Balance9: Inside Out

    “Make sure that you love what you create first.” – Tracy M (Balance9)

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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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GenerationX And The Effects In Modern World

As kids we evolved technology because our answers to questions led the way to the emergence of everyday needed uses

Beepers, computers and mobile devices, spy plots, humor, entertainment vs reality, now the near their end. The strength and backbone for curiosity now days does not have a tag on it that says, if you are into the new future that’s really not on its way at all; you are buying into artificial world development. Its simple we are constantly tagging moments in real–time.

One answer to one little organic question concerning a new, needed, advancement of human culture, can change the dryness of hope or looking ahead. Making the colors brighter and a thinner screen HD. With hope that your car will drive you to the store or to the club with no driver, is that adding to the magic of existence and life phenomenon?
Now that we are clear about that simple fact, that there is much more to talk about as a human league (mankind). Let the new community gossip achievers, dissolve the evolved language and slogans of racism, and fallacy, because it’s a microscopic little burden on clarity. Maybe we should have waited a few more decades, then started pulling up from the old. Re-emerging Spider man, re-making classic songs, and hover boards from the 70’s. A small thread into the need to cast shadows on real reasons to live, prosper and keep a stiff upper lip, might not be so bad. Are the satisfied lost.

It’s the year is 2020 a Pandemic has spread globally and killed many people since this year began, commercial flights to space have been approved by government and private sector industries have began testing to successfully travel out into the galaxy around us. My advice is to keep a reference point and experience limits to manage one moment to the next.
” I can’t imagine being without my own strength. The ancient genius did not know how other people lived on the other side of the world or that the other side of the world existed. A whole life span was as big as the village could see. Can you imagine pushing your mind and it doesn’t go anywhere, no samples of foreign imagination to reference, almost everything you do belong to the survival of life only? ”
One style of music and song in your head, no balance of 9 genres that you love. No you can’t, because what has evolved from necessity including the workings of awareness cannot be written as controlled Inside or Out.

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