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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Aces Down Profile: Ari

Name: Ari Shuris
What I Do: Vocalist/Acoustic Guitar
Influences: Brandi Carlile, Cat Power, Incubus, John Legend
Active since: Writing since I was in middle school, Singing since start of high school, making music 2 years ago
Experience with Bands: No prior experience with bands...just random jam sessions over the years

Reprinted from an earlier post

This semester I feel I’ve finally dipped my toes into the whole music-making thing. As a visual media production major, producing is what I love to do – film, music, poetry…I’ve been singing all my life really, and picked up the guitar a couple years ago, after watching my brother play for 15 years. Whenever I’m back home in Princeton, we jam and inspire each other. It’s a constant growing process. Since I’m away at school, he’s always interested in seeing what I’ve written and I’m always in awe of his raw talent.

I’ve lived in Princeton most of my life. It’s way too small and I’m dying to get out there and to get my work noticed. After school, I plan on moving west where the sun is bright, and where I know I can get a jumpstart on my career. I’m all about living in the now and travel, so I know this plan will be perfect for me as an individual.

After interning this semester at a radio station, I was exposed to so much talent and creativity. I told myself this really was the year to start to start working with people who have the same enthusiastic minds and spirits as me. In the studio, I feel like all I can do is be an artist. This is the only way to be artist. I love the energy that flows in the room. I feel the mutual understandings between all of us…working hard, working creatively, doing it freely. It’s a no pressure zone, but I feel there’s a little bit of pressure...good pressure…to do my best. After all, I am my own worst critic! I am amped on getting my words, voice, and emotions heard. I’ve waited so long for it really…I’ve been holding back for sometime…keeping it private, personal…but my love for it has freed me. _A

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Blog Report: 11/21/08

Yep, it's another Blog Report, and like most other things, it concerns Aces Down, for the most part.

Let's start with some bad news. The Ari Shuris/MC Larny collaboration material ain't making it out before 2009. Yeah, it sucks, but in the end, it was all a matter of time, and also putting out a quality product. You'll hear some of that stuff eventually, so just wait. It's still coming...

But the good news is that Aces Down is for real. Yep, it's really looking good. We've done a couple jam sessions with a majority of the band, and I, for one, am very excited for what this collective effort can accomplish.

You'll be hearing about the remaining members of the band in detail during the next few postings. But now, it's time to announce the full line-up of Aces Down....

MC Larny: Rapping

Laura Sacchetti: Lead Guitar/Some Vocals

Chris Tobin: Drums

Brett Banik: Rhythm Guitar/Keyboards

Ari Shuris: Lead Harmonic Vocals/Acoustic Guitar

Victor Bebo: Bass

Niko Matses: Electric Percussion

We even got some jams together recently, and if you're on our Facebook page reading this, check out the music player on the side of the site. If you're checking this out on Myspace, then check out the music player on the main page.

That's all for this edition of the blog report. See you next time.

-MC Larny

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Aces Down Profile: Laura

Name: Laura Sacchetti
What i do: Lead Guitar, some vocals/writing lyrics
Previous experience with bands: nothing that lasted
Active since: 2008
Influences: Alice in Chains, Jimi Hendrix, Tool, Metallica, Led Zeppelin

So about me... I'm Laura, just joined Aces Down, and its the s***. I have played the guitar since i was 12 (i stole my brother's guitar, which i fixed up and perform on today) and i am completely self-taught. I kalso play the piano, which i have been playing it since... well, ever since i could remember. I also attempt singing from time to time.

My style is bluesy-hard rock/metal. I tend to improve a lot of my solos because it just sounds better and more authentic. I like to play loud, and my neighbors surely hate me. ;) rock on.


Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Aces Down

It's official. The live band is here.

Enter Aces Down.

Now that you know, it's time to take a crash course about each member of the band, one by one.

Starting with: MC Larny!

Name: MC Larny
What I Do: Vocals (Rapping), Beat Assembler
Previous Experience With Bands: Yes
Active since: 2003, officially in 2005
Influences: Public Enemy, Deftones, NIN, Wu-Tang Clan, DMX, A Perfect Circle...

OK then, I'm MC Larny. I'm the guy who brought this band to life, though I really can't say it was all my work. I've been rapping for about 5 years now, since high school, made some CD's here and there. I've also produced all of my music myself too, and while I didn't have a clue what I was doing back when I started, I taught myself, drawing on my influences (too many to name) and my brief experience with musical instruments. As time went on, I got better, and defined a style of production, as well as a rhyming style too. I also learned how to put emotions into the music as well, also basing it off experiences from life as well.

In high school, I played with a few bands that my friends were in, and while none of them actually lasted as long as I wanted to (at best 1 show), they were very inspiring to me to actually make this happen, and put on a great live show. For a while now, I've been patientially waiting to do this, but just couldn't find the right people, and get it going. Finally, it seems that I've found the right people and they all have talent oozing from their pores.

All I know is, that this is exciting and I can't wait for December 27th, when we take the stage. Who know what can happen.....

-MC Larny

Stay tuned for more profiles of the band...

Sunday, November 9, 2008

11.9.08 Update

Ok, this one will be quick but worth reading. The live band for the December 27th show has been set.

The official name of the band is coming soon. So keep your eyes on this space.

-MC Larny

Music I Made



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