LOL Ya'll. It's been three months and four days. How easily time passes by when you're 20 years old, learning to drive, being pressured to get a job, and making music. Apologies for not updating sooner, but knowing how I talk, I suppose it's better that I update when I truly have something to say rather than manufacture discussion or spend loads of time talking about music production details... as I am "wont" to do. (Post edit: Oh carp, I did this anyway)
So today the attic ceiling caved in. Not all of it, just a bit. Haha! Crazy. I just discovered it today, it may have happened earlier, probably did. We don't know what it is yet, but we're going to get it looked at. I'm sure it'll all work out. It caved right on my drums! Moments like these I start to think "God, you trying to give me signs from that prayer I prayed a while back?" and I hope it's just coincidence or the devil xD.
So I am STILL working on music, don't worry! hahaha. I have nearly 30 or so songs pretty much done, and last week I just mostly finished about 5! The ironic thing is that I have ENDLESS songs laying in wait for the recording process, and it occurred to me... All this time I keep telling myself I'll finish up all the backlog of songs I have, and yet, every single song I finished last week was a completely new song that had entered the picture within the last couple of months or even less... really puts into perspective the work I had done, and just how much I've totally NOT in ANY WAY done my backlog and pre-written songs.
I've even got one that's totally unrecorded right now (All About You), and one that's arranged in GB but not at all recorded (God I Love You Part I). I've got SEVERAL that are entirely recorded besides vocals. and I've still got the older songs from voice recordings and notes, and even a cover of I Am Free coming up (although I'm unsure of if or how I will release it, considering I currently have no money whatsoever to even provide fractions of a cent for royalties). As always, send me an e-mail and I'll be glad to send you any song of mine!
I'm also helping out with what they call a Youth Revival at my friend Mason's church, Lillian Baptist, so I'll need to be practicing for that, which always means putting recording on hold for just a tad around the event and practices. I'll be leading three songs and playing guitar! Woo-hoo! No idea how I ended up here but I am thankful to God for it.
As usual, check out anything new I feel comfortable sharing PRE-RELEASE (often PRE-MASTERING) on my Soundcloud page.
Currently I have a new song called MOONLIGHT out on Soundcloud and DUE to BE RELEASED on many digital platforms on September 10th! It has prog elements, a guitar solo, and more third harmonies! Can't stop, won't stop, help me I'm singin' TOO HIGH EVERYTHING IS A STACKED THIRD
I have discovered a new app called "Amuse" which allows me to release my music for completely free to most major streaming platforms, which totally whacks me out! :O I am waiting to see if the Moonlight single release works, although I have NO REASON to believe it won't! It's honestly a bit too good to be true. Check out their website for a brief description of how they make money. It's not a scam, as far as I know!
Currently, I am working on preparing a H U G E release of around 100 songs. Can you believe it?! Crazy. Now that I have Amuse, I may actually separate them into many different release, and even release some PRE-ALBUM SINGLES! Watch out for those, of which MOONLIGHT is one! S E P T E M B E R 10th!
I have a free album publishing credit with CDBaby that they gave me after the troubles with my album going through last time, but even with that, I have to buy a UPC. Unfortunately, I don't think Amuse lets me get a UPC at all, so I don't know how much that makes my release less official. But next release, Dad is probably going to say something like
"Well, I guess it's time to get a job so you can release your album!" which of course is mind-numbing and dumb IMO, but I guess he's right and somebody's gotta say it, and it has to happen eventually. If I release entirely with amuse, I'll get on most of the biggest places, and I won't have to pay anything, plus I can release everything in multiple neat albums sectioned off in styles (Did you know I may have an ENTIRE Easycore album?!). But my albums will be smaller scale digital releases and debatably smaller scale releases overall because of the no UPC thing. If I release on CDBaby, I'll have to release everything as one album, because I simply don't have the resources ATM to even consider a handful of releases, although if I get a job, I may. Along with this, I'll (someone) will have to pay for a UPC code, and it'll be on more providers and debatably bigger scale?
If all goes well with Amuse, I'll consider using them for many more songs, (they'll let you release anything with a song + artist name ONLY 3000 Pixel cover image and a 16 bit 44,100 HZ wave [well, I think xD, I just read about them refusing songs]) but I think I may release my large scale huge 100-track album with CDBaby, and my other smaller, separated albums with Amuse. I don't want to risk overwhelming people, but I think people can sift through a few albums, and deal with a compilation release among several other releases with the same songs. Most bands have that. This way, most, if not all of my songs will be available everywhere and more official in some way, even if only on a compilation. I am worried that I may exceed 100 tracks, though. Seems insane, but it is a legit concern.
Seeing as how I am going to be making such huge releases, it is incredibly important to me that they SOUND GOOD before they are released. I'll be paying attention to the vocal levels. Once I have some amount of money, I'm considering the possibility of paying someone to do a professional mastering on one of my songs. This may never happen, but I mean with a job you really do have quite a lot of money IMO especially if you are still living with your parents. I mean, it's a lot to me. I've been broke for 20 years. Hahaha course my parents buy me plenty of things. Still do, though it's getting a bit stiff, now. Jabbing my side XD. Hahahaha I need a job.
Anyway, I'm going to be playing around with compression and EQ to master my songs myself, as it is simply not possible for me to use LANDR without money. Besides that, they didn't seem to do ALL that much to the songs, anyway... certainly enough to be worth it, but not quite enough. My songs were still too quiet on my last release. I'm considering doing a re-mastered release someday of my favorite older songs, tell me if you'd like to see that! I've still got all the old projects, so it's as easy as remixing the drums (so easy with EZDrummer), re-eq'ing the guitars, managing the vocals, and compressing the song properly. Oh, and don't forget making sure the bass has some oomph. xP Oh my, you didn't need all that detail. Oh well, that's what this blog is for. If you wanted blissful ignorance, you should've stayed on Spotify. XD!
And again, even if I wanted to use Landr, with Daddio the way he is... "Well, I guess you need to get a job so you can start mastering your songs!"
More like "Well, I guess you need to get a job to do anything in life!"
and he'd probably go "Yeah, pretty much!"
Anyway, music work continues! Don't let me forget to get Dad to play on those Easy-core songs and the I Am Free cover! :P
Here's to not knowing what God has in store for me.