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Urban Dreamz in the Studio

9 Oct

October 8, 2011 was an exciting day for Urban Dreamz as we spent 5 hours at Lucky Run Studio in Richmond, TX working with producer Jeremy Dudman on recording our first original song  in order to get our music out to our fans.

The song that we chose to be our first recording was written by me and Sherry Kai Kuybus right when Urban Dreamz was starting up. Sherry and I set out to write a song to pitch to Lady Antebellum and I pitched to her the idea for “Make It Up As We Go”  talking about a relationship where everything seams to be going wrong, but all they really need is each other, so they forget about their plans and just enjoy their time together. Sherry loved the idea  so we spent a few months tackling it via skype on our weekly writing appointments.

After we finished the song, I mentioned that I was starting up a new duo and thought it would be perfect for us. So Aurelia and I started performing the song during our Urban Dreamz gigs and it quickly became our most requested song due to it’s popish feel and a very singable chorus which includes  “We’ll go-oh-oh-oh with the flow and baby we’ll just make it up as we go”. This song has defined Urban Dreamz and who we are as artist.

Then in August, I attended a songwriter boot camp at Lucky Run Studios in Richmond which included some performance techniques as well as recording techniques and after seeing that studio I thought about recording there, but I knew we couldn’t afford it. Then low and behold, I won a door prize for 3 free hours in the studio while I was at the boot camp.

So we took our signature song and our free studio time and ventured on our first studio experience. Jeremy Dudman  was our producer and was awesome to work with and really nailed the song down perfectly. He was awesome at the fine tuning of each instrument. We started with laying down my guitar tracks to a click track. Then Ren Renfree, a long time songwriter friend came in and did some signature lead riffs for us. After Aurelia and I both recorded our lead vocal tracks. Ren and his wife Andi brought our chorus parts to life with some fabulous harmonies. Then Jeremy made magic happen by blending it all together and adding in drums tracks as well as playing base on the final mix.

You can hear our first professional recording of “Make It Up As We Go” on our facebook at http://www.facebook.com/urbandreamz

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This is just the beginning!

31 May

Urban Dreamz had a great turn out for our first performance at a small place called Hefley’s in Houston. We had 10 people from Spectra come out to happy hour before our performance telling them that the music started at 8 p.m. But at 7:30, the opening band started and played for an hour. They were very mellow and were  playing some classic country like Johnny Cash. Some of our fans were getting bored and restless. Then once the open mic actually started, we were third on the list, so there was still another 30 minutes of other performers. Finally at 9 p.m. we took that stage ready to rock it out.

We began our three song set with “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not” by Thompson Square, but as I strummed the first chords, the sound system was going in and out, so the guys running it came up and fixed it and we started, but before we got to the chorus it was going in and out again. But we fought our way through it and still got a great reaction from the audience.

For our second song, we decided to do an the original that got us to this venue. The song “Make it Up as We Go” was a song that I started with a co-writer, Sherry Brusso, and actually got to work on with her while we were in Nashville in March. Sherry is very set on writing a duet for the duo Steel Magnolia, so we set out to write a duo when I brought her the idea for this song. Little did I know, a few months later it would be perfect for our break out song as Urban Dreamz. The first time we performed it was at a Nashville Songwriters meeting where were getting it critiqued. It just so happened JW Wind was in the group and said “he was bobbing his head to it and could definitely see driving down the road to this song.” At the end of the presentation, he said “you guys come on out to my open mic at Hefley’s and bring some liveliness to it every Tuesday.”

Everyone loved the performance of our first original “Make it Up as We Go.” Then we ended our set by getting everyone up to their feet with our rendition of “Stuck Like Glue”!

After our performance we got so many compliments, but also got invited to open for an Indie Group called Prairie Cadets. They were so excited and mentioned more than one venue that we could open for them if we had a larger set of originals. So the challenge is on! Write great duet original songs and open for them sometime in the Fall. Stay tuned to see what Urban Dreamz is up to next.

Thanks for being a fan!