Sonic by Kenny Schick – Jazz Master Guitars were the inspiration for SONIC! 

Inspiration from Sonic Youth and Kenny’s love of guitars and guitar sounds. 

Released a new Kenny Schick song called ‘Sonic’. Clocking in at nearly 7 minutes, this song won’t be everyone’s cup o’ tea — not Americana like a lot of my stuff, but rather, noisy and quirky with some ‘sonic’ exploration. 


This one was inspired by the purchase of my Jazzmaster guitar—a Squier actually—and specifically, the J. Mascis (Dinosaur Jr.) version that so many rave about in terms of quality/price point. I got it with the intention of having another guitar for more ‘crunchy’ tones, and as such, I began to listen to some famous Jazzmaster players like Nels Cline (Geraldine Fibbers, Wilco), and of course, Sonic Youth guitar slingers Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo. 

I went on a Sonic Youth deep dive for about a month, going back to all the albums of theirs I used to love, and ones I hadn’t heard. I got in the mood to write something in that vein, and so I came up with a riff that I recorded into a session entitled ‘Sonic’. 

As I built the song, lyrics started to come, and they started to form a story of someone trying to out-drive the demons and chaos of these past several years(we all know what I’m talking about). It’s a ‘road trip’ song in the weirdest of ways…. The whole ‘Sonic’ theme made it’s way into the lyrics as well…The song was going to be called ‘Super Sonic Highway’, but I decided I’d tip my hat to original session name, which was meant to be a temporary name—it just seemed that single word was the thread that tied this whole puppy together. 

Hilariously, as I’ve played that guitar more, I ended up string it up with .012 gauge flat wound strings, and often like it for clean single note kind of stuff. Though it still does the grind nicely, if desired. 

West Coast Songwriters Conference

Saturday September 10, 2022 (Kickoff Friday Sept 9)

CAÑADA COLLEGE in Redwood City, CA

Kenny Schick

Kenny Schick Workshop – The Evolution of a Song 4:45-5:45

Kenny Schick Song Screening 1-2pm



The Evolution of a Song – this year’s workshop will take the participants from demos to masters. Kenny will talk about how a song is built and what to think about as you are creating. These workshops are always popular because they are filled with so much information. There is time to ask questions and importantly Kenny makes them fun.

The 2022 Conference is WCS’s 42nd Anniversary and the longest running continuous music conference of its kind in the country. This event and all others (15+ per month) are run by volunteers and have been for 40 years and on a shoestring budget.  You will get a chance to meet fellow musicians and industry leaders volunteering their time to mentor in the full day of seminars, workshops, and mentoring sessions in an intimate setting.

Conference participants are provided the rare opportunity to: 

  1. participate in one-on-one consultations with industry leaders at the top of their game,
  2. develop networking opportunities and meet collaborators,
  3. attend songwriting seminars and legal workshops
  4. learn about the latest industry standards
  5. participate in voice coaching, sound quality & stage presence instruction,
  6. review their lyrics with professional songwriters,
  7. present their songs to industry professionals for feedback
  8. perform at showcases.


West Coast Songwriters is announcing a Youth Scholarship for it’s upcoming Annual Conference Saturday September 10, 2022. The Youth Scholarship will be for 22yrs and under.  Applicants must submit the form LINK below along with a an essay (250 words or less) on what they would hope to get out of attending the Conference and links to their music – website, youtube, soundcloud, etc. The application PDF should be sent to [email protected].

If you are unable to submit the application electronically you may mail a hard copy plus CD to West Coast Songwriters 303 Twin Dolphin Drive, Suite 600, Redwood City, CA 94065.  Winners under 18yrs must have signed permission and release form signed by parent or guardian to participate.


The Fixer – the EPIC rock sound & Video!

The Fixer is a bit different than songs I’ve been making over the last 15 years or so.

The Fixer is a dynamic and well performed piece of songwriting. The arrangement is compelling building up and down. The instrumentals are fantastic. Solid performances and excellent musicianship. I dig the energy and appreciate the musicianship! Music On The Moon 

Though some of my songs always tend toward the longer side, not too many stretch to the 7 1/2 minute mark.

I’m a fan of big crunchy guitar sounds, but it’s not a texture I use too often as the main ‘sound’ of a song. I’ve been in bands in the past that have certainly centered around this type of sound.


Fun track. I like the quality of the production, the drums sound punchy and it feels textured and intricate with the variety of percussive elements and well placed guitar melodies.  The flow of the chorus is pretty amazing though, instrumentals are well synced and vocals sound more convincing there.  Had a great time listening… Bregt C Alpas Records

An Instrumental Germ

This song sprang out of an instrumental germ really. Originally, the whole song was just the minute plus intro as an instrumental piece written for a tv placement. However, I wanted to hear more of the story it was trying to tell. It has a Tool vibe – that crunchy dark sound flavored with world music elements. So I started to build on the piece like the Winchester Mystery house. It had no lyrics at first, but I built it more into a song form and figured it would start to inspire some lyric writing.

I like the tension and dynamics of the guitars a lot, they create movement and keep your record interesting. Drums have a nice groove and cut really well trough your mix. I like the lyrics of the vocal a lot… TC21

Ray Donovan

The idea for the lyrics started to come while we were watching the TV series Ray Donovan: it just struck me how weird it is that there are people who get paid by wealthy famous people to ‘handle’ their sometimes enormous indiscretions & crimes. It’s curious to me that people could find the mindset and skillset to lead them to this ‘profession’. Spending my life in solitude mostly, working alone in my studio. I no longer get into any of the intense, dramatic overly-emotional situations of my younger days (lol). I find it useful to take on characters and become a musical ‘actor’ for song inspiration now.

A very interesting production here, with a nice melodic structure. The sound is beautifully constructed… Alfitude 

Steal This Dance

by Kenny Schick

Steal This Dance – Written, Performed (Vocals, ALL Instruments), Produced, Orchestrated, Mixed & Mastered by Kenny Schick.

Video was made by Jessica Fong ADAPTED CREATIONS.

Artwork & Backing Vocals by Sabine Heusler-Schick BASEMENT3DESIGN

Kenny Schick Steal This Dance

Kenny Schick Music Page

Kenny Schick Music Producer


To our dear family, friends, artists and clients we were honored to work with this year!

We wish for you a lovely holiday season and a better 2021!

Falalalalalalalala! We know every single person in the world has been struggling to some degree this year. It’s been tough, it’s been hard, it’s been sad, it’s been frustrating and downright crazy. However, there were good things too: watching and re-watching great tv shows, learning to use zoom, growing a garden, cooking more, nurturing a love of wild birds and discovering tiktok. I’d love to say we did more or learned many new skills and crafts, but the uncertainty of the world put inspiration at bay. Kenny did have time to produce a few of his own songs, and we released videos for them, so that was good.

We are lucky to have always worked from home/studio, so that was not so different for us. As we did not travel this year we really miss our family and our friends in California more than usual. We stayed home, we stayed safe, wore masks and kept our distance from other humans. We still went for walks at Shelby Bottoms park, but could not pat every dog that walked passed us (which was super hard) and we had to psych ourselves up sufficiently to buy essentials from the supermarket.

What gave us joy was still being able to work with wonderfully creative souls who all made fantastic music this year! Surprisingly and thankfully, we were busy.

So onward to a hopefully better year! We wish for you a Happier New Year and hope you enjoy this different kind of holiday season! Make yummy food, nap, go for walks, call and zoom friends and family, watch movies, play and/or listen to music.

Kenny enjoyed making this Christmas Song for ya’ll – (as with all his songs he did everything, production, performance, orchestration, mixing & mastering) hehe, my sister Jessica Fong in Australia made the super cute video (in record time) with the help of my niece Caitlyn and I (Sabine) did the graphics. A very family affair!


Sending lots of LOVE to you all, stay safe!
Kenny & Sabine xxx