Shutting down my Social Media Accounts

Well, in the view of what my current goal is with the EP I’m working on, I did something drastically in the wrong direction promotionally speaking. And, to be honest… I don’t care. I’m better off for it anyhow. My goal for the EP might not be better off for it, but I am. And that’s what matters.

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To those of you that have kept up with me through my other various endeavors will know that I am not much on social media. After I quit touring full time, the novelty of social media for me lost its flair. And with that, I have started and stopped different accounts a few times. So, this is nothing new. If you look around on the site, you will see that the one social media account that I do still have is Youtube. Right now there isn’t anything on it (accept a few old songs). But, in the near future I have some ideas that will cause that platform to come in handy.

As for things like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and the like… I realize that those platforms are good for getting the word out about my current projects.

But… at what cost?

Don’t get me wrong. I am having a great time putting together this EP and would love to see it have success by reaching people that would enjoy it. But, at the end of the day the only reason why I find myself on these social platforms is self-serving. And that’s not what Christ was about. Most people will assume that Satanism is the worship of Satan. But this is far from the truth. It is actually the agnostic worship of self. I must decrease that Christ might increase in me. It is pride that comes before the fall. This has always been true, therefore it will always be true.

When I get on these accounts, all I see are people boasting self. And upon reflection, how am I any different?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m no more a sinner or saint for choosing to step away from or keep social media active in my daily life. I just personally can’t do it. I’ve got better things to do with my free time than work out my thumb while eyeing the benumbed social habits of our fallen society one finger swipe at a time.

Vocal preparation for the EP

Well, I finally have started messing with vocals and off the front have decided that having a background in indie-folk vocally has given me zero readiness for preparation in the deathcore guttural vocal genre that I am currently working on. With that, I have decided to take a step back and spend the next few weeks or even months listening to coaching techniques and suggestions.

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I’ve got about 5 month before the big family move from central Texas to the east side. With that, my goal is to spend about two months working on vocal techniques. This will give me a few months to lay the tracks and get in there to mix and master the EP before we move.

Time to tackle some vocals

Well, the finally parts that I needed to start tracking vocals has finally come in the mail. The Cloudlifter got here yesterday. With that, I have added in a new gain reduction plugin specifically designed for the vocal style I am hoping to achieve.

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With that, there is nothing holding me back from moving forward with the current project. And, the main thing left to do before working on post production things like mixing and master, it laying down some vocals. I’m going to admit, I don’t have a lot of experience as an aggressive singer. All of my past work has been in the folk genre. So, this is definitely going to be a challenge. But, a challenge I am excited to tackle. This coming week I plan to work through some of the presets for tracking the vocals. Once I find something I am happy with it just comes down to warming up my voice and working of some guttural techniques.

Recording lead guitar for the EP

Today my friend Ricky came over and spent a few hours with me in the home studio laying down some lead guitar parts. We had a pretty good time, plus it was good to just sit back and have some laughs with a friend.

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This three song EP is coming to life!

I sent Ricky some rough cut takes of each song in its raw, un-mixed form. He spent a few weeks toying with a few ideas. And when he was ready, he came over and we did some tracking. I am really happy with how the day went. We tracked severally really solid takes in each song.

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With these tracks laid down it’s time for me to face the facts. I need to start warming up this ol’ voice of mine for some brutal pig squeals. I’m a little nervous. Of all that I have accomplished so far with the EP, writing, recording, and mixing has been the easy part.

Now comes the hard part.

Let the screams begin.

Writing Vocals for the first time in 7 Years

Well, now that the rhythm section for all three songs in my upcoming EP are finished, all I have left to record is vocals and lead guitar. After that comes the hard part; mixing and mastering. With that, I have finally begun to sit down and write lyrics for the first time in 7 years. It’s crazy to think that the last album I released was such a long time ago.

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For this three song EP I have decided to do something similar to what I did with the last record, Mother of Harlots. With that record I pulled my lyrical inspiration from the book of Revelations. This time around, I have decided to pull my lyrical inspiration from the Psalms.

With the Psalms you can go anywhere. You can pluck from the verses that speak of God’s love and mercy. Or you can go the other way and pluck from the verses that focus on the wrath of God upon the unrepentant wickedness in the world. So far I have most of the lyrics put together for two of the songs. I am hoping to being testing out my new Shure Mic this next week.

If I can manage to keep the pace that I have had so far, I am hoping to have the EP ready for the mixing phase by the end of February at the very latest (and that is being generous on time). I will more than likely be ready for the mixing phase closer to the end of January if I keep working at it like I have been.

Got a new Vocal Mic for the Studio

Well, I bit the bullet and got the mic I wanted. On my way home from work today I stopped by the ol’ Guitar Center and picked up the Shure SM7B. I have been doing a lot of homework on the subject and I feel like I made the right choice. Since I am recording a deathcore EP right now, I am almost to the point that I am ready to write and record vocals. The issue here is that I don’t really have any experience with doing hardcore screaming style vocals. Regardless, I am excited to get in there and experiment with it.

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I have the rhythm sections completely laid down on two songs. And I am in the middle of writing the third song. Once I am done writing the third one, and have laid down the official rhythm tracks for that song, I will be ready to start writing the lyrics for the EP.

In the meantime, I have been eyeing a record label or two. Even reached out to one in particular to just say hello. Other than that I have been keeping it casual and just writing some tunes. I am pretty happy with how it is turning out so far.