The 10th of March we shall be playing in the Glastonbury Town Hall at an amazing Faery Spring Ball, hosted by none other than Karen Kay!
My dearest SeeDlings,
p.s. We will never stop getting an amazing kick from people actually wearing our merchandise!
IN OTHER NEWS
The first studio dates have been set to record our third album!
And we are all doing much better in the caverns of our mind, so huzzah!
A thing we’re being confronted with every day is the state of the world. With the world being smaller than ever with the interwebz. Sometimes it’s tough being conscious of all the shit that goes on. Sadly, we’re not all wizards. Sadly we don’t have the power to change the world in one motion. So what can we do? We can make the world a bit more beautiful with the skills and personalities we have. Create something that makes it worth getting up in the morni ng, for yourself or other people. Meet other people and perhaps inspire them. We can certainly tell that we’ve met many interesting people that make the world prettier!
It’s strange to think what our lives would look like if we hadn’t founded a band in an attic in Breda.
For the people that completely missed the fact that we released our new album or for the people that are still hesitating whether they should buy it, we created this album teaser with short snippets of all the songs.
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Picture by Kees Stravers of the amazing Lorin Renodeyn at Castlefest dancing an amazing Goblin’s Pogo!
Seed band SeeD, where the flying Fae have you been? Well to be completely honest. Keeping up an online appearance is far from our forte, nor is other office work. Creating new music and
Since its inception, Band Seed has clung fiercely to a DIY ethic. Students come to Ockenden not because some authority figure made them, but because they want to be in a band. Offering free facilities and instruction, it champions a rigorous, feel-focused style of teaching and instills a militant self-starter mentality in students. Ockenden teaches students basic chord structures and rhythm, and then they figure out for themselves what sounds good. “We’re not teaching them how to read music, we’re not teaching kids theory,” he said. “It’s not numbers and dots.”
“I want everyone to experience that, but the fact of the matter is it’s not possible,” he said. “You live in New York City, you live in an underserved community. There’s no garage for you to have a garage band in.”
You may recognize the name Willie Mae because it’s where heavy-lidded pop musician Mac DeMarco donated the $21,100 he earned from selling his pair of scuffed up red Vans on eBay earlier this year.
On a windy spring day, three middle schoolers from Harlem and the Bronx — Branden, Javel and Jameek — stood inside the Band Seed space talking about a song they had just written. It was a bass-heavy funk instrumental, and Branden was worried some of the measures didn’t sound right together. Ockenden assured them if they played on time, the song would work. Javel clicked his drumsticks together and they began again. Ockenden paced around the room, tapping the drum kit, nodding his head, pumping the air in time to the music.
Despite different methods, what organizations like Band Seed and Willie Mae do share in common is a commitment to foster the kind of collaboration, community and commitment that exists among bands in the DIY scene.
Ockenden insists there’s no other organization doing what Band Seed is doing — other nonprofits focus on traditional forms of music education, he says — but there are groups just a few neighborhoods away with like-minded goals. Nonprofits like Willie Mae’s Rock Camp for Girls and Little Kids Rock instills confidence in young girls and underserved communities through music.
Ockenden says his non-technical style of teaching appeals to young kids tired of being taught in a dry and academic way. “For my entire life I loved music,” he said. “And yet I didn’t enjoy a lot of music classes in school.” Instead of Bach and Beethoven, Band Seed students learn to play songs by artists they’re actually interested in: Taylor Swift, ASAP Ferg, Meek Mill. They also write their own music.
DeMarco was drawn to the organization because of its commitment to teaching young girls how to play music. “I think it’s an interesting thing to set kids up with at an early age,” DeMarco said. “It opens doors. Unless you’re really awful.” But that doesn’t mean DeMarco is going to start teaching anytime soon. “I could probably teach kids a little bit of guitar,” he said, “but I might set them on the wrong path.”
“There’s something really powerful about a group of women and girls just making noise,” Karla Schickele, one of Willie Mae’s founders, said. “You’re never told, ‘You’re really good for a girl.'”
The Harlem Flames, one of the bands formed in Band Seed. (Photo courtesy of Band Seed)On Park Ave. and 102nd St. in Harlem, there’s an unmarked storefront obscured by rusty steel shutters. From the outside, it looks like just another casualty of rising rent. But inside, it’s a place where young kids…