Camisha Ruffins, Bassist

Archive for September, 2011

brief captured moments from my last rehearsal at magik eye studios-killa kyleon’s House of blues gig

bittersweet ending to much prepared efforts. this chapter’s coming to a close…@kilakyleon and the #fyrefactory band will showcase thei talents at the house of blues tmrw night. we ran over the set twice…and the minute edtails are now taking precedence in regards to stage presence, collaborative chemistry, etc. as i didnt take pics of the vocal artists i managed to sneak a few from my rhythm section partner. enjoy and see you there

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Every musician’s nightmare came true!!!! (well one of ’em)

Sunday morning. My iPhone decides to make random phone calls between 2-4am. I received about 5 calls between 2:30-5:30a by concerned ppl and my whereabouts and such. I would’ve been grateful for those early morning phone calls of it was 1st, 3rd or any Sunday of mere importance; but since it was 4th Sunday I get to miss 6:30a soundcheck and first service (yippee!!!). Well those calls made me miss my 9am soundcheck as I woke up at 9:33a. Without detail I zoomed to church in 30 min and managed to be 3 min late (whew). Not proper breakfast nor coffee. No time to breathe as I have another service elsewhere that I need to be after church. So no proper lunch. I get there and everything I tend to have in my bag seemed to have slipped onto my backseat so I made a plethora of trips from the stage to my car before the service started. My phone died and my notes were on there. Great. Wooooosahhhhh….almost blew up before I realized that I had

•a can of red bull
•nutragrain bar
•peanut M&Ms

What a life saver! I had energy, some chocolate and fruit on stage while playing. Yeah I was pushing rogue status. The band had special prayer for me as this was such an exceptional day. But I’m glad that a couple if attendees managed to testify that my playing blessed them. So even in my most undesirable state with a little prayer He can be shown through my music. That brought a genuine smile to my face.

A four hour rehearsal followed that service. I was running out of wings but snotty nutragrain bar saved the moment. The practice was the best so far, but the other components have helped me make a grand decision. My sanity over money. Of course I wasn’t going insane but unnecessary stress and tension are not called for when we have to endure collaborative efforts as a performing group (we all need to glance and expound on my “musician’s toolkit” entry). My time with them is gladly running out unless God says otherwise…I’m kind of feeling that He’s gonna use me as an instrument to set them straight and fine tune some of my own needed adjustments.

Yep Sunday was an all time low but because I God carried me even when the odds were against my success I can definitely say that it was one of my most poignant testifying times where I recognized God deliver me from so much in such a little time.

Ok. The sermon’s over. Time for offering. Pass the plate.


dos axes

my 2 full throttle axes. full throttle??? well, my weekly schedule is never dull. and whether i’m bassing out on some rock, gospel, jazz, funk, ska(?) i want consistency…actually my other basses can achieve that too but as im fixing up my yamaha i’ll kick it into fifth gear with these two.  of course i have more basses near and dear but in achieving THAT insatiable sound (the holy audible grail) to carry me through these closely scheduled gigs, yeah these’ll do.

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Magik eye studios: This week

This week’s rehearsals at magik eye started out productively well.

Band only. We covered most of the sets sans dj which bright minimal limitations. We gel well after rehearsals as well [hint: check “musicians toolkit” blog entry and feel free to add on-you’ll be credited]. Got news that the show has been postponed to next week.

Band+artist+mgmt were present tonight. Song order needs clarification. Presentation needs improvement. What are the show specifications??? I’m still chilled though.

Meet the band (well “keys” isn’t pictured)


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bandtastic4 studio session: part deux

follow our steps…you’re not too far behind success

@fullmetalfdot: dope Lyricist/rapper/lead vox
@dredrums517: drummer extraordinaire
@psychozebeast: blazin’ lead guitarist
@cammie_Browne: masterBassist

Yeah we turn headz…we’re turning yours right now!

As of 7/7/11…

11:07:15: The guy onstage, it’s easy to immediately tell that he is good. Kyle Hubbard, nominee last year for the Houston Press Best Underground Rap music award, is standing at the back of the room. (He’s always easy to spot at rap shows. He’s the white guy.)

Approach him, shake hands. He leans in and says something that sounds like, “This guy is fucking badass.” Good enough for Kyle Hubbard, good enough for the world.

11:09: Wow. This kid is not dicking around. He has a proper band with him, composed of a white guy on guitar, a black guy on drums and a black girl in those thick-framed glasses on bass. The guitar player is blistering his fingers all to shit during a fiery solo. Excellent.

11:11: They’ve just switched up the cadence. They’re into some funky, summertime warmness. This is remarkable. Is this the quality of talent that Turnin’ Headz concert series has been unearthing? Bravo. One for one tonight, we’d say. Aces.

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the proof is in the pudding. delicious pudding…

Say Yeah

Live Hip Hop – Fullmetal F Dot & The Bandtastic 4 Live @ the ‘Death to the Mainstream’ R.1

“Now, to Fullmetal F Dot & the Bandtastic 4. One of the acts I have seen before. Several times.

Very dope, from the music to the performance. Tonight was no different. They lit this place up.

They had the majority of the crowd rocking with them. Also, the first and only act with a full band,

so I think the crowd was especially loving that. The songs themselves are dope. The music

behind the lyrics is great, and obviously all original, so that lends to it. Then you have the clever lyrics,

and positive themes of the tracks. Solid group. Lookout for them.”

Check out some footage of Bandtastic4 going in