Well, as of today, the full album for my recent release, Desecration to Restoration, is now streaming FREE on Yotube. Be sure you go take a listen to it over there. And be sure to give it a thumbs up. While you’re at it, subscribe to the youtube page. And be sure to click that bell so that you are sure to get the notifications when anything new gets posted up over there.
Way back when in my tour days I toured on and off with quite a few bands among varying genres. Most notably were a few indie-rock bands, hardcore, bands, and even a parody band that I drummed for while doing my solo stuff.
Among these myriad groups there is one solo artist that I still talk to from time to time named Tyler Melashenko. He and I met at a show in Texas and toured together for a few months. What he was doing back then was much different that my indie-folk stuff. What made us a great fit was the fact that we were both solo artists. We could both fit all of our gear into one ride, saving on tour costs.
Well, like me, Tyler is still dabbling in music, writing here and there with talk of putting together another full band project. He has been releasing a lot of his more recent solo stuff on Soundcloud. I highly recommend you go take a listen to some of his stuff. He is a really talented dude.
His most recent 6 song release, Lit Cardinal is a really fun listen. The featured track on that release is called Teenager.
But don’t just give his stuff a listen. Go join his mailing or send him a message. Word on the street is, he has some new stuff coming out in the near future with some other guys.
Other than having a ton of people come over today to grill out with a water slide and trampoline for the kids on Labor Day, this weekend the wife and I got a lot done around the new house. We hung a lot of pictures and cleaned the place up. With that, I finally got some of my old band shirts from back in my tour days framed and hung up in the studio space as well. Not only that, but I gave my 8-string guitar and my bass the golden treatment with a cleanup and new strings. I recorded a little something with them last night just for fun, and they literally feel and sound like I just bought them.
Now that the album is on the table, what next? With the album complete it’s time for the real work to begin. Although I have heard from a few labels positively, and a few labels negatively, the goal is to still work toward finding representation for not only this album, but for future releases as well. Alongside doing this, in the coming months Russell and I will be hitting the promotion front for the new release pretty hard. I will be getting some posters and flyers printed. We will be posting those all over town in our own region (obviously). But, we will take it a step further than that by reaching out to some of the contacts I still have from my once long time ago touring days in an effort to spread the flyers and posters into other States.
While we are doing this we will continue to send the album out to labels hoping that someone will take an interest in our studio project. I will also be hitting promotion pretty hard by getting flyers into the hands of bands out there that I know who are still touring regularly.
So, just because we posted the album doesn’t mean that the work is done. Not hardly. We have a lot to do. And we’re working on it.
Once the flyers and posters are made and printed, I will be sure to post about it so that you can get a look at how they turned out.
As for the studio, doing this large of a project less than a year into owning the studio equipment has been a real eye opener for me as a newbie behind the helm of a music producer.
Although I have learned a lot, I will be the first to admit I still have a lot to learn. I’ve already dreaming up ideas for the next project that Russell and I start on in the future. I am already thinking of easier ways to do things. Faster ways to set things up. How to pre-stage better so that my mastering stage is easier. The list goes on and on…
But, that’s the fun of it. Not only jamming out, writing music, recording and releasing… but the learning and growing part too. There is only one direction to go from here with the quality of what I produce… and that’s up.
This new album has been a blast to work on. And, if you haven’t downloaded your copy for free yet, be sure to do so.