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Soul Barkada to Play at East Hollywood Earth Day Festival

Elson and the Soul Barkada will be performing at the East Hollywood Earth Day Festival at the Vermont/Santa Monica Metro station plaza (at the corner of Santa Monica Blvd and Vermont Avenue) on Sunday, April 26 at 3:00 p.m. Interesting tidbit: The station is where the cover photo of e:trinity‘s (Elson’s previous music project) various […]

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Election Night Video!

Check out the video pf Elson and the Soul Barkada performing “Are You Ready (For Garcetti)?” at the Avalon Hollywood on March 3, 2009. Watch the councilman himself jam with the band on keyboards!

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Election Night at the Avalon Hollywood!

Elson and the Soul Barkada is honored to have been chosen to do a special performance at L.A. City Councilman Eric Garcetti’s election night party at the Avalon Hollywood on Tuesday, March 3! For more information, see the Performances section.

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Obama Song!

To commemorate the inauguration of President Barack Obama, Elson and the Soul Barkada, (temporarily renamed “Elson and the Soul Barack-ada”) made a fun parody of Carl Carlton’s “She’s A Bad Mamma Jamma” and made “He’s-a Barack Obama.” Watch the YouTube video here!

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Evolution Of ‘Hearts’

Okay, so just what does this whole recording process entail – and why does it take so damn long? Well, a great part of it is the ability to constantly improve what you’ve done. “Good” can be made “Better.”  Here’s an example of one of my songs, “Hearts,” showing the differences between a version of […]

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Background Check (1,2)

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Been doing some recording this past month, nailing down Louie’s and Lisa’s (above) background vocals for some more tunes on May 1 and May 18. All of the tracks were recorded at their place in the Valley, as they have a small DAW studio setup built around ProToolsLE (which I’m no fan of, but know […]

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In Record Mode

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Been recording lately. Keith came in tonight to record conga tracks to replace my drum machine congas – sure adds some new life to the tracks, especially to “the twins” — a.k.a. “Hearts” and “Brand New Thing,” two songs that don’t exactly sound alike, but have the same level of involvement by other bandmembers and […]

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U-P-G-R-A-Y-E-D-D!!!

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I’ve been busy upgrading my little recording studio lately, hitting the learning curve trying to get up to speed and learn their features. Here’s what I’ve added recently Cakewalk Sonar 7 Producer Edition I’ve been using Cakewalk‘s Sonar 5 Producer Edition all this time since 2005. I skipped 6 so I’ve been pressured to go […]

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The NAMM Show!

I spent the past weekend at the 2008 NAMM Show at the Anaheim Convention Center, nearly an hour’s drive south of here. People come from around the world to attend this huge music products show, but I’m just a NAMM commuter. Never mind that in the days leading to the show I was suffering from […]

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