Sunday, May 31, 2009

On Ukrainian News

So, from reading various facebook posts (nobody told me), I noticed that the band was on Ukrainian news a little while ago! Quite cool. They videotaped a rehearsal where the band played Resaca and Lesya sang, while they interviewed Ilya and Lesya. From what I can get (the Ukrainian language confuses me), they were talking about international music in Ukraine, and how it's getting international, not necessarily local, attention. Check out the video here.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Success!!!

We got them!!! We got the CDs delivered to France (still waiting for the ones to get to Ukraine) and ALSO, the band got visas to Sweden! So, we're onnnn!!!

This is a picture of me selling CDs at INSEAD, very excited. Next week is Sweden, and then hopefully the CD will be available on iTunes and elsewhere in the world, physical and 'net.

I told you guys before that I was going to mention the name of the company that we used to make the CDs if everything worked out well. And, it did. They were really professional, great customer service, everything the way we wanted it. Couldn't have asked for anything better. The company is called DiscMakers, and here is their website. In particular, thanks to Noel and Ben that handled our case.

Also, I can finally announce that the intro page to our CD was written by none other than Andy Harlow - salsa legend from the old school days in New York! Thanks to Andy, and thanks to everyone else that helped us with this project. So excited.

Now the prep is on for Sweden. We'll keep you posted!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

CDs are coming

Got the confirmation from the CD guys. Now the waiting game begins... party in a Chateau in Fontainebleau for the launch. Omg omg...

Today is the big day

The production of our CDs is scheduled to finish today. Once they finish, they will be shipped out. 500 of them to France (to me) and 500 to Kyiv (to Ilya). They said the ones going to France should take about 3-5 business days, so I could get them between the 26th and 28th, but hopefully not after, because we all know how delays work. The Kyiv ones aren't supposed to arrive until 7-9 business days afterwards, and with Ukrainian customs people, it could take MUCH longer. Once they arrive I'm going to have a huge party in Fontainebleau to try to promote them before we all meet in Sweden. Anyway, I'm just going to be nervous now for the next 5 days until I receive these things...

The 26th is a big day for one other reason. It's the day that we either "get or don't get" our visas for Sweden. (By us, I mean the band, I don't need one.) That's the last step before we meet for sure in Stockholm.

Basically, I need everyone to cross their fingers for the next 3-5 days that everything will go ok...

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Weekend in Kyiv with Karo


So, I just got back from a weekend in Kyiv rehearsing with my beloved band. We had two concerts (Fri & Sat), and rehearsals all day Saturday. The last night, we performed most of our original songs (awesome) and some Huey Dunbar songs. The latter is not so awesome only because Lesya and I had to learn the lead for alternating songs in order for the band to practice performing them before Sweden. The disadvantage: Lesya and I sing in a different style to HD, so it was pretty stressful trying to get it right without any previous experience. But, we pulled it off ok (I think Lesya was pretty great) and the band sounded pretty awesome, too. The picture to the right here is of me & Ilya with two guys from a new Cuban band that plays in a couple of restaurants in Kyiv. The band is called Son de Oro and they came to see us on the Saturday night and drank with us afterwards. Unfortunately, I won't be around next week when Ilya will go to watch them perform, but I'm sure it'll be fun.

Rehearsals & performing went ok for me, considering I haven't done it in a while. On Saturday, there were 10 of us crammed in a tiny room trying to practice, and we didn't even have Andrei, our timbalero (who was unable to make it). But, amazingly, we ran through the entire Sweden playlist in 3 hours, after which we had coro rehearsal at Ilya's house. There is a new girl going to be singing with us in Sweden, Olya, and she has surprisingly caught on very quickly to our songs despite not previously knowing salsa or even Spanish, so I'm looking forward it. Because it's been so long since I updated the blog, I decided to treat everyone to a short clip of rehearsal. You can't see me or Olya but there's a quick shot of the rest of us after a while of the horns. That's Sergey playing trumpet solo in "Ya".
video
Otherwise, we're just trying to get everything together before the concert, and impatiently awaiting our new album's arrival, which should be here in a couple of weeks...... we even made new T-shirts for the band to celebrate (see next picture).

Ok, that's it for now. Hopefully it won't take us too long for the next update, and I'm looking forward to uploading the Sweden stuff!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Dislocados in Kharkov


Hallo, ladies and gentlemen!
Last week our band went to Kharkov, a city in the east of Ukraine. Unexpectedly for me we got a great audience there!
We left Kiev right after the show in Caribbean club, in a bus, and we were in Kharkov at 9 in the morning. Then we spent the day in the city doing I don't exactly know what :) I mean some guys just went to sleep in the hotel rooms, what a miserable thing to do after you've just slept in the bus, common. I personally had an opportunity to go to the press conference that never happened and together with Sasha the conga player to the salsa competition to be judges. The competition place (same place we played our concert later) was crazy packed with dancers and it was like 15 judges that were supposed to seat at one tiny table. We understood that we won't be able to sleep there, instead we'll have to judge the competition and stuff, so we escaped and ate a cheese cake(Sasha did) and a beautiful apple pie (me). Then when some of the guys came back from the zoo, and after we waited for God knows how many hours for the competition to end, we've got a chance to start the sound check.
Well as you can see the organization wasn't perfect and we got really exhausted. Couple of days after the concert I remembered that as an encore we played "La Vida Es Un Carnaval" which certainly is a Carnaval, we just kind of didn't feel it at the moment.
Anyway, that's not my point!! The concert itself - that what it is - the concert was beautiful! There were more than 200 ppl that night, happy, cheering, everybody was dancing, they loved "Cancion De Los Muertos", they were scanning "Dis-lo-ca-dos"in the end of the show. We all were very happy to be there on stage, everybody played just great, I was really enjoying people dancing, there was an energy exchange between dancers and musicians etc. In other words the concert went the way a salsa concert is supposed to be going (I think some of you know what I'm talking about).
One of the minuses - Miss Karolina Patocki wasn't there!
Dear Karolina, we miss you with us! We feel exactly the way you do when you look at the picture of the band that don't have you on it. Looking forward to perform with you in Sweden and on May 15 and 16 in Kiev!!
Aaaand.. we're back to the Kharkov story! Entonces, everybody loved it, the feedback was really awesome, the dancers said that they'd come only to see us, even if it would be no competition at all. That's great! everybody had fun and got happy - wasn't that the purpose of this concert called "Salsa contra crisis"?. I think it was. So thanks everybody that came all the way to Kharkov (salsa schools "El Talisman" and "Sierra Maestra"), thank you Kharkov people ("Latina Club") and everybody in the club that night, and let's see each other more!
Now we're trying to organize a concert in L'vov in the end of May, hopefully it will happen

see you later


(on the picture: special Dislocados signs for "jellyfish" (on the left) and "frog" (on the right))

Friday, May 1, 2009

IMC

Changed the myspace to match the new album. Integrated Marketing Communications at its finest. ;)