Playing at E3 2012 with Kyle and Lara was such an amazing experience and I really hope we have the opportunity to get together again like that in the future. It was a really busy week and it all went by so fast. As soon as we all arrived in LA, we immediately started practicing and arranging our concerts. Sometimes we used sheet music, and some of the arrangements we made up by ear. Once the expo started, we played a total of 10 concerts (3 Tues, 4 Weds, 3 Thurs) each about 45 minutes to an hour long, all featuring video game music. We tried to put together arrangements in which all 3 of us were able to play at the same time together, although we mixed up which instruments were featured throughout the concerts so that everything was equally balanced. You might see some videos where Kyle and I are performing without Lara, and the only reason for that was that Lara became sick halfway through the expo and had to miss a few concerts =( For those concerts, Kyle and I just literally sightread a bunch of pieces haha, and for the most part it went pretty well =) Thankfully Lara powered through and was awesome regardless; it wasn’t the same without her!
It was so exciting playing with Kyle and Lara because they are both such accomplished musicians. They’re also both great at improvising, which is something that I also love to do as well but don’t often have the chance to do with others. Some of the songs we played were different arrangements each concert because we were improvising on the spot during the concert, and to me that was really enjoyable. Besides being so talented, they’re also both genuinely nice people and very fun to be around. I’ve never had more fun playing with other musicians =)
Because we were pretty much constantly performing or practicing, we actually had very limited time to actually walk around and see the exhibits. I probably only spent about a half hour the entire time I was there checking things out, but from what I saw, it was a pretty incredible display and everyone seemed to be really enjoying themselves. Our stage was set up between the two main halls so that people who were walking from one exhibit hall to the other were able to stop and watch us perform, or just listen as they were passing through.
We were able to meet so many different people from the video game and music industry, and it was so incredible to me how nice everyone was. I always seem to hear how cutthroat the entertainment and music industries are, and while it’s sadly true in some cases, I found the exact opposite to be true with all of the people we met. Everyone was so nice and supportive of one another, and it was just great to see that people who were very talented and successful in their careers were still very kind and humble people. Whatever successes I enjoy in my career, I want to make sure that I always stay true to myself, respectful of others and remain humble.
As soon as we receive our video footage we’ll be posting it on our channels. I can’t wait to see the videos and share them with all of you! I also want to thank NVIDIA for the wonderful experience. Everyone from NVIDIA was so incredibly nice and treated us so well. We had such a lovely time getting to know each other and I really hope that we’ll be able to work with them again in the future. This was truly something I will remember for the rest of my life and I am so thankful for the experience!