Thursday, January 28, 2016

The Manasota Project - Episide 5





The Manasota Project gets hit by a blizzard in this one. I show off the vinyl test pressing from Rainbo Records, then the first full band comes together for a rehearsal!



Last summer I recorded some songs all by myself then started a kickstarter campaign to release the songs on 180g vinyl. Much to my surprise the kickstarter completed successfully! The album is being pressed and is set to be completed in April of 2016. Now is when the real challenge begins. How does a largely unknown artist sell 500 vinyl LPs in 2016? Good question.



I’m a 40-year-old guy who’s played in bands since I was 10, so the idea of putting together a band to play unrewarding shows at bars for no money to try to sell an album really didn’t sound like fun nor like a good idea.



So instead I’ve decided to get some musicians together to perform on YouTube to help promote the album. The Manasota project documents this process and is a window into the life of a musician who never gives up.



by Justin Wierbonski

http://manasota.us

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Justin Robert - Bleeding (a train ride in Japan by JG)





A friend of mine made this very cool video for an old song of mine from the 2007 album, Manasota by Justin Robert. (not to be confused with Manasota by Manasota to be released this April)

Thursday, January 21, 2016

The Manasota Project Episode 4



In this episode my sister Chealsea starts learning some synth parts, Cara is sounding awesome on bass, and I record some drums for Satoshi using the "mid side miking technique"

I also drop by my haunted storage unit and make some Chinese steamed buns for breakfast.

Last summer I recorded some songs all by myself then started a kickstarter campaign to release the songs on 180g vinyl. Much to my surprise the kickstarter completed successfully! The album is being pressed and is set to be completed in April of 2016. Now is when the real challenge begins. How does a largely unknown artist sell 500 vinyl LPs in 2016? Good question.

I’m a 40-year-old guy who’s played in bands since I was 10, so the idea of putting together a band to play unrewarding shows at bars for no money to try to sell an album really didn’t sound like fun nor like a good idea.

So instead I’ve decided to get some musicians together to perform on YouTube to help promote the album. The Manasota project documents this process and is a window into the life of a musician who never gives up.

by Justin Wierbonski
http://manasota.us

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Nintendo 3DS and a Drummer 2 - Geeky Gigs #2


Making music with the Nintendo 3DS! Here's my second song of me playing drums to the Nintendo 3DS. I used the Korg M01d synthesizer and workstation. All the music was composed on the 3DS, I only added drums. My laptop is to the left of me because it's recording the whole thing live. I had two mics on the drums, one close and one far. Thanks for checking it out, hope you like it. Please subscribe and share! Buy this song here https://demonicsweaters.bandcamp.com/track/3ds-and-a-drummer-2-korg-m01d

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

The Manasota Project



The Manasota Project is my new web series that documents the creation of a band to support the 180g vinyl release of Manasota S/T by performing on Youtube. This is a playlist, so be sure to watch all the episodes!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Thinking of Distance - Justin Robert (VHS-c Video)




Recorded in 2006 the drums were actually recorded at Stage III at Florida Studio Theatre while I was doing Hedwig and The Angry Inch. I showed up early one day and put a single sm57 mic on stage using my old Zoom PS04 Palmtop Studio Multitrack Digital Recorder. This was a very early model of a device like this and was a bit of an odd unit. It used smart media cards and was 20 bit, but only recorded up to 31.25kHz, which gave the drums a kinda dingy cool sound.
The guitar was a squire stratocaster going through an Epiphone 5 watt class A Tube amplifier, bass was direct and keys all VSTs. Completed the rest of the song in cubase then made the video a few months ago in Greenpoint.


Here's the final vid of my Tama Hairline Blue Bop kit. This time I just show more of the canister throne, my hi hat stand, heads and complete setup.