Okay guys, I have come to a very important conclusion. I am not a hardcore-deathcore vocalist. I have tried. I have spent weeks watching tutorials on false chord and the fry scream. With that, hours have gone into practice. After finally getting to a point where I felt like I was doing good and getting the sound that I wanted it was time to do some recording. It just didn’t work. When listening to myself in real time I was becoming happy with the tones I was getting.

But, when it came time to play back what I was hearing, no amount of compression, EQ, and delay could fix what I was hearing. No matter how hard I try, I just end up sounding like Mocho Man Randy Savage. It’s pretty bad.

Because of this, I have come up with a solution. Rather than putting together a three song EP, I have updated my current demo to something of higher quality. I am currently mastering that right now. After I update that, I am going to spend the coming months writing songs and just taking it easy.

This summer my family is moving.

After the move, once the studio is back up and running, I plan to reach out to local friends in the Christian hardcore scene to see if they want to collaborate with me.

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.

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.

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…

 

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.