Thursday, July 27, 2017

I'm jamming' withThe Legendary Nate Smith! Wow!! Dude can play!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Honeycomb Music presents THE BAHAMAS!!!!!!!!

The Bahamas

Two words My People!!!
LOL!!!!!!!!!' I can laugh about it now.
But let me start from the top.....

Sheronia Rogers is someone I've known and respected for years. We were church buddies for many years. I know that she takes her family on cruises maybe 3 times a year. So if anybody was going to partner with me on this, it would be her.

So I asked her to do this with me, and she took the wheel and just started driving. Perfect.

I've been in the industry of music for 30 plus years. And a lot of the times, I feel like I'm just starting.

Can you imagine the butterflies I have now? This is our FIRST time hosting a cruise of this magnitude.

I already know how things can go crazy when planning events. We've done plenty events, and I've seen some crazy things happen. So with this being our first cruise, I'm a little nervous. And we're involving a travel agent that will be in control of a lot of the registering or booking of clients. I'm not totally comfortable with that. However, this is the business that we're venturing into. And I'm told, this is how it goes. So we go with it. I spoke to the travel agent and I feel somewhat relieved. She seems cool! I thanked her because this is going to be a venture and a lot of hard work. We even talked about Tequila shots when this was over. LOL.

Sheronia is as busy as all get out. "We need this. We need that. Do you have the money? Well when will you have it? How much? How soon?" She was already on this thing and we still have a year before it actually happens. LOL
As the months go by, problems started to arise.
People are angry about this and that. It appears to be a communication gap between the people and our travel agent.
Hmmmmm.

This is the fear that I talked about earlier. When my name or Honeycomb is a part of something, I like to have hands on. This way if anything goes wrong, I can take care of it myself. But when I'm not in control, I can't do anything. Sad part is, my name or Honeycomb is still the brand that people see. So whatever goes wrong, I lose either way.

But to win the game one has to be in the game.

So the months are going by and I'm getting even more complaints about not being contacted about this and that.

"Josh I haven't heard anything from your travel agent!"

I'm worried. Sheronia is doing everything she can to make this as easy as possible. Some friends that I trust are calling me saying things like "Yo. You good?" LOL.

See here's the deal. Before I became a business man or a musician, I was born a human with emotions and feelings. As a grown man, I'm not going to allow anyone to speak to me any kind of way. I'm from Brooklyn. And what that means is this, I know how to deal with a loud mouth. So when I feel a slight disrespect in ones tone of voice, I find it difficult to stay calm and respect what this person is saying.

But I managed to be professional.
Fast forward.

It's almost time for the cruise. People seem to finally be excited. I'm worn way out! I know Sheronia has to be worn out. But somehow, it's all just now about to BEGIN!!

Everybody on our team is working hard and making sacrifices. We all know how important it is to at least make a decent impression with integrity and consistency. So we don't wanna do anything wrong. Carnival gave us very little to work with. But hey, what can we do, cancel?

This entire trip is being afforded by us. There is no corporate account or sponsorship here. Next year, DEFINITELY! But right now, no.

Carnival isn't going to give us any extra privileges. We're nobody to them. So when we got the final itinerary, we were shocked, disappointed, nervous, and everything you can think of. The party times were not what we wanted and Carnival was not budging with a single thing.

Side note.

Money talks. If we chartered the voyage, we would have gotten the red carpet treatment with better options. So when we made the announcement about the party times, it was game on. FIRE from a few of our patrons started to come in.

"3 hours?!?!?!?"
"This is more like a senior citizens cruise!!!!"
"We can go see Louie and Jihad any Wednesday or Saturday!"
"This feels so bait and switch!!!!!!"

And then more disrespect started to come in. People would see Louie and Jihad in clubs and complain loud for everyone to hear. One woman saw me at a club and wanted to draw a crowd with her disrespect. Yelling, at MY EVENT, "This is a mess!! That's all this is. A mess!!!!!"

It was really hard to remain calm and accommodating. But folks are frustrated. In all fairness, we understood what the problem was. And that just had a Domino affect on anything else that happened.

At this point, I'm almost feeling regret. I hate feeling like I'm being attacked when I'm innocent. But because this is a Honeycomb event, it's my responsibility to ensure satisfaction to our patrons. I had to take responsibility for everything. I want to fight somebody.
And then there were friends that came with, "See what you shoulda did was....."

Side note. Shut up!

The sound system(speakers and such) that the cruise ship has is nice. But my people are accustomed to some real thunder. So we have to rent sound. And that can get crazy financially.
Jason Ojeda is the guy we use when we do our annual Birthday Boat Ride in NYC.

When I arrived to his warehouse, I knew we were in way over our head. Jason has years of experience. And when I told him what we're doing, he began to explain to me what we needed. I'm thinking to myself "What did we get ourselves into?"

But after all of the calculating and listing of equipment, he gave me a deal that we could work with. It was something that only God could give us folks. We were blessed by God through Jason. He really blessed. I thought I was going to cry when he gave us the deal.

Sidebar.

Nobody looks out for nobody anymore in this industry of music. You really gotta know a person these days. I know Jason. We've done NY boat rides for years. But we've never hung out or had drinks. So for him to give me a real sweet deal was very unexpected. But "God is faithful", my mom said on her death bed.
And he really is.

We rented this big cargo van and I drove it to Cape Canaveral, Florida!!!!

Im starting to see folks I know. I'm feeling some joy enter back into my spirit.

Side note. People can take whatever joy you have about a thing IF you allow them. They will step, spit and piss on something that you worked painstakingly for and leave you bleeding your heart out. And then, they'll move on within that same hour as if nothing was said. And you will never forget what that person said/posted. It will hurt you every time you think of that person. But I have some good advice for those of you that this has happened to. You can't please everybody. Be grateful that you're doing something you wanted to do. You ventured out. You tried it. Even if you suck at it. Do what makes you happy. If someone is displeased with your efforts, so be it. So long as you're not disrespected. My people have a tendency to get animated. We have a defense mechanism that tells us to speak loudly and aggressively. We do it to waitresses all of the time. Speaking to them all nasty as though they cooked the food. But I digress.

We board. There was a safety drill and before long we were sailing. Tonight is Jihad. And I don't know what to expect.

Moises Montoya is Louie's assistant but he's there to help me set up the equipment. The club looks decent. I like.

Moises set up the sound and it sounds nice!!!! This just may work. At our Welcome Party we have food and open bar. Open Bar! I saw the drinks and I know I'll need at least 10 of those! I made contact with all of the vocalist and they seem cool. Everybody on the team is positive. And I'll be honest, I would have unraveled completely if they weren't. So I'm grateful. Gloria is looking great and in good spirits. So that's good. OK. Let's go.

First night was dope. Short 3 hours. But Jihad played as though he were in concert. Folks danced. I loved seeing the energy in me change from this dark feeling of doubt to a bright optimism. Louie came down to enjoy and observe.

The next night I asked Louie to give us a Flashback party night. We figured we can have the first night be a club night where Jihad played new and current hits.

Louie could play a classic night for those of us into that. And the last night they both can play whatever they're feeling.
The vocalists all sang their hearts out. Diviniti, Kia Stewart, Taihisha Grant, and Dawn Tallman came through and did what they do best. I was so happy.

Poet, Janeen Lyons, had surgery on her knee. She really had no business on this cruise ship. She should be home recovering. But like the rest of the team, she is dedicated to giving 100 percent of herself to make the vision happen. I felt grateful to all of them.

Side note. I appreciate my Honeycomb family. I will stand by each and every one of them. Everybody kicked in and sacrificed money and time with NO PAY to make this thing work. As the CEO of the company, my heart was really touched by their generosity.

I'll tell you all the honest to goodness truth. When it was all over and I finally got in the cargo van with the equipment loaded and ready to drive home, I remember feeling good. Why? Because we did something good! There were some, well there is one person who absolutely hated it and continues to show her disrespect, but you know, she has that right. On the last night when Sheronia shared, she said "that everything is not for everybody" and that is so true.
However, we saw a lot of happy faces and received A LOT of LOVE!

I'll admit we went into this excited and not as informed and we own it. That is the price we pay for doing what we love and will continue to do. Thank you to those who completed our survey. We were humbled and overwhelmed by the sharing of the joy of your experiences, your positivity and constructive feedback.
90% of our cruisers who completed the survey ranked the event from Very Good (40%) to Excellent (50%). We are so happy that they enjoyed themselves and gave us some great suggestions. Honeycomb is committed to quality entertainment. We will not make excuses for mistakes that we make. We are happy to take responsibility, for that is how we learn. Having said that, we look forward to hosting next years trip. Bigger and Better.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

OUT NOW! Dawn Tallman's 'Celebrate Myself' b/w 'I Am Not Afraid (Remixes)'




link >> honeycombmusic.bandcamp.com/album/celebrate-myself-b-w-i-am-not-afraid-remixes

Honeycomb Music is extremely proud to present the highly anticipated double release from the incomparable Dawn Tallman, entitled “Celebrate Myself” b/w “I Am Not Afraid (Remixes)”. Both of these tunes are beautiful and powerful, speaking volumes to the inner dancer in us all. With the smash success of “For Me,” we love that Dawn and Josh’s follow-up continues to encourage such self-worth and fearlessness. We need these lyrics today! Additionally, Josh’s signature Honeycomb sound compliments the strength in Dawn Tallman’s magnificent voice. The wait is over, pick up your copy and celebrate yourself!

link >> honeycombmusicstore.com/Dawn_Tallman_Celebrate_NotAfraid-digital_booklet.pdf

"Celebrate Myself" lyrics and music written and produced by Joshua Milan.
"I Am Not Afraid (Remixes)" lyrics written by Josh Milan.
"I Am Not Afraid" original music written by Luis F. Vega.
"I Am Not Afraid (Remixes)" music written and produced by Joshua Milan.
All vocals performed by Dawn Tallman.
All instruments performed by Josh Milan.
Recorded and mixed by Josh Milan at Honeycomb Music Studios in East Stroudsburg, PA.
Mastered by Adam Cruz at EbbnFlow Studios in Bloomfield, NJ.

"Celebrate Myself" is published by Tallmax Music (SESAC) and Josh Milan Songs (BMI).
"I Am Not Afraid (Remixes)" is published by Tallmax Music (SESAC), Josh Milan Songs (BMI) and Niconane Music (BMI).

Cover art design by Adam Cruz.
Executive Produced by Josh Milan and Adam Cruz.

©2017 Honeycomb Music, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Distributed by The Cruz Music Group, a Division of Mixtape Sessions Music, LLC.

Friday, June 30, 2017

PRE-ORDER! Dawn Tallman kicks off the holiday with 'Celebrate Myself' b/w 'I Am Not Afraid (Remixes)'




link >> honeycombmusic.bandcamp.com/album/celebrate-myself-b-w-i-am-not-afraid-remixes

Honeycomb Music is extremely proud to present the highly anticipated double release from the incomparable Dawn Tallman, entitled “Celebrate Myself” b/w “I Am Not Afraid (Remixes)”. Both of these tunes are beautiful and powerful, speaking volumes to the inner dancer in us all. With the smash success of “For Me,” we love that Dawn and Josh’s follow-up continues to encourage such self-worth and fearlessness. We need these lyrics today! Additionally, Josh’s signature Honeycomb sound compliments the strength in Dawn Tallman’s magnificent voice. The wait is over, pick up your copy and celebrate yourself!

link >> honeycombmusicstore.com/Dawn_Tallman_Celebrate_NotAfraid-digital_booklet.pdf

"Celebrate Myself" lyrics and music written and produced by Joshua Milan.
"I Am Not Afraid (Remixes)" lyrics written by Josh Milan.
"I Am Not Afraid" original music written by Luis F. Vega.
"I Am Not Afraid (Remixes)" music written and produced by Joshua Milan.
All vocals performed by Dawn Tallman.
All instruments performed by Josh Milan.
Recorded and mixed by Josh Milan at Honeycomb Music Studios in East Stroudsburg, PA.
Mastered by Adam Cruz at EbbnFlow Studios in Bloomfield, NJ.

"Celebrate Myself" is published by Tallmax Music (SESAC) and Josh Milan Songs (BMI).
"I Am Not Afraid (Remixes)" is published by Tallmax Music (SESAC), Josh Milan Songs (BMI) and Niconane Music (BMI).

Cover art design by Adam Cruz.
Executive Produced by Josh Milan and Adam Cruz.

©2017 Honeycomb Music, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Distributed by The Cruz Music Group, a Division of Mixtape Sessions Music, LLC.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Josh Milan's 6.9.69 Double Digital LP - AVAILABLE NOW!




link >> to order the 6.9.69 Digital Double LP
honeycombmusic.bandcamp.com/album/6969-double-digital-lp

Friday, May 26, 2017

Josh Milan's 6.9.69 goes double digital on May 28th PRE-ORDER TODAY!




link >> to order the 6.9.69 Digital Double LP
honeycombmusic.bandcamp.com/album/6969-double-digital-lp


Honeycomb Music is extremely honored to present the highly-anticipated debut LP from producer and musician extraordinaire Josh Milan. Not only is Josh the CEO of Honeycomb Music, bringing you such hits as "Your Body," "I Will Wait" and much more, he has spent over 3 years producing and developing this exquisite 24-song collection. A nod to his day of birth, "6.9.69" represents Josh's musical journey, fusing influences from some of the giants of music (i.e., Quincy Jones, Pat Matheny et al.) and creating an incredibly crafted debut LP. Josh's lyrics explore topics of politics, identity, race, relationships and love while his music explores his life-long love of live music. This album is simply inspiring and innovative on every level. Even to describe his work in these terms understates the magic that Josh Milan brings to his debut. "6.9.69" is the kind of album you play all the way through without stopping - a masterful masterpiece!

Executive Produced by Josh Milan and Adam Cruz.
Photography by Joseph Paradiso.
Cover, CD and digital art design by Adam Cruz.
Distributed by The Cruz Music Group, a Division of Mixtape Sessions Music, LLC.
©2017 Honeycomb Music, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Honeycomb Music LLC. www.honeycombmusicstore.com

Monday, May 15, 2017

Atlanta!

Atlanta!
May 12, 2018 1:46pm
Is it me, or does the airline stewardess have a really high butt while standing all of 5'3 with 6 inch heels on? I don't think I've ever seen anything like this. A really short person with a high butt. And why does she insist on walking up and down the airplane aisle? There's something about this woman that makes me feel she's advertising. Is a high butt attractive?? Why is her torso so short? I'm uncomfortable. 
Well anyway, I was going through the TSA security point and one TSA worker said to the other, "Are you going on the bus ride?" To which the other replied "I toll huh I ain't going tudat." She couldn't be anymore loud. It kinda felt like she knew that everyone in the line heard her, and she liked this attention. What hurt my feelings is she didn't realize we were all cringing at her butchering the English language and that she was obnoxious. I think she felt that we were admiring her. Normally I would have laughed to myself. But I felt embarrassed for her. She didn't know that her ignorance was showing. Does that make me a snob? I just felt like we all stepped back into time when I noticed this sister was entertaining massa with her buffoonery. You ever see a sister say things like "No she di int". It felt like that. 
So yea. ATLANTA! YAY!!!!!!!!! My man Miko asked me to come out and play and I felt honored. Miko is a good dude. People have good things to say about him and my experiences with him have all been good. So I accepted. I plan to enjoy. People in ATL know how to have a good time. So let's go. 

4:15pm
I'm chillin. Waiting on Miko to arrive and I hear "Confession". This brother rolls up on me blasting the song in the car with an IPad filming me. Talk about a welcome. I knew right away we were going to have a good time when we made a B Line to Popeyes Chicken!! Nothing says "we cool" like breaking bread at Popeyes. 

May 13th 11:15 pm
So as I'm waiting for my ride to arrive, a woman comes into the lobby directly to me. "Excuse me sir, can you please help me? I just need $189 for a room tonight. Me and my kids have no where to sleep." 
She couldn't have been 25. And the children in the carriage were very little babies. When she left me and walked out of the hotel, one of the workers said, "Now take care of those kids. It's cold outside." When he shut the door, he and his coworkers laughed a little. 
That hurt my feelings. People that are homeless are not always stupid, dirty, on drugs, or criminals. These guys thought it was funny to laugh at this woman. Is this where we are as people? We laugh at those that ask us for help?
I'm headed to this event, let me get my mind right. 

May 14th 6:13am
Yo. I'm still playing music. 
These people are still dancing!! 

5:29pm
I'm on the plane thinking about everything. The first DJ that played goes by Turk. Dude was very aggressive musically. He came to BEAT THAT BOX! He was very good. His blends were seamless and selections were very tasty! I've not heard of dude but apparently, he ain't no joke. I got a chance to rap with him afterwards and it turns out, he's an overall awesome dude to know.
Miko had a team of cats helping him with the night. 
Yusuf Terry went on after Turk. Yusuf has been playing music for years. Doing it for the love. When you've been playing music for as long as guys like Yusuf, blends and selections come naturally. And this night is no exception. He played passionately. Getting lost in the music he played. That's always nice to see. 
After Yusuf I played till close. I wanted more of that fried fish Miko and Deandre Halbert was cooking. Man. Miko had the seasoning down to a science. The flavor. It was so so so good. Everybody ate for FREE!!! EVERYBODY!
The night was a very good night. I appreciated being a part of it!