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The Makers play every Tuesday at Seven Grand in downtown Los Angeles. For eight years we have been improvising groove-inspired sets with horns, ambient textures, and the inclusion all our musical influences.
We finally decided to take our music into the studio, and our method was to improvise for 3 full-day sessions and then use the material as a base for exploration of ideas that the studio offers. The process evolved and came to include vocals, electronic samples, strings, more horns, and all the people orbiting our musical world at the time.
This album took on a life of its own. The vast worlds explored could only be reached from our long-time collaborations and close-knit relationships as people. As I listen to the record now, I return immediately to a golden-era when Downtown Los Angeles was just beginning to regenerate, but still a wide open playground for artists to experiment and try out new ideas. Late night loft parties, characters from the streets of Downtown LA, and a motivated band of brothers transitioning from music school into the real world are all moments and memories that are crystallized in this album.
released October 10, 2010
Justin Kirk - trombone, nord lead
Robby Marshall - saxophones, flutes, clarinets, rhodes, samples
Ben Adamson - trumpet, microkorg
Michael Lindsey - drums
Christian Wunderlich - guitar
Mike Bolger - trumpet, organ, accordian
Graham Hitchcock - electric bass
SPECIAL GUESTS (in order of appearance)
Pedro Shanahan, Bijon Watson, Alonzo Brito
Tunji - rap on Boldeski
Genevieve Artadi - voice on Teen Drama and Scary Street
Tasha Taylor - voice on Hope
bass: John Paul Maramba, Daniel Aged, Devin Hoffman
strings: Paul Cartwright, Alma Cielo, Peter Jacobson, Thomas Lea
horns: Bijon Watson, Vikram Devasthali, Dan Weinstein
drums: Tony Austin
Hank: Dog barks
Nick Uri - Teen Drama, Flying Ghandi Kick
Robby Marshall - SRO, Scary Street
PRODUCED BY: Justin Kirk, Benjamin Adamson, Robby Marshall
MIXED BY: Benjamin Adamson and Tony Austin at Digital-T Studios
assistant engineer - Kyle Draper
MASTERED BY: Adam Berg at Manifest Music Productions