Category: Music

Video – “Vote” Election Music Video Parody

I shot and edited a parody video about the 2016 election called “Vote” (based on Madonna’s Vogue)!

We tried to go shot-for-shot as best as we could with the original video. It’s a challenging video to copy – especially on a very limited budget. Overall I’m quite pleased with the results!

The Motion EP Released!

The Motion EP
The Motion EP Album Cover

Well, I/we finally released an album!  Introducing The Motion EP by Jon DeLise. A collection of tracks we’ve worked on over the years.

Music – Gettin’ Low

Gettin’ Low

Brian wrote this guitar lick years ago.  And it’s awesome.  Totally awesome. How could you say this isn’t awesome?

We recorded the main riff and it sat rotting in a backwoods directory on my computer for a few years.  At some point in early 2012 I rediscovered it and played it for Brian over the phone.  He decided that he’d try to sit down and write some lyrics for it to see if we could give the song a heartbeat.

He banged out all the lyrics in a single sitting.  That next weekend we recorded the vocals.  After we fooled around with the song form a little bit, we decided we needed a bright, bluesy guitar solo, a very “in the pocket” clean drumbeat, some simple non-showy bass playing, and a subtle organ part for the chorus.

When deciding who to pick for a bluesy guitar solo, we both thought of Mr. Jeff Scull, who came over and did a fantastic job after we fed him a lot of rum…  A lot of rum.

The whole idea behind this tune was to respect the groove and respect the space.


Written: Brian Schwarz
Lyrics: Brian Schwarz
Vocals: Brian Schwarz
Guitars: Brian Schwarz
Solos: Jeff Scull
Drums: Chris Potako
Organ: Chris Potako
Bass: Chris Potako
Recording/Mixing/Mastering: Chris Potako

Finished: 2012

Video / Music – Destined Soundtrack

Destined Soundtrack Cover

Destined Soundtrack Cover

I am happy to announce that the soundtrack to Destined has officially been released.  You can find it pretty much anywhere that offers digital downloads (Amazon, iTunes, Spotify, etc.)

Listen to some quality composing from Mr. Kevin Stahl with some production over-sight from me while I put the entire films’ audio together.

The 15 orchestrated tracks were mixed at Abbey Road by Jake Jackson, and the soundtrack includes one of my tunes “Unclean” (which was used as background music in the bar scene).


Music – What I Wanted


Written: Jon Delise
Lyrics: Jon Delise, Brian Schwarz
Vocals: Jon Delise, Brian Schwarz
Guitars: Jon Delise
Drums: Chris Potako
Bass: Mike Steel
Recording/Mixing/Mastering: Chris Potako

Finished: 2008 – Refinished: 2011

This song was meant to be a compact and efficient foot-tapper.

Jon wrote this with his band Tragedy Fails.  He came to me because he wanted to record a “band version” of this tune.

It had been a long time since I had to “collaborate” with a bass player as a drummer.  In all of our other recordings, I always played both.  It’s very easy to do both actually.  You tend to place bass notes in the same spots you place drum hits.

Recording the cello parts with Sachino was quite a bit of fun as well.  He’s one of those guys that you can simply sing a part to, and without missing a beat, he’ll play it exactly how you wanted it on the first try.

This tune was revisited this year because Jon felt like our original version wasn’t quite complete.  He wanted to fill it out with some electric guitar parts and he had a few lyric updates.  It took a bit of convincing, but I finally relented.  We also added the context of the beginning of the song being recorded with a room-mic.

Overall, I’m glad we made the changes.  The song is quite a bit more “full” now.