Monday, March 4, 2013

Robby Schechter and The Motion Detectors rock Denver's Best of the West


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 As a former student from the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver, Robby Schechter decided to put together a vibrant six-piece band including Max Manoles-sax/ewi/vocals, Cat Ackermann-keys/vocals, Eli Acosta-bass, Patrick Shields-percussion/vocals, Lem Williams-drums. These incredibly brilliant musicians all make up the band, Robby Schechter and TheMotion Detectors. Their music is dynamic and influenced by all types of music across the spectrum although majority of the group has a prominent jazz background. It’s amazing to see musicians step out of their element and try something like never before.


Recently, RSMD entered a battle of the bands contest for a chance to win a time slot at the venue of all venues…the epic Red RocksAmphitheater. The winners also will win $4,000, a professionally recorded EP, and new equipment. All of this is a massive opportunity for any band trying to make it in such a competitive industry where everyone wants to be the next Led Zeppelin or signed to a major label.
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Schechter has become the leader that many of his band mates look to for signals and writes a majority of their songs. He shreds as lead guitarist on every solo and every song. Not to discredit the rest of the band because each person in RSMD has an amazing amount of talent that they put into perfecting their craft. It comes alive on stage and particularly exploded when competing at the Best of the West: Battle of the Bands at Herman’s Hideaway in Denver. RSMD was in the groove, while not letting their nerves get the best of them. However, stage presence is something that needs work, but that comes with practice.

“We have definitely been working hard to become better performers. It’s something we have been told about, and we have gotten a lot better at it than previous shows.” Schechter said with determination. “I thought we did a much better job tonight.”
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Herman’s Hideaway had become RSMD’s home. Excitement and a better sense of confidence poured out more so than previous shows. Music was injected into their veins from just picking up their instruments The 150 (+/-) people that were in attendance, hopped off their seats, and started rocking out to the jams of Robby Schechter and The Motion Detectors as if they were a magnet for dancing and having an awesome night. It was awesome to see how many people embraced the passion and talent that shook their eardrums, especially because they are an unknown group of young musicians.

According to Schechter, “Most of the band has jazz backgrounds, so they are used to having a leader. In jazz there is a leader that everyone looks to.” He continued, “We have a ton of talent coming from each member and have been working hard to get our music to be heard by anyone and everyone. Playing in this competition is great exposure for us.”
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As their one-hour time slot went on without a glitch, more people continued to gather in front of the stage, clearly having a great time. There was an instant connection between the music and the audience, which isn’t something that necessarily happens for bands starting out. RSMD’s creativity and unique style, made it happen. Their music has the ability to appeal to those who enjoy a wide variety of musical genres drawing in all walks of music lovers. In a way, RSMD can’t be set in to a specific category or type of sound because they cover everything from rock, to blues, to jazz, to funk, and so on.

However, RSMD are Rock and Roll at heart. Schechter strangles his guitar with passion as the rest of the members show how dynamic they can be with their instruments. Every single played as if their instrument is fully a part of who they are, whether it is a Saxophone, keys, percussion, etc. the music and instruments are purely extensions of themselves. This isn’t found very often with bands trying to make music their profession, especially in young bands. However, each person adapted to their surroundings and what was being played at that moment.

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When it came down to the end of the night, and the major decision for who was to move on to the semi-finals of the competition, Robby Schechter and The Motion Detectors to much amazement didn’t win. This didn’t get the band down though.


“Thank you so much for all of the support we’ve received from everyone.” Schechter said, “After playing a live show there is a high that we all feel because this is what we love to do.”

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An audience member also added, “I don’t know how they didn’t win. They blew away all the competition, especially that last band. They sucked.”



If anything, this show seemed to be motivation for RSMD to keep moving forward with their music. In an industry that has no room for the weak hearted and those only trying to get paid, these guys know the next steps they need to take in order to create a larger fan base at larger venues. To them, it’s all about the music.

“We wouldn’t have been able to do any of this without the support from our friends, family, fans, and each other.” Schechter said with a positive attitude and smile on his face.

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RSMD has a unique enough sound that will enable them to reach people on a much larger scale further down the road. Each set the band plays better than the previous time because they are all determined and motivated by the love for what they do as well as taking the time needed to spend working out the bugs. This makes way for these recent college graduates to constantly progress and stay true to their passion for the band.

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Herman’s Hideaway has also had a wonderful impact on making this happen because they are constantly booked for shows at this small, yet well-known venue in Denver. It has opened doors that will only come more often as RSMD grow together and continue building the strong bond that a band needs to succeed.

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Currently, RSMD has their first self-titled studio album out for sale as well as several videos of their live performances. Watch out Denver and the music industry as a whole, Robby Schechter and The Motion Detectors will be blasting through your speakers faster than some may think. Keep your eyes and ears open.

6 comments:

  1. awesome writing Peyton! you are
    talented!

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  2. these guys suck...

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  3. And what are you doing with your life...? Don't post on here if you are gonna talk shit. Either say something constructive or get the fuck out of here.

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  4. He is one of the great performer and lots of people love him and me as well.


    artist advance

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