Hello ladies and gentlemen,
Just wanted to give you guys an update!
So far so good! We are right on schedule-ish!
The majority of the sessions have happened through the evening until the performances fade from our fingers and then I review during the day. The drums are completed and the bass is pretty much done. We managed to get that all recorded here but unfortunately there are grounding issues in this house which to my basic understanding means that anything electrical and with a speaker makes a loud BUZZZZ which means it isn’t recordable. Thanks to technology though we have a fairly portable set up so we are taking the studio downtown for electric guitars and the re-amping of the bass! We will be heading to a small local studio called Sugar Tits. I personally can’t wait to see the place. I think it will breathe a new energy into me and my performances on the electric guitar of course. After that is completed it will be back in the house to tackle acoustics, strings, pianos, vocals and other miscellaneous goodness. I will stream more… I promise. When there is action to share I will turn on that webcam. Nobody wants to watch us fiddle with wires and sounds.
There have been plenty of challenges so far but I have a fantastic teammate in Braeden (my engineer) and we are getting this record made even though some of the methods are a little unconventional at times! I can’t wait for the tracks to start taking their true shape!
I also want to just say another huge thank you to those that made contributions to the making of this album. You are a part of this experience everyday.
I am happy and trying
Quite a bit to talk about
The album process is underway. I have accumulated a small team that will help me to craft the album that I want to make. I had a rehearsal with the drummer and bass players that I have chosen on Saturday and it went fantastically! The stronger songs are rising to the top (complete lie… I still cant decide) and my notes and visions are starting to materialize.
I have been doing a lot of thinking recently about the best way to move forward with this project. As you may have seen I have chosen to produce it myself. It’s going to be a great challenge, as I have never attempted this before… I have however spent quite enough time in and around studios to be ready to take it on or if all else fails… completely fake it! There will be a lot of button pressing, finger pointing and knob twisting that my trusty engineer will have to adjust but I have complete confidence that we are prepared!
I have been thinking a great deal about how to raise some extra funds for musicians, miscellaneous equipment and other costs along the way. Thanks to campaigns started on various social media outlets most of us are now aware of some of the expenses of the album making process. I know that the most obvious thing for me to do is to launch a Kickstarter or pledge music campaign. While they have proved an extremely useful tool for a lot of bands and musicians, I don’t feel that it is quite the right fit for me and the wonderful people that support me. I have sat and thought at great length about an honest and integral way to get my own campaign going. I have battled with the idea of asking for help from you for a long time now and have always looked at other alternatives to make sure that the music can be made, but life has brought me to this point and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I was overlooking the Vancouver skyline the other evening (see instagram) pondering and stressing about my “option” when it hit me.
I couldn’t get it out of my head. It kept repeating and ringing in my ears. The simplicity of it made me smile. The transparency of it is unspoiled… Just ask.
So here I go… Can you please help me make this album?
If you are able and your answer is yes… THANK YOU. I will not let us down in the making of this album and I will figure out how to pay it forward.
To contribute all you have to do is gift towards my paypal, which is
Anything that you can contribute will make a MASSIVE difference.
If this idea isn’t for you… THANK YOU too. Thank you for your continued support. Thank you for even making it this far down the page and most of all thank you for listening.
Tomorrow is my last release “Not Your Kind” 1 year anniversary. To celebrate I will be putting up a dance performance video starring my younger sister Millie that we made last year. I am very excited to finally be able to share it with you.