traveling the country what an amazing song this is. Here's a few thoughts I have on the recording itself. I love the alternate percussion congas, they are an essential part of the groove on this track. I love all of the background party vocal tracks, gives it a really laid back vibe. Great use of auxiliary instruments as well like vibes and strings. I recommend this whole album, unlike other Motown songs which are single based this album works as a whole and has an amazing vision, concept, and message behind it. Now to that bass line...
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Monday, September 20, 2010
Mt. Whitney - Oh Yeah
Since I was about 15 years old I had wanted to summit Mt. Whitney - the highest elevation in the contiguous U.S. at 14,497 ft. and this past week our new Sax player Ryan and I made it happen...
We started our trek on Sunday camping at the Whitney Portal campground, where black bears were running through our campsite trying to get our leftover pizza. Luckily Ryan fended them off with his shear size and grit. Monday morning we scored a fre
e pass at the Ranger Station and WAG Bags (Bags you get to poo in and then carry out.... fun!) and a bear can to store our massive amount of food. Of course we packed way too much stuff and my pack ended up weighing 68 pounds, but we headed out Monday morning ready to power through the thousands of feet of elevation gain regardless of anything...
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