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Statement Concerning Materia Collective

Hello everyone! It’s been forever, right? I’m MARRIED NOW to the love of my life, Madison!! My album Drifting came out on September 28th, 2018 and we were married on September 21st, 2019. She actually pressed the button that released the album, which was very cool. I’m currently working to release some of the music I’ve been sitting on, and unfortunately there hasn’t been a ton of new music this past year. The few songs we did make will be coming. Which leads me to my next topic…

This is a pre-written statement about Materia Collective. It concerns events that took place a few months ago. I’m posting it here for a few reasons. So my friends and fans will know what happened, I’m not a fan of censorship. I posted it in one of their groups and it was swiftly deleted before anyone could see it. The story, what happened, what they did, deserves to be known. Same as the OC Remix story, which I will keep published on this website. I feel that people deserve to be held to account. I don’t let things go easily. I love justice. Many other reasons. If I knew who the individual involved is, I likely would seek some form of legal action. Without further ado, here’s the statement:

“My uncle passed away less than a month before I was married to my now wife Madison. Within minutes of hearing the news of his passing, I also received an out of the blue message from Sebastian Wolff [founder of Materia Collective]. His message informed me that an individual or individuals made false, slanderous accusations against me. This lead to my music, Careless Juja’s music, my wife Madison Strader’s music, being cancelled from future releases and me being kicked out of Materia Collective.

Although it‘s obvious to my wife, and anyone who knows me, these accusations were categorically false. I don’t know if I was targeted for my political beliefs. I don’t know if it’s a years-old grudge from OC Remix or TheShizz. I don’t know if it was someone who got the bright idea from the Jeremy Soule story which was breaking at roughly the same time. I, and by extension my wife and friends, do not know why I (and by extension we) were targeted by this individual.

This left a sour taste for the group of us. We had several songs canned, and were incredibly excited for upcoming opportunities and releases. And now instead, we have the ashes of former MC merchandise and removed and disposed of car decals. I wish I could say I’d never seen this level of disrespect from those in a community, but that is not the case, unfortunately. I thought Materia Collective was better. I was wrong.

Be better.

I’ll be focusing on building the best life with my wife, beginning our new family, and eventually many personal projects that are close to my heart. For those few who were genuinely nice people (you know who you are), I offer you my gratitude.”

‘Between the Bars’ Elliot Smith Cover!

It’s been a while, hasn’t it? A lot of stuff has been going on lately, and over the past year as well. Over the last year, I’ve lost 170lbs which you can probably notice from the above video… at least if you knew what I looked like before. I haven’t uploaded to my youtube too often or updated my website unfortunately, but I’ve been working very hard on several things:

  • My original album, still, which is coming along nicely!
  • The White Vault, Artifact Miniseries, Liberty: Vigilance, and Legendsmith Productions podcasts
  • A new Valkyrie Profile inspired Death Metal album from The Legendary Zoltan!
  • The occasional new song or cover :)

Audio-wise, those are the big things. I recently got a bicycle which I really like. I got a cruiser with the reverse pedaling break like the one I had as a kid. It’s a hoot. I also got a Smart Car about 4 months ago which now has a bike rack on it. The bike sticks out about a foot on each side of the car. It’s nuts.

I hope you enjoy this cover, and future things I share on YouTube or on my website… if I ever do it! ;)

Careless Juja Live @ The Geek Easy (9/30/17)

Hey! I forgot to post about this on my website, and now it’s too late to go to the concert… but hopefully you’re following along on Facebook too, at least. Both me and Careless Juja!

The night started off tough, waking up at about 1am naturally when we needed to be at the airport before boarding at 5:30AM. Typically, they want you there somewhere between 45 minutes and 2 hours early. So we were there about 2 hours early, and I ended up waiting about 40 minutes before boarding.


A nice, dark flight later, and I’m waiting at the bag claim when this nice group of people show up to greet me. Careless, Juja, and Juja’s wife! The latter two would later become a couple of the best people I’ve ever had the privilege to call my friends. Careless on the other hand, got me sick, but let’s not jump ahead just yet.  Continue reading

Materia Collective releases SPIRA: Music from Final Fantasy X

This is a little different. I can’t say I’ve ever embedded a Spotify link into a post yet…and I probably did it wrong. ANYWAY, this is SPIRA: Music from Final Fantasy X. There are two albums which you can grab for $12 each on bandcamp (at Materia Collective’s page). I am super happy and appreciative to be involved, and very glad to enter the sunlight of releasing fan arrangements professionally — and LEGALLY — with such a great group of people.

Please check it out. Here’s all the appearances I make on this album:

  • “This Is Our Story” by Jordan Chin (Besaid Mix)
  • “Besaid on the Rocks” by Ryan Ike (Besaid Mix)
  • “Bravely Bwakking Forward” by Bonnie Bogovich, The Bwak Choir (Besaid Mix)
  • “Echoes of the Ronso” by Jeff Swingle (Besaid Mix)
  • “Ifrit’s Tune of Spira’s Fayth” by Lucas Guimaraes (Besaid Mix)
  • “Persistence” by Brandon Strader (Zanarkand Mix)

Pretty cool, huh? I didn’t plan for all my guest spots to be on one album, and my song on the other — that’s just how they separated the songs while they were making it. Until next time, enjoy the music!

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