On Top of a Hill – live looping improv / demo

Here’s a song that I’d consider, using music industry vernacular, a “demo”. I wanted to start out with a completely ridiculous sound and try to turn it into a song. This is the result. Maybe this will turn into an album track, I’m not sure yet. Hope you enjoy checking out this work in progress. :)

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Gear list if you’re interested: Circular Labs Mobius looping software on my Macbook Pro. Vocals: Line 6 DL4 » Strymon TimeLine. Keys: Wurlitzer » Strymon BigSky. MIDI: Behringer FCB1010.

Live Looping Improv [Mobius looper, Strymon TimeLine delay]

Woke up this morning and had the urge to do some improvisation. Here’s a live looping improv that I just recorded. Beatboxing, distortion, and weird vocals. Everything was recorded live, nothing pre-recorded. Music gear nerds: There is a gear list below if you’re interested. :)

Using Circular Labs Mobius looping software on a Macbook Pro. Vocals: Line 6 DL4 » Strymon TimeLine. Guitar: Fender Toronado » Strymon OB.1 Optical Compressor » Sarno Earth Drive » Strymon TimeLine » 1980 Silverface Fender Twin. Keys: Wurlitzer » Strymon BigSky. MIDI: Behringer FCB1010.

Sorry I Ruined Your Life [music video]!

Here is the music video for my new song “Sorry I Ruined Your Life”. New album coming this summer. :)

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[mp3j track="Sorry I Ruined Your Life@http://stateshirt.com/audio/videosongs/stateshirt_sorryiruinedyourlife.mp3" flip="y"]

This one was fun to put together. It started off as a simple video song in my studio. But the song is about destruction so it morphed into a music video with a sledgehammer and some busted walls. I built a $20 DIY Snorricam (see a photo on my Instagram page) and looked ridiculous while shooting a bunch of these scenes. Good thing I enjoy looking ridiculous. Thanks to Angela Heine for shooting the sledgehammer destruction scenes.


no more good ideas are
in my head i’ve spent them
all on other things I don’t care about

wasting away clearing leaves
out of gutters and cracked sidewalks
crumbling in my aging hands

don’t you see me
when we die you can blame me
don’t you hate me?

always thinking of how things could have been
or how they will be when
someone else solves this for me
forgetting there is a here and then.

anxious about things i’ve
never tried some slight guilt
about all the times I’ve lied
the times I’ve lied

Strymon BigSky, TimeLine, and Mobius demo video songs

So as some of you may know, I’m the marketing guy over at Strymon, and I write and perform many of the audio clips for Strymon products, including writing the music for the BigSky, TimeLine, and Mobius demo videos. A bunch of people have asked me the names of these songs and if they can download them. Well, I guess the songs don’t really have names. :) But since you asked, you can now download the songs here:

BigSky song:
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TimeLine song:
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Mobius song:
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And in case you haven’t seen the vids, check them out below. :)

Looping Tips and Techniques

Looping Tips and Techniques - illustration by Ethan Tufts

I recently had the opportunity to contribute an article for Premier Guitar magazine. The topic? Something very dear to my heart—looping tips and techniques!

“If you want to take your looping from four-bar bedroom jams to a performance environment, start thinking of your looper as an instrument, not an effect. Creating engaging loop performances can require the same type of effort that you put into learning guitar. Really get to know your looper until using it becomes second nature.”

Head on over to the Premier Guitar site to read the whole article:

Read the article

And if you’re interested in seeing some of these techniques in practice, please feel free to check out a couple of my recent looping vids on YouTube. :)

Some new lyrics. Thank you for not caring.

Some new drunk lyric ideas that I haven’t used yet.

Thank you for not caring.

so fucking high
80s dance party was a blur gone by
Morrissey kept me company for hours

walking the streets at night
La Brea streetlights always seemed so real to me
and in the miracle mile
i passed the tar pits where the world ended once before
i want it to end again tonight.
shadows of kids staring at bones
hollywood bitches creaming for franz kline
valley whores complaining about lichtenstein

i could waste away alone
leave me alone.
i’m here by myself for a reason.
asleep in a beverly hills park bathroom
just me and my suitcase
filled with my sketches of hope.

almost died last night. my eyes are tired
can’t look in the mirror anymore.
crawled away, fell into the seat.
she smiled and brought me coffee
that was all i needed.
I could live and die in LA
and no one would care and that’s what i wanted
and i don’t need to feel what you feel
every day when you slog to work.
i’m alive and dead.

these marks on my arm keep me aware
that i don’t want to be you.
i don’t need to be you.
you might call me lost
you might call me crazy
but i can lay here without worry.
thank you Los Angeles for not caring.

no plan, no way out for now.
i can be me.
even on the dirty corner of hoover and 8th,
i knew that i was nothing
and it was grand.

Live looping – A Happy Future music video

Life had gotten a little crappy there for a bit. Really didn’t record any music in the last 8 months. Finally moved into a new place and have the studio set up again. A quick looping improv idea turned into a song. This is the second take. Everything performed and recorded live. :)

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[mp3j track="A Happy Future@http://stateshirt.com/audio/videosongs/stateshirt_ahappyfuture.mp3" flip="y"]

Calm down, you don’t need to worry.
Slow down, you don’t need to hurry!
It controls your every move
It controls your every thought
until you can’t feel anything anymore
The sound of silence, sold. It’s okay!

In case you’re interested in the setup:
MacBook running Ableton / Circular Labs Mobius Looper
Vocals: Audix OM7 » Line 6 DL4 » Strymon TimeLine
Guitar: Fender Toronado » Strymon OB.1 » Strymon TimeLine
Keys: Wurlitzer 200A » Strymon BigSky

“If to enjoy even an enjoyable present we must have the assurance of a happy future, we are ‘crying for the moon.’ We have no such assurance. The best predictions are still matters of probability rather than certainty, and to the best of our knowledge every one of us is going to suffer and die. If, then, we cannot live happily without an assured future, we are certainly not adapted to living in a finite world where, despite the best plans, accidents will happen, and where death comes at the end.” – Alan Watts

March of the Drones [live looping]

Just recorded a new live looping track the other night. All sounds are created and recorded live, nothing here is pre-recorded. :) Using Circular Labs Mobius looping software on my Macbook. Hope you like it.

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[mp3j track="March of the Drones@http://stateshirt.com/audio/videosongs/stateshirt_marchofthedrones.mp3" flip="y"]


the drones are coming
the drones are coming
they believe we are together
they believe we’re not alone
they control us now and forever
they control us now and then
in another life, in another time?
we’ll kill them again.
we’ll be free again.
in another life, in another time?
we’ll be free again.
keep your song alive!