Livewire Entertainment N.O.La
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Livewire Entertainment N.O.La

Austin, Texas, United States | SELF

Austin, Texas, United States | SELF
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Album "Wired up": Compilation CD, included all Livewire artist, produced By Johnny A

Album "Wired up 2" featuring, Ace & Dutch, Produced by Johnny A.

Maxi single "That Deal": Featuring Q, Aka tha Burner Man.

Album, "Stitch", featuring The Four Aces: Saxophone and live band, recorded at livewire Studios, Mixed by Johnny A.

JohnnyBoy "Global warning" Mixtape: Produced and mixed By Johnny A

Q & Johnny, "Chronicles of a compilation" Mixtape: Featuring T Void, Law Fleezy.

HEADDRUMZ VOL1: Beats and Instrumentals, Produced and Mixed by Johnny aka Maxx Headdrumz.



Livewire Entertainment, originally created in New Orleans around 1999. I had a pretty vivid dream to start a business that would offer a variety of audio and video recording services, live performances, and a team of musicians that will stand out in the music industry. Eventually I built a team of 10 members, 7 of them performing artist.  In the beginning, most recording was done in my apartment located in the lower 9th ward. Most of our operations was financed by myself and 2 uncles. We had a solid family structured base along with other affiliates. We had artist performing in talent shows around the city on a weekly basis, we would do show openings for other big local groups and some famous nationwide artist as well. We've been extremely resilient considering the number of disasters encountered. We had a pretty nice 7 room office studio in kenner Louisiana 2002 - 2004. Recording a number of different projects from various artist and bands. We created radio commercials for our sponsors, promoted our music and advertising studio time.

One early morning while at the studio during downtime, I discovered water leaking in the lounge area. The leak turned into a flow of water within minutes. Before I had enough time to start getting furniture and equipment out of the way, four of the main rooms were leaking from the ceiling. The fire department was called, they knocked large cave like holes in the ceilings, water crashed down with debris like a waterfall. We lost equipment and furniture to water damages, we also lost our studio that day. I moved the remainder of the equipment into my uncle house uptown around the corner from the parkway. I continued to make beats and record from there for a while. It was a tight spot considering we recently had a 7 room studio I was use to working in.

Not very long after the studio incident, we found ourself evacuating the city for hurricane Ivan. Leaving most of the remaining studio equipment on high ground at the house incase there was any flood water, we left the city with more of our personal belongings.  We were spared a direct hit in New Orleans from the powerful storm, however we did get a call that the house was burned completely due to a tree falling on the power line connecting to the house. This time we lost everything, my remaining music gear and my uncle's home.

I moved back by my moms house uptown near Xavier university, I saved up enough money to buy a new drum machine and create some new music. Still representing livewire and recording new songs. I never lost the drive to make music. My uncles never lost their drive at promoting the Livewire name and music. We still made a buzz around the city. Radio play and performances at the local spots, passing out demos all over the city. Not long after we got back into the flow of business, the notorious 2005 hurricane Katrina was on her way.

A mandatory evacuation was put in place, me uncle darryl and Dominique decided to pack up. We left the city in my grandfathers single cab ram pickup truck. We took everything that we could fit. As far as music equipment, I had a drum machine/sampler and 16 track recorder. We headed out west with no confirmed destination.
Going from motel to hotel, shelters in different towns, we found ourselves living in a la Quinta inn in marshal texas. Fema was able to take care of our room expenses for about a month there, so we stayed. During that time I made a number of songs in my hotel room, we hit a few local spots in the area and sold CD's. We needed the extra money to survive, so we made it happen. I even got a job offer to DJ at a night club. Since our living situation was temporary in Marshall, plus Fema funds delayed, it was time to move along. I got word that my moms house was under water, everything I left behind was destroyed. It was time to keep pushing west. Uncle Dom chose to stay in Marshall until his job reopened back home. Me and uncle d man was headed to California.

We packed up and hit the road. We made a pit stop in austin texas. There was a nice motel suite called Candlewood. They accepted Fema vouchers, came equip with kitchen and cable. We both were able to have our own room, it was a great place to stop. The city seemed to embrace Katrina victims and offer many helpful programs for us. The night life downtown seemed familiar,  it reminded us of new orleans. This was a big music city, it was new to us but at the same time it felt like home.

We've been here since october 2005. My partner from new orleans, aka Q, original Livewire personnel and artist, he came to visit us, then became a resident immediately after. We've done a number of performances here in austin as well as passing out free music. It has taken a while to fully recover from the Katrina aftermath, so we we're never fully prepared for performing at south by southwest, until now.