Blake Colie is an experienced, in-demand drummer, percussionist, and producer, whose stage and session work have brought him from national tours to television appearances to some of the most legendary studios in Los Angeles. Originally coming to LA in 1996 to attend California Institute of the Arts for music, Blake received his Bachelor of Fine Arts (’98) and Master of Fine Arts (’00) degrees in Musical Performance and has remained active in the Los Angeles music scene ever since. His current music projects feature a wide array of styles, sounds, and genres. This includes the Reggae/Rare Groove/Soul group The Lions, vocalist/keyboard extraordinaire Salvador Santana (son of 8-time Grammy winner Carlos Santana), and the R&B/Reggae project The Decoders. As composer/producer, Blake’s solo material and works with his production group, Next Level Productions, have recently been featured in the movies “Sunken City”, “This Means War”, “Ruby Sparks”, “Young Adult”, and “Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World”, and on TV shows on AMC, Style, Bravo, MTV, VH1, Oxygen, Showtime, Logo, USA, Spike, and BBC networks.
In May 2014, US Senators Orrin Hatch and Lamar Alexander introduced the Songwriter Equity Act of 2014 to the 2nd Session of the 113th Congress where it was read twice and was then referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. To date, this act, S.2321 and H.R. 4079, is still resting there. Because of the failure of the United States political representatives to move S.2321and H.R. 4079 along, Lansdowne/Winton/Bloor/Hoffman House Music President Lynne Robin Green and Altarboy Music in Los Angeles in the United Kingdom President Leon Luis have created a petition to send to Washington DC to motivate the politcal representitves to move S.2321and H.R. 4079 along and enact it.
Nick Koff’s Bunnynose band recently had the opportunity to demonstrate their Rockabilly, Koff disagrees with the label, prowess at The Trip in Santa Monica and used tunes such as “Heart Full Of Soul”; “Message To Pretty” which was written by Johnny Echols of the band LOVE and who was also in attendance, and a groovy ditty titled “Riverside.” This gig was labeled a birthday wingding for Echol’s lovely lady Georgianna Steele Waller and myself.
Dave Grohl and his Foo Fighters seem to have knocked the perverbial ball out of the ball park with their new release “Sonic Highways”. It manages to expand the boundries of rock while tickling the fringes of their original genre…Grunge Rock.
Among the best cuts are “The Feast and The Famine”, “I Am A River” and “Something From Nothing”. There also was a video release of “Something From Nothing” where Grohl is playing the song acoustically that had a Topanga Canyon vibe to it and reminded one of simplier times.