Justin stopped by 95 WIIL ROCK yesterday. He talked about Sway, touring, song writing, getting clean and the Open Book tour (and mentions that he’s going to go on another solo tour!!). He also performed a gorgeous version of Hate Me and Bleed Out.
The University Star interviewed Justin and Matt this weekend. They talked about living in San Marcos, Sway, touring and more. You can read their Q&A, which has slightly more in-depth answers to the questions in the video, here.
106.3 The Buzz talked to Justin today about Blue October performing in Wichita Falls this Saturday, touring, Sway and much more.
If you follow this page on any social media sites, you know I’ve been talking about Orb Recording Studios for a while. It wasn’t until I received the following news release about the grand opening that I realized that I hadn’t actually posted about it on the site. Here is the information on the studio, along with some great quotes from Matt and C.B. about why they decided to open a recording studio:
(AUSTIN, TEXAS – March 2014; source: Juice Consulting) Orb Recording Studios is proud to announce its official grand opening on Sunday, March 16, 2014. Located at 9306 Ledgestone Terrace, Austin, Texas 78737, Orb is a 5,600-square-foot facility built from the ground up on an acre of Texas hill country just 25 minutes from downtown Austin. The studio is the vision of co-owners C.B. Hudson (lead guitarist for Blue October) and Matt Noveskey (bassist for Blue October) who sought to merge the quality of renowned East and West-coast studios with the pretense-free vibe of Austin. They have created a studio that will not only accommodate major acts from around the country, but also nurture new artists.
“We want to bring a comfortable and stress-free recording environment to Texas,” said Hudson. “After recording in New York and Los Angeles, we realized that Austin deserved the same type of state-of-the-art-facility, but with a Texas Hill Country vibe. Built by musicians for musicians, we combined all of our favorite attributes from studios around the country and brought them to Orb.”
Orb offers top-notch gear and convertible spaces capable of accommodating any number of players from a solo artist to an orchestra. Studio A consists of a 672-square-foot live space coupled with a 528-square-foot control room including a SSL 6048 E|G+ Console, Ocean Way HR2 Monitors and a 1938 Steinway Baby Grand. Studio B is a 204-square-foot live space with a 255-square-foot control room and an “Amp Wall.” Other amenities include an extensive instrument library and collection of premium new and vintage microphones, a 876-square-foot lounge/kitchenette with two couches, 50″ LED TV, DirecTV, microwave, espresso machine, fridge, wifi, pool table, bumper pool table, a Playstation 3, Ms. Pac-Man/Galaga and Arcade Legends 3 with Golden Tee golf arcade games.
“After years of touring around the globe, we’ve experienced recording in all kinds of studios and we have turned those experiences into a culmination of the cream of the crop,” said Noveskey. “We have gone the extra mile to bring a premium facility to Austin. We believe there is a need and ultimately we want to be an active part of the growth in Austin’s music industry.”
Orb Recording Studios’ state-of-the-art acoustics were designed by Acoustic Spaces owner and chief designer Mark Genfan. A veteran studio architectural and acoustics designer with a background in both engineering and music, Genfan has created many of Texas’ most renowned recording and production spaces, including Tequila Mockingbird and filmmaker Robert Rodriguez’s Troublemaker Studios. Wiring and audio electronics were installed by Brad Engleking, owner and designer of Metric Audio who has been designing and installing studio infrastructure for 11 years. The core team is rounded out by Orb Recording Studios house engineer Kevin Butler who has produced, engineered and composed music for albums, TV, film, Web and other uses for clients including GM, Disney and Google, and has worked with more than 100 bands and recording artists.
“To make great music, you need great surroundings – a combination of top-notch gear, comfortable work and lounge areas, a relaxing setting and knowledgeable, capable staff who can work with artists at any level of expertise,” said Hudson.
“Orb is a place without distractions, yet accessible, where development is encouraged and prices aren’t prohibitive. Quality is never sacrificed and clients are treated with respect,” said Noveskey. “It’s a place where inspiration flows, and coming back feels like coming home.”
Orb is now offering special rates until the grand opening on March 16. Interested parties can call (512) 433-6301. For more information, please see www.orbrecordingstudios.com.
You can find Orb Recording Studios on the web in the following places:
The San Marcos Record talked to Justin about living in San Marcos, Texas. In addition to talking in depth about San Marcos, they also talked about Blue October, Sway, and much more. Here are a few quotes from the article:
And despite the fame, the Furstenfelds continue to spend their time off in San Marcos. However, the group has mostly kept quiet about their lives when they’re not on tour. Furstenfeld says the members of the band really appreciate the way people in San Marcos treat them like they are normal. “When we come home, everyone treats us like we’re home. It’s a lot different when we go out on the road,” Furstenfeld said. “It’s one of the reasons we love it here. We can be normal here. We’ll always protect (San Marcos).”
But no matter how deeply into his self-medicated addiction he got, there was one person who remained a constant. Furstenfeld’s mother, Rokie, is a huge part of his life and she appears frequently in Blue October songs, and even in the music video for the popular song “Hate Me.” “(My mom’s) a great lady. She’s one of my best friends in the world and has always believed in us as a band and as individuals,” Furstenfeld said. “She’s a mom and she did a good job being a mom. I have a tattoo on my arm that says ‘What would Mom do?’ to keep me straight and focused.”
While Sarah and his children are a huge part of Furstenfeld’s sobriety, the Blue October front man has a support system that also includes San Marcos Mayor Daniel Guerrero (pictured above). The pair met through a mutual friend in late 2011 and they leaned on each other through tough times. “You know, his faith and his family have changed him,” Guerrero said. “I think (Furstenfeld) has always believed in God, I just don’t think he’s always believed in himself.
Furstenfeld says playing in San Marcos is always unique. In fact, Blue October is gearing up for back-to-back shows at the Marc on March 21 and 22. Of the show, Furstenfeld said fans can expect “(a lot) of songs. I think they let us play for as long as we want and it will be just amazing. Every show in San Marcos is always crazy and great.”
The entire article is viewable here. The site is subsciption only but you can view one edition for free so you should be able to read the article without paying for it.
Harvard of the South will be the opening band for the Blue October concerts in San Marcos, Texas on March 21st and 22nd.
Harvard of the South is a new project that Jeremy, Justin, Matt and Steve Schiltz have been working on for quite a while. Steve Schitlz has opened for Blue October as Longwave and Hurricane Bells. He also appeared as a guest artist on Any Man In America.
Jeremy has shared several sneak peeks as they have been recording-
I’m really looking forward to hearing the final product!! I’m also hoping that there will be video of their performances in Texas for those of us that can’t be there. (Yes, that was a blatant hint for those of you that will be there- someone get video, please!!)
Blue October’s new single, Sway, is now available for radio request. Please contact your local radio stations and request it!! There is a very comprehensive list of radio stations and their conctact information located here on the Blue October forum, Open Book. Most radio stations make it really easy to request songs online. Most radio stations also accept requests via Twitter so if you have an account make sure follow your local stations and let them know you want to hear Sway.
This is one of the easiest and best ways to help support the band!! Please request daily!!
Blue October has announced the dates of their 2014 Sway Tour.
- March 14 – Lucky Mule Saloon – Abilene, Texas
- March 21 – The Marc – San Marcos, Texas
- March 22 – The Marc – San Marcos, Texas
- March 26 – Lonestar Pavilion – Lubbock, Texas
- March 27 – Tricky Falls – El Paso, Texas
- March 29 – The Observatory – Santa Ana, California
- March 30 – The Catalyst – Santa Cruz, California
- March 31 – Ace of Spades – Sacramento, California
- April 1 – Knitting Factory Concert House – Reno, Nevada
- April 2 – Knitting Factory Concert House – Boise, Idaho
- April 4 – Murray Theater – Salt Lake City, Utah
- April 5 – Fox Theatre – Boulder, Colorado
- April 6 – The Cotillion Ballroom – Wichita, Kansas
- April 8 – Austin’s – Libertyville, Illinois
- April 10 – Gillioz Theatre – Springfield, Missouri
- April 11 – Granada Theater – Lawrence, Kansas
- April 12 – Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
- April 13 – George’s Majestic Lounge – Fayetteville, Arkansas
- May 1 – Vinyl Music Hall – Pensacola, Florida
- May 7 – Exit/In – Nashville, Tennessee
- May 8 – Castle Theater – Bloomington, Illinois
- May 9 – Mercury Ballroom – Louisville, Kentucky
- May 13 – Phoenix Concert Theater – Toronto, Ontario
- May 14 – Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- May 15 – The Sherman Theater – Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
- May 16 – The Space at Westbury – Westbury, New York
- May 17 – Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, Maryland
- May 18 – House of Blues – Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
- May 21 – Main Street Armory – Rochester, New York
- May 22 – The Machine Shop – Flint, Michigan
- May 23 – Ground Zero – Traverse City, Michigan
- May 24 – Simon Estes Riverfront Amphitheater – Des Moines, Iowa
Meet & Greet tickets and concert tickets are available now. All ticketing information can be found here.
The auction runs until January 29th at 9:00 p.m. EST. 100% of the proceeds go to the Resiliency Center of Newtown, which supports victims’ families, the first responders, and the community of Newtown, Connecticut. You can bid on Crazy Making here. You can find out more information about Music for Newtown on their website.
Blue October will be at the Suburbia Music Festival in Plano, Texas. The festival is on May 3rd and 4th. Tickets go on pre-sale tomorrow, January 17. Tickets go on sale to the public on January 25th. You can get more information about the festival and buy tickets here.
On February 6th, Blue October will perform at the Austin School for the Performing and Visual Arts’ Rock Ball.
ASPVA is thrilled to announce that the ROCK BALL 2014 will be headlined by the internationally acclaimed Platinum Recording Artist BLUE OCTOBER on Thursday, February 6 at the One World Theatre at 6:30 pm. In order to make this special event extra fun, the attire will be PUNK COCKTAIL. Guests will walk the red carpet and be treated to heavy hors d’eouvres provided by Verde’s and an open bar. Student performers will provide entertainment and a silent auction table will be featured. The night will peak when BLUE OCTOBER takes the stage for an intimate acoustic performance with ASPVA singer-songwriter, Colin Huntley, opening for them. Immediately following the show, guests are invited to stay for dessert and to learn more about ASPVA. We look forward to rocking out with you at the One World Theatre on February 6th!
Tickets are very limited and are going fast. Get them here!
InsideSTL interviewed Justin when Blue October was in St. Louis for the Ho Ho Show on December 9th. They talked about touring Russia, the Sway Tour, C.B. being back in the band, what is next for Blue October and much, much more. As always, Justin from InsideSTL gives us a great, in-depth interview.
Jessie Jessup from 102.1 The Edge talked to the guys before they performed at How The Edge Stole Christmas. They talked about the trip to Russia, holiday traditions, what is coming up for Blue October in 2014 and much more.
You can see pictures from the performance at How The Edge Stole Christmas here.
St. Louis’s 105.7 The Point interviewed Justin before sound check for the Ho Ho Show. Justin talked about their crazy, snowy journey to get to St. Louis, songwriting and Sway. Then they performed Sway and Bleed Out.