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HNY 2017

Had a rad night with a few crazy peeps over at mine for the count down, hope everyone had a rad night too. Blasted my own tunes at some point, was awesome! I’ve put a playlist together of the tracks Star and I have created (and a couple of remixes too). We’ll be sure to create more music this year (psyched!). Especially keen to work on the first track; “By My Side” which we left unfinished last month.

Listen: https://soundcloud.com/zengarage/sets/zen-tracks

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Blazed

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Star and I are blazed as fuck and we’ve got what we think is an awesome start to a new track (but we’ll save judgement for when we’re sober tomorrow lol!). #mondayfundays

Have a listen: https://soundcloud.com/zengarage/shank/s-5xQVW

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Skin by Flume

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Worth it for the art (Zawada) alone.

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Dillion Phoenix

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Mother of Pearl.

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Egyptian Goddess. Whack!

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So strange in white, right?!

Another great sub $500 pick-up off an American guy on eBay! I’m still on the hunt for a Les Paul, or an SG, but this thing comes pretty damn close! It’s a left handed Dillion USA Phoenix which is a replica of a 1963 Gibson Firebird.

It’s CRAZY heavy, as in, weight! Definitely the heaviest guitar I’ve ever owned (heaviness usually translates to fat tones and much more sustain, great for METAL!). It’s got an old school neck but super low action. Doesn’t feel like a metal shredder (typically wider and thinner necks) but it plays great, sounds great and is just an awkwardly strange thing which comes with a right handed bag, can’t sit up against the wall, or on a guitar stand.

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Martin Steel String Backpacker Guitar

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I’m on a roll. Spotted this on eBay and had to have it. It’s so weird and wonderful! Sounds a bit shit, but hey it’s tiny, and comes with a lovely little bag and strap too. Will definitely be travelling with this guitar instead of my $2 market cheapy I’ve been holding onto for all these years.

PS: Still on the hunt for a GREAT left handed acoustic guitar. One day!

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Westone Thunder IA Bass

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Being a left handed guitarist sux balls. All those times when some fucker who can’t play whips out a guitar at the end of a party, but you can’t play it because it’s upside down, and all the times I’ve walked into a guitar store only to find a billion amazing right handed guitars and 3 shit lefties.

I’m always scouring eBay for left handed guitars. I tend to lean towards the $500-$1000 bracket (if I didn’t spend so much money on “cheap” guitars I’d have my ultimate American Strat by now!). Last week I came across this beauty! A Japanese made Westone Bass (they went down in the 80’s). I’ve never owned a bass guitar and I won this baby for $150!!!

When I went to go pick it up I was greeted by an old Italian man. We got chatting and it turns out the guy moved to Australia and landed a job as a session bassist. He’s been a professional bass guitarist his whole life and this particular bass has played gigs with Tina Turner and Roy Orbison! FUCKING WOW! He used to play it on a boat a lot too, and when the seas got wild he’d find the bass on the floor at times, so it’s got a lot of battle scars, which I love! The action on it is SO LOW, and was set up by a Fender technician who was a good friend of his.

What a score, what a story! Love!

PS: Click here for more info on the guitar.

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Music Room

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Blank canvas.

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Hunting in Newtown.

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What a find!

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Lunch break at Belfield on Botany.

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Off to a great start!

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Ocean views… so melancholy!

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Love the colour of copper!

I’ve decided to move the music set-up from the lounge room (I stubbornly thought it would be a great idea to use the lounge room but I’m starting to acquire too much gear!) to the spare room.

Today Star and I spent the day brick-a-brack shopping around Newtown, Tempe and Waterloo for stuff in an attempt to make this music room something special. We just had one of those awesome days where shit off the shelves leaped out at us and we pulled the trigger on heaps of stuff (except a gorgeous leather couch which I might have to go back for tomorrow!).

The room is coming together so nice! We can’t wait to christen it with a song!

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Casio Privia PX-160

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My flatmate moved out recently and I’m tempted to turn the spare room into a music room, and a piano would sit real nice in there. I’ve had an itch to buy an old school upright Piano for ages now. Mum always had one in the house growing up, and I often would find myself sitting down and playing it.

There are SO many old pianos on eBay for around $300, some are even free so long as you organise delivery. I assume they’re not loved anymore, and people just want to get rid of them to clear up space in their homes.

At the same time I’ve also been super curious about electric pianos. I’ve had a play on some over the years, the weighted keys are feeling better than ever these days, and obviously, sound wise, these new electric pianos are amazing as they’ve sampled some of the world’s best grand pianos. Being able to adjust volume is a massive bonus (I don’t think my neighbours would be too happy about me bashing on an old school piano at 5am), so too having built in instrument sounds. Being able to record digitally makes for better sound quality AND the piano doubles up as a MIDI keyboard too… BUT there’s nothing quite like the old school, right?!

I’m thinking I’ll probably end up with both. Right now I don’t see any old school pianos that really screams BUY ME on eBay, so last Friday I pulled the trigger on a Casio Privia PX-160.

At close to $1k all up (for the package deal with stand, pedals and seat) the PX-160 is a LOT more than what I wanted to spend on a piano but I’m sure I’ve bought something that’ll last (the 5 year Casio warranty is pretty awesome).

The piano sounds great and the keys feel pretty damn amazing. The keys themselves have a very subtle texture on them which I don’t really like, only because I remember all the piano’s I’ve ever had in the house as having smooth ivory keys. The pedal board looks great, but feels too plastic for my liking. I went for the white/champagne model instead of the black one, only because I’d rather not have too many large heavy looking black boxes around the house. I think the piano looks pretty boring, even a tad ugly. If there were no curves on it at all it would have looked so much better. The stand looks even worse than the piano though, and up close it’s pretty nasty (even nastier than IKEA stuff), but hey, it works!

PS: I bought the Piano over the phone from Belfield Music, who delivered it the same day! When it got here I frantically put it all together only to find a dead key. SO ANNOYING! I took the piano to the shop the next day and the guys were super helpful and swapped it for a new one.

PPS: I’m thinking of getting piano lessons! At least a few to get me going. I’ve never learned how to read music, so now could be a good time to start!

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The One (feat. STAR)

Yesterday I took time out from playing The Division and hung out with Star. We downed a bottle of red by 11AM, bottle of champagne by 1! We started a song from scratch and this is what we came up with.

Please have a listen! Hope you like: https://soundcloud.com/zengarage/the-one-feat-star

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Logic Pro X

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Upgrade Made!

I’ve been using Garageband, which has been great so I’ve made the jump to Logic Pro X, which looks and feels just like Garageband (and can open my Garageband files without issues), but has a lot more power.

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