The story of Please Please Fantastic! is one of constant improvisation.
I asked my old friend, musician and
professional poker player Andrew
Brown if he would consider funding my
debut album. He said yes, and asked me
where I wanted to record. I told him of a
mysterious studio in Williamsburg called
the Vic Thrill Salon. It was rumored to
inspire friendly spirits, and to have been
recently renovated. Lucky for me, Mr.
Thrill had some time available once he
got back from the future, where he was
playing a few shows in the UK.
I was pretty excited to say the least. On
leaving Andrew’s apt I saw a note from
his housekeeper: “Mr. Andrew, I need
please please fantastik! with bleach, I
will come.” Thus PPF was born.
I knew I wanted to involve as many
friends as possible to help me create my
first album. I called on old hometown
heroes from Chappaqua, friends from my
boarding school Kent, and my jamming
buddies from Duke. I asked my coworkers,
new friends in NYC, anyone with
good musical chops and the right energy.
Finally a team was assembled.
A few days before the sessions I went into
the Vic Thrill Salon to meet the man of
mystery. I immediately fell in love with the
studio, which felt like an old houseboat that
crashed into Brooklyn. I sat down and jammed
all night long with Vic. It was our first of many
The weekend itself was a whirlwind of creativity.
Sure, we had to create an album in three days,
but that didn’t mean we couldn’t party as well!
As heavy snow fell and turned to slush outside,
inside I was having the time of my life. Friends
came and went at all hours. Microphones were
fiddled with. Thai food was ordered. Everyone
stepped up. The mood was celebratory.
Subsequent sessions in the following weeks
felt like mini adventures. Some great singers
stopped by. “PPF!” the song was written and
promptly recorded. We made our final mixes
and I took my final morning taxi-ride home.
The release show at Fontana’s was a great party.
Now it’s time for me to keep performing,
practicing and celebrating. I hope you enjoy the
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