Some more of the newnew! This one is very new, actually. What you're hearing is almost all of what I've got on it so far but I'm overdue for sharing something and I wanted to share something fresh. Hope you dig it! Thanks a million for checking it out!
Moar newnew!!!!!! Thanks for listening! Hope you like it.
Got sidetracked last week with something new after I downloaded the updated FL Studio 10. Things are good when working (playing) on a new tune is more important than sleep. LOL. This one really threw me off my sleep schedule.
I want to save the rest for CD3, but here's the start of it.. Thanks a ton for listening!!!
HEYHEY I've got some NewNew! I have a lot of tunes in progress right now that have several different parts to them that need to be tied together somehow. This happens when I work on a song one day, come back another day in a different mood and put new/different energy into it. It almost always happens that way for me. Maybe that's why some say my songs have songs within that song.
Anyways, this is a section of one of those songs, and it's the "minor" part (the way I think about major vs. minor: minor = serious, major = happy). It's very different from the other parts of the song. I'll share those soon too. Maybe I will have married the two parts by then.
It's been too long! CD#2 has been very well-received. THANKS for that!!! I've been quietly working on CD#3. Sometimes it's good to work quietly (and sometimes you just feel like you need to) but then you start missing the energy that good feedback gives you, which can be put back into the music. Anywho, I want to jump right into sharing a couple of tunes on the blog for now. I need to just throw some stuff out there without thinking too hard about what to post or what to say, so here we go with some new musics.
This first tune is called Error Me Out. I'm going to start it in the middle of the song for this post and let it play out to the end. I'm really digging it right now - I love getting in the zone and working on this one.
The next one I want to post I threw up as a ringtone you can buy on iTunes but only got a few responses from it, so I think it needs to air out more here.
Thanks for listening and sorry for the super-delayed post!! More to come for sure.
Finally done! I'm extremely excited. I had a lot of neat things accidentally happen in some of these songs. Took longer than I thought to get out, but I'm glad it did because of the way a few of these tunes progressed over time.
The album art was done in watercolor by Kori Michele Handwerker. She's the reason I can't wait to see what the actual physical copy looks like. I'm ordering them in a matte finish. They should be really neat.
Here are some more things about the new CD I think some people might want to know:
- iTunes: It's finally up! Click this hyperlink to buy from iTunes
- Physical CD: You can now order my new CD! All pre-orders (before Sept 10th) were shipped on schedule (Sept 10th). If you live outside the US, shipping usually takes 10-14 days, sometimes less.
- Physical CD Signing: I will still be signing the CD's if you buy 2 or more, including if you buy the old+new CD.
- New MP3 Store: Starting at about 2PM today, all downloads come from a new server. That means if you buy my CD, it should download pretty fast. Yeeah!!
- MP3 quality: 320 Kbps
PS. Thanks everyone for the nice comments on the about this new CD. REALLY REALLY appreciate them.
Or click here to download in MP3 or FLAC directly from STS9. My track is second to last, but be sure to check the rest out.
This is a remix album that STS9 put together called Peaceblaster (The New Orleans Make It Right Remixes) - 100% goes charity. The STS9 collab thing I did on youtube is on this album.
Details on the charity can be found here. Basically, the sales go towards building some futuristic/green homes in some hard-hit areas of New Orleans. Katrina seems like a long time ago, but to anyone who's been there since, it's easy to see they still need help.
I think the whole album is awesome. If you like electronic music, there's a really good chance you'll dig the whole thing. Big thanks to those guys for helping a good cause and for including my collab tune on there. Too cool!!!
Finished another song this week for the CD! I had no intentions of including this tune but after I started it, I kept wanting to return to it and all the sudden, it was finished. Very unexpected. This one is called "Fifteen Fifty". I thought I would throw up little a preview on my sixtyone page if you want to hear the beginning. It's very electronic sounding, I guess. The end of the tune turns crazy and a bit less electronic, but I want to save that fun for the second CD.
At this point, it's great to have some traction. If a song or two isn't "done" (in my opinion) by the time July rolls around, I'm releasing the dang thang anyways. I'm itching to get it out there. Thanks for the patience!!
Back to work. :)
PS. I should mention, the sixtyone is a great place to quicky find good music if you're looking for some other artists to check out.
I'm going to post some random jams on the tubes pretty soon. As soon as I have something interesting to share, I promise to share it.
I finally finished Disorganized Fun. It was a blast to work on, and I have to thank my friend "McFeezy" for giving me some company tackling that project. If you're like me, the hardest part about being solo is working alone, so it's always a blast to have like-minded company chillin w/ ya. Which makes me want to give this advice, for what it's worth.. All you need are a couple of really good friends. If you don't have a hundred fans to give you feedback, that's perfectly cool. Find the people who generally enjoy what you do and give you honest feedback at the same time. It's tricky though.. Some people try too hard to give feedback (saying too much, with great intentions of course), and some just jive with whatever you put out even if it's not up to your standards. Always go with your own gut in the end, but listening to others reactions can also give you some direction and new ideas. So make sure you REALLY appreciate those in your small feedback circle, whatever your art may be. Thank them a lot, and if you appreciate something they do, make sure you spend some time genuinely checking out their stuff and being encouraging.
I have a few more songs to wrap up on my album. I'm not "holding out", it's just the nature of how it is right now. Throwing Fire, the STS9 collab, and Disorganized Fun will be a blast, I think. Those are pretty much done, as with a few other random tunes. The "outer space jam" is still in the works and right now I'm working on "messin w/ a guitar sound". Trying to capture the guitar without it being so murky by the time I lay it over the rest of the beat in FL Studio. I'm using Edison now in FL. It's helping my workflow being able to drag WAV's from that directly into the project instead of recording in the old Adobe Audition 1.0 and then importing those WAV's. Huge thanks to Didier from FL Studio for encouraging me to try it that way.
I was fortunate enough to have met Papa Roach again last week when they played a show close to home. Their show was excellent and they were a blast to hang with. I admire those guys - they're extremely hard workers and they appreciate tons of music. Backstage they were bumping some classic Dre on vinyl. We discussed me doing a remix - I'm all for it. Might approach it like I did with STS9 and write more of my own tune based on their drums and possibly Jacoby's vocals.
Thanks for the continued patience. This is the summer of my second CD. If not, I will record 1 youtubes per day for 3 months after I shave my head, all except for the very back where I will grow a really long rat tail.
Almost forgot: I turned in my final version of the Jenkees/STS9 Collab today after working on it all day. More news on that as soon as I know something, but it should be available soon and I'll tell you where you can get it. It'll be for a good cause. I'm pumped to be a part of that.
Just a bit of a beat I started, purely done in FL studio so far. Really digging one of the sounds I found using the free VST called Synth1. I started this beat out thinking it was going to stay tough and 808-ish but then those strings came out of nowhere.
Thankfully the power has been back on. We were out for 6 days but many were out longer. I've put a ton of music hours in the last week and it's been a good time. Once I'm feelin a new jam good for the tubes, I'll post there too.
Thanks a ton for listening!!!
PS. Shoulda posted this G4 TV spot a few months ago.. The people that work there are super-cool. Here's that clip.