Archives for February 2015
Eve Nelson: Piano & Vocals
Home Base: Los Angeles, California
Inda’s dog and Eve’s dog love playing together so it was inevitable that Inda and Eve would have to eventually speak to each other beyond chatty neighbor puppy talk. Who knew where that would lead?
The truth is that Eve is a viscerally emotional bad ass piano player. Most people miss that experience because she happens to be a tremendously accomplished producer who makes brilliant magic in the studio behind the scenes. For this project, we locked her in a sound booth with a 7 foot Steinway grand and a producer headset.
Eve is a killer producer. Inda thrives in a live show. The collaboration just works. ‘Go West’ is a perfect example of Inda and Eve in the sandbox with no adult supervision.
Curt Mychael: Bass & Vocals
Home Base: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Inda met Curt one evening at Tomaso’s Pizza in Cedarburg, WI. while he was taking his mother out to dinner for her birthday. Curt is close with Jeffrey and bass man, Chris Kringle. When the scheduling opened up, we needed a groove master to ‘lay it down’ and it was a natural fit to have Curt join in on the ‘Go West’ sessions. Relations that start with deep dish pizza are built to last.
Recently, Curt spent two weeks with Inda at Eve’s studio in LA for vocals and barbeque. It turns out – he’s a foodie. It turns out – he has a beautiful,
buttery voice. It turns out – he’s a kick ass musician, writer and composer. Please check out Curt’s work and welcome him to the Inda family.
Directly from Curt
Curt Mychael has been writing and performing for many years and has gained notoriety and a strong following with his band The Curt Mychael Band.
Curt recently won the Midem France Songwriters Award and the American Songwriters award for his first album “Sketches in Time.” Curt is currently working on recording/producing his third album in the studio.
In his spare time Curt likes to restore old wooden cabinets and work on his 1964 Ford Pickup truck. Curt is excited to be part of Go West and can’t wait to hit the road and start the tour.
Jeffrey Smith: Drums & Percussion
Home Base: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Jeffrey plays barefoot and it is true that Inda and Jeffrey first met in a ‘PDQ’ (high end midwestern 7 eleven) parking lot north of Milwaukee in Saukeville, Wisconsin when Jeffrey was a gentlemen llama farmer. It was love at first site even though Inda was an hour late to the meeting. They solidified the relationship over ‘butter burgers with shegoygan hard rolls’, carmel apples and air drumming to Elton John’s “Someone Saved My Life Tonight”. “Dammit – listen to me good!”
Jeffrey is a staple ingredient to a live Inda show and is taking hybrid percussion to the next level. No one listened, counseled and contributed more to this project in a physical, spiritual and mental way than Jeffrey. His raw emotion is exposed in the ‘Go West’ sessions like no other project. We are truly hanging on to thrive from one fill to the next cymbal crash.
Directly from Jeffrey:
(born in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin) is an American drummer, percussionist and member of the Inda Eaton band. Known for the ability to adapt to a variety of genres and instrument configurations, Jeffrey is currently developing the SplitKit™ – a percussion hybrid of hand drums and a standard drum kit. The SplitKit™ was used exclusively in Inda’s latest album Go West.
B. Rehm-Gerdes: Guitar
Home Base: Phoenix, Arizona
B. doesn’t talk about it much, but beyond his guitar prowess, he’s actually a brilliant recording engineer trained ‘out of the box’ before the age of pro tools. Inda met B. behind his Neve console in an analog studio in Phoenix, Arizona where they bonded while making, ‘Why the Desert’. The relationship was sealed forever after an emotional discussion over the tom sounds in the last verse of James Taylor’s song, ‘Gaia’ (Hourglass): ”and-I-looked-back-down-over-the mountain”. Who thinks about these things?
Somewhere from the studio to a stage in Sedona, Arizona – B. had an epiphany that beyond his family, he would devote his energy to the guitar. He was true to his word and has never stopped. His guitar scholarship transcends any scale. When left to his own devices, B. plays pure emotion and leaves nothing on the table.
Inda and B. talked about the ‘Go West’ concept for many moons before the actual sessions. Every eventuality, scenario and piece of gear were game planned and mapped out. In the end, no plan survives the first contact. In the end, we created ‘Go West’.