Let's talk about Facebook.
First off, FUCK FACEBOOK!!!!!!!!!!
My account has been deactivated for using a fake name. As a lot of you know, my name has been "Matt Gameboy Owen" on Facebook since the day that I created my account in 2005... Ten years ago... But, that didn't seem to matter until recently... They asked me to upload a government issued ID and to change my name... Easy enough, right? I mean, besides the fact that this is a complete fucking forceful invasion of privacy... It's simple... So, I did it.
The worst part? This has severed my connection to websites that I chose "Log In With Facebook" - Which means my tour schedule, my websites (Electrobrass and ET), my blogs, etc. are all disabled. The entire existence of Eclectic Tuba is at an absolute halt.
As you can imagine, this makes me the angriest man on the face of the planet.
Not to mention that I've lost access to every photograph and video that I've ever posted.
Our June bookings have stopped because we've lost communication with our venue and city contacts.
I'm off the internet for an indefinite amount of time. Until then, #whereismattowen
Several very very unbelievably amazing things have happened over the past two weeks that have completely just placed me on cloud 9. Most importantly, I'm realizing that hard works truly does pay off... And when it pays, you don't even remember how hard the work actually was.
First off, I finished my ET rig.... It's never actually done, but I was finally able to fit all of my necessities on to one giant board. It's a hell of a workstation now, and it saves me some time from plugging hundreds of cables together and mix-matching gear - it all has a set place and duty now!!! It saw its Eclectic Tuba debut on March 27th, and its Opposite Box debut on April 4th (see the above photo. Shit got crazy.)
So, last week, I met up with Brent Rosborough from Jupiter.... The purpose of the meeting was to discuss some marketing options for the Electrobrass Conference (Electrobrass.com) --- however, when I got there, it seemed as though Brent had other things on his mind. From the get-go, we talked about Eclectic Tuba, and it felt amazing to hear some of the great things he had to say about the direction of our music. - he gave me a nice tour of KHS America where I got to see and play tons of Jupiter instruments and I got to see the Mapex "Build Your Dream" drumset assembly portion -There's some REALLY COOL STUFF COMING OUT OF THERE!!!
At the end of the tour,we found ourselves in the recital room of the building - There were several horns lined up, and Brent asked me to try them out and to give him my review... At first, I was a bit taken back by this! --- I was like, "You want MY review?!" --- but, I went with it and played on the horns... I particularly enjoyed the 584L CC tuba - so, Brent said, "Take that one home with you and do some Research and Development with us!" ---- So, I took the thing home and made a video.........................
!!!!AND THAT VIDEO HIT 64,000 VIEWS!!!!!
That literally could not have gone smoother....
.... So, after that, I went down to Chattanooga to record some acid tuba jams with Opposite Box. The new EP is sounding absolutely spectacular!!!!!! --- While we were recording, Ross Bartels from In Orbit Productions was hanging around with cameras, and he made the suggestion that we create a high quality video for all of you beautiful people!!! So, we did!!!
The new video looks GREAT!!! And you can find it on the front page of the website!!!
I finished all of this off with a huge bang in Knoxville at Presevation Pub. Where I crowdsurfed with a tuba again. Who would've ever fucking thought?! Crowdsurfing... With a fucking tuba....
I LOVE THIS LIFE!!!!'
Until next time, my beautifuls!!!