What is Hexspa? Part 2

Continued from Part 1.

Failure is the shit out of which new fruit grows.  I should start an orchard.

The band was falling apart.  People were leaving, new lineups weren’t as solid and my musicianship needed work.  A chance encounter during an altered state of mind was the first clue as to what my future would hold.

It was the first time I’d ever seen one in real life.  The MPC 2000 was the mythical sampler that Hip Hop guys used.  Being a Tool fan, it wasn’t on my short list of must-have-gear.  The fact that those two guys could make an entire song with minimal drama was a revelation.  I made sure to pick up an ASR-X Pro and started learning the craft.  That’s when things got tricky.

Between my network falling apart and my over-inflated sense of entitlement (hey I played with the best guys) I decided to move to California.  What followed was about three years of nebulous wandering, auditions, and lackluster performances then an additional two years of military service.  I’d joined to get my education.  So that brings us to a total of 10 years I was out-and-about trying to get my bearings straight.  When they say time moves fast, they weren’t lying.  Whoever “they” are.

In Part 3 I’ll explain how and why Hexspa itself started and maybe by the end of if you’ll care more.

What Is Hexspa? Part 1

Hexspa is death.

Actually, Hexspa is my life.  In a sense Hexspa is death since I’ll probably be doing it until then.  Hexspa is my musical activity.  Music=life, life=death; Hexspa=death.

The seeds of Hexspa can be traced to my first years as a violin student beginning in second grade.  A local orchestra came to Lincoln Elementary School in Brookfield, Il around 1989.  The idea was that they had teamed up with Quinlan & Fabish Music Co. (both still around I’m surprised to learn) to blow our little minds (and earn some rentals) by introducing us to the glories of Classical music.  I’d have to say they were quite successful.

That day they did a short ensemble demonstration followed by short solos by the various instruments.  They must’ve played through the brass, woodwinds and other stringed instruments before they got to the violin.  I tell you what, that sound has never rung out of my ears.  Just like that parade of instruments I moved on from violin after two years to the obligatory recorder, snare drum and a brief DJ phase before getting exposed to Heavy Metal and switching to guitar.  That was a critical moment.

Guitar and Metal led me to meeting dozens of other kids that played.  Through that network I was able to play shows with a number of different bands and grow closer to the music I loved.  It was during this time I realized that music was all I really wanted to do with my life.  For better or for worse, though, a failed near-miss in impressing a Roadrunner Records-signed act led me back to the music production I’d initially admired.

To be continued..

Hey guys

Hexspa.com is live!  It’s taken awhile but I hope to keep this site up permanently.  Look forward to music, helpful how-tos and some offers for stuff you might want to buy to help keep me afloat.

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