About Dalton
Producer at Bro Code Studios
Topeka, Kansas
62 Posts
Projects
Anchoria: Gutiarist/Drummer/Producer
My Manic Mind: Producer
Closures App: Developer
Even though much of this year has been fubar, I can easily say I’m thankful for how much music I’ve been able to be involved in this year. Been able to produce/mix around 50ish songs for various projects, which is more than I’ve done any other year combined. Took a break and had a lot of fun working on this cover with Quory and Bella. Super thankful to do cool stuff like this even though I’m half way across the country. Check it out! Happy Thanksgiving!
The future isn’t what it used to be.
This is a hard weekend. After 13 years of having this awesome dog in our lives, my family had to say goodbye to Rommel. I feel even sadder not being able to be in NY during this time, but I also feel better knowing that the last memory I have of him, he was still in his prime. It’s hard to imagine what my family looks like without him in the picture. He’s been the leader of the pack and has always done an incredible job protecting our family and our home. Before I left, I got to watch him start to delegate some of his duties and responsibilities over to Ranger as Rommel got older. That was pretty incredible to watch. Rest easy, Rommel. Thank you for everything you’ve done for us and for making our lives so much better.
This is one of my favorite tools to use for web development. Version 2.0 just got released and it's pretty killer!
If you always look horizontally, you’ll never look vertically.
I'm pretty proud of this. If any bands would be interested in a Classic Myspace look-a-like site, let me know. Maybe I'll build a micro platform for bands to use if enough people are interested.
Posted a new blog entry "Floating By (Revisited) - My Manic Mind"

I recently worked with Quory Soluri to mix the whole Floating By EP from scratch. He re-recorded everything and sent them to me to work on and it definitely came out way better than the original. I’m super happy I got the opportunity to redo the first EP I ever worked on and had this be the result of it.
Another album, mixed and mastered. 🎉
11 months ago, I told this girl we were moving halfway across the country and she’s been by my side every step of the way. From when she was a small pup, way too full of herself, till now, she’s been my #1 best friend. One of the things I had to have when I moved here was a big backyard for us to play in and I’m happy we found a place that has that. She keeps me on schedule and keeps me from feeling too down. Gonna take her to the park and then take her for some ice cream. I can’t believe she’s 6 years old today. Happy Birthday, Brava! 🎉
Nathan Kennedy is finally releasing music on online stores under his name. Give it a spin.
Just released a lyric video for Watch Me Swim!

Hope everyone is having a very happy 4th of July!

Posted a new blog entry "Jumping Ship - My Manic Mind"

New surprise album from My Manic Mind, available now on Bandcamp and all major music streaming platforms!
Quarantine, Day 59: Repurposed my Raspberry Pi into a custom VPN for my home network. I can now access all my computers from my iPad Pro anywhere at anytime. Kinda stoked to use that at some point in the future.
Just shipped off my 13" MacBook Pro for Tyler to use now. I upgraded to the 16" MacBook Pro for even heavier workloads in web development and music production. I'm pretty stoked.
Got the drum mics hooked up. Been playing with a 16-input mixer I bought before I left NY that I haven’t been able to do much with. Being able to dial in everything on my iPad is super helpful. It’s sounding pretty awesome so far!
The Anatta EP is 5 years old today. The 5 year Anattaversary. I'm still super proud of what we did with it. I miss playing these songs with my friends all around New York and all the fun times we had. Give it a listen to if you haven't in a while. It's available to stream anywhere, Spotify, Apple Music, Bandcamp, YouTube, wherever.
Quarantine, Day 37: Brava was laying next to me on the couch and started having the hiccups. So I did what any sane dog dad would do... I tried to see if scaring them out of her would work. She jumped, looked right at me like "what was that for?!" Then it seemed she realized her hiccups were actually gone and it worked, she started cuddling up next to me and licking my face like I achieved the dog dad of the year award or something.

Proud dog dad and best day in quarantine so far.
I find myself going back and listening to this album at least once a week.

I remember taking a road trip with Nate to Philadelphia, PA last May to see this band. We had so much unluckiness the entire trip. I was super sick, we couldn't find an Uber driver that spoke any English, the hotel we booked was in the sketchiest part of the city, we couldn't find a decent place to eat, it was just awful. At least we made the show.

But this album is super beautiful, so listen to it.
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Quarantine, Day 16. I've been playing hide and seek with Brava for the past two weeks. I'll hide in a closet in one of the rooms or in the room or bathroom in the basement and call her name when she's not paying attention and listen to her search the entire house for me, pause, get frustrated a little, then start running around the house really looking for me. Super adorable, but I'm afraid she knows all my hiding places now.
I can’t believe I moved to Kansas 6 months ago. Time is flying by. Miss my family and friends.
Posted a new blog entry "The Worst (Cover)"

Playing as much music as I can while under quarantine. It's been a while since I've been able to sit down and do something like this. I'm not letting this time go wasted. Here is a cover of "The Worst" by Mat Kerekes.
Trying the 75 minute. Haven’t been able to enjoy a craft beer in a while.
A little bit of fire at the right time can prevent everything from burning to the ground.
10 minutes into introducing Brava to our new house and she’s already cozy.
This is my new place...
Best thing I’ve learned in the last year: don’t always take the first opportunity you get, there’s always a better opportunity out there that will meet all your requirements.
CD manufacturer: Please keep font above 6 pt.
Me: No problem, this isn't my first rodeo. *deliberately made font 6.1 pt and submits*
CD manufacturer: Yeah... nice try... that's still heavily frowned upon. Fix it.
Me: Ugh.
Trickiest part of designing a CD is trying to get the circular text's padding just right, can't be too close or too far away from the edge. Has to be just right.

Pro tip: don't do this at 5:30am.
I have more to be thankful for this year than probably any other year. I could write a book about who exactly I’m thankful for, but to keep it simple, I’m overly thankful for my parents for helping me not only get me to where I’m at in life, but for also helping me take on and support my decision to move to Kansas to start a new life. I’m also overly thankful for Sherry and Tim, my aunt and uncle, for letting Brava and I stay with them while I save up for a place of my own. It’s absolutely the nicest thing anyone has ever done for me and I appreciate them so much. I’m thankful to be apart of a family that does stuff together, and have included me in doing stuff after I moved, like today’s Thanksgiving dinner. I miss my family and friends in New York, and I’m very thankful for the friendships and memories I’ve made over the years with you guys. Honestly I’m thankful and grateful for how this year has ended up and how lucky I am for things working out the way they have since moving here. Happy Thanksgiving, I hope everyone has an awesome one.

Also, does anyone want to go see Star Wars with me? I'll buy tickets, popcorn and drinks and we'll even see it in 4D. I really just need someone for the emotional support.

I'll go alone if I have to, just don't wanna have to cry by myself, you know?
Posted a new blog entry "Take Chances"

Life is way too short to just post that you’re going to change your life, but hesitate to. Social media is pretty depressing when that’s 90% of what I see on my feed. Today, alone. Just a bunch of people not happy with their lives taking it online, and making everyone else’s day blah. Stop posting, stop complaining, start changing.
Posted a new blog entry "Saying Goodbye to Anchoria"

Anchoria was like a baby to me. It had my absolute best friends in it and was conceived with the idea of doing something that challenged us.
Did you know, we also released the first song Anchoria wrote back in 2015 yesterday as well? It's a b-side called "Crucio", exclusively available on our Bandcamp. The name was actually the name we had chosen for the band before we settled on Anchoria. We wrote it as Anatta was breaking up to put it into perspective and eventually felt it was too different and didn't make sense for it to be included on the EP. I think we only played it live once, maybe twice.

Bonus points for anyone who knows where "Crucio" stems from and what it means.

Check it out if you want something a little different, and a little heavier than the EP.
Posted a new blog entry "Anchoria - Dream : Divination"

These songs are near and dear to our hearts. They're what we set out to do as a band. We wanted to do something that challenged each of us musically. Something we've never done before individually. We all had a vision of what we wanted and each brought something different to the table that completed that vision.
My CPU has been judging me all night.

“Why are you adding another track?! Are you kidding me? You have 47 already and 8 of them are hidden.”

“What do you mean you’re sending that many vocals to the same bus?!”

“Hey man, there’s definitely probably a more efficient way of doing whatever it is you’re trying to do with that, but whatever.”

“Whoa whoa whoa, that’s not what automation is used fo.. that sounds kinda cool actually. Keep doing that.”

“Ugh, now we have to bounce this?”

Nonetheless, this is my best work I’ve ever put into anything music wise, especially producing an album this near and dear to my heart. No one is ready for this. I just now heard the last song fully for the first time in years tonight. I wasn’t ready.

Dalton Sutton

• Watertown, NY

That really, really rare occasion you have band practice before noon. 🤦🏻‍♂️
Brava does not like my dog dad jokes.

Dalton Sutton

• Watertown, NY

I’m going to miss these guys a bunch. We’ve been through a lot together over the years. Been in multiple bands with each other. Wrote some of our favorite songs together. I’m thankful I’ve got to see these group of dudes turn into dads and see how great they are with their kids and the families they’ve started. It’s crazy how much life changes and things happen that you never expected.

Thanks for being my best friends. I look forward to our future conversations and the next time I come to visit. As much as it sucks Anchoria was short lived, the time spent were some of my favorites. We pushed ourselves to write and play music we all had different approaches to but within a common vision and overcame the challenges we were faced with. I can’t wait to send Anchoria off in a proper way with you guys shortly...

Dalton Sutton

• Watertown, NY

Had my last guitar lesson today. I’ve been going to Tony Soluri at School of Tone for almost 10 years. Growing up, Tony had been a terrific positive male role model when my father was deployed. I’ve been very fortunate to not only have him as a music teacher, but as an overall mentor and one of my closest friends. Very rarely would I continue to have a bad day after having a lesson. Since I was 15, Thursday’s have always been my favorite day of the week for the simple reason of guitar lessons.

Not only am I grateful for having Tony in my life and teaching me so much about music, but I’m also very thankful for his son, Quory and the time that we’ve spent playing music together. I’ve learned a vast amount of what I know about music from these two individuals just wanting to share what they know about music with others. And I couldn’t see myself learning from anyone else. The greatest birthday present my parents gave me were signing me up for lessons with Tony all those years ago.

Thank you for everything, Tony. All the long conversations we’ve had, sharing your knowledge of music with me, and being an incredible friend. I look forward to having more conversations in the future and will definitely be sure to stop by when I visit.

Dalton Sutton

• Watertown, NY

Posted a new blog entry "Moving to Kansas"

When things seem stagnant, and the year hasn’t been what you hoped it would be, you make changes and take risks. I’m excited to start fresh in the Midwest, however, I’m going to miss my family and friends most of all.

Dalton Sutton

• Watertown, NY

Posted a new blog entry "Calling Quits - Video / Cover"

Calling Quits by Mat Kerekes. Old song. Original is just acoustic, but I decided to throw my own flavor to it. Still probably doesn't give the original any justice though.

Dalton Sutton

• Watertown, NY

Hey guys, I quit My Manic Mind a few days ago. I had a lot of fun over the last year or so playing lots of shows, meeting lots of awesome people, and being a part of some really meaningful music. There’s been a lot of change in my life over the last 6 or 7 months and I haven’t been feeling my best. I wish the guys nothing but the best moving forward.

My last show will be at the Riverboat Bar in Alexandria Bay on July 12th with Out Chasing Lions, come hang out with me one last time.

Dalton Sutton

• Watertown, NY

Posted a new blog entry "Anatta - May 21st, 2015 - Watertown, NY with Silverstein"

After 4 years, I decided to release Anatta's entire set preformed on May 21st, 2015 in Watertown, NY with Silverstein. We were fortunate enough to be able to co-headline with them and it was an awesome time!

Dalton Sutton

• Copenhagen, NY

There’s a lot of people across the street...

I should probably go play drums.

Dalton Sutton

• Syracuse, NY

My Manic Mind - Lost Horizon - Syracuse, NY - March 20th, 2019

Dalton Sutton

• Watertown, NY

Over the last couple of months, I’ve written 27,000+ lines of code on my downtime for the Closures app I’ve been working on. I’ve re-coded it from the ground up. For those who don’t know, in high school I made a closings and delays app that sources information and data from the local news station and parsed it in a way that categorizes it based on their status and organization type; School, Business, etc. I’ve changed it over the last few years to try to make it more exciting and easier to view and to understand what’s closed or delayed without needing to watch a news ticker or listen to the radio to know what the status of organizations are when the weather is horrible.

The last two years, I’ve pushed hard to develop an iOS version of the app. I ended up with a few different versions that were cool, but ultimately didn’t meet my standard of quality enough for me to support a release to the App Store. I’ve failed to continue this idea with the same excitement as I had when I had started.

The biggest thing I lacked was a powerful API. A core service that provided the parsed data to serve any platform regardless of any limitations. At the time, the API I had made didn’t serve the purpose I needed.

Over these last few months, I’ve built an API that not only serves real-time closings and delays, but also the weather including a comprehensive look into the 7-day forecast as well as some in-depth location information.

To expand on this, I’m excited to announce that I’m expanding it outside of Watertown and our surrounding areas. I’ve been able to take the idea of sourcing my local news channel station for closings and delays and have successfully been able to include several other news stations by tagging their data as well. I’m able to do this by cross-referencing zip codes from within 30 miles of that particular news station to a database of over the 42,000+ zip codes within the United States to find the city and state where a particular organization has a closing or delay. I’m hoping that as this grows, the quality of the app improves over time.

Prior to this, Watertown, New York and surrounding areas in the north country were the only locations with exclusive access to Closures. Now, over 350 cities and towns across the United States have access to Closures in New York, Virginia, Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, Minnesota, Ohio, Michigan, and Kansas. Over the next few months, I’ll be expanding this even further.

For now, if there are any bugs encountered, please don’t hesitate to email me at dalton@sutton.io.

Thanks, and enjoy the update!

Dalton Sutton

• Watertown, NY

Posted a new blog entry "It's Not What You've Done, It's What You've Done Lately - 2019"

Since the beginning of last year, I had the thought that 2019 was just an awful year. Lots of things didn't go my way in the first half of it. I lost a relationship, was out of work and left my band. A lot of negative change, but I didn't want to end the year on a negative note, so I started planning for positive change.

Dalton Sutton

• Watertown, NY

Posted a new blog entry ""Now That It's Christmas" - My Manic Mind"

In case you missed it, my band released a music video earlier today! If you’re looking for Christmas music, consider giving us a listen to. If we’re not for you, check out the rest of A Super Gnarly Christmas by Rosemary Media.

Dalton Sutton

• Pittsburgh, PA

Oh yeah! Go Pittsburgh Steelers!

Dalton Sutton

• Watertown, NY

It's done. Floating By - My Manic Mind (2018)

Dalton Sutton

• Watertown, NY

You guys aren't ready for this... Like, it's 5am and I just put a freaking vibraslap in this EP.

Dalton Sutton

• Watertown, NY

Had an awesome time with Quory on the radio at Tunes 92.5 today!

Dalton Sutton

• Watertown, NY

My Manic Mind - Maggies on the River - Watertown, NY.

Dalton Sutton

• Watertown, NY

Had one of the funnest nights I’ve had in a long time. Gang vocals are done for My Manic Mind’s EP. Got a whole lot of mixing to do now.

Dalton Sutton

• Watertown, NY

Posted a new blog entry "New Year, New Challenges"

I'd like to take a moment to tell everyone how thankful I am for the feedback and shares I received on the video I posted January 11th. It was originally going to live only on my Instagram, but when I showed my brother, he was adamant about it being posted to Facebook ass well.

Dalton Sutton

• Watertown, NY

Posted a new blog entry "It's Not What You've Done, It's What You've Done Lately - 2018"

It’s not what you’ve done, it’s what you’ve done lately. And lately, I’ve done things and have made moves that have fortunately manifested into happiness. The happiest I’ve been in a long time. Maybe since I can even remember. 2018 was probably the busiest, craziest, funnest year I can remember and while I’ve gained so much, I’ve also lost some things that meant a lot to me as well.

Dalton Sutton

• Watertown, NY

Posted a new blog entry "Fall Time with Brava von den Sturmfalken 2017"

I am wholeheartedly convinced I have the most gorgeous German Shepherd. I’m extremely grateful for her personality and the goofiness she brings to me. She’s been the best pup I’ve ever known and I’m incredibly proud of her. She’s filled my life with so much joy and has kept me distracted whenever my mind has been heavy with thoughts.

Dalton Sutton

• Watertown, NY

I play drums in a band from Upstate New York called Anchoria. On June 17th, 2017 - we played our first show as this new band in front of about 500 people.

Here's some footage:

Dalton Sutton

• Watertown, NY

Posted a new blog entry "It's Not What You've Done, It's What You've Done Lately - 2017"

And lately, I haven't reached all the goals I had set for myself in 2016. I missed out on a full year of playing shows, which had been immensely therapeutic for me during the last few years. I completely failed myself out of a full year of that and there's been days that has gotten to me.
Trying to take a nap before work and all Brava wants to do is play ball. She keeps bringing it over to me and setting down on my neck while it's all slobbery. Every time I drift off to sleep she starts to bark and wakes me up to remind me I'm in the middle of an important game. And sometimes I'll wake up to her barking at me to throw it and I have no idea where she put the ball.

Dalton Sutton

• Copenhagen, NY

Brava von den Sturmfalken (left) and her mother, Nala vom Kassler Kreuz (right) having fun playing with a stick that fell from a tree together. Like mother, like daughter.