3 Reasons Why I Love To Dance

3 Reasons Why I Love To Dance

Today was a special day. It was my very first performance in Boston with a salsa team (Salsa Y Control). It was fun to train and perform with a group of new friends. I've performed before  in Sydney, Australia with Salsa Suave (Becky I miss you!) and Latin Motion (Olive Pineda is by far the best salsa instructor I have ever had) - but it is always challenging and exciting for me to join a new dance company.

Boston is the first city where I learned how to dance On2. April Genovese probably doesn't remember me from that hot and humid summer of 2005. I'm sad to learn that she has moved back to NYC, but I will always remember training in the hallways of MIT with Melaza. 

This sophisticated city hasn't changed much. Havana and Ryles still dominate as the primary two salsa venues in the city. The posters advertising the same beautiful dance couples crowd all the flyers at the doorways. Although the salsa scene here is small compared to Sydney and San Francisco, it's still big enough for me to be inspired. I crave going out on Friday nights (the best night of the week), and I hope to perform many times again. 

So why am I so passionate about dancing?

Here are my Top 3:

  1. No one cares where you are from or what you do for a living or what college you go to or how old you are or the color of your skin - they only care about how you dance

  2. It's physically and mentally challenging

  3. Dancing makes me feel beautiful and alive

One day I will figure out how to integrate a record label, a rock band and a salsa dance team together. Until then - see you on the dance floor.

Rock House Rankings - Issue 1

Rock House Rankings - Issue 1

What do we do on snowpocalypse? Collect music data!!!! I know... very nerdy but fascinating... to us, and hopefully to you too. We basically collected a bunch of preliminary Facebook and Twitter statistics about 6 months ago and we had the time to update it today.

So - we were interested in social media metrics for our network of artists and friends and bands we aspire to become - mainly focused on the rock/electronic/synth/indie scene. Obviously, Psychic Spies has a long list to climb (please like us and listen to our latest album!). If you are reading this and haven't heard of 90% of the bands on this list - go check them out on whatever service is not your Top 40 radio station.

If you want someone added to this list, we are open to suggestions. You know how to reach us. I'm also working on Twitter and Instagram statistics (and maybe Spotify or Soundcloud). Watch this space...thanks for reading. :)

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We Are Starting A Podcast

We Are Starting A Podcast

This is what is happening: We are launching a new podcast about music start-ups. The goal of the podcast will be to tell the story of musicians, rock bands and artists around the world who are trying to make it - or are already making it - in the cut-throat fast-paced music industry.

It will feature sound bites of how bands started out, their process of writing new music, navigating crazy fans, how they book shows, how they organize tours, who inspires them, which venues they prefer, etc. There are so many amazing musicians out there, and we want to share their stories with the world. We think we've got the skills to deliver high-quality sound as well as interesting content. 

Our podcast will be called: Rock House Sounds: Stories from the music underground.

What do you think? You can see a rough mock-up of the podcast cover above.

If you are interested in our start-up of a music start-up podcast, let us know on Twitter @rockallston or email contact@allstonrockrecords.com. We're interested to hear which artists you would like to us to interview or if you would like to be interviewed yourself. Also, if you haven't listened to any of the podcasts in this cover above, I HIGHLY recommend them.

In other news, Stephen has a pretty major announcement coming up for the months of February and March.... stay tuned!

My Top 10 Priorities This Year

My Top 10 Priorities This Year

It's 2015! I can't believe it's already been almost 3 years since I left sunny glorious Sydney, and almost 2 years since I moved to Boston from San Francisco. You might think that I've lived my life backwards, that I must be mistaken, that I have lost my way. After all - why wouldn't I want to have a 9am-11pm high-paying high-stress job riding around in jet planes, black cars and worrying about whether I've colored the cells in my spreadsheet the appropriate blue for Mr. Multi-Billionaire CEO?

Most of my days working at a bank were all a blur, filled with super urgent, critically confidential tasks for me to complete (or else the world would explode). Some days stand out more than others. One of the highlights was meeting James Packer, one of the richest people in Australia (more than US$4 billion dollars today according to Forbes). I helped him with financials for some casinos he owned over the course of a few months in 2011. Every time we met, he was stressed. His face was bright red, and he looked like he had eaten only pizza and ice cream for 10 years straight. I thought to myself, if I ever had that much money, I hope I don't end up like him. 

Anyway, I'd better get back to the point of this post. My goals for 2015! Here is the top 10 list of what I want to focus on this coming year. If you find me spending too much time on anything else, just slap me:

  1. Listen to more music
  2. Regularly blog
  3. Work on our start-up - Allston Rock Records
  4. Get a puppy
  5. Commit to a dance team
  6. Pick up fancy web design & Photoshop skills
  7. Cook more, and eat less packaged food
  8. Be more social
  9. Keep up with friends
  10. Travel. Anywhere. 

Oh, and I just wanted to mention this inspiring podcast that I've just started listening to that you might enjoy if you're into stories and NPR. It's a documentary of podcast startup. You can find more information at @podcaststartup or on SoundCloud. It's about a guy leaving a steady job to pursue his dream of podcasting and confiding his process along the way. It's honest and engaging. Maybe Stephen will start one for @PsySpiesBand?

That's all for tonight. Until next time. :)

You Never Know Unless You Try

You Never Know Unless You Try

If you know me well, or if you've known me a long time, you know I've always wanted to have my own blog. In fact, I used to have a photo blog until Facebook came along and crushed its significance. Well, work and life also got in the way... but finally, I'm back. I'm done with publishing for others.

My goal for Rock House Diaries is to make it a permanent accurate account of everything I know (very little), love and am learning in the world of music. Yes - we (Stephen and I) are starting a sythpop Record Label! Nope - we have not done this before.

I know it's going to be a LOT of work. I know you might not believe in us. But this project isn't really about making money or becoming famous (although we wouldn't mind!) - I really just want to have somewhere where I can share our thoughts and frustrations and findings along this journey we've chosen for ourselves. 

Here's what I have to offer: years of experience crunching numbers, analyzing financials, sucking up to corporations, creating powerpoint slides and making spreadsheets. Stephen, on the other hand, is a professional musician. He is a singer songwriter, gear junkie, passionate performer and producer. So you see - I've got some catching up to do.

Here's a quote a friend said to me once that I like to live by:

"If you're not failing, you're not trying hard enough."

So here goes me - trying.