First vocal session was awesome

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.

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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).

The vocalist has been found

That’s right… it’s official. The vocalist that I put the ad out for has been found. And in a random and yet surprisingly unexpected way. But first, let’s hash out how things went for the ad. I got probably a dozen responses, at least three or four of which were the same day that the flyer got posted. Of the people that reached out, all but one really understood what I was looking for.

Most everyone either skipped over the fact that I was looking for a screamer, not a “singer”. Or, they were looking to start a band… which is not at all what my ad even hinted at.

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I met with the one vocalist that understood. He was a really amazing dude. And, he was a perfect fit. A solid Christian. A lover of hardcore and deathcore. And… a jam-up screamer. However, in the process of preparing some tracks to send to him, Russell came along from left field (no Ad required).

So, here is the short and skinny version of how I met Russell and how he turned out to be the too good to be true, perfect fit for my current project.

When my wife and I moved in to our new home, as per usual, at least a few different neighbors are typically kind enough to step out and introduce themselves. The neighbor directly across the street from me turned out to be a married couple close to our age. They just so happened to be Christian as well, and even do home group bible study at their place on the regular.

Way cool.

While talking with the new neighbor about what my wife and I do, the studio project came up. And he said he had just the person I needed to meet. Turns out my neighbor had just the person to set me up with on a blind “seeking screamer” first date.

So, not only am I making friends with the new neighbors… but now I’m already making friends with the neighbors friends. And to top that there is a common thread of Christ and music in the mix.

Talk about random.

Russell is a cool dude. I can’t wait to start tracking with him (note: the pixilated grainy photo is of Russell is from a video he sent me displaying some of his mids and lows).

Studio Upgrade, baby!!!

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I’m excited to announce that I got a few new items for the home studio! Check them out!!!

I’ve got a few more essentials that I need to get before I feel like the studio gear is to the point that I want it. However, I feel like the “how I want it” phase of a studio is never ending. You always end up wanting something else (a new guitar, better headphones, a variety of plugins). Speaking of which, my next upgrade for the studio gear is going to be a few vocal plugins since the vocal tracks are my final phase of the current project.

Beyond that, I don’t really have a wish list… yet.

Flyers plastered: inquaries recieved

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Yesterday I spent a few hours plastering the above flyer all over town. I hit a few of the Starbucks coffee shops, a few records stores, book stores, and of course… the local Guitar Center. Within the first five hours, even while I was still out posting them, I got a few hits. I’m hoping that this turns into something worthwhile.

If not, I have two options.

One, keep practicing vocals myself and come to the sad truth that my vocal tracks will just end up being very much below the bar of my hopes and expectations for the genre and the release of this new album I’ve been working on.

Or two, I can always just do another Kent Hovind style sermoncore release. To be honest, I am fine with this option, because at the end of the day, this option makes the project less about me and more about presenting the truth.

Regardless of which route transpires, I hope to find some likeminded people of faith to create music with out of this old school promotion attempt. I’ll be sure to post updates on what comes of it as things develop in the coming weeks.

Moving Day is almost here

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Now that we are closing in on the final days of May, the moving date is nearly upon us for the AMO family. With that said, as I have stated in a few previous blog posts, I already have a full length 10 song album nearly completed. The only thing that is missing is vocals, mixing, and mastering.

But unfortunately, the move is going to slow that down a bit. Before I can get back to finishing the upcoming record, I need to get moved. But not only that… I need to unpack while simultaneously working toward selling another property. My hands are going to be full with adulting for a while to say the least. Hopefully we get settled into the new house fairly quickly which will allow me to get back to working on the record sooner.

As of right now the studio is packed up and stacked in the corner waiting to get crammed into the moving van. Fingers crossed, none of the gear gets messed up during the move. No reason it should, but you never know.

If I had to guess, I would like to think that the upcoming full length would be ready for release by the end of summer if not into the beginning of fall.

Stay posted.