Some New Ebony and Some New Ivory

I bought a piano!  A piano that’s digital in nature, that is. Feast your eyes on this:

casiopriviapx160Drool, I know, I know. In all seriousness, I’m so happy right now. And you know what else? This beauty is a CASIO. Yes, CASIO, the company that you probably think only makes keyboards like this:


It’s a CASIO Privia PX-160… Privia… sounds so nice and luxurious doesn’t it? 😉 I grew up playing on my family’s baby grand piano in the living room. Sadly, the was the last REAL piano I had access to for quite some time. Over the last year or so, as Vota Por La Paz has taken shape, I began saving up for a serious piano. All my piano playing until that point had been on a keyboard not too dissimilar from the dinky one I posted a pic of above… ugh. Lack of octaves for the win… except the opposite of win. For the loss.

After saving up enough cash, I was on the lookout for a used digital piano in the $400 range. I’ve never spent this amount of money on a musical instruments, and as a result did NOT want to screw it up. Countless hours of research, about a thousand review pages like this best digital piano guide, and numerous visits to my local music shops later, and I decided it was going to be either a Yamaha or a CASIO, whichever I could find pre-owned in my desired price range. One fateful day I received a lucky eBay alert from my local area, and BAM, done deal. I picked up this beauty from a very kind person selling it.

It can do more than just piano sounds, but all I really want it for is the piano sounds. And I must say, while you probably wouldn’t confuse it for a real Steinway, it sounds impressive, at least to my ears. The key action is great and the textured keys are very nice. Cosmetically, the kind man I bought it from had taken very good care of it (and supposedly did not use it very much), so it is in excellent shape, except for a few scratches on the underside.

Sorry, I can’t contain my excitement, I just had to make a post about this [big] purchase. It was already inspired me to come up with some new tunes. PiC still hasn’t seen it!!! I cannot wait to show her, I think she’s gonna freak out that our piano sounds are coming from such a legitimate instrument.


Deprive me of my Senses

Do you guys and girls know what this is?


It’s a panel you put up on your music studio wall that “deadens” the room, meaning it absorbs sound so there is less ambient noise and reverberation (that might not be 100% technically correct but I think it’s the gist of it). The studio space we’re using has the walls lined with them. Aside from being fun and comfortable to rest your head on (shhh don’t tell anyone I’ve been doing that), it’s a trippy experience putting your ear right up to these panels. All ambient noise just… disappears. It’s really pretty amazing.

This made me think about what those sensory deprivation chambers might be like. I’d actually like to try one. Check out that wiki article I just linked to, here’s an excerpt from it:

An isolation tank is a lightless, soundproof tank inside which subjects float in salt water at skin temperature. They were first used by John C. Lilly in 1954 to test the effects of sensory deprivation. Such tanks are now also used for meditation and relaxation and in alternative medicine. The isolation tank was originally called the sensory deprivation tank. Other names for the isolation tank include flotation tank, float tank, John C. Lilly tank, REST tank, and sensory attenuation tank.

How badass and futuristic does this thing look??


I more am wondering about those rooms that are completely sound proof… not sure I need to float in salt water and be without lights. They (scientists, of course, duh) say the brain can only take so much of being in complete and absolute silence before hallucinations and other crazy things start happening. I’ve also heard that you can hear your heart beating and blood flowing and that can drive you mad. I admit, this does not sound like an adventure for everyone, but I definitely would like to experience it. brb looking up isolation tanks on Yelp…

I’ll just leave this here…

Hola, mundo! We are Vota Por La Paz

Hello, welcome, and thanks for checking out our little corner of the web. We are Vota Por La Paz, a singer-songwriter duo from Los Angeles. Born and raised in the City of Angels, actually. It seems fashionable to be mysterious these days if you’re a musician, so we’ve decided to conceal our real identity… at least for as long as we can. We’re still trying to figure out how we’re going to pull that off at live shows, so stay tuned…


So, what’s up with our name, Vota Por La Paz? Well, the website name was available… kidding 😉 Well, not kidding, it actually was available. My partner in crime found the name after watching a YouTube video on something unrelated, and it instantly sounded great to both of us. It’s Spanish for “Vote For Peace”, which is also a great band name in its own right. However, a lot more stuff is named Vote For Peace, thus making it harder to stand out. So there’s the story of the name, nothing crazy…

We cannot wait to post some of our music for you to listen to. The best way to describe the style would be if M83 (you know, that one band with that one song that goes, dun-dun–dunn-duh) became an acoustic singer-songwriter duo. I’m mostly on the piano, and partner in crime (henceforth PiC) sings, and occasionally strums the guitar.


Our kind and beautiful friends lent us their home studio space with a lot of neat gear, and we’re beginning to tinker around and record ideas, and … gasp … even some full songs. Our sound is face-meltingly mellow, and we are so stoked to share it.

In fact, time to head there now, meeting up with PiC for a Starbucks and get caffeinated to pump out some… jams? Sorry.