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Lights. Camera. Action!

The last two weekends we have held shoots for the music video we are working on. The song is called “Radio” and will be released on the next Cousin Affect record set to be out late winter.

The amazing thing about this is that these extras have all volunteered their time to come help our cause. I included these two group shots from each shoot so you could all see these wonderful folks. Both shoots took about a half a day with lots and lots of standing around. Unfortunately, there just isn’t a way around that. But we have heard no complaints. We have been amazed at how flexible they have been with helping us our realize our vision for this video. On top of that, we have heard resounding consensus that everyone had a great time at both shoots. There really is no bigger honor than having the music I write bring people together. That is what’s happening at these shoots. People from all different backgrounds, different colors, sexual orientations, even a relatively wide range of ages have been coming together to have a great time and help us shoot this video. For this, Kenney and I are so much more than the word grateful describes.

Two shoots down. Eight shoots remain. The vision is grand, and sometimes it seems impossible, but we have been hacking away. By the time we are finished, we will have brought 200 strangers together to help spread the positive vibes of Cousin Affect to the world through the power of video. I can’t wait to see the finished product…more because I’m a fan than anything else.

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Extended Family

The Cousins are playing tonight in Prescott, AZ for the first time since the IndieFest in Vegas on April 28th. I have been in Chicago working on new music and other creative ideas to further the Cousin Affect project since the beginning of May, and I never could have been prepared for how much I would miss playing with these six people. Over the years, we have had some different lineups come and go, but these people you see here…this is Cousin Affect. I can’t begin to describe in words how much I enjoy playing music in the live setting. On top of that, to be able to share that experience with the unbelievably talented people in my group is almost unreal.

Scotty C. is one of the most talented kids I know. His energy and charisma on stage make it impossible for our fans to not have a good time watching us play. He’s my longest friend in the group and it’s been incredible building so much musical chemistry over the years. When I first started producing music on my own, I was always jumping at the opportunity to get Scotty C. on a track. The kid always kills it.

I’m not sure I would do her singing ability justice by trying to contain it with the English language. Jessica is soul. She’s an unbelievable talent, and I’m lucky enough to now call her one of my best friends. She has an awesome husband and two wonderful kids, and their family has been so much a part of Cousin Affect. There’s nothing better than writing lyrics knowing that Jess is going to be the one singing them in the final product.

Sax man is one of the best people I know. He has been an extremely positive role model to me and to the rest of the Cousins. Dan and his wife Denise have done so much for this project and my appreciation for that is endless. He puts in long hours for the success of this project and doesn’t get nearly the credit he deserves. Aside from that, he is the most talented musician in our group. Sax man can take over a show. I feel so lucky to be able to play shows with that level of talent and call him one of my closest friends.

Timo. We’ve been playing shows for about 4 years now, and I’m not sure any of us could find a time when Timo messed up. He just doesn’t ever mess up. He’s such a rock on the low end for us. I always feel like his talent isn’t recognized enough. Timo on the bass is a huge part of why Cousin Affect sounds like Cousin Affect. I knew from the second I saw him pick up the bass that he was perfect for our sound.

D believed in this project when no one else did. He was there in the beginning. He was the one up on stage with me embarrassing ourselves at our first few shows. He has always believed. That’s given me so much confidence and strength spearheading this project forward. He’s an ill emcee and a fantastic writer. He’s a great story of perseverance. When this project gains the success I know it will, D will be there.

The first experience I have of Meche is him dunking all over my face on a fast break in a men’s recreational basketball league. And to make it worse, he was so nice about it. So I couldn’t even secretly hate him inside. Tragedy. He’s also an incredible talent on the drums, a good man, husband, and a solid father to his kids. He may play it cool back there on the drums but trust me, he’s having the time of his life. Don’t be fooled.

As this project moves forward, I’m not sure if the lineup will always stay exactly the same. That’s something I’ve learned about the business. It’s a tough industry. Unfortunately, it forces you to make a lot of poor life decisions in order to even have a chance for success. I know because I’ve made them. Not everyone has the opportunity to put themselves out there like that. I understand that. I have so much appreciation for these six people for embodying this project and believing in it. In a perfect world, the seven of us will play to sold out arenas all over the world. I have hope because sometimes things work out perfectly. But even if the lineup changes in the coming years, I will never forget these six people. We share something indescribable. If you’ve been to a show, I hope you’ve felt it. I’ve been in the music business for a long time, and I’ve seen countless bands play live music. I’ve never seen a group have more fun on stage than us. At the end of the day, as cliche as it sounds, that’s what it’s all about.

We’re playing a few shows in Arizona in October. I will keep everyone posted. And I’m going to try and post some video from the Prescott show in my next blog entry. Show day.

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State of the Cousins

Hey All!

I wanted to give you a quick rundown of the current state of things with the Cousins.

During the last 12 months, we’ve run into some interesting challenges as a group. Thanks to your support, we were able to experience huge success on our West Coast tour. Our success bread lots of momentum for the group. Our fan base was growing, in Phoenix as well as other cities, and we were seeing major opportunities to tour extensively. Unfortunately, success as a band doesn’t always coincide with financial success at first. We found ourselves in the middle. The elevated state of the band was calling for higher commitment than a local show or two a month. However, we weren’t bringing in enough capital to ask the other members to leave their jobs, families, and lives behind. Without any 3rd party capital, touring with the same full 7 member lineup has proven to be unrealistic. I have decided to take this project in a slightly (and it is only slightly) new direction. That brings us to now.

I am still continuing this project with the help of Dan and Daniel. Cousin Affect has been a dream of mine for almost 10 years now, and I’m not ready to give up on it. I’ve also enlisted help from Mike Kenney, a close friend of mine. In May, I packed up all my belongings in a Budget van and moved across the country to Chicago. I am excited to see what a new culture can do for this project. I am in the midst of writing another CA record, as well as producing videos, maintaining this blog, and focusing on our presence in all the social media markets. My goal is to downsize the project temporarily to make it a little more manageable, gain momentum, and eventually expand back out into the full live band setting you all have supported so faithfully. In my ideal world, I would have all the same members we started with because I love all of them so much. But the world isn’t ideal, and I’m not sure that will work out. I am hoping that all of you will still support this project in the next few years, even if the lineup goes through a few changes. Mike Kenney and I are figuring out lots of interesting ways to become more a part of community service with Cousin Affect. After all, giving back was always more important to us than anything else. I hope we can keep you all engaged. I hope you still visit our website, Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as this blog every once in awhile, say hello, and stay up to date. Although we won’t be playing live as frequently, we will still be releasing lots of new material and community service campaigns. If you believe in our project, please keep up your support. We have no chance without you.

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Welcome!

Hey Folks! Mike Woods here from Cousin Affect. I’m excited to finally have my blog finally off the ground. It’s been something in the works in my head for quite some time. I feel like I was waiting for it to be perfect before launching. I’m changing gears and launching now because if I know anything at all about the entertainment business, I know that nothing is perfect.

I am hoping to connect more personally with all the CA fans through this blog. Most all of you have experienced a live show. Perhaps this is what attracted you to our group. A great live energy has always been something dear to me. I have more fun performing music than I could accurately describe with words. A performance is a mere blip on the timeline of life in the entertainment business, and it happens to be the most enjoyable part. I will give you a look into what goes on behind the scenes. I plan to be all over the place in the beginning. If a theme seems to be working as time goes on, maybe I’ll move in that direction. I plan to make my entries short and sweet. I will include behind the scenes videos, poems, pieces of developing songs, pictures, videos or songs that are inspiring the writing of this next record, as well as some lighthearted anecdotes that we experience over the next few months and beyond. I am excited at the prospect of our virtual relationship! Please leave comments and interact. I will do my best to respond. Please share this blog with anyone you know if you like what you see/read. All the support helps the Cousin Affect project move forward. Check back every Wednesday and Sunday for new posts! Keep it fresh.

Woods

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