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.

A Message to Myself from the Future

So, I randomly came across this video by a musician artist, Chords of Orion. This video starts out with him saying, “if you aren’t an old fart musician like me… you will be soon“. The fact that he splashes in the Historic Christian message was kind of freaky. It’s as if this is 45 year old me sending me a message from the future or something. It was too ironic not to share. We even dress the same…

 

Rhythm section for first song complete

The three song EP is under way. Although the stuff I am writing isn’t ground breaking, I am having a lot of fun with it. The rhythm section for one song is laid down. I have a friend currently writing some sweeps for the song while I work on writing and recording the second and third song.

On the horizon for A Martyr’s Oath?

With the New Year only a few weeks away a few people have asked me what to expect with the new project next year. Well, now that the studio has been up and going for a bit now, I have become fairly proficient with Cubase 9.5. That in no way indicates that I’m a master at it. Not even close.

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What you can expect from me between now and the summer of 2019 is the following. I plan to start blogging more regularly about silly things like music, faith, and politics. It’s not that any of that stuff is relevant to A Martyr’s Oath as a project. But, I enjoy posting about the things that interest me.

As for recording, I feel that I have become familiar enough with the recording software now. With that, my intention with the New Year is going to be to record a three song EP that will be pitched to a few indie Deathcore Labels for release in the summer of 2019. I already have the bones of two songs written. I just need to sit down, refine the songs, and spend time recording a final take for each of those songs. This leaves me with only one song left to do for the final EP. My goal is to have the EP completed by April. This will give me a few months to pitch the EP to various labels before it gets released that summer.

To Complete or not to Complete

Well, now that studio has been up and running for several weeks now I have compiled a small list of what I need to actually complete it. Technically, no studio is ever complete, because you can always add or upgrade things. But, I have compiled a list of “must haves” in order to actually produce and record the music that I’m aiming to do.

For example, although I have several mics from back in my touring days, those aren’t the types of mics you would want to use in a recording setting. So, a recording mic is definitely a must have if I am going to track vocals in the studio. And since I am not the type of vocalist that does much projecting, a condenser mic with proper shielding is what I will need.

With that, here is a breakdown of the things I feel are needed to totally transform my newly formed studio into a complete studio for the genre that I will be creating.

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Although I already have a pop filter, the one in my Musician’s Friend Wish List is a metal mesh pop filter, which means it will last longer and sound better. The condenser mic is probably the most interracial part of this entire list. Without it my writing process is at a standstill beyond just writing and recording some rhythm sections. With vocals added to the mix, the sound can change dramatically. Sections can become shorter or longer. Even removed entirely. Without the mic at this stage in my writing and recording, it has mostly just been concept writing (Just song ideas if you will).

The Midi Keyboard would be the next big ticket thing so that my songs can contain some depth to help fill the empty spaces where needed.

The only other thing on this list is the guitar rack, which I don’t technically need. But, if I did get it that would help free up a lot of space and make things less cluttered in my recording space. If you count my gear from back in my touring days, I have two banjos, two acoustic guitars, and a mandolin (not to mention several propulsive instruments). As part of the studio, I’ve added on an 8 string electric guitar and a bass.

With that, these instruments are starting to pile up all over the place.

I’m not going to be getting any of this stuff any time soon since I have a lot coming up in life with a career change, an adoption, and relocation. But, once we are settled into the new house and a routine, these are definitely going to be a must have.