When I first agreed to help produce the rollout for guitarist, Michael Jost’s, new album, ZEITLOS, it was scheduled for July 2014 in Venice. We had set the date, booked the venue, created the press releases, and I was furiously working on a documentary in Oklahoma when I got the call that he wanted to wait. It wasn’t quite “there” yet, he said.
Well, of course, the producer in me was like, “What!?”, which was quickly tempered by the artist in me that chastised the piece of my left brain that was barking inside my head about the change. It gently reminded me, something that needs constant reiterating…”great art, takes time”. And, in crafting ZEITLOS, taking the right amount of time has lead to an exquisite album, laced with a sense of traveling through landscapes of both subtle and mythic proportions.
Friday, January 30, 2015; 7:30 PM
ZEITLOS, the latest album by legendary Venice Beach guitarist, Michael Jost, is due for release March 2015. A special event to finalize financing for the release is being held at the Electric Lodge with a line up of special guests; exclusive previews of the album, and accompanying music videos produced by Koncept Films.
With ZEITLOS, which translates from the German to mean “timeless”, Michael Jost has created a litany of tracks that take you on an delectable, audible journey. Influenced by his classical roots, the eclectic environment of Venice Beach, and the resurgence of analog recordings, Michael has crafted an album exquisite in its complexity. The title track, ZEITLOS, was recorded on one of his vintage guitars, a 1958 Goya. The album resonates, as well, with the gorgeous tones of handcrafted classical flamenco guitars created by Tomas Delgado of Candelas Guitars. These carefully crafted and chosen instruments serve to highlight Michael’s dedication to the purity and preservation of his craft.
Original cover art for the album is being designed and painted by local artist, Brian Mylius. His original art will be on display the evening of the event.
ZEITLOS, (“timeless”); personifies the music that emanates from legendary guitarist, Michael Jost.
“Hi, my name is Michael Jost, and I have created an album titled, ZEITLOS”. These simple words in the video interview about this lovely new album do little to explain the depth of feeling that I have about this latest recording. During travels between Europe and my home base of Venice Beach, CA, I have studied a variety of music and all it’s complexities, and am returning my sound to one that can only be honestly portrayed on vinyl. Keeping true to the value of the beautiful, classical and vintage guitars that I have collected, I am dedicating my work to re-instate vinyl to it’s proper place in the world of music. Like Neil Young, David Grohl, and countless others, I sincerely believe that analog recordings are the truest form of musical expression. In pressing ZEITLOS to vinyl you will be helping me, and my friends; artist, Brian Mylius, and filmmaker, Karen Criswell, create a timeless piece of music that is, also, an exquisite work of art. Continue reading →
We are excited to release our first EP of live performances from Westminster Arts Club shows …released by Breakwater Records here it is. With stellar Performances by Suzy Williams, Michael Jost, Milo Gonzalez & Matthew DeMerritt … Thanks for supporting independent music … see you Friday November 7 @ Beyond Baroque … for WESTMINSTER ARTS CLUB IX.
WESTMINSTER ARTS CLUB LIVE: Volume One
Live Performances from Westminster Arts Club Shows
@ Beyond Baroque in Venice, California from 2013 & 2014
Volume One released by Breakwater Records
Michael Jost: guitar
Suzy Williams: vocals
Milo Gonzalez: sitar
Matty D.: melodica Buy the digital album for $5 or more on bandcamp …
Have you ever read a review of something in the arts and just wish they could come right out and write whether the artist was great or not? Well, I’d like to try that tack, which is to state the fact that our own Venice-based classical guitarist is a phenomenon – a master, a virtuoso, an exquisite performer. Michael Jost (pronounced like “Yo,” man!) – who has lived on Ocean Front Walk for twenty years, is a respected star in Europe. However, you know the old story: sometimes people take for granted high-end talents like Jost in the States. A prophet without honor and all that. Continue reading →
The Best Guitarist You Don’t Yet Know About Overlooking the carnival-like atmosphere of the world famous Venice Beach Boardwalk in Venice, California, Michael Jost spends much of his time in his studio, working on perfecting the sounds of his unique, original and passionate guitar music.
“I grew up in Germany, where I learned classical guitar,” Michael explains, “In Germany, precision is very much encouraged. I learned how to be a technically proficient player in Germany.” He motions out the window to the crowd-filled boardwalk below. “Living here in Venice Beach allows me to take my music to a higher level.” Continue reading →
Looking out of his third-floor window with a spectacular view of the ocean, Michael Jost thrives on the sights and sounds of the Venice Boardwalk. His apartment, part music studio, has been home since 1993.
Originally from Germany, Jost visited here on vacation and was so excited by what he saw that he decided to move here “for up to year” a year later, to seek a challenge in his music career. He couldn’t leave.
“I came to the beach and saw this was everything I always wanted,” he says. “It’s multicultural — people from all over the world. It seems that if they don’t fit anywhere else, they end up in Venice. I was inspired by this.”
It wasn’t hard for Michael to find a challenge.
“I came to Los Angeles to find out that there are many musicians,” he says. “They aren’t necessarily all so good. It was a challenge because there are so many of them.” Continue reading →
This is a fabulous celebration of acoustic and electric tones, arrangement shifts, and cagey signal processing- all lightly kissed with elements of flamenco, world beat, rock, blues, psychedelia, folk, and jazz. Its marvelous, almost textbook music production, but Jost has the chops to make this party all about guitar.