“Make sure that you love what you create first.” – Tracy M (Balance9)
Inside Out the album was released on 5/7/20. Officially. The music came from a catalog of tracks that I was preparing to submit for TV/Film placement. But I wanted to do a jazz instrumental album with vocals only on the hooks, that’s how it started. Denise Beason (aka Taufi) had already written and performed vocals with B9… so we recorded vocals for 110 At Night and Human League. Teddy Diaz is featured on 110 and my favorite track Escape on guitar with Ronnie Felder on Bass. Meanwhile Grov (sirslapnasty) was sending his bass input and stems from Detroit that gave the project a jazz fusion edge. I asked APJ to come back to the studio a couple more times after we met, late 2019, his sax/digital sax sound added a new angle to the main lines and we became Balance9. We did Human League and Two Sky’s and Sway first and he ended up on the whole album. We hit it off working together so well a Christmas EP was born quickly, we called it “To All Of You” and released it as Balance9. Inside Out was actually cut down to 9 tracks, and came in to 2020 ready to mix and release. The goal now is to grow our radio rotation and allow people who has never heard of Balance9 to know us and stay with us. We want to pull jazz forward.
Hi Tracy welcome to VQS! Take us back in time to how you first fell in love with music.
I grew up on Lawrence Welk and Sailor songs church Hymns, God Songs in school, and R&B Love ballads; also
Progressive positive motivational Dance (House) music and Songs about truth and history (funk), Songs about struggles, the jazz movements from be-bop and boogie to Jazz Fusion. I first fell in love with music staring into the long full wall stereo system that my mom blasted almost everyday when I as very young. I learned to change records really well, at a very early age. The one fascinating thing that I do remember was knowing that every instrument I heard, there was someone that you can’t see playing that instrument. Going around the band in the music staring at the speaker was my thing. I really thought I could see them.
What 3 core values do you believe are necessary for success?
1) Make sure that you love what you create first, feeling good about someone loving your creativity does not compliment what it took to make it, only you know what it took.
2) Create to your own ability…If you don’t have a studio with the best guitars in it or the latest keyboards…create to the sounds that you have and your ability. Music is not and can’t be what it was it has to be what its going to be. I love 9 genres of music and I listen to them all but my contribution to music as a musician does not exceed what I can grasp.
3) Being a producer/composer means your scope on the project is much bigger than the musicians and the artist. The Producer dictates the how the instruments and vocals interact with each other. Its done when you know you would never want to go back and make changes.
Who have been some of your favorite people/projects to work with?
I got my early studio callouses from Hip-Hop in New York I was at all the studios working with everybody that I could. No favorites just everybody… well it was exciting to see Dela Soul create and they are a favorite. I studied with Tony Williams and he told me things that go beyond words when you walk away from a session with him and people like Doc Powell or Kashif, their words stick. But Now its Balance9 working with APJ and our Front Porch Cocktail Jazz is magical and I wanna see how far we can pull jazz and instrumental music forward.
What future opportunities would you like to be involved with?
There is too many jazz dudes that I would like to work with that don’t even know I exist but first, future opportunities would be, to compose or conduct a mini ensemble. Joydoe music publishing will hopefully become very involved with the way to see new creativity forward. Text book opportunities about sound can build solid ground for understanding and identifying with personalized platforms and boundaries. However instrumental music awareness turns we want to be there.
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