Discover the Road Episode 6: Alex Gibson – Working with Rock Stars, Developing Brands, and Creating Value


I had the privilege of being interviewed for Kirk Wheeler’s new Podcast/Site Discover the Road. Here’s a snippet from Kirk’s intro:

The week I spoke to Alex, he was in the middle of producing local artists, mixing a band from Russia, building a website for a venture capitalist, scoring a short film, and helping someone build a social media app.

I am really excited to have Alex on the podcast for two reasons:

– He has a deep passion for music and helping artists craft their vision to create the most authentic expression possible.
– He has been at the heart of a seismic shift in the musical economy and having seen both sides, is trying to imagine what come next.

Spending most of my time on the quiet side of the glass, I’m not used to being the one interviewed – however, I enjoyed sharing some of my story with Kirk about the path I started versus the path I’m currently on. I’ve already received some great emails from others taking chances at new, creative paths and the obstacles that lie ahead. Just like Kirk, I believe we add real value to the world by sharing our experiences and strategies for creating the most impactful lives for ourselves, our families, and others.

Kirk’s site and more info here. iTunes podcast link here.



This photo I took of the 1st Hole at Burlingame Country Club was recently used on the cover a national real estate magazine. What’s even cooler? I took it with my phone.



I added some new images to the album artwork collage created from projects I’ve worked on. I love it when artists consider their artwork+presentation a vital piece of the total art they are offering to fans. My friend Bryan Konietzko is a master at this. He doesn’t make many music albums, but his artwork is always a perfect match to the mood of his music.

There are also some updated links on the page, including a Vimeo page and a link to my work with Trivers Myers music. The Vimeo page has music I composed for some independent art projects and music from the first 2 seasons of the TV show Sex, God, Rock ‘n Roll with Stuart Davis.

I’m off to Raleigh this weekend to make some new friends, find potential projects to be a part of, and keep this Carolina adventure rocking. If you’re around Tuesday night, stop by the Merry Mingle on Tuesday night and say hello.

Finally, spending some time in Western Carolina has given me a chance to get my hands dirty again and make some things without using a mouse. Here’s the new fire pit my dad and I have been working on. I think a hot tub is probably the next step.



Los Angeles Rock ‘n’ Roll Golf Tournament | The Pablove Foundation


December 10, 2012 | TPC Valencia | Registration 9:00 a.m | Shotgun Start 10:00 a.m.

18 hole 4 player scramble |$700 per team

Join The Pablove Foundation and our friends from the music and entertainment industries for a full day of fun at TPC Valencia!

via Los Angeles Rock ‘n’ Roll Golf Tournament | The Pablove Foundation.

North Carolina

The Gibsons have officially moved from our lovely home in Los Angeles to North Carolina. We are thoroughly enjoying the green spaces, flowing rivers, friendly people, BBQ, grits, fishing, and all of the other things this wonderful state has to offer.

I remember coming to the mountains here every year as boy and have always had such vivid memories of the sights, tastes, and smells. We are looking forward to raising our two sons here and giving them the space and support they need to be boys.

We are currently basking in the rusty, fall tones that are convering the beautiful mountains in the West, but soon we will head East to settle down. We have not picked a specific location yet, but are drawn to the people and activities happening in Raleigh/Durham  (Yes Pittsboro, we hear you.)

The Raleigh area has such a blend of features that makes it special. The communities, the universities, the technology, the farming+food culture, all combined with Southern charm make it an incredibly magnetic place.

We are motivated to bring our unique blend of skills and experience with rock stars, network executives, philosophers, and news organizations to find new teams of creatives, innovators, and catalysts doing great work in the world.

Let’s do this!


Vandalism in a Home

The Scene

Thomas and Mom are resting upstairs, when suddenly they are awakened by the sound of singing and guitar.

The Crime

Photos and CSI data would later show that the strumming of the guitar they heard actually came from a single black sharpie. The marks indicated a rapid tempo and fierce attacking motion. The good news though, was that this was clearly a downstroke only vigilante. m/

The  Perp

The first responders said later that he didn’t even attempt to flee. It was almost as if he wanted to be caught, to pause for a moment and show his hand. Here we see the real face of a villain. Emotionless, cold, and determined.

(and cute)

Pablove ❤ Channel Islands

Stoked to get my new Pablove + Channel Islands board just in time for summer. Shaped by Al Merrick himself!!, this custom shape is a hybrid of the Pod and the Biscuit. Mostly Pod, with a little more volume up front and more of a Biscuit rocker. The quad setup is working great and perfect for the summer mush. Check out both of these great companies if you’ve not heard of them.

LA Moonrise


I was inspired by Ice Cube’s love of the The Eames and LA Architecture to capture a classic California moment.

Moorise at the golf course.



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Ice Cube Celebrates The Eames

Man vs. Wild VERSUS Survivorman

Who can we trust?
Now thatPlanet Earthis done with its brilliant displays on the Discovery Channel, it’s back to our two favorite survivors: Bear Grylls (Man vs. Wild) and Les Stroud (Survivorman
). Both have a show on Discovery in which they are left in the middle of nowhere and have to survive and/or find their way to civilization. Both are left with minimal survival tools. But, after that, the similarities end. So, what’s the difference? And more importantly, whom do we trust more?Well, the first major difference is that Les carries his own camera equipment to film the entire show himself (he also writes the music). That’s an extra 50 pounds of gear to lug around. Bear is a little more entrepreneurial and outsources the filming to a crew that travels with him. Also, Les gets 7 days to make camp or try and find civilization, after that the crew comes to get him. Bear just makes a run in positive direction and the show is over when he finds other humans.Barring those obvious distinctions, what are the other variations in approach and how do we know which one to follow, when our kayak gets caught in a cross current and we end up on the leeward side of isolated, uninhabited wasteland, with nothing but a piece of gum, some wire from broken walkie talkie and a multi-tool (yes, of course, I know….)?

Well here’s the deal, as this is taking much longer than need be.

Bear is more entertaining as an entertainment show. He runs, he sweats, he takes chances, he captures rabbits by throwing hunting sticks, once, he almost mounted a wild horse! That’s good stuff.

Les is much more conservative. “The biggest mistake is to sweat” is his motto. While that’s certainly a great factor for long-term survival in low moisture conditions, it also ensures the protagonist won’t, um, break a sweat. He’s more concerned with building a shelter and protecting himself from the elements. I mean, he doesn’t start looking for food until day three. Bear’s already had roast duck by then.

That being said, you have to think that if you were truly stuck in the wild (in the middle of NOWHERE) that Les’ methods would sustain you longer. There les(s) bravado and more concerned with actual survival. Protection from the elements, and practical methods of acquiring sustenance are the goals.

THAT being said…
I’m much more of a Bear. No question.
Because in the end, I’m not going to be stranded with 50 pounds of camera gear, alone, in the middle of the Arctic. I’m going to get washed ashore after my skiff gets caught in a storm and I end up in an isolated area in South America. Three days out, tops. I’m picking a

bearinga making a move. Calculated and intentional.What’s that? It won’t be anything like I expect? Life of Pi? Naw, it’s cool. I readAdrift. I’ll be fine. I blog.