Rehearsal space / studio is back in action. Offbeat Motif recording sessions are being scheduled. Open Mic at Raven's Nest has been kick ass, especially last night. The Daybreakers are sounding better than ever and have an album and some cool shows coming up. A solo Rooftop album, follow up to 2013's Musty Rustic EP, is in the works. I am doing a new open Mic, Thursday nights at Mr. Dooley's in Wrentham. Things are moving.
With a pending trip to SXSW on the horizon and a visit to Mexico in April, life is looking very good. I am excited for our show this Saturday even though its out in Clinton, we have to check it out. On the following friday, 2/12, OFFBEAT MOTIF has a big show in Providence with Rebel Alliance and Amulus. That's at Viva Paragon on 234 Thayer St. In Providence.
Blogs are back up and running. I made them private for a while, so no one could see them but they were still there. Well I'm not really sure why I did that but they are back up again, and I'm going to be contributing to them again regularly.
All the best!
This week on Friday OFFBEAT MOTIF will go in to Triad Studio in New Bedford to record our rehearsal of the songs as they are written now for the producer to review and begin his process. This is the first time I've worked on an album with a producer like this and it will be a great learning experience. I have a busy week with Daybreakers getting back on a practice shedule, rehearsal for our rehearsal session this week, a solo acoustic show on Thursday at Noon Hill Grill in Medfield.
Looking forward to my mission to SXSW this March too. My first solo trip. After this one, I am planning a trip to Mexico to play my first international show and to visit the astoundingly beautiful cenotes on the Eastern cost of Mexico.
On this journey, there's no room for doubt. You cannot let anyone tell you what you are capable of and it is not something for them to decide. You must know what you can do an achieve and stay on it. Nothing will stop me, this is a train on a track that only goes one way.
Daybreakers and I have been working on our album, Offbeat Motif will enter the studio in January. At this point, while I truly love the recording process, I just want it to be out there for everyone to know what the songs sound like. Either way, it will be done soon and I cannot wait for that.
Playing this Saturday night with Connor from Offbeat Motif at Raven's Nest in Walpole. Next Friday Mike Curly, Brian Switch and I will play Thunder Road in Somerville. That should be fun too, we are playing some saxophone, guitar, banjo, mandolin and bass combo variations and have some cool new songs picked out.
I am proud of where I am at and excited for the future. Had such a great weekend with friends and it has left me feeling grateful.
While I have been very busy recently with the Daybreakers band and playing solo shows, the amount of attention and recognition the OFFBEAT MOTIF EP has received recently has been quite astounding. I met with Phil Green, who has worked with Aerosmith, Dropkick Murphy's, Ringo Star and Bruce Springsteen (as well as MANY others) and he even complimented the mix on Yo-Yo and Take Control yesterday to me! Many people have told me that they listen to it in their cars and love the way it sounds, that they love the songs and can't wait to here more! What a rewarding experience this has been so far! Listen for yourself: offbeatmotif.bandcamp.com
Daybreakers and I have started recording our a full length record which will include two of my original songs, "By My Side" and "Ticking Bomb." We are in the tracking stages and this is being done with Dave Deluca, who is a top notch guitarist associated with Swinging Steaks and Girls, Guns and Glory, just some legendary Boston-based blues rock bands. Over the summer with the Daybreakers, we had the opportunity to open for Three Dog Night at Indian Ranch in Webster Ma. That was really cool. We are psyched to take a break from shows this December and work on the album.
Lastly, there is a massive opportunity that has been presented to me, which I cannot officially announce yet. Essentially this will change everything and seems to be the culmination of what I have been working towards. The energy and passion I feel at this point is astounding and I know I will be use this energy toward my opportunity. A perfect storm is brewing on the horizon. Stay tuned.
All the best,
THANK YOU for all the support regarding my songs being played on WBRU during the last week of June. It was a true honor and I am totally grateful for the experience... it was most definitely a lifelong goal coming into fruition. Now I just need to get one of my songs in steady rotation!
With the Summer of 2015 progressing aggressively, and the ripe age of 30 coming around the corner in October... I am realizing the preciousness of time. As a result of this realization, I am feeling even more focused than ever before (can you even believe it?!). I am working hard in both the Daybreakers band and on my band OFFBEAT MOTIF, and I know I've teased about a solo album alot, though I am actually IN THE PROCESS of recording a solo album now.
This will be a full length album, under my name John Hanson (boring, right?!) with a dorky title and about 12 to 18 songs which are a mix of reeeallly old songs I wrote when I was 15-17 and some brand spankin' new ones I just wrote last week... and everything else in between. Who knows what will happen. But it WILL happen. Well, I generally know what will happen, but I'm trying to keep it mysterious.
I've found my voice more than ever. I sing from the chest now, reverberating the notes from my heart and soul. When I write, when I meditate, whenever I want, I can feel the self inside myself, and the energy around me. I'm so thankful to realize that so many of the things society tell us are important, that most of those things really DON'T matter, and in that truth, how you proceed in knowing that fact, you find that thinking in this way IS what really matters. The understanding that standards and how other perceive you don't matter will change your life. Don't live the life that you've been told to live, live the life you inherently know is your one true self. You can live beyond the boundaries you've imagined, if listen to your true self, you already know the answers. Turn off thinking and listen to your soul. The outside world may as well be an illusion, like a video game that you lose points in, but you know that those points don't mean anything in reality. The only reality is the one you choose to see, in this way you create your own universe.
All the best,
June 12, 2015
Offbeat Motif went and visited WBRU in Providence and did our in-studio performance and interview on Wednesday night this week! We had a blast playing through the songs with the professional lighting and recording equipment. The interview was hilarious, they asked us all these random questions like, 'If you were in a zombie apocalypse, what would be your role?'
We will be featured on WBRU the week of 6/22 to 6/26 and they will play a song from our album every night at 9 pm! They will also post the videos of our in-studio performance on their site, which will be there to stay. Such an honor to be featured on a station I have been listening to for years!
OM has a show this Saturday at Shamrocks in Norwood, which is going to be fun as hell. We are planning on working on the new songs and recording them this summer. I have already been working hard on finalizing the songs I have in mind, and cannot wait to show them to the whole band.
Daybreakers band is working on the recording of their first full length now and it has been a fun process, as we are doing the record at my recording space. We are working hard and sweating (melting) in this hot weather for sake of the music.
My solo stuff has been going well, and I am enjoying playing the Sandbar Grille every Saturday night from 5-8 PM.
Sorry for the boring informational only update! OK back to business, catch ya later!
All the best,
May 8, 2015
Unbelievable how only a few month have passed and so much happened! The OFFBEAT MOTIF album is out now! Listen here, buy on iTunes, Amazon, listen on Spotify or order a physical copy! I know... so many options! Our album release party was a total blast! Thank you again to everyone who came out.
The album has been played on 94 HJY Soundcheck program and we are scheduled to be featured on WBRU's spotlight artist in June during their Home BRU'd section, which includes an instudio performance! I went on an interview on Tuesday this week for Dave Crespo's show on WEMF in Cambridge, which is dedicated to local Boston Music scene. This Saturday Gravy and I will go on on interview at The Studio Cellar in Attleboro to talk about "Art from Conception to Completion." We are also competing in an online competition to enter the Battle of the Bands for Vans Warped Tour when it comes to Mansfield. Help us out by visiting the page!
We have a show coming up next weekend, Friday May 15th, at Mr. Dooley's and an acoustic show the next night at Raven's Nest.. doing the local circuit! Following that, we have a show coming up on May 29th at Copperfield's in Boston. We have our first show at Shamrocks in Norwood on June 13! We will do a couple private parties, one in June and one at my house for 4th of July, which should be a grand ol time. After that we are playing at Anrgy Ham's in August. Other than shows, we have plans to begin recording our all new full length original album and hope to release it around September/December this year.
In other news, the Daybreakers are competing this Saturday for a spot in the SoupStock Festival in Hamden CT. We are going on at 8 pm. We will be playing a show at Waxy O'Connors in Foxboro on May 22nd, which is sure to be a blast. We are also planning on recording our first full length album and aim to have it done mid summer.
For now, staying positive and breezy. Been listening to the new Alabama Shakes album, Sound and Color, its masterful in an interesting way. I saw Robert Delong on Monday with my friend Molly, I put up a review here. Also been listening to the new My Morning Jacket's Waterfall, Speedy Ortiz's Foil Deer, Two Inch Astronaut's Foulbrood, and Courtney Barnett. I highly suggest all of them.
February 27, 2015
Okay, so there are some updates to share: M Curley’s album is finished and in the mastering stage. This will be the first release on my Vegan Zombie Records label that I recorded and produced for another artist! We will celebrate M Curley’s achievement on March 28th at Raven’s Nest at 9 pm for his EP release party.
With this album complete, intensive work continues on the OFFBEAT MOTIF EP and this is to be released April 17th with our own album release party on April 18th, at guess where? The Raven’s Nest. Two new gigs announced for OFFBEAT MOTIF on March 27th and April 29th both at Boston’s Copperfield’s! We are amped to be releasing our first single the day before the Copperfield’s show! More details on that later.
As you may know, I play guitar, sing back up and write for The Daybreakers band, and we are releasing four new songs and some live songs on a CD for our fans, and for digital release. We have two shows coming up, March 14th at City Oasis in Norton and April 10th at Hard Rock Café!
Since I’m totally nuts apparently (jk) I have also decided to continue work as a solo musician. I’ve thought a lot about the ROOFTOP project, which I released an album about a year ago (March 14th 2014). Check it out here. I have definitely decided to continue with this project, though under a different name which I will announce on a later date. This will all be within the themes of heavy dreamy synth, creative soundscapes, and straight forward yet creative song writing and subjects. To account for my singer-songwriter type songs, I will continue work as John Hanson Acoustic, which is going to be yet another project.
So, I know it seems like I’m biting off more than I can chew, and maybe that’s true. But I have these goals and I am not slowing down. If I achieve all of them, my future will certainly change, so that is my goal. If I go down fighting, that’s the only thing I can wish for. In other news, I got a new day job and am excited to take on this new challenge in my office life.
January 30 2015
well you guessed it I have more announcements... I am now the newest member of the Daybreakers band, and have been sticking to their intense rehearsal schedule, writing songs for and with them, and helping with the website and social media as well as overall planning for our future as a band. It has been an awesome learning experience and I am seriously blessed to be working with such great guys.
Offbeat Motif is not taking a back seat throughout this evolution, nor are my solo efforts! In fact, Things have happened on both fronts Since I last shared any news updates here!
So, Instead of recording a solo effort in CT with Eric Litcher, at Dirt Floor Studios... which I still want to do!... all of OFFBEAT MOTIF went to a different studio last weekend called 9B Studio in Milford Ma and had the pleasure of working with Toft Willingham, the leader singer of regae up and coming group called 'Spiritual Rez.' I have a full report of the event on my blog, check it out here! We will be releasing this Album in about 2 months time, so stay tuned!!
My solo gigs have been going great, and I am happy to announce I am the Friday Night Happy Hour Entertainer every week at Sand Bar Grille in Taunton MA. That's right, you can catch me every Friday from 5:30 to 8:30 pm at the awesome Sandbar Grille. On the solo front, I am happy to say that having Sunday nights off, after three years of hosting a successful open mic at Mr. Dooley's on Sundays, has been quite nice!
See ya out there,
Dec 23rd 2014
Happy Holidays! A few gig announcements to start! I have begun playing at a new spot in Taunton every Friday, likely to become permanent and on-going, I’ll be the weekly entertainment for the happy hour crowd at Sandbar Grille in Taunton MA! The gig is from 5pm to 8pm every Friday night. This place is totally bodacious and has great ownership in Baha Brother’s Pete. In addition, I have picked up another gig at Tommy Doyle’s in Newton this Friday night, so I will be playing two gigs on Friday, back to back baby! Saturday night, as scheduled, I will be at Mad Raven in Waltham MA. These are all solo gigs. Next OFFBEAT MOTIF gig is coming right up on 12/31/2014, as we are hosting the New Years Eve Party at Tommy Doyle’s in Newton!
I am ecstatic to announce I will be releasing a new album in the early spring. I am aiming for March! Songs will be recorded at Dirt Floor Studios in Connecticut with the sought after, highly recommended and very talented producer Eric Litcher. View more information about the awesome studio here: http://www.dirtfloor.com/
I would lastly like to announce I am no longer hosting open mic at Mr. Dooley’s pub in Wrentham on Sunday nights. I am so happy that I got to leave with a bang by hosting the Open Mic Holiday Party on Dec 13th which was a huge success with 13 acts perfoming, including five bands! Everything went great and the music was totally exceptional. With that said, I will be hosting at Mickey Cassidy’s open mic in Medway again in 2015, will continue with Raven’s Nest open Mic in Walpole every other Tuesday, and am looking to start up something new on a Thursday! Also, I have been continuing with the 5:00 teen mass performances once a month at St. Mary’s Church in Wrentham MA, and this has been going very well!
All for now,
Another incredible weekend with my band OFFBEAT MOTIF, my friend Mike Curly on mandolin opening up for the band on Saturday night, jamming with my friend Joe Greaney yesterday and then playing the open mic last night with Julian, Heidi, George, Bags, Jillian, Jon Bowser and Joe! Feeling blessed to be playing so much music and with such great musicians and friends to play for. Seems like perfect timing to be releasing my first solo EP… ROOFTOP – The Musty Rustic EP!
I will put the album up for sale at midnight tonight! I will also be releasing a music video for the first song GET WHAT YOU WANT on 3/11/2014! I will follow that one with a music video for THERE’s MORE HERE on 3/18/2014! The album will be available on itunes and bandcamp (band camp is the name your own price, aka free version!)!
I have a confession about this release: if you have already listened to the all the songs on my soundcloud you may be familiar with some of the material on this album already! There are a few reasons why I chose to put these songs on the CD. One, I need something professional to hand out at shows! Two, a lot of people may not have had time to listen to all the songs on soundcloud, or may not have listened to them at all! Three, I have, in each case, improved upon the recordings that were posted previously, so they are new and improved versions of the songs!
I have probably mentioned previously how I am snowballing with momentum. I am already planning my next release. While the Musty Rustic is more of an electronic, eclectic and alternative album, I think the next will be a bit more rootsy, with more guest musicians and a wider array of instruments. Also, I’ve got some fun projects in the works, such as another BOUNCING BOULDERS show coming up March 21st in Norwood with the Joe Hart Band, a collaboration performance on video with the aforementioned Joe Greaney and, to come, a festival with about 5 bands that we will throw this summer!
One more thing: the shows have been updated on my “Live” page!
Peace and love, John
To look at yourself through someone else’s eyes is impossible. I’ve put my music in a physical format and begun handing it out to people, and though everything has been positive from the first few friends I’ve given it to, its got me thinking about what they think I’m trying to say. I fear the record may have inklings of self-indulgence. This is exactly the thing I am trying to avoid.
That being said, this blog, my website, my music in general, maybe this is perceived as one big cluster fuck of excessive indulgence in my passion, with no real purpose over than exploring it for myself. Perception to the perceiver is reality, Yet, this does not resonate with me, and I have to say this is not true based on the fact it doesn’t feel right to me. This is something bigger than me that I am participating in.
I am participating in following my passions, and by doing so, I am putting the energy out there that someone else may be encouraged to do the same. I am participating in what it means to be a musician, to be independent and to be a contributor, in a greater sense than before, to the amazing world of music. I am also announcing a few messages to those who hear the record. I am very humble, yet this is what I do, so how could I not want to share it?
Whether the right message is delivered, received, or understood in my release, it does not really matter. This is the first time I’ve put something out, so, now I know more about what it feels like and I have already learned a great deal from it. I am learning how to better write, deliver, and make known my message through this experience. It may not always be comfortable, though growth is like that.
You need to stretch your comfort zone, put yourself out there. My record can be scrutinized, though, I doubt anyone will scrutinize it as much as me. I can live with it, and because I’ve done it, the next one will be even better.
So, I made the record with Garage Band and Pro Tools. I used some beats from Garage Band and my Alesis synthesizer, which is really just a small keyboard. I did only one of the songs in Pro Tools, the first one. Four out of six are re-workings of songs I’d released before. For theses reasons I feel like this work is actually a representation of where I was, rather than where I am now, though it also stands for where I am going.
The next record will hopefully be done in June. I have begun planning already. It’s funny how this momentum thing works, my first EP hasn’t even been released yet (March 4th) and I’m already planning my next. I plan to record with more guest musicians, with all original drum samples, only in Pro Tools and to do one song in a professional studio.
That being said, I am in a place right now where I feel proud of my release. It has some excellent parts, some beautiful parts, some meaningful parts, some introspection, some skill displayed. There is a lot of value that can be found inside its contents. There is an eclectic selection of songs. It may not be perfect, but its there and I’m proud of it.Lifted from my blog: www.johnnyrooftop.wordpress.com
Through perseverance and hard work, your visualizations and goals can become reality. Like they say in the Secret: thoughts become reality. There is no reason you cannot make your dreams come true, you just need to think about them in the right way. Never think about what you don’t want. Easier said than done, but with practice you can get better at it.
Coming off what a fan of mine called my “best show ever” on Friday night means I have risen to the occasion and arrived in many ways. Knowing I attracted that reaction to my performance is motivating and invigorating. With the news that my song now has an internet presence on internet radio, I can feel the forward moving progress and I am ready to forge ahead. By this I mean that I am ready to attract more of that which I need, more situations and people into my life that will get me to the next level (and subsequently the next one after that, and soon enough the Grammy’s/Bonnaroo headliner), and I am ready to let go of the things that do not aid my progress.
To anyone and everyone who has supported me thus far, I am forever grateful. Without your support, I would not possibly be able to feel as hopeful for the future as I do now. You know who you are.
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Lots to come about Vegan Zombie records! I am recording a few new artists in February, Mike Curly, Gravy, the Onyx Project and Bags!! For more information visit the site. New Artists submit at: Veganzombierecords@gmail.com
This past weekend was eventful, we Went out and saw my friend’s band play at Raven’s Nest on Friday night. They call themselves Chicken Ghost House Tribe: awesome jam band vibe, great work all around, lots of fun. Plenty of people came out too, plus I unexpectedly bumped into some old friends and people from my hometown. Then on Saturday night I went out to see my other friend’s band play at Mr. Dooley’s. This is a great cover band Criminals and Beauty Queens. This was a particularly fun event because Jackie and I went dressed as living dead – all fake-bloody and torn-up clothes. I finished up the weekend with a Pats win, a Red Sox win and a booming open mic. A new band, Koala, came in (ages 14-19) and rocked out on some originals and choice covers such as ‘Welcome to Paradise’ (complete with the full breakdown part – props). In addition, we had eight to ten additional performers, including one new guy Steven who is quite the guitarist.
This week should be excellent. Tuesday night we are taking the open mic show to Raven’s Nest. Thursday Jackie and I are heading to a Halloween party at Plaid Dog Studios which is a themed event: dead rock stars. We are going as Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love (whose career is dead). This weekend is another Halloween party on Saturday – which is slightly unfortunate since I will not be able to check out John Benninghof and Spiritual Rez in Cambridge, nor Dave Cournoyer with Wiki 3 at Mr. Dooley’s. Bummer, man, bummer. But gotta be a good friend to my friend who’s throwing the party. Maybe theres a show on Friday I can check out, otherwise, I will be forced to work on recording!
Until Next Time,
Open Mics have been going well at Raven's Nest and Mr. Dooley's, despite the mid summer vacation lul, we've had musicians in attedence and with loads of talent to boot. I'm excited for this Saturday's Open mic at Mickey Cassidy's in Medway.
I played a solo show on Friday night at Dooley's. It was a great time. The whole regular crew was there and there was plenty of drinking and hollering... You Really can't beat it. I performed from 8 to midnight, over 40 songs, and played a few with my dad. In the process of making that set list I have realised I probably know over 100 songs a this point, and about 50 more if you count originals. Thats kinda nuts. Well... I would need to have the lyrics, I've probably only memorized about 50.
Audio Production and Engineering with Recoring Connection is winding down. I am excited as this will open up more opportunites for me to work on my record and with friends and other band who I am excited to record. My album will be a group effort, with the guitarist and drummer from my band, some of the guys from a band the Four Boars, and other friends from open mics all being featured at various points.