TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES

HEY THERE!

Sorry, you’ll have to wait another week before my website pops up again, but in the meantime, here are some upcoming dates:

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19TH: 

HOT WOOD ARTS
4
61 Van Brunt Street
9B (Second Floor)
Brooklyn, NY

7PM

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21st:

CHEZ OSKAR
2
11 Dekalb Ave. (corner of Adelphi)
Brooklyn, NY

Hope to see you there!!!

M

xo

Hello Goodbye

“The story of Life is quicker than the blink of an eye. The story of Love is hello and goodbye” -Jimi Hendrix

Just a quote I thought to myself recently. A quote that resurfaced after my first boyfriend said to me as we parted ways fourteen years ago. It’s time for new changes! Spring is just around the corner and I feel the anxiety among people as they ache to be freed from Winter’s merciless grip. As for myself, a metamorphosis of sorts is taking place: spiritually, mentally, physically.

More progress has been made with the record and it’s getting more and more exciting as we (as in Nir and I) lay down more tracks, do more edits and tie up loose ends. Nir has just released his record (which you all should check out on iTunes) and we’re trying to juggle everyone’s schedule. Lesson #1 about making an album: BE PATIENT. Especially with people you really want to work with. The last time we went to the studio was earlier this month, at Flux Studio in Dumbo. A great project studio overlooking the water and Brooklyn Bridge. Pianist Jesse Fischer was the engineer and he did an amazing job with editing and laying down some keys for us. I got goosebumps just listening to my music come to life with these heavy cats recording on it.

In other news, about a month ago, I was asked to participate in the annual ’30 Under 30′ in The Richmond Review, a local publication from my hometown Richmond, British Columbia. So I went ahead and answered all the questions presented to me, not knowing what was going to happen next. “The editor may want to use your photo for the front page”, said Matt Hoekstra, the reporter for the article. “No way”, said I. So here it is:

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To read the article, click here.

No shows of mine have been booked for this year yet, but I will be playing some cocktail gigs around town for a bit, check out the ‘Events’ section of my site and you’ll see upcoming dates. Until then, stay tuned!!

Gig at Domain CANCELLED

Unfortunately, my gig with Syberen Van Munster at Domain tomorrow is cancelled – HOWEVER, I will still be playing at Bar Basso on Saturday with Rob Ritchie from 8:30-11:30pm. So come by if you can!

M

xo

EDIT (Nov. 30th) : Sorry guys, we had to switch the dates for tonight so NO Bar Basso either! Thanks for your support!

November happenings..

“November comes
And November goes,
With the last red berries
And the first white snows.

With night coming early,
And dawn coming late,
And ice in the bucket
And frost by the gate.

The fires burn
And the kettles sing,
And earth sinks to rest
Until next spring.”

–  Elizabeth Coatsworth

November is one of my favorite months…

…you can find me knitting on the subway, deep in a book with tea in hand or in the park – awestruck by Nature’s quiet force.

You can also find me playing in a few different spots this month:

Wednesday, November 20th:
Chez Oskar
211 Dekalb (corner of Adelphi)
8-10pm
w/ Matt Panayides (guitar), Pat Reid (bass) & Nico Dann (drums)

Friday, November 29th*:
Domain
2869 Broadway (between 111th and 112th)
10pm-1am
w/ Syberen Van Munster (guitar)

Saturday, November 30th:
Bar Basso
235 West 56th Street
8:30-11:30pm
w/ Rob Ritchie (guitar)

*You’ve probably spent all your money on things you don’t really need, but swing by for some post-Black Friday (and Turkey Day) drinks!

In other news, my debut album is well on it’s way and we’re currently editing bass tracks; stay tuned for more updates on the record.

Thanks so much for your support and hope to see you soon!

May
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Excuse me while I make an album…

Back in April, I started an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for my upcoming album, which yielded overwhelming results as we surpassed the goal of $4,000. Although the goal to complete the album by September seemed feasible, life got in the way as Nir and I were both preoccupied with our other musical lives.

A little over a week ago, Nir, Zack and I got to record at our favorite spot, The Bunker in Williamsburg. It was super fun and we laid down some great tracks. Here are some shots:

All ready to go.

All ready to go.

Nir Felder and John Davis in studio A doing comps.

Nir Felder and John Davis in studio A doing comps.

From L to R: Zack Lober, John Davis and Nir Felder

From L to R: Zack Lober, John Davis and Nir Felder

 

I can’t wait to move on to the next step: guitars. I have a feeling that we’ll have an infinite amount of tracking to do with guitars, seeing that this roots-y vibe is what we’re aiming for. Things are finally progressing quickly and I have you – the audience – to thank.

Thanks for your incredible patience as this album unfolds. Needless to say, I too am becoming impatient. However, my gut instinct is telling me it will all be worth the wait.

It is, worth the wait.

Thank you, Vancouver.

Thursday night was a gas.

The show was sold out, and it was so great to see so many faces, familiar and unfamiliar. Some people traveled quite a long distance to come see the show, notably Coquitlam, Surrey, New Westminster; others were visiting town from Ottawa and Calgary.

Sharing the stage with Sharon, André, and Andrew was an absolute blast. It’s always fun to play with these cats. Now on to some huge news: I’ll be playing at the coveted LIVING ROOM in the Lower East Side on August 25th with Nir Felder, Zack Lober and Chris Berry!

Designed by Misha Tyutyunik

Designed by Misha Tyutyunik

It’s always been a dream of mine to play here, and finally, it’s happening. Come and get a sneak preview of the debut album. It’s gonna rock.

M!

 

Keeping you in the loop (s)

Dear people of the inter-web,

I’ve missed you. It’s hard to believe that a month-and-a-half has flown by – guess I’ve been having fun and neglected you all. Sorry! “I was in Hong Kong, Vietnam and China!” says I. It was an incredible, life-changing, mouth-watering, emotional trip.

Now back to the drawing board.

First off, congrats to my producer Nir Felder for getting signed to Sony’s Okeh label. Us friends and peers have been waiting for this moment with bated breath for the past two years (at least) and finally the day came! We’re so proud of Nir.

As far as the album goes, Nir and I have been editing our scratch tracks from the session we did at The Bunker studios from April. We’re set to do more editing soon. The process is…a process. I’m enjoying it. Zack Lober is up next; hopefully we’ll get him in the studio before he gets married in August!

Speaking of August, I’ll be playing at one of my favorite venues in Vancouver!

THURSDAY, AUGUST 1st:
The Cellar Jazz Club
Two sets: 8:00 & 9:30pm
Doors at 6:30pm
$15

I cannot wait for my return home, where the mountains and the infinite ocean await for my arrival.

More updates to come, stay tuned!

Cheerios,

May

Let’s rock this joint…

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It’s that time again boys and girls.  Come by Rockwood Music Hall where I’ll be giving a sneak preview of the tracks on my upcoming album, ‘The Departure’. Featuring Rob Ritchie on guitar, Zack Lober on bass, Chris Berry on drums and special guest Maria Neckam on backup vocals.

SUNDAY, MAY 26TH, 7PM

196 ALLEN ST.

Between Houston and Stanton Streets

We all work too damn hard: NO COVER

Stay tuned for more updates…

 

We Made It!

Wow, what a trip that was.

My eternal gratitude to those who contributed to my campaign to raise funds for my debut album ‘The Departure’.

We exceeded my goal of $4,000 – tallying a total of $4,449! This experience has undoubtedly humbled me. Trust me, asking for money is not in my DNA. I couldn’t believe the amount of support I was receiving – some  from people I’d only met once before two years ago, for example.

Special thanks go to my friend from Beijing, Peter Luk, who wanted to be a producer of the album and contributed a whooping $1000 towards the cause. I was trying to hold back the tears when I read his email explaining how he wanted to help out with my record. Again, my ass was humbled (in a great way!).

I’m going to make ya’ll proud, just watch me.

Three-and-a-half weeks ago, Nir and I headed into the elusive Bunker Studios in Williamsburg to lay down drum tracks with the one and only Dan Rieser. Our engineer Jacob Bergson was a dream to work with, and the overall vibe of the studio was a unique experience that I will cherish indefinitely. I will be back. To see photos of the session, please check out the ‘Photos’ section of my website where you can be privy to the progress.

While the drum cuts are currently being edited, I had a photo shoot two weeks ago with Jim Herrington, photographer for the famous and not-so-famous (ie. ME). I met Jim about a year ago in a restaurant and instantly fell in love with his work when I checked out his website. As an enthusiast of photography (ESPECIALLY black and white), I had secretly fantasized about the day I would get to work with him. “What would my photos look like if he took them?”, I asked myself. I finally gathered up the courage to ask about his rates and availabilites and voilà, next thing you know, we’re shooting. We just had to find the most important component – the set. I made a couple of calls and finally got an “OK” to shoot at Lola Brooklyn, one of the most charming restaurants in the Fort Greene area. It was all coming together and the question was, “am I ready for this?”. I wasn’t expecting to be shooting so quickly.

I spoke to a seasoned drag-queen friend of mine, named Yancey, who is also an accomplished fashion designer and seamstress. He has been in the business for 30 years and was so excited when he heard about my project; subsequently, he offered a couple of his gorgeous made-to-wear pieces for me.

The story gets better: not only did I get hooked up with a set for the photo shoot, but my friend Saleem came to the set, all prepared with his makeup gear, ready to dab, poke and prod me with makeup. He fixed my dress and my hair on set, plus he was at my beck and call whenever I needed something. I offered Jim and Saleem lunch during the break and when I went to settle the bill at the end of the photo session, the restaurant covered our tab! WHAT?!

Free high-end clothes, free set, free stylist and free lunch (literally)? UN. HEARD. OF.

“I don’t know what I ever did to deserve this”, I thought as I wept inside from gratitude.

Here’s a sneak preview of some of the shots we did:

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Stay tuned for more updates!

May

xoxoxox

Let’s Go!

Hello world!
I’m currently embarking on a journey towards making my dreams come true. I’ll be recording my debut album called ‘The Departure’, set to be released in September of 2013. I have just over a month to raise $4000, so any of your contributions, including spreading the word about my campaign, would be an immense help.
To read my story and see how you can help out, click on the photo below:
Thanks so much for supporting my craft, it truly means a lot to me!
Love,
May