We've even prepared a special GLASYS - Korgy & Bass collaboration for the night, with The Secret Sea on guitar. Check out this short teaser video, it's going to be so much fun:
Time for some updates!
I had a fun live session on KBOO's Monday Sampler a couple of days ago. They have a great staff and very impressive studio!
And, speaking of radio stations, today I found out that my song 'The Great Abyss' was played on KEXP by DJ Ashley. This is the first time my music is played on the popular station, so needless to say I'm pretty excited by the news. :)
Tonight (Thursday) I'm performing at Bunk Bar with local Portland bands DAN DAN and Earth World. Both bands sound great and I'm looking forward to hearing their sets. Come say hi if you're in the area!
Click on the flyer for details:
If you've seen any of my videos, you know how much I love my Nord Stage 2 EX HP76 keyboard.
64 Audio is a company that makes incredible high end in-ear monitors, and I have a pair of A6's on the way! Can't wait to try them out.
Fusion Bags is a UK based company that makes top quality gig bags for most instruments (as well as laptops, DJ gear). I've been using their Keyboard 06 model to carry my Nord around for over a year now and it's proven to be the best bag I've ever owned. Lightweight, comfy, durable, has backpack straps and tons of room for cables and accessories... if you're a musician and you're in the market for a new bag, I highly recommend checking out their catalog!
Dave Smith Instruments make some of the most beautiful and amazing analog synths in the market today. I've fantasized about owning the polyphonic Prophet 6 ever since it was announced, so needless to say I'm incredibly happy to be endorsed by the company. And look what showed up at my doorstep yesterday... expect some new videos featuring this beauty soon!
Just came back from an amazing week in California. What an experience! Here are some of the highlights:
1. Met some awesome people at the Artist Relations Endorse Expo, including the company's found Randy Fuchs, YouTube star Nathan Alef and GRAMMY award winner Salvador Santana. Also signed an endorsement deal with 64 Audio, can't wait to receive their amazing in-ear monitors!
4. This one isn't NAMM related, but it happened while I was there and put a big smile on my face. My debut EP was reviewed by Northwest Music Scene:
From the first bar of the title track of Glasys’ debut EP The Pressure, it is already clear that Gil Assayas is a musician of rare talent and skill. The Portland based Assayas is possessed of rather intimidating piano chops and assembled an impressive collective of musicians for the project.
I'm so happy that the cassette version of The Pressure EP (released on Dazzleships Records) is now available at two of my favorite local shops - Tender Loving Empire (on Hawthorne) and Music Millennium. Every copy is only $8 and comes with a download code for digital files. If you live in Portland, check it out next time you're at one of those locations!
In other news, I was invited to a Pre-NAMM Endorse Expo next week as a Nord Artist. I'll also be attending the NAMM Show itself for the first time, really looking forward to it!
Check out these new business cards I made for the occasion. Graphic artist / musician JP Downer designed them and they were printed at Cravedog. The photo used on the cards was taken by my friend Hunter Paye. I'm really happy with the results, here's a pic:
The GLASYS / The Secret Sea episode of PDX Spotlight has been released!
We performed two songs each and had a fun interview with show host Luke Neil. Check it out:
The episode was featured on the front page of Oregon Music News, click the image for the full feature:
Furthermore, Synthtopia (biggest synthesizer news website in the world) has featured my PDX Spotlight performance of 'Malady' on the website and social media pages! Click the image for the feature:
I'm really pleased with the 'Malady' live video, it already has over 22,000 views on Facebook - and counting! Thank you so much to everyone who has watched and shared it.
Happy New Year, everybody! Some fun stuff coming up this winter.
The episode of PDX Spotlight featuring GLASYS and The Secret Sea premieres TODAY at 6 PM on Comcast Channel 11 (Portland). It will also be available on YouTube, I'll post a link!
Tomorrow I'll be a guest on 'The Monday Sampler' on KBOO Radio at 2:30 PM!
I'll be in California after that attending a Pre-NAMM event for endorsed Nord artists, as well as The NAMM Show itself.
When I come back, I'll be playing a few one-of-a-kind shows, including 'Spectacle Garden' at The Headwaters Theatre, Whim Grace's Birthday celebration at The Old Church (tickets HERE), and my next big show: MOGOfest at The Secret Society with Coco Columbia and Korgy & Bass (details HERE)!
I'm happy to share a brand new song called Malady, performed live on PDX Spotlight, a great TV/Online show that showcases artists from Portland!
The full episode will feature both me and my friend The Secret Sea, and will premiere on January 8th on Comcast channel 11 in Portland. It will also be available for streaming at www.pdxspotlight.com.
A big thanks to the PDX Spotlight crew for having me, and to Andrew Grosse from Caravan Recordings for the great job mixing and mastering the session!
Sometimes, you get exciting news when you least expect it.
My song The Pressure was played during halftime at the Portland Trail Blazers game last night, thanks to the NBA team's Director of Game Operations Todd Bosma. He tweeted this yesterday morning:
It was a great way to start the week for sure! :)
Due to popular demand, I uploaded the full Björk cover I performed with special guest Coco Columbia at my EP release and Tender Loving Empire's compilation release! This video was shot a couple of months ago when we were rehearsing.
Hope you enjoy, and don't forget to subscribe to my Youtube Channel if you want to know when I release new videos!
I had a great time performing at local record label Tender Loving Empire's compilation release show last Thursday! The TLE staff is amazing and it was fun sharing the stage with 5 fantastic local acts.
I played a brand new challenging song for the first time, you can check out a short video from the performance HERE. The full version of the song will be featured in an upcoming episode of PDX Spotlight featuring GLASYS and The Secret Sea!
I was also lucky to have the amazing Coco Columbia join me on stage to perform our Björk cover for the second time. Check out some photos:
The compilation album Friends & Friends of Friends 9 features 39 tracks by local acts, including my single The Pressure. You can pick up a copy HERE.
I'm really excited to be included in the lineup for Tender Loving Empire's upcoming compilation (Friends & Friends of Friends Volume 9) release show with some great local acts (Cat Hoch, Astro Tan, No Aloha, Slow Corpse and Mo Troper) this Thursday at Holocene!
The compilation itself features tracks from 39 local Portland acts (including my single The Pressure), and all sales at the show will go towards the non-profit crisis line Call To Safety.
Tour Worthy recommended the show and wrote an awesome little writeup about me, click the image for the full article:
Two new exciting features to share with you all today:
1. Northwest Music Scene has featured me in 100 Bands in 100 Days Presented by Verity Credit Union! Big thanks to their staff for the in-depth feature and kind words. Check out the article HERE.
That's pretty much it for now - Oh, and I'm really looking forward to my upcoming shows this week, hope to see you there Portland people!