KINGVEGAS plays bass, guitar, the Warr Guitar, drums, sings, produces, performs, writes music and spends the other few hours of the day sleeping, eating or riding his motorcycle. (OK- and spends time with his wife and kids, too)
He has been playing music professionally for 30 years and has performed with a wide variety of artists including his own original group Smokstik, the Blue Man Group, Jim Infantino and many others.
KINGVEGAS currently performs with a number of cover groups as well as writing, producing and performing music for his own original group.
KINGVEGAS rides his Honda CBR 600RR daily and year-round and loves to hit curvy country roads. He aspires to do a track day someday soon.
Check back often to see what’s up with KINGVEGAS and his musical and motorcycle adventures.
If you have a dream, a goal or some kind of idea doesn’t it just make sense to ASSUME THAT YOU CAN DO IT? If you are aware that many, many people with fewer advantages and opportunities than you have accomplished great things then you will realize that we are all “only human” and we all possess GREAT POTENTIAL!
Often the only difference between success and failure is simply having faith in the universe and ourselves. Don’t allow the demons of doubt and fear to prevent you from pursuing your life with passion and enthusiasm!
There is no substitute for sound planning, discipline and persistence but if you don’t believe in yourself you will never even make it out of the gate!
So if you have an idea, a dream or a well-formed goal Assume That It Is Possible and do everything that you can think of to get there. Only stop to rest- never to doubt. Doubt is only the devil in your head trying to prevent you from fulfilling your potential. Don’t ever allow anything but death to stop you! You CAN do it!!!
Are you wasting energy on efforts that actually make it more difficult to attain your goals? Are you trying too hard and allowing a lack of focus and intention to actually work *against* yourself?
We can get the idea that if our efforts are not getting us the results that we want or if we want to progress faster that we just need to push harder. The problem is that to operate at higher levels we usually need to be able to attain greater results with the same amount- if not less- effort. When progressing in life improving our skills and stepping up our game is often more like changing gears than just running the motor faster. The problem with more effort is that we have limits to different levels of operation. For example: It wouldn’t make sense to try to move progressively faster crawling so we learn to walk. When walking isn’t fast enough we learn to run. In order to operate in different states of forward progress we must also learn to optimize our efforts to make that progress possible and practical.
So we can unintentionally let the *tension* caused by over-exertion and unfocused, inefficient efforts to short-circuit our *intention* to attain a goal. So how can we reduce tension and focus on intention?
The first two things that come to mind is intellect and efficiency. It helps to grow our intellect through a daily habit of study and reflection. Learning how to do things better from others that have come before us and seeking insight from people that are smarter and/or more experienced than us can help to elevate our awareness of what is possible in the world and how things are done. Reflecting on our past efforts and how effectively we worked to attain our goals can also help us to be smarter and more effective in our future efforts.
These intellectual considerations help us to then focus on being *efficient* in our efforts. As a musician making technical progress can be time-consuming and somewhat elusive. People often either give up on making the efforts to improve out of frustration or push too hard and end up hurting themselves in the pursuit of progress. In order to successfully progress we need to get comfortable with each level that we attain as a basis to build upon to then move on to the next level.
Having an *intellectual* clarity about what we’re trying to attain is essential. If we can’t conceive in our minds what it is we’re trying to accomplish it is unlikely that it will manifest itself in our playing. Taking the time and making the effort to conceive our ideas in our heads *first* (or “hearing” what we’re going to play before we play it) will greatly enhance one’s efforts to make musical and technical progress. As a musician this is one way that *listening* to music also helps us to improve because the sounds that we are exposed to then inform the kind of ideas that we can conceive and then ultimately produce.
Tension occurs when we are using additional unnecessary effort to accomplish a goal that actually prevents us from being able to succeed and wastes energy as well as diminishing our actual intent. When pushing our bodies to their limits our first inclination is often to push and create tension by using unnecessary muscles to try to power through a technical issue. The problem is that tension often slows down our efforts by preventing the correct body movements to occur because opposing and/or surrounding muscle groups are preventing them from operating correctly.
In order to progress we need to focus on our *intention* and approach it gradually from a point of clarity and understanding. To make consistent, effective and permanent progress we need to learn to push our boundaries in a *thoughtful* and *methodical* way so as to ultimately break through barriers and “change gears” as opposed to trying to power through them. When you start to feel tension just step back, take a breath and focus on your intention.
The RPM Challenge is a friendly challenge for a group of artists to write, record and release an album of new musical material in the month of February. As February tends to be a blah month for many in the Northern Hemisphere this can be a great distraction from winter weather, shorter days, fewer shows and limited recreational possibilities.
I have registered to do it many times in the past and even started off with good intentions a few times but now it’s become more of a challenge to *follow through* with it than to actually be involved.
I am determined to reach the RPM Challenge goal of writing at least 10 songs or 35 minutes of music in the month of February in the year 2014 and releasing it for all the world to hear. I believe that achieving THIS goal would actually be something thati will look back on and be proud of.
I will be producing this work as KINGVEGAS and the material will feature me on a variety of instruments- not just the Smokstik configuration of the past. I have never been a part of or released a project that featured me on anything other than Stick or Warr Guitar so this should be interesting.
Wish me luck, read the blogs, watch the vids and let’s DO THIS THING!!!
This is one of the most important factors that separates the successful from the unsuccessful- DO IT ANYWAY or *D.I.A.*. In order to make great strides and/or accomplish great feats there will be times when we just don’t feel like doing the work. We don’t want to get out of bed. We don’t want to crack open the book. We don’t want to turn on the computer, head to gym, put on some sweats, pick up the music, put down the beer, pass the ice cream cooler, stay up a little longer, take just a little more, go just a little farther.
Great accomplishments come from great efforts. To believe any other way is foolish and wasteful. Not just any efforts but SMART, FOCUSED work that is intended to move one closer to reaching a concrete goal. Not *busy* work but well-thought out and diligent efforts. more »
You are making copious efforts to progress but do you have an end goal in mind? Sometimes we can fall into the habit of doing *busy* work that makes us *feel* like we are doing something productive with our time that doesn’t actually get us any closer to our goals- assuming that we have goals.
First- if you’re trying to make progress without setting goals you are going to have a LOT of problems making progress- regardless of how much time and effort you expend. Learning how to set concrete goals that are then broken down into microgoals to identify the steps necessary to achieve that greater goal is imperative to progress.
I wrote a post a while back regarding the 80/20 principle but I’m bringing it up again because I feel that one of MY greatest hurdles- and of many people that I’ve met- is the ability to master time management, prioritization and goal setting. Goals without plans fail. Work without goals is ineffective. Exceptional success is dependent upon being clear about what we’re doing and why we’re doing it while maintaining the flexibility to make adjustments along the way. more »
: a science that deals with the structure and properties of substances and with the changes that they go through
: the structure and properties of a substance : the way a substance changes and reacts with other substances
: a strong attraction between people
(according to the Mirriam-Webster online dictionary)
What is the difference between a good and a great band? I believe that chemistry trumps chops most every time.
I’ve seen so many acts that feature great players that have created some very average music and some legendary acts that feature some average players that have made some great music. So what is it about “chemistry” that makes the difference between a good and a great band? more »