In 2004 Larry SAKLAD’s renewed songwriting surged, leading to his 2nd album, SAKLAD, Sept ’10. Currently readying new album Spellbound ’13, singles All Of A Sudden, Up On The Bluffs & What If? just released. saklad.bandcamp.com. Originals include Oh Philadelphia, song & project- local songs to do with Philly, and ’06 album Yet2B.
He’s performing with guitars & piano, original back trax + songs featuring co-writer Kim De Meo, and a friend or 2. Saklad’s history in the Phila Music Scene spans 30+ years, original member on keyboards & bu vocals for Alan Mann, David Rowan, Robert Hazard, and writing/perform w Essra Mohawk, many others.
*To listen is to discover more about this perceptive musician who began classical piano age 6, performing at Carnegie Hall age 10, and now returns to the public ear.
Spellbound album roll-out started ’12
Singles avail~ just released here 4/23/13
A newly conceived process I’ve recently been using recording my songs is now even a major part of their inception! Before describing the general concept let me state, I’m certainly not the 1st to adapt to the cutting edge of music creation, both in electronic sound creation and the processing of sampled instruments or anything recordable. But through out my piano/keyboard playing/exploration, sampling and sequencing have always been the common learning curve, even before digital ignited the whole landscape.
For most of the last decade I’ve been developing my recording and producing skills, currently finishing work on my next album (3rd), Spellbound, after 2 years of dedicated writing, recording, mixing, redo, redo. And as I looked for some more spice and character bits & pieces- sounds to play live also, I looked to expand my soft-synths collection- early on came across a few newest with built in sequencers, quickly adapted to 32 step rhythm patterns, usually 3 separate sound sources all triggered together while adjusting faders on all sorts of filter freq & Q, pulse width mod & other variables while recording these ever changing atmospheres at the tempo for specific songs, and retuned to that song’s key. Because of the extremely pulsed or chopped outcome, this sound is more akin to drums or electronic percussion, and I further decimate the original waveform, usually bitcrushing or grainyacking it, finally actually carving out chunks thru volume envelopes, etc.
How’s it sound? Listen for yourself to this unexpected result, Up On The Bluffs is the 2nd song adv released, posted below & http://saklad.bandcamp.com with what appear to be hand drums, but they’re not! What If? is one of dozens more adventurous & edgy, have even created a whole future song around this process with inspiring results. But my intrigue involves merging all this with my favorite genre- Rock, which to me has become stale, holding too tightly to the classic sound, forgetting that once upon a time it was the cutting edge for trying all the “newest” ideas out. I applaud all the genres that have embraced & pioneered & championed the new sounds & this cause, to pave the way for older statesmen of the music scene, but also for the masses of listeners who have embraced this very danceable stuff! So it is time, and ripe for the pickin’!
All Of A Sudden new mix 11/20/12~ Romp rooted in boogie-woogie ala Leon Russel, dig the cheesy organ. About the moment each of us recognizes something’s changed in a relationship- you have to see them ASAP!
Up On The Bluffs 1/22/13- lyrics by Kim De Meo~ inspired by Winfield, a timeless, old soul Bermuda resort doorman, full of dignity & grace, twinkle in his eye, offers to take our photo then shares his special gift- a small bottle of choral pink sand, and many stories…
What If? 3/19/13 written/performed ’09, reworked~ posing the age old question, What If all our perceived reality wasn’t at all what it appears? taken a step further, and how it might even change our world…
Michael Tearson radio dj- “Larry, hope the river’s flowin’ smooth thru your world, nice work on the new platter!”
“a songwriter’s songwriter w/ determination & heart…” E Crowley
10/19 bcast Up Close & Acoustic~ a performance and interview formatted radio program; each week Charlie Sylvestri welcomes a singer/songwriter or band, to promote that artist’s music and feature songs recorded just for that appearance, in an intimate and acoustic setting~ the podcast: upcloseandacoustic.com
23 min excerpt from hr show, incl 3 songs live solo! TRANSCRIPT & Audio here
4/14/11 TIME OUT WITH Larry Saklad
Describe your sound?
…I call it “the funky-folk alternative,” but not everyone understands “funky” when used with “folk.” If there’s a genre called rhythm & folk, that’d be me, plus jamming hard rock roots! Live I’m usually solo with Guild 12 string guitar, backing tracks and feature Kim De Meo vocals on a few, also co-writer, plus other friends join me on occasion.
Where do you wish you could perform?
…Looks like my answer changed when they knocked down the Spectrum , but there are great venues all over Philly, really looking forward to playing the newly re-opened Dobbs at 304 South St., at 8 p.m. tonight. We love the Tin Angel, WCL (World Café Live), Grape Room and the best kept secret in the Italian Mkt- Connie’s Ric Rac, S. Nineth St.
What musician and/or band would you most like to meet?
…Amos Lee & band (I do know a few here), John Legend, U2, Springsteen, Melloncamp, Crosby Stills Nash, Neil Young, The Who…
Are you working on anything now?
…Always writing new songs for my next album, but these days performing/supporting my latest release, SAKLAD, available at CDBaby.com/saklad, plus constant updates to my new website sakladmusic.com. I’m also a piano/keyboards player since 6 years old and original member of Alan Mann, David Rowan, Robert Hazard, and worked with Essra Mohawk. Presently I play in David’s new band Wet Pet and open mics all over this region!
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
…Jamaica first (been there once), anywhere it’s warm (not too hot or too cold), but seriously I’m gone where the gigs take me, long as the money is right and the fans dig it, lol!
Pottstown, Pa The Mercury
>Larry Saklad can look back on a pretty decent music career. He’s working to revive it, but it’s a new era with new challenges for artists trying to be heard. In fact, the singer-songwriter, who plays guitar and piano, has been coming back for the past few years, composing, recording and getting himself in front of Philly area audiences. In mid-Sept, he released a new CD, the 11-cut Saklad, which incl Oh Phila & a few songs Saklad wrote with Kim De Meo. He describes his music as folk rock, sometimes funky folk …played with many incl local legends Robert Hazard, Alan Mann and NE Philly native Essra Mohawk…[more]”
John Loftus – NE Times
9/2010 “LARRY SAKLAD is from Philly, his CD is SAKLAD, has 11 cuts on it, [self produced, but 1st song] by Wayne Hsu. The songs have a bounce to them. His voice does stand out on it’s own and he makes all the songs he’s written his …The songs are simple and nice. WHY THIS FULL MOON takes you on a journey… MANNS-IN-Me is definitely different w/ a feel of Henry Gross. Great intro to “LULL’BYE” a slow, mellow song… Check out SAKLAD whenever you have a chance, you’ll definitely find him different, which could be a good thing. Thanks Larry, enjoy all!”
Jimmy Allford – Pa Music Scene
9/2010 “Larry Saklad’s second solo effort, the self titled Saklad, is the successful culmination of years of honing his craft. Having started on the classical piano at age 6 (he performed at Carnegie Hall when he was 10) Larry has gone from jam bands to his own calming style on full display with this release. His skill as a story teller shines throughout the album. Whimsical at points, the album keeps you through waves of rhythm and poignant messages that manage not to be preachy, something not many artists can accomplish. Well worth the experience as soon as you can.”
Jason Sendaula – Origivation Magazine