GREAT SHOW! Live from the Silver Buller - Airstream trailer on the Taos Mesa in Northern New Mexico. Listen for great tunes and encouragement from social media content creator, KCRW radio host, musician and event DJ Anthony Valadez. Trance Conductor joins as well.
In feb of 2014 I released an album of beats made entirely on an iPad app called Korg Gadget. Enjoy it. Solar power powered :) The cover is a photo I took from my roof.
Bonikowski “Saturn in the Ninth House” is an ode to my (then)new move to an off grid mud cabin I built in Northern New Mexico. The Bonikowski is a family name. Seeking to minimize electricity as well as continue to produce music at a high rate of speed, this was the result. Shout out to everyone who has supported it. ✌🏽
We need to be nice to ourselves and others. We need to be patient with ourselves and others. It doesn’t come easily. Like any personal effort, patience takes time to turn from an idea to a reality effortlessly in action.
Everyone has their stuff. it takes time to live through our personal issues and come out the other side a more developed person.
For me, patience is a sign of me becoming wiser. It’s proof to myself that I am full of more love than I am judgement.
If I’m frustrated and want to be hard on others... I’m first making sure I have my shit together. It feels better and is realer that way. Check yourself first.
Wishing you take it easier on yourself and others.
Live from the bar at Taos Mesa Brewing taproom after a 12 hour day of community service,
With love - Miles
Dear Taos, take care of those who live there above your desire for tourism money. It will grow a stronger base and, in time, increase the healthy authenticity that tourists seek anyway.
I’ve been saying it for awhile, and now nature is presenting the reason in a different form. no snow for the ski valley.
Not much snow lately in a place where local government seems avoids critiquing their reliance upon the ski valley. Addiction maybe.
Tourism is viewed as a large resource for income and seasonal money. The problem is that locals aren’t able to express their creativity in a raw way. The banners over the roads or the headlines of the local news shouldn’t speak to our substance abuse problems, our property crime rate or our increased love of chain stores. It is supposed to look good for tourists.
I’d love to see an abundance of space given to local modern and historic creativity. Not galleries, but public art, public thoughts, locals celebrated as celebrities.
To redirect a town’s culture from its own timeless truth, to one that is suppose to make tourists feel intrigued, is to also be a town that is not prepared for the effects of climate change, or the ongoing truth and justice in loving ones own collective humanity.
Notes from LAX to myself
Make videos with more light effects / layers...
Make music with more layers
Live life with less layers
LA has a serious smog issue. The sky looks like someone spray painted full silver dust between it and the sun.
Create an easy “What to do about climate change pamphlet”. So people know what to do.
Notes from Hobart Tasmania airport -
I feel alone. Wife is still staying for a bit as I return to USA to see kids and responsibilities. I feel clean when alone. Happy no one is sitting next to me on plane, plenty of space. I like space and large areas where I can stretch my mind and body. I miss my wife. It was great to meet more of her family. Heading out. Thinking a lot. Assessing. Returning. I always think about making beats and recording when I think about what I like to do for fun. Next comes bicycling and being with family. Last night’s tarot reading suggested aligning more often with my spirituality more than I have been.. less being distracted by responsibilities to others... lead from the heart...so I’ll spend 15 hours a week on music... that will be a steep increase from no consistent effort for years on it. I’ll get more focused on music, my easily most rewarding professional activity. I will see if that feels like more of a proactive balance. I’ve spent too much time being in the field on. community work , addressing social issues. On to Melbourne, LA, and then NM. I miss my wife.
At this point in history, as of today, our president continues to create situations that do not seek to resolve the most violent and urgent needs of our time but instead to create more provocations of elements of our humanity that bring about war. Throughout his campaign the president often referred to, in a positive light, the generals that he interacts with or has support from. When you combine these two factors it seems evident that in the president’s interest of exacerbating issues with North Korea that if there were to be a horrible manifestation of war that he himself would hope to become a legendary were hero in hindsight as result. His ego seeks it. Maybe during the war of the people will like him. Maybe during a war they will feel so he is really leading them on in a good way. And maybe after the war, he himself will be seen as a hero instead of where he is right now. We hope none of this will be the case.
Friday January 5th 222 Paseo Del Norte in Taos NM a small gallery show. See you there.
I recently visited Europe again and before I got to Berlin I was contacted by a motivated dude named Rice Master Yen. I showed up to do the show and his efforts led to us hanging for a few hours the next day and knocking out this fun random session... music is from the Let It Out EP
Get It here - https://milesbonny.bandcamp.com/
Stay healthy in these sick times!! 🙏🏽
Start my Podcast - already have many episodes in progress including interviews with some of my favorite new artists.
Self Produced album - my beats are ready, next I need to create a track order and start writing. Previous albums of mine that I self produced include Incense & Wine and my debut vocal release Smell Smoke.
Less time on social media - more time living offline and posting here on occasion. For many reasons it’s the smart way to go.
Project with Shhor - she is working on a solo album but after that I hope to create a release where we both sing etc. see Way for our previous release together.
Collaborations continue - With many producers I am inspired by. Already have 5 on the way.
More Cover songs - want to pay tribute to songs I love. For previous covers see Still Miles , Miister Man, Jbirly.
More horn releases- maybe create new jazz standards?
More videos ... This was just released . Recorded recently in Berlin... peace
We are so happy to share a taste of what we have been working on, the score to Cambio’s short film “ The Audition”
Follow CambioWasHere online for more.
See you soon #koszalin at #jazzburgercafe #poland #goodvibefestival @UKnowMeRecords #shhor #milesbonny
With a new Instagram account and website dedicated to his pursuit of the mayors office, Darien Fernandez announced his candidacy for mayor of Taos New Mexico.
I've met Darien and spoken with him quite a few times. I have been appreciative of his ideas on how to address housing and sunstance issues. It will be interesting to see what comes of his exploring becoming Mayor of Taos.
Best ...according to me... well as I think about it, here are a whole bunch of good ones for different reasons...
Taos Diner - best low price good breakfast place , 2 locations.
Manzanita - Best locally sourced quality trendy/hipster food, near square.
La Cueva - Best Mexican food. Good variety for visitors and I always feel good after I eat here.
Guadalajara Grill - Best Chips and Salsa ( but I don't like the rice). North and south sides are similar.
Gutiz - Best breakfast quality and great coffee and baked goods.
Love Apple - best locally sourced kinda expensive dinner date place.
Coffee Apothecary - best coffee.
Wild Levin Bakery is an unusual Bakery for the USA, much more similar to something from old time Europe. Great breads and food/desserts if you can catch them open. Across from Kit Carson park.
Asian Food isn't very good in Taos but Sushi a la Hatori and the noodle cart open during the day in the John Dunn shops near the square are what I'd recommend.
Chocolate - amazing locally made in the store!! is Chokola (near manzanita market in square)
Questions? Contact me
PURCHASE DOWNLOAD OR VINYL @ https://milesbonny.bandcamp.com/album/let-it-out-ep
What started out as a simple email exchange between a young, hungry beatmaker and a seasoned player in the worlds of jazz and midwestern indie hip-hop, has resulted in a vibrant record nearly a decade in the making. On one side of Let It Out sits Miles Bonny, a long time musical collaborator who spent his youth soaking in powerful musical moments in NYC under the tutelage of his trumpet-slinging father, Francis Bonny, and later as a teen immersed in New York’s busy indie-hip-hop scene. As he grew up Miles cemented himself a niche in the Midwest, most notably in Lawrence, Kansas where tireless forays into beatmaking led to the founding of the much-loved INnatesounds Crew and record label, as well as a series of solo releases and collaborative projects.
Eventually shifting his focus to his own vocal stylings, it wasn’t long before Miles caught the attention of the international music community, including the young, curious ears of the at time unknown, soon-to-be future R&B sensation Ta-Ku. Through a series of emails and conversations, Ta-Ku asked to send Miles beats and the two planned to work on a series of tracks. From there the pair developed a friendship that was built upon mutual encouragement and a creative admiration between two artists both navigating their own personal and professional responsibilities.
The Let It Out EP, released on Brooklyn’s Bastard Jazz Recordings, acts as the culmination of such an intimate and organic journey. Recorded by Miles in Kansas City during a time he was experiencing the oft-turbulent tasks of true adulthood, the record focus on the life of a young father, underpinned by how we often bottle up difficult emotions and creativity when the pressures of today’s complicated world reach fever pitch. Brimming with emotive, intimate lyrics from Miles spread amidst Ta-Ku’s soul-drenched beat work and syrupy future grooves, the EP will hit close to home for anyone whose daily lives calls for a much needed dose of personal reflection and chilled-out decompression.
As I see photos of people standing in line in Florida as they prepare for hurricane Irma, I realize we as a country have been encouraged to leave our old fashioned self sufficiency behind. I knew this already. I have lots of water.. not bottled... but how sad that generations of Americans have no way to maintain a sense of self sufficiency through water harvesting, bicycle riding, entertainment via things that require electricity, off grid solar power, home food production. I'm still working on that last one... but the rest I have covered. Start changing now! Ask me how. I'm here to help.
The time is now to realize the enormous change in weather that is occurring. Look at your life, how can you pollute less? Consume less? It IS up to all of us. You are contributing as am I. That reality is what we need to accept that we need to move forward in our life doing our best to not make the pollution of humans any worse. I'm doing what I can and would be happy to help, contact me. I'm here.
You know what you're doing. You really do. You think you don't but you do. You've doubted it because there wasn't a job for what you wanted to do. But you will create it. Lets be honest, you'll create that job even if you are hired to do something else. You sell stuff? You're being yourself while you do that... don't fool yourself. Go with it. Even if it takes you 70 years, you will do it. So start now, however you can.
It's been happening for awhile. Real music always wins. Hell, even when the power goes out, you can still make music and entertain your stunned neighborhood. Plus everyone can program drums to some degree now. Not everyone can play an instruments live over the beats... I practice 2x a week while playing over tracks by ear. Want help? Contact me. Click it above. Id love to help you out.