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Short Story: The Truth About Why I decided to Remix Cold Duck

Technically and according to the music industry it’s a reissue or re-release. Remix just sounds and looks better on the cover to me. You probably don’t care much about the technicalities, but I’m often asked “why a different version?” Or it’s assumed that I didn’t like the first version.

Here is what really happened. I teamed up with Giampero Scuderi, (the featured guitarist on the first version ) after hearing him play while having dinner one evening at one of my favorite spots. He immediately got my attention because he alternated between the guitar and the keyboard. May not sound like a big deal to you but let me say that he was doing a brilliant job and his musicianship was stellar. During his break, I immediately made my way to him to let him know how much I was enjoying his playing. I mean he was really into it! I couldn’t take my eyes off of his entertaining ways.

Now mind you, the track had already been written, but I just didn’t have a feature. I had previously auditioned eight other guitarist. That’s right EIGHT! Some came highly recommended, some were really good. But when I received their solos back, I was not at all impressed. I could tell that some of them, as good as they were with gigging, it didn’t translate on to a structured song. I realized that sometimes when a musician is use to improvising around a two or four bar loop, they get use to hearing a certain way. Follow me.

The ability to just improvise is an art form all by itself. Kind of like in rap music, the ability to just spit bars on the spot, no thought, no preparation, no writing down lyrics, just flowing. So with that said, I applaud anyone that can do that. But if all you do is improvise, you’re not responsible for the complete parts of a structured song. Intro, melody, bridge, hook etc. I found that to be true while auditioning these guys. There was no sense of melody, lots of fighting with other parts of the song, incomplete musical sentences, basically all over the place. Long story short, when I heard Gia play, I knew right away that he was the guitarist that would be perfect for this track.

I could tell by the way he played, by his interpretation and placement of parts. I recognized that skill set. After conversing with him, he agreed to play on it. I already had the melody and instructed him to have his way on the other sections as long as it fits within the track. But I knew that I didn’t have to say that because I TRUSTED him. I TRUSTED his musicianship. I TRUSTED his hearing. Long story short, we had so much fun recording! Fast forward.

Stanley Engelbrecht (the featured guitarist on the remix) had been reaching out to me for almost 2 years wanting to work with me. His persistence is only second to none. But life happened and I was working on other things, relocating to another area and dealing with a lot of things. So I put things on hold. I needed a break. Stanley kept reaching out, sometimes just to say hello or ask how I was doing or maybe a music business question.

He stayed on my radar even when I didn’t respond much.
What he didn’t know was that I admired his playing. I watched his online activity and saw his dedication and felt his hunger. I just wasn’t ready at the time. But after several conversations, I wanted to see what he would do on an already released track before committing to anything else. And WOW!! He sent back what he did and I was floored! But even then, it took me another year to do anything with it! Life happened that’s all.

Now here we are today and I am so amazed at the response and receptiveness of this remix. I gave him no instructions at all! I just gave him the track, stripped of the solo and ALLOWED him to do his thing. He did that!! What’s different? He gave it a different feel, added some more color and made it more cool lol. And that’s the truth about why I decided to remix..oops..re-release “Cold Duck.”

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Cold Duck featuring Giampiero Scuderi (TEASER)

Cold Duck CoverWhat’s up everybody!! I’m getting closer to my new smooth jazz single release..Here’s a taste of what’s coming…Enjoy and please SHARE..At a later time I’ll also share with you the “story” behind the title track (so like Chris Brown says, “please don’t judge me..lol!)..the many guitarists I auditioned and the awesome musicians, producers and engineers I had the pleasure to work with…Stay Tuned!!
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My Music On GHP Radio Streaming 24/7

The weekly online radio audience has doubled every five years since 2001 and the Online Radio audience now reaches an estimated 57 million people age 12 and older per week.Ten percent of all Americans age 12 and older report weekly listening to the Internet Radio service Pandora.When asked to choose among Television, Radio, Newspapers and Internet as the ‘most essential to your life,’ the Internet is the leader by a significant margin.  I’m once again excited to announce that both of my smooth jazz singles “Pearl” and “MR.” have been added to another outstanding internet radio station’s playlist!! GHP RADIO plays all forms of jazz, soul, funk, r&b, chill, down beat, lounge and more. GHP RADIO is a 24 hour streaming station.

G. House Productions was started by Gary Fuston during the year 2000 after introducing some instrumental music works on the internet. After releasing his first CD collection on mp3.com titled “The G. Invasion” things started to evolve after intense online promotions. Since then Gary has released 2 other CD’s “The Best Of G. Fuston” & “Unwind”. Gary has produced music for other artists including vocalists and musician artist. Also Gary produces radio ads, radio shows and other musical works for media entertainment.
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Gary Fuston has a very deep passion for music and the arts which has opened many doors to the online community of networking with other artists and bands by introducing their new music releases on his radio program on GHP RADIO, “G. House Jazz & More” and “GHP RADIO Electro Chill Lounge.”

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SmoothJazz.com Airplay

The World Listens to My Music on SmoothJazz.com Global Radio - link to listenI’m excited about this opportunity and I’ll tell you why:  Internet radio listening spread to 39% of all U. S. broadband households by early 2011, and smartphones account for a significant portion of their internet radio listening. And it’s not just early adopters or rabid fans, either: the massive growth of services like Last.FM, Rdio, Spotify and Pandora in American culture is real. This means that luckily, as old-school FM radio declines and the saturation of online streaming music services expands, today’s indie artists have opportunities to promote their music unlike any other in history according to madeloud.com and a Parks Associates survey. Smoothjazz.com is the #1 result when searching “smooth jazz” on-line and has the largest gathered on-line community of jazz enthusiasts in the world with 7.5 million listeners and 300,000 unique site visitors per month as well as 45,000 email JazzBlast subscribers and nearly 10,000 Facebook followers!! Both of my smooth jazz singles “Pearl” and “MR.” have been added to their playlist, so be sure to join the world in listening to my music on SmoothJazz.com Global Radio.

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