April 11, 2014
A new agency that professes to place musicians on cruise ships has decided to copy our website content verbatim. Besides the fact that this is illegal as our site is copyrighted, it goes to show that their managers don’t seem to have the passion, know-how and integrity to do the work themselves.
It goes without saying that applying for jobs with an agency like this will inevitably lead to disappointment and frustration.
Over the past 8 years, I have personally researched, gathered and posted every single bit of information on our sites myself, whether that’s in the form of podcasts, blog posts, page content and structure, and even menu items. I can proudly say that 100% of everything you see on www.oceanbound.com, as well as on our Facebook and Twitter accounts are, and always will be original.
So, my word of advice is to be cautious about who you hire.
April 4, 2014
It’s difficult enough to get a cruise ship gig at the moment. In this episode, I discuss what you can do to your band lineup and repertoire to increase your odds of getting a job.
February 10, 2014
I believe that it is important to stay up-to-date with technology to keep sounding fresh and interesting. I’ve long been a fan of some of the products produced at TC-Helicon. Here’s a great demonstration of their VoiceLive 3 Vocal Processor.
I find this vocalist does a good job at using this tool sparingly, which I believe is the key with tools such as this one.
February 3, 2014
Here’s another one of those great interviews from over at the Sweetwater Music YouTube Channel. This time it’s with none other than Chick Corea. I’m convinced there’s not a musician on the planet that doesn’t have the utmost respect for this beautiful musician, so it’s especially interesting to hear him talk about improvisation and choosing the musicians he plays with, amongst other subjects.
January 31, 2014
This iOS and Android app is such a good example of the tools that technology is putting at our fingertips. It lets you create chord progressions easily, then have a rhythm section play them so you can fine tune your improvisation skills.
Check out their website for a feature list. Here’s the itunes link to the app.
iReal Pro for iPhone and iPad from iReal Pro on Vimeo.
January 29, 2014
Want to keep modern sounding loops quickly on your iPad? This might be just the right tool for you.
ScratchPad and BOSS Pedal Sketch App
January 27, 2014
I’ve recently discovered the great interview series Mitch Gallagher is hosting for Sweetwater Music. Whether it’s John “JR” Robinson, Chick Corea or Victor Wooten, these interviews are full of insight and food for thought.
Check out this quote of Victor Wooten’s: “…my music is not about the technique, but I have to use technique to produce the music I hear”.
Below is the full interview. Enjoy.
December 31, 2013
We wish you a Happy New Year. May the new year bring you an abundance of great music.
December 3, 2013
We are currently looking for lounge duos that perform modern music with and without backing tracks. These duos would consist of either a pianist or guitarist with a vocalist.
The band should be as versatile with music and should include current songs.
To apply, submit the following to email@example.com:
- Video of 10-12 samples
- Full repertoire list in PDF format and categorized by style of music
Contact us with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
October 23, 2013
We are currently looking for the following musicians and groups:
- Orchestra Saxophone Players, doubling on flute and clarinet
- Orchestra Lead Trumpet Players
- Orchestra Bass Players
- Orchestra Pianists
- 5-piece cover bands
- Lounge Duos (both acoustic and sequenced)
Audition information can be found on this page.