Blind Pilot in Residence at the Music District

Fort Collins Music, Touring Bands

Video: Pick it up Again Blind Pilot and Danielle Ate the Sandwich Colorado Stations CO – Colorado

A musician’s home is on the road traveling from town to town occupying every moment with the soundscapes of the highway. The vigor of the performance can overtake the space needed to create. The Music District offers a “home stop” on the road for touring musicians.  Blind Pilot nourished their artistic side with a stay at the District for a few days while traveling through Colorado.

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Creative Collaboration: Artists in Residence – Blind Pilot deliver a workshop on creative collaboration and songwriting, including a live performance. Photo Credit Argento Studios

Two members of Blind Pilot, Israel Nebeker vocals and guitar and Ryan Dobrowski drummer and percussion, utilized the practice rooms for writing. They did a session of singing bowls and took some of the classes offered on the campus. They lived in the Airbnb apartment and rented bikes from the bike share.

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Ryan Dobrowski drummer and percussions for Blind Pilot plays at the Music District. Photo Credit Argento Studios

They wrote songs, played new instruments, and lived like locals for just a moment while touring. They ended the week with a songwriting workshop, which was their community contribution for staying.

They collaborated with local artist Danielle Ate The Sandwich to write a song in sixty seconds. This can be found on the VuHaus website. Local media group, EvrGlo Media, filmed and edited the video.

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Blind Pilot and Danielle Ate the Sandwich  Colorado Stations CO – Colorado

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Israel Nebeker vocals and guitar plays with Ryan Dobrowski drummer and percussion both of Blind Pilot. Photo Credit Argento Studios

Israel Nebeker  said in the workshop:

“Art is this amazing vehicle and it captures so much more than what we put into it.”

This week he put a great deal into his art.

The two band members expressed how there is no place in the country like the Music District. Israel and Ryan were blown away with the experience and felt it was something every musician must have the opportunity to do.

Touring musicians come through the District Weekly. For a list of upcoming events, visit the calendar. Free to the public and all are encouraged to come.

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Longmont’s Bridge Studios:Both Sides of the Glass

Everything Can Be Art

Paul Andrews is the owner of Bridges Studios in Longmont, Colorado. Paul built this studio originally for his personal use.  The more people he told about his “passion project”, the more interest developed to open the doors to his local community as a production studio.

Paul expresses: “I am finding myself now on both sides of the glass, In the control room as the engineer but in the recording room as the artist.”

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His whole home is a living studio. It has a warm ambiance and a comfortable feel. The colors are vibrant, and the instruments are fluid. Every moving component of this production base is eclectic and hand chosen because of its ability to create alluring music.

Paul uses a technique of recording that is faithful to his origin, the analog recorder. He has mastered recording analog  and making it available to digital channels without loosing the quality that analog brings to the sound. The actual essence of the studio is to capture an old world style of recording into a modern world.

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Andrews studied and performed for most of his life, he once was solely a recording artist. He was in the process of writing and producing an entire album while living in Denver a few years ago. This collection represents the pinnacle of change for his career. He placed this album on the shelf for two years.

He decided to move north, design his dream studio, and continue recording.  He settled in a new town, rebuilding his studio for his own creative use. He unveiled the album and quickly realized that wasn’t who he was anymore.

Since then, he has spent extensive time engineering albums for others. He has taken on a new role, as a mentor and leader in his craft. He has a gentle spirit and world of experience to offer to his studio clients.

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Beyond that, music scores have sparked up his inner creative flame. He has been creating music for film. He works with Hannah Holbrook, from the band SHEL, on original musical scores.  He has found a balance and a new place in this studio world.

His current project in development is for a short film, proposed to be named “Rebel Girl.”  This is worldly and transcending because the boundaries it pushes in the creator’s society. It is born of a young woman in Pakistan. Her vision is to follow the story of a girl who rides horseback. The provocativeness of this story is that it is unheard of in her country for women to be filmmakers, and it is shameful for them to ride horseback due to purity interest.

The story line is breaking all the rules for women. There is little information about the young women other than her vision and her need to execute it.The music created for this short film embraces those feelings. The use of dissonance in the songs anticipates the moment where the resolve happens.

Paul is a visionary, and he helps so many artists achieve their musical dreams. He uses his studio as a vessel for people’s visions to become reality. Paul speaks about becoming successful with your passion, “It rarely falls in people’s laps. It is the kind of thing where you find something you love and you just go for it, you are continually chasing that, whatever it is on the inside of you, that pushes you forward.”

Always chase the art inside of you.

To learn more about Paul visit: Bridge Studios