Welcome to MotorCityMusicians.Com, South East Michigan's premiere music industry community. It is a site designed to be a centralized place for all people involved in the music industry to find and exchange information. Whether you are an instrumentalist, a vocalist, a producer, an engineer, a club owner, event planner or just someone interested in being part of the scene. you've come to the right place.

This site is currently comprised of 3 valuable main areas:

  • A blog where we will feature artists, bands, clubs, recording studios, events and more.
  • A forum will allow you to connect with other people in the area to find and discuss the info you need in an array of topics.
  • A calendar of events will be available to post what is going on in the area.

We hope that you will become an involved member to help strengthen the music industry here the Motor City and the rest of South East Michigan!
We have launched our Kickstarter campaign to raise the capital to complete our merch page. This campaign is intended to raise the funds needed to start offering branded merchandise to the Motor City Musicians supporters. Each reward offered will reflect a few of the items intended for the merch page but with a special twist. This initial inventory will include a special, limited edition "Founding Member" stamp that will indicate that the bearer of the item has been a supporter since the beginning.

We've limited this offering to just a handful of items so that we can keep the goal low and more achievable but up'd the anti with the limited edition logo. We have some cool ideas for upcoming items once the page is completed but it all starts here. We hope you become a part of it now.

Please check out the campaign to see what is offered and consider a pledge. We can sure use your support to start our journey towards our goals, which are explained in the video on the campaign page. Once you have become a part of this campaign or even if you don't right away, please spread the word and share. You may know someone that believes in what we are doing or that might just like some of the swag.

Please pledge now...


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Keep the music alive,
Leon Carpenter
Hear from the co-founders of these revolutionary new speaker cabinets in this lighthearted, beer swilling, laugh infested interview. It's a bit unorthodox, but then again, so are the cabinets.

Blackport is an alternative to the standard speaker cabinet. Its deceptively simple design actually gives you two speaker cabinets in one; the sound changes depending on how you position it, going from a heavy bottom to more of a jazz feel. Use 2 cabs and you get a multitude of sound configurations to choose from.

Not only does a Blackport cabinet enhance the sound, its aesthetics enhance the back line too. With 30 colors to choose from, you can mix and match any combination to customize the look of your cabinet, truly making it your own. Each cabinet is solidly constructed in Metro Detroit using only the finest materials made in the U.S.A.

In this interview, you'll here from loyal customers Adam Pulver, bassist for Sick Smile, and Charlie Milkey, bassist for Orchyd, as they share their sentiments for these cabs. In addition, many others have discovered these game changing cabs like renowned bassist Bill Clements, of the Bill Clements Axiom, and Skid Marx, from The Seatbelts and Circus Boy.

These cabs currently come in 2 configurations, a bass cab sporting a 15" driver, weighing in at only 45 pounds, and a guitar cab equipped with a 12" driver, weighing only 37 pounds. Plans are in the works for a smaller version that will adorn an 8" cone for an even more compact guitar rig. The amazing thing about these cabs is that they will stand up to multi-cone, front loaded cabinets all day long.

Check out Blackport Speaker Cabinets today!

If you are a musician in South East Michigan and would like to become a member, please register.

I lucked out recently when I had the chance to enter an eclectic studio with as much character as its occupants, The Luckouts. The walls were covered from floor to ceiling with an over stimulating array of eye candy, the coolest collection of memorabilia, posters, nick knacks and collectibles. I may have to go back to do a feature on the studio itself.

The Luckouts formed in June of 2007 with Liz Scaris-"Ruiner" taking a stab at lead vocals for the first time. She had played Bass Guitar with The Ruiners for 8 years and has been influenced by such female musicians as Suzi Quatro, Joan Jett, & Lita Ford. She wanted to give her song writing and vocals a try so she invited seasoned drummer Jim Faulkner and bassist Matt Harbison to join her. They played as a 3-piece and were writing songs when they met up with lead guitar player Gary Chechak in Sept 2008.  He brought his own style of song writing ability to the table along with guitar solos that they felt were priceless.

In April of 2011, Matt left the band. Soon after, on May 20, 2011 the Luckouts played their first show with new bassist Gretchen Domino. She too was a seasoned musician that played with such bands as Huntress, Spat and many others. Gretchen (aka Fancy Pants) has a signature style of playing.

In early 2013, Jim and Gary parted amicably to devote time to ongoing personal projects and new drummer Dan Durecki answered Liz's ad when searching for a replacement. Dan is a powerhouse drummer with some serious chops and has played with some notable Detroit icons such as Bootsey X & The Lovemasters, The Luddites, and Jill Jack to name but a few. This new, rocking 3-piece line up works well together and shows a definite chemistry between them.

As a perfect example of raw Detroit rock-n-roll, The Luckouts are a band not to be missed!

If you are a musician in South East Michigan and would like to become a member, please register.

Hunter Kennedy
I had an opportunity to sit with Hunter Kennedy of Seven Story Fall. Doing a feature on this guy was a no brainer after seeing his music video for the song "Sing to Me". With it's catchy hook and infectious chorus, I had found it stuck in my head for days. His radio friendly pop-punk style of rock seems to be just the thing that the big media folks are looking for and it is a wonder to me that he hasn't hit just yet.

At age 11, Hunter received his first guitar and decided to pursue a band. In 2002, Seven Story Fall was born. Meeting many musicians and having members come and go, many things happened over the span of 10 years.  In the year 2004, the band became more serious and bigger shows started to come along such as "From First to Last / Chiodos / MXPX / The Color Fred" in Milwaukee, WI. Next came "A Skylit Drive / Four Letter Lie / Before Their Eyes" in Cleveland, OH. There were also many festivals like Summerfest in Warren, MI with "We Came as Romans / Attack Attack" and the Jackson County Fairgrounds with "Otep / Sevendust".

With 3 EP's behind them, this band is not new to the music scene and have also enjoyed quite a bit of press.

Their latest LP,  Stories & Analogies started as a 5 song EP produced by Erik Ron (Good Charlotte, Panic at the Disco, Hit the Lights and Saosin), but within a couple months they signed to Tate Music Group. They were given the option to release the EP with the 5 previously recorded songs or record 7 more at Tate's studio and release a full length album. The result is a full length concept album that tell's a story... hence the name.

Now with only hunter left, acting as a solo artist, he is determined to make this full length a success. Seven Story Fall is looking to create a huge buzz everywhere from newspapers and magazines to exclusive interviews and live shows this year with their first full length on a label.  "We are finally at a point where things are only progressing, and with the release of this new album and music video, we hope to make an impression this time around", says Hunter.

Check out my interview with Hunter in this episode of MCM-TV and be sure to stick around for a bit of his video for "Sing to Me" at the end.

If you are a musician in South East Michigan and would like to become a member, please register.