Episode 2 – Liquid Stereo Project



Death in Amber – Episode 2

Live Hip-Hop

Started in 1999 and solidified in 2000, .::liquidstereoproject performed live hip-hop in and around San Marcos, Austin, and Central Texas.  This rather large group blended guitar/bass/drums with synth/samples, a real DJ (hip-hop folks, remember those?), singers, and MCs.  The atmosphere of their live shows was good grooves and good vibes.  Attending a LSP show was like going to a house party – it was always a helluva time.

Though the group officially disbanded,  the members have moved on to various projects.


Suzanna Choffel (www.suzannachoffel.com)
soloist/band – appeared on The Voice on NBC (Team Blake Shelton)

Greg Williams (www.chiefandthedoomsdaydevice.com)
Chief and TheDoomsdayDevice > We Are Disco Doom Revenge > The Word
Association (co-founder) > Electric Mayhem (co-founder) > Binary Audio
Misfits > Big Orange

Omari Clayton
The Word Association (co-founder) > Binary Audio Misfits


Rene Rodriguez
Jon Garcia > Chancla > Suzanna Choffel > AM Syndicate > The Great
Nostalgic > The Authors > Paperthreat (current) > Mr.Brownfolks (1st
solo project)


Chris Lynch
(a+)machines > Jared Francis Band > Electric Mayhem (sound guy and
drink wrangler) > Cari Hutson Band > Lucy’s Sound Engineer > full time
dad/occasion open mic’er


Chris Trafton
Gigged, toured, or recorded with Carolyn Wonderland, Guy Forsyth, Seth
Walker, Wendy Colonna, Ephraim Owens, Brownout, Dertybird, Suzanna
Choffel, Will Taylor, Lisa Tingle, Wayne Sutton, Tameca Jones,
D-Madness, Lisa Marshall, Erin Ivey and the Finest Kind, Miranda Dawn
and the Lucky Break Horns, Liz Morphis, James Robinson, The Lost
Counts, Olivier Giraud and Continental Graffiti, Slim Richey and the
Jitterbug Vipers, Topaz and Mudphonic, Craig Marshall, Kris Kimura
Quartet, Monster Big Band, James Speer, Troy Dillenger, Carlton Pride
and Zion, Liquid Stereo Project, Java Tribe, Spies Like Us, Tavana,
The Reddies, Sinai Fiyah, Charlie Terrell and the Murdered Johns, Karl
Morgan, Naga Valli ~ Eastern Soul, Leah Zegar Quartet, Bruce James
Soultet, King Corduroy, Tommy Shane Steiner, Jessie Torrisi and the
Please Please Me, Amanda Cevallos and Lonesome Trail, Kole and the
Significant Others, The Eggmen, The Recliners, The Motts, and many


Stephen Orsak (www.wee-pink-sound.com)
simi > Some Say Leland > Twigs & Yarn > Wee-Pink-Sound (founder)


John Crownover/DJ Crown
Electric Mayhem (co-founder) > The Word Association (DJ) > Table
Manners Crew > Firehouse Lounge (resident Saturday DJ, 2005-2008) >
Barcelona (resident Friday DJ, 2008-current)

Other former members:

Garry Franklin (honorary member – drums), Carlos Rodriguez
(percussion), Randy Bounds (percussion), Ryan Davis (piano), Keith
Wahrer, Zach and Nick (vocals)

LSP reunited last summer to celebrate the wedding of Omari’s brother, Ishaq.

Here’s a taste:

You can check out more music from .::liquidstereoproject here




Death in Amber Podcast

I was listening to a podcast of NPR Jazz Profiles about Gil Evans when David Sanborn said something that struck a chord with me.

He said “He (Evans) didn’t try to recreate the past, he didn’t try to live in the past. It was like… then. Because then you become… the past, then you become… preserved in amber… and that’s the death of an artist… is to be, imprisoned by people’s image of who they think he is…”

Sanborn’s comment reminded me that as artists, everyone tries to move forward and reach a higher level. But what happens when those efforts are not recognized for their originality in their time, unlike Evan’s work with Miles Davis?

I have played with many people over my 20+ years of making music who really had something to say.

A lot of time, effort, and sometimes money has gone into recording that music. You know that guitar player from 10 years ago, who still has a box of 45 unopened CDs on the shelf of his closet that everyone in the band chipped in money to record…

It has been a couple of years now since I first had the idea for Death in Amber. It started when I lost the only burned copy of a demo CD by an Austin band, Captain Clyde.

I got on Austin Craigslist and posted an ad looking for a copy of the 4-song demo I had basically worn out before losing. The songs were a fantastic mix of classic rock, psycho disco, funk, and jazzy pop. It was amazing.

By chance, I received an email from a guy asking me, “Who are you and what is your interest in The Clyde?” I relayed him my dilemma, and he happened to be the former bass player from Captain Clyde. It was to my delight that he not only provided me with the coveted 4-song demo I had lost, but also everything they ever recorded!

I came to the conclusion that there has to be thousands of bands who never signed a record deal, reached a wider audience, or “made it big” who might want the opportunity to showcase their music.

Death in Amber is the opportunity for hidden, forgotten gems to get their due. I want to play those songs so that people can hear them again, or for the first time.

All styles welcome.

If you have a band to suggest for the Death in Amber Podcast, please contact me and let me know.