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In addition to creating my own AMTR BLND MUZC, I've been a bandmate in Central Plains (CP) for a decade now. The chief songsmith in CP is Nik Westman, a Swedish born Pittsburghian-Californian-Hawaiian transplant who has been settled into Brooklyn for a decade now. Nik is a skateboarder (like me), though we met through music . I heard Nik performing at the Pete Candy Store open mic. Years ago, Nik came to Pete's and played his song "Blues John". I was hooked and we've been collaborating ever since.
As a bandmate with recording skills, my role in CP has slowly progressed from just being a drummer to now, a drummer, keyboardist, background vocalist, recording engineer, mixer, and producer. Basically, I give CP the AB treatment. Everyone in this band is a songwriting professional and we've developed that illusive band synchronicity most musicians crave. It's a nice place to visit, Nik's songs, as they are very inviting to collaboration by nature. Commuter (2018) was the first full length album I played on. Our latest, Sink Into This One, has me more involved than ever before. It was recorded before/throughout the pandemic. You can discover more about Central Plains and listen online.
Sink Into This One, Oct 1 2021: Initial tracking on this record was made in January of 2020. We are really proud of this record, as it became a real journey making it throughout the pandemic. We all had to learn how to do things remotely - which really did require an extra amount of care in collaboration. Some stand out songs are: Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is, Oh No The Feeling Is Back, and Isn't It Unfair II. All songs where mixed & produced by Amateur Blonde's LIC RYNO at home. Mastering was completed by Adrian Morgan at Timeless Mastering.