...I'm the only person logged in. Even off season, that's weird...
shot the album cover in an old warehouse in kc yesterday, it came out pretty good, we'll see I suppose. the band has been radiosilent the last few weeks since our last show, but i'm hoping to book us some more shows after May, which so far has seemed pretty strangely hard to do. making some last sweeps of the cd before mastering and getting it sent off to diskmakers, it's funny to hear these songs now and for some 2 years ago when I wrote them, they just don't sound the same, which i hope is a good thing. having been a solo act for at least 7 years, it's nice to have the collaboration, even though it does get frustrating at times to write something and have someone come along and mess it all up. in the end, I'm very happy with the band and hope that we can continue for a few albums worth of rockin out. i do still have 1 maybe 2 more AFC albums left, and who the hell knows what will happen after that..???
so the title of the NOW/here album will be called "Therapy Sessions" and I just got back the updated tracks from the studio and they sound pretty damn good. There's so much more I want to do, it's hard to get the two guitar players to write parts that fit the moods of the songs and not just play something that goes along with the chord changes. I did add a few guitar parts here and there to fill some things out, but there's still a lot of dynamics missing on builds that bother me a little. Still what I hear here is a pretty good debute, and will be very hard to top if and when we ever make it to album #2. For those of you who have heard my stuff, I'm sure you'll hear the AFC stamp on these songs, especially next year when Tess records the album I wrote for her, alot of the songs were from the same time period. next up will be mastering, then album cover shoot and hopefully a video as well. CD release in May, and then the accolades to follow.
another 2 hours in the studio before our show last night. technically all 10 songs are mixed, though there is probably still another hour at least of minor fixes. we're going to sit on it for a couple weeks and see what we think before giving the go ahead for mastering. so much work for 10 songs. I recorded my 11 songs for RPM in a couple days. oh well, I also didn't go over the drum parts with a fine tooth comb. I have put another song from the mix up in my demo player, which now makes 2 songs, and if you listen to them, I'd appreciate some thoughts on what you think.
we went back in Saturday night, fixed a few things, and got 4 more songs done, unfortunately, we have 2 songs left, so we're playinga show Tuesday night and in an efffort to get the mixing done, are going in 2 hours before heading down to set up for the show. our drummer didn't show up saturday, which always makes me a bit perturbed. oh well, we are sounding better and better, and I really like these songs, so I think it will be a successful album, probably.
there is a song up in my player if you wanna go listen to us and see what we're all about.
Unfortunately, school got in the way of getting an album done for this year. Oh well. Maybe next year! RPM 2015 here I come! :) *fingers crossed*
we spent more time fixing bad drum parts than actual work this weekend, 12 hours in the studio and only 4 songs near completion, 2 of which were recorded in September, so very minimal things had to be done to them. So we've booked 5 more hours to try to get the other 6 songs done. There are some brilliant things going on, but it still sounds so artificial to me. I guess I'm really just used to the sound I get out of my own basement at this point. I'm not saying it's bad, it's just a difference between what I do and what a studio with real equipment does. I've decided to put one of the tracks in my player, if you're interested in hearing what NOW/here is all about, this is probably our best song, and one where I had the least amount of issues getting everyone on the same page with what I wanted the song to sound like when I wrote it.
If you take a listen, there are a couple flaws in the mix down that I just noticed this morning, so those will be fixed.
I've had more fun recording this year and actually getting to play live shows with the material I've recorded. Hooray! Now I can finish watching Breaking Bad in my free time. And continue to record music, obviously.
CD arrived at RPMHQ, I see. 12 days after I sent it.
I blame Deutsche Post. They probably thought my refusal to put any value on my package put it under immediate delay and suspicion.
Next year, can we have an exception for those of us who live overseas?
After a slow start to the RPM challenge this year, due to a nasty bout with bronchitis and resultant inability to sing or write anything, I finally hit the ground running and still have yet to slow down. Within a couple of weeks I had way more than enough songs for a full album, 12 of which resulted in my RPM submission, Breaking Away. As is the case with all my RPM albums, this album is one of my favorites. I always feel like I come up with my best work when I have some kind of deadline looming. No time to get lazy or overthink anything. I love this album very much. But it doesn't stop there.
The original idea was to issue the leftover songs as an EP, but I still kept on writing. So the idea for the EP quickly turned into an album. In fact, every time I pick up a guitar and strum a chord, a new song comes out. Which is not a bad thing, of course. Being in the groove that I've been in, the moment I finish writing the song (which usually takes 5-15 minutes), I set about to recording it. I've adopted the discipline of trying to knock out at least one song every day. And I'm really moving in many different directions, developing every random idea that comes to me, even the ones - especially the ones - I would normally let go of. Before I knew it, I wound up with, yet again, more songs than I needed for an album and all the original leftovers ended up getting edged out of the lineup and a whole new album, written and recorded in just over a week, was more or less completed. I am still working on the track sequencing but I know what songs are going to be included and I'm pretty sure the album will be called Move Like Wind and will be released 3/15.
But I still can't stop working. Even last night, I picked up a guitar and a new song came flying out and I had no intention of working. And there are still those leftover songs, most of which I really love, that need a home, so I will keep working on that and have yet another album ready for release on 4/1. As of now, I have half of that album finished. Keeping up with my current routine, it will be done in no time. I don't have a title for that album as of yet but I probably will soon.
There is also the business of an album that I wrote last Fall, and performed in full on stage a few times already, that needs to be recorded. Fortunately I know those songs inside and out and I should be able to knock it out pretty quickly. That album will be titled Two For The Sky and will be released on 4/15.
Now, I'm not trying to brag nor am I complaining in the least. It's just the way it is. I may be proud but I also find it kind of hilarious. And a bit ridiculous as well. As of now I have 33 new songs for 2014. I would like to get to 50 before I slow down. I consider all of it to be among my best work ever so why slow down?
Part of the reason for this amped up productivity is to make up for only completing one album last year, but it's mostly due to the fact that, at the end of April, my home studio will be closing up as I will be traveling through Newfoundland (and surrounding areas) for five months. When we get back, we'll be living somewhere else and it will probably take a while to get the studio up and running again. So I need to get as much done in the next month and a half as I possibly can. I will be bringing a guitar with me and I have a multi-track app on my phone so it's possible that I may knock off some sort of lo-fi project from the road but maybe it's wise to not get so far ahead of myself....