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website of Robin Schmidt - musician, guitarist, composer, teacher



November 17, 2015: Just finished 4 days in the studio with Ikebe Shakedown, engineered by our very own Vince Chiarito at Galaxy Smith studios. If I may say so myself, this new album is gonna be fire when it's finally finshed, if I may say so myself. In the spirit of Thanksgiving which is coming up soon, I am very thankful to be part of this great group of musicians/dudes that's been going strong as a group effort for nearly 7 years (been playing with a couple of them for 10 years)!

September 12, 2015: Two nights ago I did an acoustic set accompanying Saun & Starr! They are absolutely incredible singers and I hope to perform with them again soon!

July 1, 2015: Jazz festivals were amazing! Ottawa was one of the best shows we've ever played - what a blast!

June 21, 2015: Ikebe Shakedown is hitting the jazz festival circuit! Toronto Jazz Festival, Ottawa Jazz Festival, Rochester Jazz Festival (3 sets over 2 days), and Montreal Jazz Festival.

June 14, 2015: Here's the video from The Chris Gethard Show of us playing "Last Stand": . Just played the Burlington Jazz Festival for the 2nd time with Ikebe, followed by another fun show in Kingston, NY.

June 1, 2015: Tomorrow, Ikebe Shakedown will be performing on The Chris Gethard Show, being aired on ABC's Fusion Network. Excited for this!

April 23, 2015: Been a little while since I posted here. Tomorrow I go into the studio with Ikebe Shakedown to record some brand new tunes. These newest songs are largely group written, and I think are some of our most unique and best composed/arranged songs to date. Looking forward to laying these down.

December 1, 2014: Doing a few soul jazz gigs this month - love that music, always a good time.

September 12, 2014: Wow, just had an incredible tour with Ikebe Shakedown and Lee Fields & The Expressions! It started off with Ikebe doing a couple shows on our own - including most notably a breakdance competition for which we were the live backing track. Then several shows doing double duty, first opening the shows with Ikebe and then performing with the great Lee Fields. What incredible energy - and of course amazing voice - that man has! The tour ended in Fredericton, NB. Being an isolated area, the Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival is basically the big event of the year - and a great festival it is. Played a set with Lee Fields first, then went over to another stage and did a later set with Ikebe Shakedown. Both tents were packed and full of energy - what an incredible time.

April 15, 2014: It's here - Ikebe Shakedown's new album Stone By Stone is in stores now! Plus, here's our brand new video for the first track on the album, "The Offering".

Album links:
iTunes - http://bit.ly/Qah45G
Amazon - http://bit.ly/1euBr8S
Ubiquity Shop - http://bit.ly/1qEUi30
Bandcamp - http://bit.ly/1iUz2QJ

Video for new single:

April 11, 2014: Wow, thanks to Okayplayer for the incredibly kind words about the new album! Really flattered.

April 10, 2014: Waxpoetics just released an advance stream of the full new Ikebe Shakedown album, Stone By Stone and a write-up!

February 18, 2014: Okayplayer just posted about Ikebe Shakedown's new single

February 13, 2014: Excited to announce that Ikebe Shakedown's new album, Stone By Stone, will be released April 15, 2014! Recorded at Daptone Studios, this second release on Ubiquity Records showcases more of a heavier cinematic soul sound. NYC release show April 18 at Mercury Lounge!

January 2014: I'm excited to be playing with a new project called Trio Impossible! The group is Colin Brown (keys), Evan Howard (drums), and me on guitar. We just recorded a bunch of tunes, in a session engineered by Vince Chiarito of Ikebe Shakedown. Keep an eye out for an EP later this year. Happy New Year!

November 2013: Ikebe Shakedown with The Jay Vons at Cameo 11/22. First show in a while, and possibly the only one till the album release in the spring!

September 2013: New Ikebe Shakedown album is mastered!

August 2013: Ikebe Shakedown with label-mates the Monophonics at Brooklyn Bowl on 8/16.

July 2013: Ikebe Shakedown at the Bard Spiegeltent on July 25! It's been quite some time since the 3 Bard alumns in the band last played up there.

May 2013: Mixing the new Ikebe Shakedown album with Jim Bertini at Galaxy Smith Studio. This is sounding great, if I may say so myself!

April 2013: Just had an amazing tour with Ikebe Shakedown, including 2 sold out shows opening for the awesome band Souljazz Orchestra in Ottawa and Montreal. What a crowd in Montreal - this was one of the best Ikebe shows to date!

February 2013: Ikebe Shakedown has a bunch of tour dates in Feb and March throughout the Northeast US and Canada. Should be a good run!

January 2013: Recording the new Ikebe Shakedown album at Daptone Studios!

December 2012: Finalizing a new batch of hard-hitting tunes for the new Ikebe Shakedown album, and starting to plan a release tour for early spring!

September 2012: Working on tunes for the new album with Ikebe Shakedown

June 2012: Ikebe Shakedown spring tour was awesome! Thanks to all! Favorite show of the tour: This Ain't Hollywood in Hamilton Ontario. The raw energy in that room was amazing and we rocked out as a result.

March 2012: It's happening - Ikebe Shakedown spring tour: www.ikebeshakedown.com. Check it out!

October 2011: Announcing Ikebe Shakedown opening for Orgone at Sullivan Hall November 3rd! Orgone is one of my favorite bands. We also recorded most of our album at their studio, and we are both on Ubiquity Records. Come enjoy a night of raw funk, cinematic soul, gritty disco, and powerful afrobeat.

August 2011: MINI Coupe commercial is out, featuring music by Ikebe Shakedown!
Check it out: www.youtube.com/watch?v=il4SLZ2kPvg

June 2011: June is a busy month for Ikebe Shakedown - numerous shows and of course the release of the new album!! Available through Ubiquity Records on CD, vinyl, and digital download at:
https://www.ubiquityrecords.com/shop/products/IKEBE-SHAKEDOWN-%252d-S%7B47%7DT.html, at your favorite online music stores, or at one of our shows.

April 2011 (2): The Josh Tyler Band EP Next To You is now out! Download it for FREE on soundcloud at: soundcloud.com/joshtyler/sets/next-to-you. We recorded the first 4 tracks of the EP almost entirely in my kitchen on a 4-track cassette machine. Transferred to digital and expertly mixed by our friend Carl Mateo, whose keyboard playing can be heard on two of the tracks as well. The last track was recorded live at Dave's Coffee and Wine House in Saugerties, NY. Enjoy!

April 2011: The upcoming self-titled Ikebe Shakedown album and the limited edition 7" record are now available for pre-order from Ubiquity Records: www.ubiquityrecords.com/shop/categories/Upcoming-Releases.

March 2011: Recordings are coming! Before the release of Ikebe Shakedown's album, a limited number of 45s will be released in early May. And on the Josh Tyler Band front, the EP will be coming out in April. Stay tuned...

February 2011: Excited to announce that Ikebe Shakedown will be releasing our first full-length album on Ubiquity Records! Recorded at Killion Sound in LA as well as at Dunham Studios in Brooklyn, this album will really begin to explore the depth and breadth of Ikebe's Afro-Funk sound. Album release in the late spring. More details tba!

January 2011: Working on recording with Josh Tyler and Bernhard Spirig as well as picking back up on gigs with them - at The Bearsville Theater in Woodstock for a Warren Zevon tribute night as well as at Dave's Coffee and Wine House in Saugerties on the 22nd with special guests keyboardist/singer Carl Mateo and slide guitarist Josh Roy Brown.

December 2010: Ikebe Shakedown opening for the legendary George Porter Jr. of the Meters!

November 2010: Ikebe Shakedown recording some tracks at Dunham Studios in Brooklyn (where we recorded our EP), to be added to the upcoming release

September 2010: Ikebe Shakedown playing our first show at Sullivan Hall opening for Orgone!

June 2010: Ikebe Shakedown has a new 45rpm record "Up In The Trees" A-side and "Afro-Fred" B-side. It is released on German label Mocabo Records

May 2010: Ikebe Shakedown has a new 45rpm record entitled "No Answer". It is a tune I wrote - on the A side is our version and on the B side is a version of the same tune done by our label mates the Jive Turkeys. This is very exciting - check it out! It's available through online record stores as well as our shows of course. Check out our A-side on youtube

April 2010: The Dust Bowl Band is working on several brand-new originals written by Josh

March 2010: Ikebe's first DC appearance on Feb 25th

February 2010: Ikebe Shakedown playing at Southpaw on Feb 19th opening for the Melomatics, a band led by Binky Griptite (of Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings)

December 2009: Ikebe Shakedown debut EP and 45rpm record "Hard Steppin'" is out! Check out some of the tracks at www.ikebeshakedown.com. The EP (on CD) and the 45 can be ordered there - or you can get the tracks digitally on iTunes, amazon, etc. We had our release party/show at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn.

November 2009: Just got back from a great California tour with Ikebe Shakedown! Played shows in Fullerton, San Francisco, and Santa Cruz and a wedding in Palm Springs. We also spent 4 days in the recording studio at Killion Sound, engineered by Sergio Rios, guitarist of the band Orgone (you've gotta check these guys out if you're not familiar with them). I really enjoyed the recording experience at Killion - the studio has a cool live setup, the gear has good raw, fat sounds with lots of vibe, and it was super great working with Sergio. Watch for a full-length Ikebe Shakedown album to be released next year!

Next Appearance

Dec 28, 2015
Joshua Hatcher
& The Ristrettos
The Carriage House
Ithaca, NY

Robin Schmidt