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Over the next twelve months this blog will document the recording of CASAMENA's latest project, a hip-hop, bata exploration with Michael Spiro and your blog keeper, Carlos Mena. I've recently decided to include all things CASAMENA here as well so you'll read about other projects as well.

Thursday, January 13, 2005

House music all night long

OSUNLADE is not only on board, but he is excited to work on this project. I haven't met him in person yet, but I love him already. We've been talking about this via email for months now. Maferefun Ochun! It's finally happening. He just emailed me his cel number, so I'll try to call him when I get back in this afternoon. There are three tracks that I think he can really do something great with, so I'll be sending those via IM tomorrow. Now I just need to get Vinia's tracks done. There are a couple of producers I have in mind for that, I just need to carve out some time to listen to their work.

I listened again to the bass parts Yunior put down and I added some hip-hop beats as place holders and this shit is sounding very funky.

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

BASS! How low can you go?

So I just took Yunior Terry back to where he is staying, in Oakland... Who is Yunior? You're asking. Here's the story, local, funky bassist, Victor Little, tells me Yunior is in town last nite. So I get his cell, and leave a message. Just know that he has toured with Jerry Gonzales and the Fort Apache band, Steve Coleman, and Lila Downs, as well as playing with his brother Yosvany. The cat is bad with a capital B. Anyway, long story short we were here in the studio 'till 1:00am and he put down some very cool bass work. Thanks Yunior!!

From the first line he laid down, over Ochun's toque, it was on. I knew he would have no problems playing over bata parts, since he grew up with this music. This is going to be one fresh record. Even though we are just getting started, I can see it coming together. Can't wait for Mike to get back from his trip! We have a bunch of midi parts to put down still.

Sunday, January 09, 2005

Good news

It looks like we have Omar Sosa! *does cartwheels* Now I have to find a studio with a grand piano, or rent a serious keyboard with weighted keys. I think I want a "real" grand piano, though. By the way if you don't have his latest record, Mulato, please do yourself a favor. I have a couple of ideas of where he would fit in. Even though this record is really an exploration, Mike and I do have an idea on what this record will sound like, based on our conversations.

Oh yeah, I am going to need a find videoagrapher to start video taping meetings and recording sessions, and do some brief interviews. Shoot all the extras for the DVD.