Quiet Entertainer on tour with Mutemath? Fall 2012?

The unthinkable has happened.

Let me break it down for you.

Mutemath.

They’ve been my favorite band for years. For almost a decade. I’ve been a superfan since their very first show. I was a superfan of the band members’ previous bands. Let’s just say I’ve been on board the band wagon for a long time. In fact, I did a remix of on their most recent songs. (If you haven’t heard that, here it is!)

MUTEMATH – Odd Soul (Quiet Entertainer Remix) by Quiet Entertainer

Ok so a few years ago, because of my unique relationship with them, they allowed me to open for them in the city I grew up. Memphis. That was very cool and the experience really changed me as an artist. Fast forward to today, with all the recent things and momentum I’d been having lately, I reached out to them to see about opening for them again in either Memphis or Knoxville for their upcoming tour. I heard no response, so I went ahead and have been doing my thing. Well, their management reached out to me just recently and offered me a conditional spot to open for them on their entire fall headlining tour! WHAT?! What’s the condition? I won’t get paid. I’d just be straight up doing it for the love of what I do and for the experience of doing it.

Well, I have had a few days to think about it and pray about it. I’ve asked people to pray for me. It’s become increasingly clear, that I HAVE to do this. I absolutely have to do this, and if I don’t do this, not only might I regret it for the rest of my life, but I might as well quit the entire Quiet Entertainer thing and hang it up to pursue some job in corporate America. (I am typing this to you on my lunch break at my day job).

 

Well, so if I do this my job here isn’t guaranteed to be here when I get back. So while, I’m VERY excited about this opportunity; I’m very scared. Those of you who’ve been with me a while know that I’ve left a job once before to pursue QE goals (that story) but that didn’t work out so well. This opportunity is unlike any other that I’ve been presented. So I’m gonna give one more shot.

 

To be clear: THIS IS A DREAM COME TRUE.

I can’t say that more emphatically. I have longed to stand with this band of artists and musicians and be considered a peer. It seems so weird to be typing and telling you all this. But I suppose I’m putting all this out there because I truly need your help to pull this off.

I don’t have a huge fanbase; I have YOU.

Thank you for sticking with me all this time. Your support and encouragement has literally been what I believe God has used as the true catalyst for keeping me going through tough times. In addition to that I want to give you a chance to support me financially to make this happen.

 

I don’t have time to set up a kickstarter or even an indiegogo account to make this happen. But I am trying to raise $3,500 in two weeks I will use this money to:

  • pay rent & utilities at my apartment while I’m gone and while I’m job hunting for when I return
  • print up a bulk amount of all my CDs & some QE t-shirts at a discounted rate for when I head on tour. (Merch will be my only money-maker on the tour).

I wanted to give you a chance to do this. Here’s a paypal link.

Normally with something like this, there are different tiers with if you donate so much, I will give you this and that.

 

Donate Anything

Be added to a special list where I will send special updates from the tour. They’d be more in-depth than what I’d put on twitter, facebook, youtube, etc.

Donates $50+

Receive a physical copy of all my CDs (I have 3 regular ones, plus an old demo and 2 live ones.) Plus a t-shirt.

Donate $100+

Receive a physical copy of all my CDs & a choice of t-shirt or hoodie, plus I’ll give you access to The Definitive DJ Mindset course.

Donate $200+

Everything in the $100+ level and I will write a personalized beat / song for you.

Depending on how many I get, I will do a special supporters CD with all your songs on it.

 

Please write me back and let me know what you think of all this. And also, please support how you can!

Much love,

Greg / QE

P.S. I’m going on tour with Mutemath! Here are the tour dates!

Six Albums You Should Have Listened To In 2011

One of my email subscribers, Sandy, asked me recently, “What are your biggest influences? What are you currently listening to?” I hate to just give short answers to music related questions as personal as this one! Furthermore as I was looking at what I was listening to and matching it up with some of my favorite artists, I realized that a lot of music came out this year that I’ve enjoyed all year long. Let’s take a look in no particular order.


Wick-it the Instigator – The Brothers of Chico Dusty

Ok, there is a particular order. I mention this one first because it was actually released in December of 2010. But it’s so good. I listened to it a lot in 2011. Wick-it the Instigator‘s mashup album of Big Boi’s Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Sons of Chico Dusty & The Black Keys’ Brothers. Deservedly, it went viral on the internet. I hope you grab this one right away.


Emancipator – Remixes

This was the sleeper hit of the year. I was addicted to this album for several months. I already liked Emancipator. This remix album added a lot of punch to his more vibed out tracks. As I type this, I’m inspired to start listening to this AGAIN. haha. Emancipator has been one of my favorite discoveries from Pandora. I even tried to remix/mashup one of his songs by the way.


DJ Shadow – The Less You Know, The Better

This was Shadow’s first studio release in years! When I talk about DJ Shadow today, people are very quick to point out that he’ll never release another record like Endtroducing. Ok, fine. Then, they tell me that he’s lost it. But come on. He was way ahead of everyone when he released The Outsider in 2006. Admittedly, I didn’t get it at first when that album came out. But now I look around, there’s all this bass music. I keep thinking, oh I’ve heard this before! I digress. So, Shadow tried to go back to his “roots” with The Less You Know, The Better. Here’s a great interview about it. I liked this record a lot. It reminded me of the UNKLE – Psyence Fiction album because it was super diverse. I listened to this over and over. You should have, too.


Mutemath – Odd Soul

Some of you know that I’m a longtime die-hard Mutemath fan. (I even got to open for Mutemath back in the day.) This is Mutemath’s best record. Great songwriting in the lyrics, melodies, & rhythm. This actually came out on the same day as DJ Shadow record. Yet, I was more excited about this one! It’s the perfect record for them. I don’t know how they top it. it’s a great pure rock album without a lot of the electronic and sample elements that I’m used to hearing. Actually, you’d think I would like it less because of that. But I love what they did. They were all over the place with the styles. I hope that since now they’ve proven themselves musically (as if they needed to), they can bring back all the samples and electronic stuff and make something ridiculous. But enough speculation, Listen to Odd Soul. If you haven’t already, you should have. Oh by the way, I entered their Odd Soul remix contest. I didn’t win; but I liked what I did. Download Odd Soul (Quiet Entertainer Remix)


BSBD – Noir

This album deserves its own blog entry. The reason I don’t: I’m not a music reviewer and don’t want to be known as a music reviewer. I don’t want thousands of rappers and bands sending me their music. But let me tell you. In my opinion, this is the best record that came out in 2011. It’s definitely my favorite. I don’t know what kind of genre you’d tag for Blue Sky Black Death. I know they are hip hop producers. However, the Noir album is kind of a shoegaze electronica triphop soundtrack-esque record. I’ve listened to this record the most. Every time I listen to it, I have a new favorite track. Every time I re-listen to a track, I discover a new element that I hadn’t noticed. It’s like reading the Bible. Yes, it’s a religious experience when I listen to this record. Is it kind of silly to talk this way about music? It’s just a record, right? If you feel that way, you probably need to leave my site right now. And then you need to go listen to Noir. You should have been listening all year long.


Quiet Entertainer – Q-Gaze

Shameless plug! I did my first ever mixtape EP this year! It’s called Q-Gaze. I mixed together some of the artists I listed here and a few others. You definitely need to grab that. It’s a free download. Get it here.

Like I said, I’m not a music reviewer. I’m more of a sharer. I’m just sharing music that I like. Through that mixtape and through this blog. I hope you took some time to listen. What records would you have put on this list for 2011? Let me know in the comments.

Mutemath – Odd Soul (Quiet Entertainer Remix)

Mutemath Odd Soul Quiet Entertainer Remix

I’ve finally done it! Here’s my remix of Mutemath’s new song, “Odd Soul.”

I really like the song. I also really like the remix. I actually had to learn how to do some new things and stretch myself for it. Take a listen on soundcloud or youtube.

MUTEMATH – Odd Soul (Quiet Entertainer Remix) by Quiet Entertainer

And if you want, you can download the MUTEMATH – ODD SOUL (Quiet Entertainer Remix) here.