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Platinum Tipi

by John Daniel Ray

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– Platinum Tipi started out as a funny name for a band; one of the 1500 or so on my band name list. Then, over dinner with my friend Suzanna, it turned into the idea for a fundraiser/party for my upcoming album. Then it morphed into a progressive musician’s summit, of sorts, with a big group of forward thinking players from the area coming together with the goal of creating something new.

The setting is the house where I grew up, which is vacant and has been on the market a few years, but is an amazing piece of art in and of itself. And finally, Daniel Fox Johnston from Stillframe Storytelling got involved and had the idea to turn it into a video shoot.

The vibe was incredible, right from the start. The large, high ceilinged living room was packed full of gear, analog and digital synthesizers crammed into every square foot and musicians crammed in between. Kevin Timmons laid down a lush synth chord and things spontaneously took off from there.

About 20 minutes in, I noticed my computer had stopped recording. I checked, and my hard drives were completely full! I spent the rest of the evening deleting things from my computer to make enough room for another 15 minutes of audio here and there; but all told, only about a third of the session was recorded.

I plan to do this again, in a more formal and intentional fashion. I feel like we just scratched the surface of what is possible with this group of players.


released August 26, 2018

Bass, bass synth - John Daniel Ray
Guitar - Russell Kelly
Drums - Jonathan Greene, Jovan Taylor, Josh Wyatt
Tenor Sax - Joseph Dowdy
Keyboards - Kevin Timmons, Kevin Beck, Michael Anderson, Kelly Bridges
Vocals - Abigail Johnston

Videography, photography - Daniel Fox Johnston with Stillframe Storytelling

Event planning and support - Suzanna Ritz
Produced by John Daniel Ray
Album cover by John, made with art by Suzanna Ritz and Daniel Fox Johnston

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John Daniel Ray Winston Salem, North Carolina

John Daniel Ray is a progressive bassist and composer from Winston-Salem, NC. He specializes in using computers to augment his bass and voice in an improvisatory setting. He is passionate about improvised music, and enjoys playing with anyone who loves music, energy, and life as much as he does. ... more

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