Today before church I stopped in at an abandoned parking bay behind a gas station near my house to take some photos. I took about 50 shots within a 30 minute period. Out of all of them I was happy with 2.
As per usual, I updated the website layout after having taken these. That seems to be a thing that I do often. I plan on updating the home page soon to make it a little bit more visually appealing.
Well, I spent about two hours today driving around town hitting up some of the local Starbucks locations with the intent of slapping a flyer up on their community boards. I posted up about 10 or 15 around town. The carzy thing is… I didn’t even begin to scratch the surface when you actually take the time to count up how many Starbucks locations there are in this town. I’ll work on hitting the other locations on another day.
I’ve got to admit, it’s pretty cheesy to call it a “tour”… but, that’s the dad side of me missing the tour life. So,oh well… it is what it is.
Between now and when we move this summer I plan to do some more flyer spreading here and there. Beyond this I hope to begin writing some new material and eventually updating my “band” photos to something a little less “back porch“. Because, let’s face it. That’s exactly what i did. I stepped out on the back porch and took a quick shot. I need a little something more fancy.
Just for fun while relaxing this afternoon I thought I would mess around a bit with Photoshop. I snatched a few of the band promos from the new label that I am with, Raven Faith Records, and put together a before and after. I’m no expert, but I think the after images have a cleaner, smoother look. The first one is from a band called Rival Empire. The second is from Outside the Shadows. The second one was a little hard to clean up because it had a gradient type of affect already on the photo. Regardless, you should check OTS out. They have a new release coming up in a few weeks or so.
Well, the dreads didn’t last very long. After spending all that time, effort, and money into getting my dreads looking tight and clean, I decided to cut them off. To be honest, I was happy with them. I liked them a lot and felt like they were the right size and length. But, at the end of the day I think it is important to keep in mind what your spouse thinks. The lady friend, although supportive, didn’t really care for them that much.
So, with that… they are gone. I miss having them, because like I said, I liked how they turned out. But, at the same time I like that my head isn’t weighed down anymore. And besides, it feels good to be able to rub my scalp. My dreadlock parlor will be disappointed to find that I cut them off after all that work, but oh well. No turning back now. The fact that I cut my hair is the main reason why you will find that I totally redesigned my website. Since I don’t have that haircut anymore, I felt like I should take those photos down.
So, I did.
I think the new site design turned out to look almost as smooth is my scalp.
I recently got a new logo put together from someone that I stumbled into on Instagram. I am pretty happy with how the logo turned out. The reason why I reached out to someone else to put together a logo is simple. As an artist with access to Photoshop I found myself constantly tweaking and changing my design to the point of none satisfaction. The issue with being able to create your own stuff is that you are free to constantly adjust it… change it… start from scratch all over again. And because of this, I continually found myself starting over with the band logo. The guy that did the following design on Instagram goes by the name Extreme Metal Logo (go figure). Check him out if you want.
I am pretty happy with it. I think it fits closer to the genre that I am currently writing than the ones I have previously made myself. I feel like the ones I have been making fit more of a postcore feel than a deathcore feel. I am going to stick with this one. With that, since the conception of this project and the launch of the site I have been designing and redesigning this site constantly. I am done doing that. I am going to keep it as is for a long while. It’s time for me to spend more time writing and recording music and less time designing a website.