Santa Cruz Good Times

Thursday
Jul 31st
Text size
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

Nick Gallant

event LYLBnick gallantYou’ve probably heard Nick Gallant’s work, whether you knew it at the time or not. In addition to being the audio director for Disney Mobile, Gallant has made music for TV, films and video games, including Guitar Hero. In the mid-2000s, the game developers for Guitar Hero enlisted the help of Wave Group Sound, an audio production studio in Fremont, Calif, where Gallant was working as an audio engineer, producer and composer, to record covers.

“The next three years of my life was just non-stop playing, singing, mixing and recording for Guitar Hero,” he laughs. Outside of his day job, Gallant is a singer-songwriter. His latest album, Wanderlust, was released on Feb. 4. The 18-track collection—which features upbeat, ukulele-led numbers like the title track and more serious acoustic tracks like “Nothing is a Mistake”—was a labor of love for Gallant. “The mindset [for this album] was the whole emotional spectrum of my life over the last three years,” he says. “I had a lot of ups and downs. Thematically, the title track is about wanting to travel the world and experience life, and the thrust of the album is this desire to explore, learn and discover.” Along those same lines, Gallant has come up with a unique campaign to increase local awareness about and interest in the arts. He is offering 10,000 free download cards of Wanderlust at locations across Santa Cruz County, including Verve Coffee Roasters, The Picnic Basket, and The Penny Ice Creamery. “Giving my music away is my small way of giving back to the community I love,” he says. “I also hope this will raise awareness about the state of the music industry today, where artists get $.005 per stream on Spotify, for example. Counterintuitive as it may sound, I’m [doing this] so people might turn around and pay for another artist’s CD. It’s like, if you get one free, buy one.”


INFO: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 8. The Reef Restaurant and Bar, 120 Union St., Santa Cruz. $5. 459-9876.

Comments (0)Add Comment

Write comment
smaller | bigger

busy
 

Share this on your social networks

Bookmark and Share

Share this

Bookmark and Share

 

Picture of Health

Santa Cruz just received a high ranking among California counties. But it may be hiding some of the biggest health dangers facing our area

 

In The Time of Leo: Our Creative Efforts

 

Final Cut

Cedar Street Video to close after 10 years at downtown location

 

Time Capsule

Actors age in real time in audacious, mesmerizing ‘Boyhood’
Sign up for Good Times weekly newsletter
Get the latest news, events

RSS Feed Burner

 Subscribe in a reader

Latest Comments

 

Foodie File: Maharaja

Chef Didar Singh on Royal Taj’s reincarnation as Maharaja

 

I remember Santa Cruz when…

Santa Cruz | Librarian

 

Best of Santa Cruz County

The 2013 Santa Cruz County Readers' Poll and Critics’ Picks It’s our biggest issue of the year, and in it, your votes—more than 6,500 of them—determined the winners of The Best of Santa Cruz County Readers’ Poll. New to the long list of local restaurants, shops and other notables that captured your interest: Best Beer Selection, Best Locally Owned Business, Best Customer Service and Best Marijuana Dispensary. In the meantime, many readers were ever so chatty online about potential new categories. Some of the suggestions that stood out: Best Teen Program and Best Web Design/Designer. But what about: Dog Park, Church, Hotel, Local Farm, Therapist (I second that!) or Sports Bar—not to be confused with Bra. Our favorite suggestion: Best Act of Kindness—one reader noted Café Gratitude and the free meals it offered to the Santa Cruz Police Department in the aftermath of recent crimes. Perhaps some of these can be woven into next year’s ballot, so stay tuned. In the meantime, enjoy the following pages and take note of our Critics’ Picks, too, beginning on page 91. A big thanks for voting—and for reading—and an even bigger congratulations to all of the winners. Enjoy.  -Greg Archer, EditorBest of Santa Cruz County Readers’ Poll INDEX

 

Muns Vineyard Rosé of Pinot Noir

This vivacious cherry-pink Rosé is a simply beautiful summer wine.