When someone hears about what it is I do for a living they always ask the same question. Woah! You must have met some really cool people, who was the biggest artist you’ve worked with? I cant ever answer that question so Its that time of year again where I recount the list of artists I’ve worked with over the past year. This list is by far the biggest and best one yet. You tell me whos the biggest. I cant tell anymore.
American Authors, Run the jewels, Nas, Twenty one pilots, Deadmau5, Kygo, Griz, Elle king, Vance joy, Excision, Method man & Redman, Flosstradamus, Ben harper, *Sublime, Rob zombie, *the Polish ambassador , Texas hippie coalition, Zeds dead, Umphreys McGee, Sufjan Stevens, Blues traveler , Galactic, Bastille, Boombox, Portugal the man, Glass animals, Lcd sound system, Michael Franti, Flume, Sts9, Railroad earth, Tech n9ne, Cherub, Mac miller, Ween, Lotus, Tool, Slayer, Avenged sevenfold, Primus, Korn, Disturbed, Anthrax, Chevelle, Ghost, Avatar, Dillon Francis, Rl grime, Chance the rapper, Five finger death punch, Shinedown, A day to remember, Lamb of god, Megadeth, Bullet for my valentine, Clutch, Sevendust, p.o.d, the sword, escape the fate, bassnectar, marshmello, snails, bob moses, keys n krates, alice in chains, deftones, the cult, ministry, alter bridge, pierce the veil, of mice and men, baroness, hell yeah, buck cherry, the killers, Duran Duran, thievery corporation, Andy grammer, train, Stevie wonder, cheap trick, slipknot, skillet, pop evil, trivium, disturbed, bring me the horizon, at the drive in, sixx am, pennywise, wolfmother, machine gun Kelly, parkway drive, the 1975, against me, walk the moon, silversun pickups, explosions in the sky, eagles of death metal, grammatic, beats antique, budos band, Trevor hall, 3 doors down, Collective soul, Zz top, Cypress hill, Yelawolf, Issues, Filter, Escape the fate, Pop evil
went to a pretty stellar umphrey’s/zach deputy show last night at the national for my roommate’s birthday. i’m so lucky that at my first live umphrey’s experience i got to have my closest friends around me as the incredible light show sank up perfectly with the band’s weaving of practically every genre into two sets of jammin, groovin and just plain kickass rock.
the special treat was their dedication to president’s day: an acapella version of the star spangled banner which they jammed into a mind-blowingly awesome cover of the national anthem by radiohead. the ‘band on the run’ cover (above) and 'that’s all’ by genesis cover were pretty great, as well.
of course their original material sounded great - i’m excited about this new stuff - and the crowd was amazing. at one point, i remember describing the relationship i was noticing between the crowd and band like one between plants and animals’ respiration and photosynthesis, because both groups fed off each other’s positive energy and contributed more back.
you could definitely tell umphrey’s was playing as great as they did in part because of the appreciation and love they were getting from their fans, making the music even more enjoyable because it felt personal, like the band was connecting with us. we weren’t just the audience, we were a part of the music.
(thanks to mattcastaway, an awesome guy who has already put up a bunch of videos from last night’s set, including this one, on the youtube)