Songwriter finds his inspiration everywhere
Andrew "Fyu-Chur" Jackson helped make it a celebration with his visit this week to to Studio Blanket/Tent Fort for this week's "anniversary" edition of "Today's Best Soundemonium!" with Steve Carr, a.k.a. Steve-O, and the columnist.
Good producers can do that, and Jackson is one of the best around. A multifaceted thinker, his thoughts always fix on making music. A charmer, he knows how to make you feel like you can be a star. Under his guidance, it can be reality. A full-time record producer/audio engineer and songwriter, he's been making his name for the past six years with FYU-CHUR Recording Studio. He's found a blessing of inspiration.
"I can pull inspiration from everything in the world, really," Jackson said. It began with infatuation with music as a child. Every medium provided a muse. A range of musical tastes created a full-spectrum sound palette for his imagination.
"From that point on I was hooked and became a student of music ever since," Jackson said. "I love to fuse music from different cultures and genres into American popular music and give it a new feeling."
Jackson has been working with over 100 Oklahoma- and Texas-area aspiring pop and urban artists, along with providing audio or visual work, or both, for others. Being a working artist means putting in the work. The art is putting yourself into it.
"I am grateful to earn a living doing what I truly love to do, mostly off of a good reputation and word of mouth," Jackson said.
A roster of local aspiring artists includes "extremely talented singers, songwriters, rappers, choreographers, stylists, musicians, as well as business advisers. Among the top of his list are Si'Yir Royale (pronounced: "sigh-year"). You heard her tracks "Mad (You Mad or Nah)" and "Full Moon (Blame It)" on the show and know what his touch can do. Jackson's beatboxing over an a capella rhythm is brilliant. His collaboration with Ke'Neesha Jones, introduced earlier this year on the show and column, "10 Foot Wall" is certification of his ear.
But they're two of the many top picks from Jackson's production house. He names J-Wash Da Don, Josh Jones, Knuckles, Jesse Dalton, Chuck Da Monsta, Breeze, 13 Curses,and Marlon Coles off the top, but he'll keep going if you let him.
"These are artists that the world should keep an eye on," Jackson said. "To me, these artists are just as good, if not better than, what the major labels are putting out today."
If you want to learn more about Jackson's work or get into the loop, there's a litany of choices website: https://www.FYU-CHUR.com; YouTube: www.YouTube.com/Fyuchur; Facebook: www.Facebook.com/Fyuchur; Soundcloud: www.SoundCloud.com/Fyu-chur; and Instagram: www.Instagram.com/Fyuchur.
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The Beatles' saying, "the love you make is equal to the love you take" rang true Sunday when a beloved local legend and his bride reaped its bounty.
Big Pete Piehnik and Paula (Snare) Piehnik were wed by District Judge Emmett Tayloe, who presided over the ceremony from Medicine Park's Bath Lake Island. Serenaded by "Down to the River to Pray," performed by Just Strangers' Zach and Sarah Holliday with Lane Hawkins on fiddle, around 200 people reveled in the occasion. Rose petals floating on Medicine Creek reflected love's prayer.
Later, the Medicine Park Music Hall filled with music. Smiling Bob English Band's library of classic songs offered a celebratory reception. The beloved bluesman's serenade to his bride, "These Precious Days," was a perfect prelude for their first spin on the dance floor. More fellow musicians than there were sticks to shake shared the blessings. It felt like a jam session could break out at any moment. It was a great start with great music for a great couple.
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Last weekend's concert at the Great Plains Coliseum featuring local heroes Paid in Spades, Komatryp and Deadcore and headlined by Hed PE and Dope offered hope for something special. Tony Proctor Productions put together a great package of bands and the venue did a great job setting up. But some things don't always come together. Anyone who's ever seen "Spinal Tap" can understand this notion.
Absurdity bloomed from the sound and lights crew. Difficulty with the equipment and other issues pushed the show's start to a half-hour after the tickets advertised. It condensed the time allowed for the local artists.
With a set of less than 14 minutes, Paid in Spades performed hard and fast. Longtime fan and first ticket purchaser Kerry Khaos was dealing with a family emergency from afar and a fan live-streamed the show online. During a set dedication to him, the lights turned on and the band's power was cut off. Fortunately, their last song, "Get Down on It," was a killer.
Komatryp had a hard-hitting 15 minute set before its unceremonious end. "A Word of Advice" offered a pretty sound sentiment to close the set. Guitarist Micah Payne performing on a crutch with a broken leg/pelvis was the night's MVP.
With Deadcore's set, seven band members dominated the condensed stage. Their closing song, "Trigger Finger," was fierce. During the last chorus, the house lights were turned on and PA monitors turned off. Undeterred, the band continued playing and the audience carried out the song's end. The 18-minute set was definitive. You couldn't ask for more from the Lawton three.
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"We're big boys now!"
Fyu-Chur's visit to Studio Blanket/Tent Fort for this week's edition of "Today's Best Soundemonium!" with Steve Carr, a.k.a. Steve-O, and the columnist, made for a great anniversary show. We both want to thank all of you who listen, read and enjoy the fun and talent who help us fill a half-hour every Thursday and column on Fridays.
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