Logo design, locked away to compose for OCT 28/29 SHOW @ Cellar, and trio CD progresses. It’s gonna be a live one!

Hello, good morning, and welcome to the Saturday Morning News Post!

Readers, there’s so much to talk about that I didn’t even have time to talk about it last week. Hence the SMNP absence.

As you know, the illustrious branding & design company Industrial Brand is full of Danderfans, and so it was with many reservations delight that they took on my record label logo design project. The process so far has been pretty straight-forward on my end with a few pages of questions to answer about the direction/intent of my company and then a follow up meeting with IB’s artistic Maverick and Goose duo: Matt SamyciaWood and Tyler Wilman. For the duration of our 40 minute skype conference call, I was plied with further questions as to my company, the origin of it’s name, it’s direction, and what will make it so damn special! In the end, they had all the information they needed to begin their creative design process and I received all the attention I needed for my sense of self-importance. Win-Win!

Aside from the questions (which may or may not have revealed that I don’t know what I’m doing with this company), Matt and Tyler showed me a “mood board,” essentially and collection of logos reflecting different design styles and moods. I was asked to pick one or two that had the feel I was looking for, so I picked two…

Umm, yes, well, you’ve picked two stylistically opposite ideas here James. Can you be more specific?” Matt asked.

Eventually, after my rambling for a while, I think Matt and Tyler began to see that no, I couldn’t be more specific. I am simply a confused complicated, many-splendoured thing and my logo must reflect that. Take it away fellas!

Anyways, the logo options they’ve created will be presented to me on Monday and I’m very excited to see how they turn all of this information into artistic design work! So don’t you worry readers, soon, very soon, Danderfer’s mystery label/production company will be revealed. I will also reveal why on earth it is that a clarinetist would want to start a production company.

In other news, I’m hard at work getting ready for my next big show. Haven’t heard about it yet? Well here it is…




OCT 28/29, Sets at 8 & 9:30, tickets $15. Reserve here.

Bring a mask, don’t bring a mask, or go

whole-hog on the costume front. It doesn’t matter!

Just come and join the party!

It’s less than 2 weeks away now and I’ve got SO MUCH work to do yet. Thankfully, I really enjoy writing music for this band. The size of the ensemble (11-piece) and the strong character of all the musicians involved gives me so much to work with as a composer. It’s like,…hmmm, like some combination of chess, architecture, painting, and play writing for your favourite actors. You design the playing field, strategize, balance all the instruments/colours just so, and then try to put the individuals in a situation which allows their musical character to resonate.

I know that’s vague but it’s very abstract and difficult for me to explain. Let’s just say I’m excited to be holed-up for the next week and a half to work on this writing full-time. Especially now that we’ve had a chance to play my music once (several months ago) I feel I have a better sense of what works and what doesn’t. We shall see.

Finally, work continues on my trio record with Miles Black and Joe Poole. I gave the recording a lot of time to breathe before listening to it and I’m glad I did. It gave me the chance to be a bit more objective about my work. As I predicted, there weren’t any great surprises. No “Wow! I thought I sucked on that but it sounds hip!” or vice versa. No. What I felt worked, worked. What didn’t, didn’t. The only surprise I encountered came from listening to the live recording we did last year. No, I didn’t feel that I had played my best but listening back to it now,… well, I think it’s a lot of fun to listen to darn it! This is in large part due to the great audiences we had; I think the band reflected their energy and delivered some inspired, if not squeeky-clean (on my part), performances. As a result, a lot of this next record will be live material and I’m thrilled to say to show it will be available soon. Possibly this December.

For now though, I’ve got to get back to writing music. Thanks for reading and have a great week!
(above photo of the Hummingbird Brigade by Sam Nixon)