How Did I Get Here? interviewed C.B. and Matt about Orb Recording Studios. They talked about how the studio came to be, building the studio, producing records, running a studio while touring with Blue October and much more. (the interview with Matt & C.B. starts about 6:40)
Theresa from 94.5 talked to Blue October before . They talked about Blue October fans, Justin’s beard, what’s next for them, and much, much more.
Justin and C.B. also performed Say It and Dirt Room acoustically.
Justin will be going on a solo acoustic tour this Fall. Ashleigh Stone, who has toured with Justin acoustically and with Blue October in the past, will be joining him again on the tour. The dates for the 2014 Open Book Tour are:
- September 4, 2014 – Rockin Rodeo – Denton, Texas
- September 5, 2014 – The Roxy Event Center – Joplin, Missouri
- September 6, 2014 – Ordway Auditorium – Amarillo, Texas
- September 7, 2014 – Cactus Theater – Lubbock, Texas
- September 9, 2014 – Tricky Falls – El Paso, Texas
- September 10, 2014 – Jean Cocteau Cinema – Santa Fe, New Mexico
- September 12, 2014 – The Irenic – San Diego, California
- September 13, 2014 – Assembly Music Hall – Sacramento, California
- September 14, 2014 – Knitting Factory – Reno, Nevada
- September 16, 2014 – The Chapel – San Francisco, California
- September 17, 2014 – Alberta Rose Theater – Portland, Oregon
- September 18, 2014 – The Triple Door – Seattle, Washington
- September 20, 2014 – The Stateroom – Salt Lake City, Utah
- September 21, 2014 – The Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, Colorado
All ticketing information, including meet and greet passes, can be found here.
Here is a brief description of what the shows will be like:
The shows will consist of spoken word, a question-and-answer session, and an acoustic set of intimate versions of fan-favorite Blue October songs. The evening will focus on breaking down the walls between artist and audience, and will provide fans with the most access to Justin ever available.
Houston’s 94.5 The Buzz interviewed Justin this morning. They talked about attending The High School for Performing and Visual Arts, his upcoming acoustic residency in LA, how Blue October’s music has changed, performing in Houston and much more. Justin also performed a Hate Me and Calling You.
You can see pictures here.
- July 19, 2014 – The Buzz Weenie Roast – Houston, Texas
- August 23, 2014 – Bat Fest – Austin, Texas
- November 12, 2014 – The Fillmore – Silver Spring, Maryland
- November 13, 2014 – Royale – Boston, Massachusetts
- November 14, 2014 – The Trocader Theatre – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- November 15, 2014 – Webster Hall – New York, New York
- November 16, 2014 – House of Blues – Cleveland, Ohio
- November 19, 2014 – Bogarts – Cincinnati, Ohio
- November 20, 2014 – Newport Music Hall – Columbus, Ohio
- November 21, 2014 – The Fillmore – Detroit, Michigan
- November 22, 2014 – House of Blues – Chicago, Illinois
- November 23, 2014 – The Vogue – Indianapolis, Indiana
- November 28 and 29, 2014 – House of Blues – Dallas, Texas
- December 4, 2014 – Route 66 Casino – Club Envy – Albuquerque, New Mexico
- December 5, 2014 – Talking Stick Resort & Casino – Scottsdale, Arizona
- December 6, 2014 – The Fonda Theatre – Los Angeles, California
- December 7, 2014 – Brooklyn Bowl – Las Vegas, Nevada
- December 9, 2014 – Summit Music Hall – Denver, Colorado
- December 11, 2014 – The Rave – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
- December 12, 2014 – Sokol Auditorium – Omaha, Nebraska
- December 18, 2014 – Iron City – Birmingham, Alabama
- December 19, 2014 – Jannus Live – St. Petersburg, Florida
- December 20, 2014 – House of Blues – Lake Buena Vista, Florida
- December 21, 2014 – Revolution – Fort Lauderdale, Florida
All ticketing information can be found on Blue October’s website.
Blue October was in St. Louis for Pointfest 2014 this past weekend. Justin sat down with 105.7 The Point before they performed. They talked about the other bands that were at the festival, the Sway PledgeMusic campaign, touring with his family, art, what’s coming up next, and much more.
The Broadcast in Dallas talked to Justin touring with his family, where he was the first time he heard a Blue October song on the radio, singing in the shower, and his dream collaboration.
Justin also talked briefly about where they have toured and then he and Ryan performed Fear.
Justin also performed an a capella version of Bleed Out.
Earlier in the show Justin and Ryan played a game of Last Word with the hosts of the show.
While Blue October was in Illinois last month for the Sway Tour Justin gave Digital Tour Bus a tour of Blue October’s bus. If you’ve ever wondered what the inside of their bus looks like, here’s your chance. Check out the video below.
Justin shares a touring story-
Justin’s top five touring tips
Blue October was in Dallas for the Suburbia Music Festival yesterday. Justin sat down with 103.7 KVIL for a really fun interview. They talked about twerking (see Justin twerk here), Chris Daughtry tweeting about Sway (see his tweet here), what Justin would be doing if he wasn’t a musician, going to a performing arts school and much, much more.
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.