Hello from Los Angeles, where this week I’ve got a ton of meetings, a recording session and four days of mixing for my upcoming fans-only EP ‘Amerikana.’
I start tomorrow with a recording session at JJ Abrams’ new production facility in West LA. Reputedly his new digs are fabulous, and built in some sort of old typewriter depository with the original logos still visible, and no sense of what’s hidden behind closed doors. How very typical! I’ll be recording with a gent called Uli from the LA funk/jam band Ozomatli, whom I met when they played a street party during February’s TED Conference. Uli’s a milti-instrumentalist but tomorrow he’ll be playing a kind of Balkan clarinet on my song ‘Simone.’
Then I have half a dozen meetings with potential new business associates. I’m looking for the right person, entity or company to partner with on the release of the new album. To prepare them for this meeting I’ve let them each hear about 9 songs, in various states of completion. So this will amount to the first ‘industry’ feedback I’ll have receieved on my new material. Take a deep breath!
My schedule over the next few days is pretty hectic so I’ll be tearing all over LA in a hire car and won’t have time to stop in restaurants to eat. But as it happens, there’s a new trend in LA that should work to my advantage. Gourmet food trucks are the new rage! Apparently these days you can eat great fresh food made by famous chefs ‘al fresco’ at bargain prices, and all you have to do is track them with your GPS! They’re GPS-enabled so the drivers used to Tweet with their current location. But that’s only as good as the last Tweet they sent, so now (inevitably) there’s an iPhone app that lets you track your gourmet food truck in real time on a map! It’s called RoadStoves and here’s a screen shot:
So I’ve installed this app, and I’ll check out a few of these trucks over the next few days and let you know how they tasted. I’m so fascinated with location-based apps and content!