Right before the lockdown, Steve McMahon and James Hunter helped to bring Scott Macklin's song to life. They also received help from his son Case who recorded and mixed the track and from their respective daughters Anastasia, Amaris and Nikko who filmed the video at Joshua Tree.
Then came the quarantine. Thinking that he could now check the box “write and record a song” off of his bucket list, Steve decided to flip Scott for real and wanted to do more. The exchange played out like a scene from the Usual Suspects…
Is there a problem?
One job. That was the deal.
That's a good one, Scott.
Stop being such a tough guy McMahon!
It took one day with McMahon nagging him, and they went back to work.
Looks like this is turning out to be not a one job / song deal. So they started trading lyrics and sonic idea files from their own places of quarantine and began cooking up tunes. They bugged other friends to contribute tracks. Big thanks to César Castro, Sandino Gonzales Flores, Gabriel Ochoa, Eduardo Sierra, Joe Seamons, Mamelani Forté and Natasha Jaffe. Low and behold there are enough songs to put out an album.
Successful Kickstarter Campaign!
Big Thanks! for supporting our Now Defunkt album project. We are now busy putting the final touches and mixing the songs. We are so humbled by your support, working with musical collaborators from around the world and being able to "play" with our daughters (Ana, Amaris and Nikko) and sons (Aeden and Case) as they contribute their songs to this collective effort.
Featuring Roller Dance Owl Skaters.
Tribute to Teachers
Featuring Dancers from the Border Residency Project.
Song about that time in 1909 up the Bellingham line.
Gratefully Dedicated to Friends Here & Beyond.
Filmed at Joshua Tree by Ana, Nikko & Amaris.
Featuring Dogs of Sayulita
Sweet Eldorado Cadillac
Everything is going to be all right.
Spinning Album Test Pressing for the First Time.
Behind the scenes look into album optimization process.