LOVING EVERY MINUTE OF IT!!!! - September 8, 2007
Busy, busy, busy!!! I have so much going on right now I can't see straight. It's all good though! The logistics of the video shoot of "DEATH ANGEL" are still being juggled about due to the weather. Mr. DeLa O has some great ideas for each scene he wants. From what he's let me in on, it should be a great vid. The locations are familiar to me and the concept as he has explained is totally clear in my mind. Now if this Texas weather and my own hectic life will permit, we'll get this sucker on tape!!!!
The play-list for my upcoming release continues to grow. I still have a few more tunes to write, record, mix, master, and upload to the main files, but all is falling into place nicely. This time around the songs are much heavier and I've really been stretching it with my horrid voice! I've done a bit of preliminary work on the graphics but nothing concrete yet. Malea Joy has given me an idea though.
A big warm hello goes out to all my great friends on all the social networks and every website I use these days!!! Without friends, life is empty.
FIST IN THE AIR FOR:
A.O.G.MEDIA, JESSE DELA O, TERRY DAUN, RALF (UNDER PRESSURE), ROY COSTON (LOVEBONE), GYPSY CARNS, KAMA LINDEN, RECONSIDERATE, RAY, BABY, LEAH, SLIKMETAL, LEIGHANNE, PATRICIA, Z, REVOLUTION UNLEASHED, KENNY THE GARDENER, LES LEWELLYN, UNSTEADY FREDDIE, AND ANY AND EVERY DJ PLAYING THE MUSIC OF MY FRIENDS AND I !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Victoria, Texas musician Jose’ Diaz has been doing his fret-board gymnastics since the age of 13. His brand of high-volume-guitar-fueled-hard-rock has dominated his music from the beginning. From a humble high school gym in the early eighties, to the bright lights of the Riverside Convention Center, the few times that he has stalked the stage have been memorable to those who witnessed him live and unrestrained. His tornado-like finger-ballets cover the entire guitar neck and then some. For Mr. Diaz it seems the end of the fret-board is no barrier. His playing is the true essence of being “loud and proud”.
Jose’ is currently recording tracks for his next full length release due out hopefully late on 2007. His juggling act of recording himself, mastering and performing on other artists works, coming up with new material, updating web pages, and a day job, is just the tip of his feverish mental iceberg. His music is available almost everywhere in the digital domain. And he adds new stores to his distribution belt as often as he can.
With five releases under his belt, each filled with blazing guitar work and thought provoking lyrics, he forges ahead with new material and increasing endeavors. His collaborators are many as well as the lists of websites where his music can be found. His works have appeared on several releases of the Compilation Series put out by A.O.G.MEDIA, and his guitar slinging has graced works by such artist as Terry Daun, and Jesse DeLaO, (the head of A.O.G.MEDIA). Some of the songs for A.O.G are even contractual “exclusives” found only on the media companies' releases. There is an unreleased work done with New York head bangers LOVEBONE and some online collaborations on Indabamusic.com. In addition to his collaborative works, Jose’ has appeared onstage recently with Jesse DeLaO as a guest guitarist for a CD release party for COMPILATION #7 from A.O.G. This was his first return to the stage in almost twenty-five years. On other fronts his songs have been played by radio and internet stations world wide and a current promotional push is underway in Australia.
The band he formed in high school left its mark on Jose’ and is reflected in how easily he creates music both with and without others involved. His studio is a minefield of lyric sheets and guitars, headphones and microphones. The band LEGASYS may no longer exist but Jose’ does. The music is still being born and that’s what drives him, the music.
Keep your ears peeled back for the next powerful offering from this secret of the gulf coast. The guitars will be loud and the songs will be proud!
Jose' Luis Diaz:
Curently resides in: Victoria,Texas
Began to play guitar at:14
Formal musical education:None
Instrumental ability(s) limits:unknown
Artist statment regarding reasons for
performances:"If you feel something, anything, then
I have accomplished my goal. If you feel nothing,
then I've failed."
I crave radio-play! Growin up in Texas And Louisiana, the radio was my best friend almost every day. There was always some song that helped me get through a particularly bad day or over some girl who'd dumped me.(Iwas always getting dumped). I grew up a nerd/geek/whateverelse you can think of. That never changed, even as I evolved into a guitar player.
All my material is recorded at home in a little room that faces the highway. You may hear trucks and cars rumble by. I like to get lost in the headphones from time to time and just create. I play all the instruments on all tracks except for some drum loops that are done on a keyboard. Other drum tracks are actually done on the same keyboard as it has several good kits onboard. I don't own a bass guitar but the rig I use has a vary good bass synth/sim. Some of the guitar parts are done live thru a crate stack and a peavey heritage thats on top of a marshall 4/12. Yes, I get a very high electric bill from time to time.
The first band I was in was in high school. Joel lopez was lead vocalist, Herman Cardona was bassist and backup vocalist, Roland Valdez was drummer, and I was guitarist and backup vocalist. We played a lot of parties and a talent show,(not as competition). We also recorded a demo at a studio in a nearby town.
The bassist and I were the music affectionados of the band. We collected and listened to many styles. He was also a guitarist, leaning more towards the blues than I ever did.
Some of my heroes are;
Randy Rhoads, Zakk Wylde,the late Dime, Liefson, Lynch, Mustaine, Vai, Satch, Eddie, the list has no end.
I believe music should take the listener some place.
I feel like I'm screaming out from nowhere. No one hears but I'll keep screaming. To be silent is to give up. It's not my job to make people care. God stopped giving people jobs a long time ago. It took me a long, long time to get my nose this far above the ashes of my life and I will not lie down under the wheels of the world ever agian.
If you got this far, thank you for hangin in there. If you go farther, God Bless you!
P.S. Always remember to BULLDOZE THE BODIES!!!!
You've given me 237 hits as of march 05'. Thank you all!!!
MY NEXT PROJECT IS COMPLETE. IT IS HERE!!!!
If you like this stuff please check out
"SCREAMING WITH MY EYES"
It's out now and both disc are headed for digital distrobution.That takes time so please hang in there.
Wow!!! The hits keep stacking up!!! Thank you all very much!!
2 of the special art cds of Nobody Wins! have already ben bought. That leaves only 5 left.(Remember, hand #'ed and autographed).
As of 4-7-05, this cd has been reviewed by Michael Sullivan on his site:fresh tunage.com.
It is a bit better than I expected and I thank him for taking the time to listen. God Bless Him.
It seems people like this cd better than the next.
I'm hard at work on my third. Please be patient, I'm aiming a lot higher this time!
Wow!!! this just broke the 300 mark!!! Thank you!!!
mY NEWEST WORDS WILL BE READ AT THE PAGE OF "SCREAMING WITH MY EYES".
Hey, It's 5-20-2005. My third thingy is done. It's called "Death And Decay" Ihope you enjoy.
More and more of you keep hitting this release. I thank you all.
Tell me what to do next!!!:)
This album has been sent to 13 digital distributors so far. You can download it for a fee from some alredy. Look for it at your favorite site. If it's not there try another site. You can get the whole album, or just your favorite song(s). SPREAD THE NEWS!!!!!!!
I want to know if anybody reading this is doing so, or is from Victoria, TX . If so, we do need to talk!!
Check out "Death And Decay" or "Screaming With My Eyes"
6-23-2005: Man! This cd seems to have a life of its own! It's still in the lead for hits when compared to the other two.
The website is up.(legasyssongs.com) Check it out.
This cd seems to be getting all the attention. Hmmm,
I'm workin on my next project as you read this.
Life is good!
This seems to be my best seller. I have sent more to keep the cdbaby warehouse stocked. Thank you!!!
It seems I've got a lot of attention as of late. I hope clear channel stays attentive.
Well, we've made it to another year. I've made more new friends than I can shake a stick at ! I hope this year is even better! I'm putting this here because of the attention this cd seems to be getting. I'll endeavor to stay as close to its vien of music as I can. Check the web site and give me some feedback! I can really use it!.
Good to see so many people finding the legasyssongs website!
Visitors are coming from all over the world. This is due in large part to Jesse Delao.I've been lucky enough to get onto A.O.G. MEDIA's COMPILATION Volumes 5 and 6, and hope to make it onto #7 as well. With all that's going on right now, I'm still hard at work on my next project. Several songs are done but I've yet to set a release date. Stay tuned.
I'm a musician. Every since I can remember, I've loved music. I miss being in a band right now. I miss being on a stage even more. My heaven these days is standing in front of my amps with my eyes closed. There's a slight breeze that washes over me. 520 watts of power sets me free!
Since I started up all these web pages, I've made new friends and found new bands. Most of which I may never meet. This world in here is populated by an infinite array of personalities. Each individual brings something in here that counts. I bring myself and my music. I hope I "count".
I've been listend to in countries around the globe. I've made new friends in a lot of those countires. I've sold lots of single songs in the digital download world. I have my sights set even higher.
I want your attention. I am a musician. I pour my heart and soul into every song I write. Judge me honestly. Real friends don't hold back. I'll never hold back when I write a song. I'll never hold back when I judge someone elses song.
I admit I spend a lot of time in here. But then again, I've been locked to my desk all week. I miss spending time with my muse(Glenda). I miss getting my hands on my guitars. What I miss the most though, is getting noticed. 106.9 played my "cupid shoots to kill" on the sunday club lonestar show. That felt good and Adam West read out my entire bio. Site traffic increased and has not sagged since,(legasyssongs.com) You can now even browse for me on the 106.9 home page. That's a bonus I never expected. My hat tips to the station in gratitude. I'll never stop writing and playing, but even a little attention would help.You know I give it to you. That's why I'm here, you have mine.
I know my voice aint much to listen to. If I had a band I would'nt sing lead-vocal. If I had managment and PR, I would'nt have to do those jobs either. I wish I had all the things in my life I needed that would let me work on my music more than I do. I've been out of the studio all week and in charge of operations at my day job. My boss is on a much needed vacation. I'll need one soon as well.
I'd had this written out far more eloquently earlier. An accidental keystroke vaporized it though. I don't ever give up though. I wrote it all again. That's me. I don't quit. Ever. If you get the chance to hear my music, let me know what you think. Rate it, comment on it, thash it, trash it, smash it, or blast it. All I ever wanted was honest friends. I still don't know if I've found any. Except maybe(and I am sure), for Jesse Delao, of A.O.G. MEDIA. He works his but off to bring unknown artist and bands from around the world onto compilation discs that he then sends litteraly, "around the world". He's not out to get rich off people like the big companies. He's the selfless helmsman for any artist with enough conviction about their music to take the first step and open their minds to new possibilities.With big record companies, profit comes first. That's why you hear songs you don't really like all day long.
KEEP IT LOUD! KEEP IT PROUD!!
KEEP PUSHING BACK THE CLOUDS !!!!!!
9/22/2006-(I'D LIKE TO SHARE SOME INSIGHTS) - September 22, 2006
This is just a paste of a letter from a good friend who recently did and interview with a filmaker. The film which percipitated the interview is called "ELECTRIC PURGATORY". It's a documentary about blacks in the Rock-N-Roll industry. The film looks to be an eye opener from the trailer I've seen. Anyway, I was asked for insights and this is what rolled off the top of my head.:
My mom would rather I do soft tunes all the time. I respect her for that and do oblige her often. But deep down inside there's a rage that burns like nothing else can to get out and express itself with volume, distortion, and the wildest flesh-melting tones I can come up with.
I sometimes catch a glimpse of the pioneers such as Charlie Christian, Clarence Brown, Django R., Jimi H., Segovia, this list has no end,,, and I soak up what they were doing back then and try to emulate it in some way. I don't think I'm ever successful, but nonetheless, I really try to feel it.
I've been called many names in my life. From across the spectrum, nigger, black mother fucker, spook, beaner, spic, this list goes on as well. My heritage spans many races, but my soul spans only the human race. I have little or no regard for the racist element on this earth. Racism comes from everywhere and leads to nowhere.
Most of my family listens to R&B, soul, funk, rap, etc. But a few listen to Metal, blues, and even classical. I listen to it all. I respect them and everyone else for whatever they listen to. Give me a choice and it will be something loud!
These days the music industry is shaking a bit from the threat of indie unsigned and unknowns getting exposure and eating away at the base of their profits. In desperation they now pull out the dirty pool trick of acts they've held back on. These artists are very talented and the music is new and for the most part unheard. I'm sure they would have been bigger long ago without the big companies.
I'm not Hendrix. I'm just me. An unknown artist who believes in what he feels inside and tries to share it. I don't expect fame or fortune but it would be nice to have a bathroom I can play baseball in.[;-)] the worst thing anyone can do as an artist is limit their "expression-form" to an ethnic narrow-mindedness. As for myself, I believe that just because light has a visible spectrum, that does not mean that that's all there is to the spectrum.
I will always be, LOUD! I will always be, PROUD! And, I will always be, PUSHING BACK THE CLOUDS!
Jose' Luis Diaz/LEGASYS
TO ALL INDEPENDENT ARTIST/BANDS
This just a reminder to you, that dollar for dollar cdbaby.com is still the best place to debut your original material. For a truly small amount of money you get a place from which to sell your product, upc codes, a website you can customize for a small monthly fee, and the best bar none in advice and tips on how to make the most of every moment you put into your musical endeavors.
Cdbaby.com was the stepping stone for my own music and without it I would not be heard by as many people as I am today.
My list of friends’ world wide has grown exponentially. I’ve enjoyed music you cannot find in the narrow confines of the mainstream. I have branched out to many other websites, but I still debut all my new stuff from cdbaby.com. (With a few exceptions for pod cast like Les Lewellyns’ preyinglizardmusic.com.)
The music industry can be unforgiving. You will only ever get out of it what you put into it. If you expect the world without working for it you will be disappointed. I expect nothing. I’m happy turning out my music to my taste and if the world wants to listen they are all more than welcome.
I’d like to acknowledge the help I’ve received from many individuals. Jesse De La O, Les Lewellyn, Robert Cetl, Derek Sivers, Adam West, Kenny the gardener, there are far too many individuals to name them all here but my thanks goes out to them all.
Here comes 2007. I’m hard at work on my 5th cd and hope to release it sometime in the early part of next year. The inspiration for it comes from many of the friends I’ve made in the past year. I hope they can see what effect they’ve had on my writing and understand that true friends need never meet to affect each others lives.
Although what’s left of my heart is a cold shell filled with darkness, when I tell you “God Bless”,
I really mean it.
Stay Loud! Stay Proud!! And keep Pushing Back The Clouds!