#61 Justin Thomas- Vibraphonist for Capital Cities, Ludracris and More!
This episode starts off with talking about a very important issue to all musicians. Protecting your hearing. You get two sets of teeth, but only one set of ears. For starters, here is a blog post explaining the dangers of tinnitus (the ringing you may get in your ears). After that, here is a link to different decibel meter apps (both Damon and Marcos have them on their phones to keep track of sound levels). If you choose to spend the money to get your hearing checked (recommended), you should pick an ENT (ear, nose & throat doctor) with an audiologist on staff. The hearing test should be covered by your health insurance if you are a musician, but you have to spring for the musician ear plugs (about $200). Here are some details on the advantages of getting those. If you can't afford them, no worries! There are less expensive options like THESE, and THESE.
Our guest this week is vibraphonist, Justin Thomas. More on Justin later.
The educational spotlight is for the Masters of the Vibes book, put together by Anthony Smith.
Upcoming gigs to check out are (friend of the show) Weedie Braimah playing at the Blue Note.
Music News for this week.....
How to diversify your income as a musician by friend of the show Suz Paulinski. We also talk about her company the Rock/Star Advocate. How to choose the best streaming service for you. AirBnB now offers "experiences" including smaller concerts in intimate venues (there's also the KinkBnB for "alternative" housing options. Or you can check out other intimate gigs and other types of "house concerts" all over the world with the company SoFar Sounds.
If you are curious about the Steel Pan ensemble, there are lead pans, double seconds, triple guitar pans, and bass pans.
Honorable mention goes to Buenos Aires Argentina, Medallin Colombia, and Mexico City Mexico.