If you want something done right, do it yourself.
That's sort of the motto behind "Mist and Mast," which began as a solo project for Bay Area indie-rock musician Jason Lakis.
In 2007, after taking a break from the now-defunct band "Red Thread," Lakis wrote every song and played nearly every instrument on the 2007 eponymous album, which he also recorded himself.
In 2009, Lakis created his second self-produced album, "Action at a Distance," from his Oakland apartment.
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On this album, Lakis had some help from musicians that comprise his current live band, and recorded it at home and released it on his own record label, "Oakland Petting Zoo."
This week "Off the 99," the Sun-Star's weekly public affairs radio show, caught up with Lakis in the middle of his short West Coast tour to talk about his own musical evolution, his current music project and his upcoming concert in Merced.
"Mist and Mast" will play as a four-person band at the Partisan on April 17.
This is the second special episode of "Off the 99" that focuses on music made and played in the Central Valley.
His band is comprised of guitarist Craig Adams, Bill French on drums and Mike Schmiedt on bass.
Lakis has been playing music since he was a 15-year-old avid metal fan growing up in Bedford, N.H.
Since then, he's played in several music outfits over the years. His last group, the "Red Thread," was formed in 2002, put out three albums and toured with such major musicians as Neko Case.
Lakis' music tour as "Mist and Mast" takes him throughout California and Oregon.
Reporter and "Off the 99" host Jamie Oppenheim can be reached at (209) 385-2407 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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