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.
Now that the upcoming album has been completed for a little more than three weeks, I haven’t taken a listen to it in a long while. With a fresh set of ears finally coming back to it, I have decided that I have made a “beginners” mixing mistake. I’ve mixed in way too much bottom end with the bass and the kick drum.
With that on the table, once my AC gets fixed, I am going to spend a few weeks doing a new mix down of the project before it gets released. I was happy with the project before, but now that I’ve stepped away from it and have come back… taking my time, I think I’ll be much happier with the entire thing since I’m taking it slow by not getting into a hurry to release it.
Lastly, since I will be taking a little longer to release the album I thought I would go ahead and show off the upcoming album artwork. The concept was something that Russell wanted to do. His sketch didn’t look quite like this… but it was his sketch that made me decide to go with this design mock-up.
Well, we finished tracking for the new full length album. I am super excited, because we finished several weeks earlier than I expected too. Not only was today a recording session, but a writing one as well. Today we wrote and recorded lyrics off the cuff. And I have to say, Russell came though. Because today’s lyrics are probably my favorite ones on the album.
I plan to spend the next few weeks doing edits and a final mix down on everything.
Other than all of the post edit and mastering (which I am still a total newb at), we are getting ready to start pitching to labels soon. Album artwork is done. Recording is done. Between now and post production finals we plan to get some promo photos around town to be sure we look the part.
Yeah, you know. lol
Anyway, getting this home studio up and running has been a lot of fun. I’ve very happy to have gotten it off the ground. Just wondering why I waited so long to do it.
Well, I am super excited. The first vocal session was a major success. We worked through laying down vocals for the first song in a 10 song full length record that will be getting released soon. It’s finally coming together. For our first go at it, working with Russell couldn’t have gone any smoother than it did.
We don’t have a date set yet for when we will work on it again, but I know that we are both looking forward to it. I had a great time with him. Super cool dude, and brother in Christ.
And just for fun… here is a 10 second sample of how the vocal session went (no post edit effects aside from gain reduction).