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2KX on Progstravaganza progressive rock & metal compilation

Progstravaganza Questionnaire: 2KX

2KX is the permanent band formed from the 2009 international prog endeavor, “Lisa LaRue Project 2K9.” The band is headed by keyboardist Lisa LaRue, who has released four solo albums previous to the LLP2K9 “World Class,” and is twice Oklahoma Music Awards’ “Native American Artist of the Year.” She has also been nominated for several Native American Music Awards in addition to a Hollywood Music Award.  2KX was nominated as “Best Instrumental Band” in the 2011 Los Angeles Music Awards.
The band took part on Progstravaganza XIX: Convergence and Lisa answered our standard Progstravaganza Questionnaire. Check it below.
How did you come to do what you do? 
2KX formed as a project band called Lisa LaRue Project 2K9 in 2009.  A core group of participants, and some new members, formed a permanent band in 2010 called “2KX.”  We still have special guests, but there is a core band.

Where do you draw your inspiration from?
We draw our inspiration from everything!  It can be a book, a movie, a dream, or a conversation.  Then we all build upon it with each members’ interpretation.

What message does the song on our Progstravaganza compilation carry?
Art, mystery, excitement.

Do you tend to follow any pre-defined patterns when composing a piece?
No, one of us will start a piece, and then we each add our own parts to that.

What is your method of songwriting?
Late at night :-)

How do you see your music evolving?
We are growing as an integral unit, not focusing so much on the special guests anymore, but becoming a stronger songwriting team.

What advice would you give to other musicians, trying to make inspired music and get it out in the world?
Don’t expect to make money, just do it because it is a gift given to you by the Universe, and share it with the world  Be passionate!!

What are you looking forward to?
Hearing what we are all writing and playing 10 years from now :-)
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2KX on Progstravaganza progressive rock & metal compilation

2KX

2KX is the permanent band formed from the 2009 international prog endeavor, “Lisa LaRue Project 2K9.” The band is headed by keyboardist Lisa LaRue, who has released four solo albums previous to the LLP2K9 “World Class,” and is twice Oklahoma Music Awards’ “Native American Artist of the Year.” She has also been nominated for several Native American Music Awards in addition to a Hollywood Music Award.  2KX was nominated as “Best Instrumental Band” in the 2011 Los Angeles Music Awards.

Steve Adams, of the prog duo “ARZ” adds guitars and bass to the mix. Having studies classical and jazz guitar, Adams has released four albums under the ARZ name, and has worked with Michael Jackson guitarist Jennifer Batten. He was a participant and co-writer on LLP2K9.

Merrill Hale, the other half of ARZ, joins the lineup on drums. Hale has written several of the tunes he has collaborated with LaRue on as drum pieces before the band has added their respective parts. He also appeared with LLP2K9.

On Fast and Blue, 2 special guests joined the group and recently have become full members of the band.  They are Don Schiff and Mike Alvarez.

Adding the gleaming touch to the band, celloist Mike Alvarez who is a sought-after performer onstage and in the studio. Notable collaborations have been with Erik Norlander & Lana Lane, Don Schiff, Bridget Brigitte, Nima & Merge, Michele Shipp, Rustik Ballyd and Deal By Dusk. He is also a member of the occasional ensemble, Men Of Rock.

Don Schiff has worked with some of the best – including Elvis Presley, Tina Turner, Pat Benatar, Sheryl Crow, Sammy Davis, Arjen Lucassen among many others. Don is also a member of “Rocket Scientists.” He is internationally known for his expertise with the NS/Chapman stick.
Several guest artists  appear on the 2KX album Fast and Blue, including John Payne (Asia Featuring John Payne), Michael Sadler (Saga),  Mitch Perry (Edgar Winter Group, MSG, Cher and more), Ryo Okumoto (Spock’s Beard and GPS) and Maxi Nil (Visions of Atlantis).

Also recently added as a full-member is horn/woodwind extraordinaire Dave Schiff, who has played on 2 EP’s with the band since joining, the benefit “Beautiful Life,” and the memorial tune “Lemniscate,” for the children who died on the Russian pleasure boat the “Bulgaria.”

Links:

http://www.lisalaruemusic.com
https://www.facebook.com/lisalarue2kx
http://www.reverbnation.com/lisalarue
http://www.nightmarerecords.com/online-store/lisa-larue-s-2kx-fast-and-blue