2011 Rewind

2011 RewindA look back at an epic year

Whether you are just joining us or have been following from the beginning let me recap the amazing 2011 year Notes for Notes had…it was a BIG ONE! We opened two studios, grew to a national organization and threw some incredible events with the Steve Miller Band andMartin Gore.

Westside MusicBox Opens!

February saw the completion and opening of the newest MusicBox to the Notes for Notes arsenal inSanta Barbara. We began talks on this studio in 2009 and active development later that year, however it would take almost two years before we would strum the first guitar and spin the first record in this new studio. Our mothers always told us…” All good things come to those who wait” Agreed! The new MusicBox also meant we needed to expand the team and we were lucky to find our new Program Director inTaylor Hurtadoand Booking Agent in Dakota Gartner. Check out some press from the Grand Opening! Click to Play (will open video in another window)

 

 

 

 

 

P-Nut rocks the studios!

The folks over at Seymour Duncan do so much for us from outfitting all our guitars to the big show to some amazing introductions. Our good friend Evan Skopp reached out to P-Nut (bass player for 311) considering SD endorses him and asked if he might be interested in stopping by the Notes’ MusicBox Studios when he had time. That time was in May of 2011. P-Nut came up from LA specifically to hang in both studios, jam and offer his words of wisdom on music and life! He is also one of our newest Advisory Board members. Thanks to Evan Skopp,Peter Rasplerand P-Nut for hooking up an amazing experience! Check out the video recap!

Steve Miller Band and Seymour Duncan Rock it for Notes for Notes

There were about 600 of you that had the opportunity to experience what was perhaps one of the most special concert events Santa Barbarahas seen. In commemoration of Seymour Duncan’s 35th Anniversary of making the world’s best pickups a benefit concert was conceived to support Notes for Notes and celebrate SD. Thanks to Cathy Duncan and Maricela Juarez (MJ) they were able to secure The Steve Miller Band as our headliner…Yes THE Steve Miller Band. Steve is a big supporter of youth music and stepped up to kick start what will be an annual concert with Seymour Duncan to benefit Notes for Notes. Keep your eyes out for announcements of this years show and check out the recap of the 2011 show including performance by N4N participants who opened for Steve.

Nashville Bound

Still whirling from the success of the Seymour Duncan Steve Miller Band show, Notes for Notes began the final leg of the Nashville expansion. After 3 very successful trips to Nashville over the past 8 months I packed up a Uhaul trailer and made the drive along a south bound route through Austin andNew Orleans. Now a national organization, this is only the beginning. Call it the Notes for Notes Tour, can anyone guess where the next stop is? After a few months of painting, carpeting, wall postering and equipping we opened the first of two (possibly 3) Nashville MusicBox Studios in collaboration with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee. The first is located at the Andrew Jackson clubhouse and is made possible by some really great folks and organizations including the Hot Topic Foundation, Gibson Foundation, KRK/Stanton, Seymour Duncan, KVB S.A.C.K Foundation, Peavey, Propellerhead, Avid, Thirdman Records and Jack White, Sheryl Crow, MV Pro Audio, SM Pro Audio and Line 6. Check out some of the pics and video from the Grand Opening (even though the official opening was in Feb 2012) Click to play (will open in another window)

 

 

 

 

Martin Gore spins the 1,2’s for Notes for Notes and New Noise again

We ended the Year as we should with a party… a fundraising party which was also especially celebratory for us considering the huge year we have had.Martin Gorewho remains one of our most influential and active Advisory Board Members (as well as a close friends) came back for round 2 to DJ the Holiday Soundcheck to benefit Notes for Notes and New Noise Music Foundation! It was another great event thanks to Jeff Theimer and the New Noise and Notes for Notes’ teams. We raised great support and awareness. Can’t wait to see what 2012 brings for this event! Thanks to Martin, Jonathan Kessler and all of the folks and businesses who donated to the silent auction. Check out the video recap!

N4N Participants Rock it… Everywhere!

2011 also provided opportunities for our next generation of musicians to hit the streets and pay LIVE! From opening spots at our big fundraiser with Seymour Duncan and The Steve Miller Band and Zion I at Velvet Jones to Santa Barbara’s Fiesta celebrations. One of our goals is to provide outlets for our musicians to perform, get out there and show the world the skills they have been honing in the MusicBox Studios.  Check out some footage from the Fiesta performance.

You can imagine that if I were to list every amazing thing that happened in 2011 you would have to take a few days off from work to read the full recap. I realize that you don’t have that kind of time (and that this has already eaten the better part of a lunch break) so feel please checkout the N4N Facebook for the daily updates and the video page for loads of cool vids HERE. A very special thank you to everyone that supported us in 2011 and continues to support us; The Hot Topic Foundation, The Wood Claeyssens Foundation, Santa Barbara Foundation,Matthew FisherFoundation, Johnson Ohana Foundation, Towbes Foundation, Gibson Foundation, Seymour Duncan, KRK/ Stanton, Numark/ Alesis/Akai, and our dedicated Board of Directors (Rod, Michael, Anna, Ian, Matt, Eric, Jeff and Natalie) as well as our Advisory Board including now members in 2011-P-Nut and Alan Parsons.  Thank you all for a great year and here’s to looking forward to a great 2012!

 

 

Studio Update DT: Summer Recap

The end of summer is here,but the only thing hotter than the wheather were the tracks being produced in the musicbox!This years camp sessions brought new insight to our youthfull musicians.step by step we learned the “ins and outs”of writing,recording,and mixing.The kids sure felt the spirit of the summer creating songs such as “cali kidz” and “heart break” both displayed signs of young talent.I was proud of  the hard work  the teens put in and rewarded both camps with pizza parties wich they clearly earned.Great job to everyone who participated in our camps this year.lets keep the music alive!

-Caesar
caesar@notesfornotes.org
Cali kidz 1 by notesfornotes

 

SB Downtown MusicBox is Back in Action!

This MusicBox is where it all started! Notes for Notes got its start at the 1235 Teen Center back in 2007 when we opened with just a handful of gear (some of which I had my folks ship out from VT). Ah the memories, oh how we remember them and how we make them. We returned to the 1235 in the fall of last year to reopen the studio again (as the MusicBox-which had been on hiatus since we moved out to focus resources on the MusicBox East in 2008) When PAL took over, they asked us to come back and we were more than happy to oblige having had such a great experience working with them on some summer camps last year.

At the helm of the MusicBox Downtown is the first participant who ever came to the MusicBox back in 2007, Caesar Valenzuela aka C-wreck. Caesar became staff with Notes for Notes back in 2008 and has grown as a producer and leader and now runs the studio where his music career all started. It is also appropriate to give a “congrats” to Luis Hernandez aka Basik who just graduated High School ON TIME after an uphill battle with his grades, but he did it and I was there to see him walk, SO PROUD! Luis was one of the first guys in the studio as well!

Caesar returned to the MusicBox in February of this year to helm operations and work with the next generation of musicians. Caesar recently produced (and performed on along with Rico) a theme song for the MusicBox and 1235 Teen Center which a group of participants performed at the PAL fundraiser in late April. Take a listen to the track:

More to come from the studio. Stay tuned to updates, photos, videos and tracks from Caesar and the next generation of musicians at the MusicBox Downtown. Also, some great summer camps (run by Caesar and Dakota at all studios this summer through PAL) Check out PAL for info.

 

Best,

Phil

Music from the Studios

One of the coolest forms of proof of Notes for Notes’ mission and success is the music coming out of the studios. Amazingly introspective, passionate and inspiring tracks get recorded everyday. We will be posting new tracks to the site via our SoundCloud player as soon as we get them. Listen to them and feel free to comment as well because the artists need feedback and perhaps you might want to purchase a track or license one or offer a performance opportunity.

Listen and enjoy on the Music page of this site!