First off let me say thanks for coming by and I hope you take the time to give my music a listen! I appreciate honest critisism and use it to make my music that much more every chance I can. I'm a one man project and first and foremost a song writer. I play mix write and produce every instrument with careful detail (or as much as can be given on a low budget). Everything you hear was recorded with the free version of Ableton 4 a Line 6 Toneport UX1 a $200 Epiphone and the drum beats were painstakingly programmed one note at a time with EZ Drummer. I can play drums and in all honesty it would have been easier but I cannot afford a proper drum setup or the mics nor do I have proper mixing equipment to give the drums the quality I feel these songs deserve. I've been playing guitar for 18 years drums for 10 bass for 8 and recording seriously for the last 5-6. I'm ready for the next step I've matured as an artist and with the right backing I KNOW I'm capable of anything. Many may see a one man project as a disadvantage and in some creative aspects it is but as a recording artist I feel the genuine nature of one's soul is exposed and a singular vision can be more easily created.
- About the songs
All of the songs were released on my first album History? which was never professionally mastered or released to the general public...mainly due to a lack of funds. I did however manage to get MP3's sent out to a few radio stations and the previously posted song Mesmerizing Hate saw mild success overseas and on a few college stations in the states. You can still find the previously posted songs on MySpace at the address listed above. The first new song posted is Learning. Dealing. which addressed a seperation from my wife as well as undealt with feelings about the death of my brother. And obviously just feeling very hurt and alone. It was my second attempt at vocal harmonies and despite the fact I don't consider myself a singer I was pretty proud of the results. But you say Jim I thought you only had 4 tracks to works with and one MIDI with the shareware version you use! Yes true but mid-way through the album I started using free-ware WAV editing programs that allowed me to combine tracks while losing minimal quality. The next song Blur Of Sound and Senses or B.O.S.S. was to be the title track of the album and was eventually picked up by a great group of people Zero Tolerance Gaming and used for a video of theirs found here: http://youtu.be/L2lZY0ywm_I
They did a fantastic job and I was so proud to lend a hand to a great creation such as this. Just wait past the intro about 30 seconds and the song starts or obviously just hear it here. This however wasn't the first video they had done with my music. Being long time friends with a few of the admin staff they had been long time fans as well and the song They Sure Mind was actually written in their honor (the title coming from lyrics that were eventually abandoned and have nothing to do with my feelings for the ZtG group personally) The video that was done with that song can be found here (once again please wait past the intro):
The song Meta-Billy Blue Freakout! was a riff I had for years and is in the standard 12 bar blues. Nothing incredibly complicated but done with my own flair and style and very heavy on the rhythm later in the song. A video of me playing it acoustically and having alot of fun doing so can be found here:
Probably my darkest song Hag Head Splitter deals with alot of previous relationships and feelings we all have when those relationships end ugly but sane people never act on. This song is probably one of my personal favorites because it showcases a good mix of vocal styles from Mesmerizing Hate as well as Learning. Dealing. To give that melodic with rough edges feel. Light meets dark so to speak.
Well I hoped you enjoyed a deeper look inside my music and as always thank you so much for taking the time. Please email me here or at the address at the bottom of the page with your thoughts! Stay deep my friends without being knee deep in it D
- Note to professionals
Despite my goofy pictures I am a very serious dedicated hardworking intellectual that understands fully what it takes to make it in this business. I have no problems taking advice critisism or even changing (when necessary) my songs to be more marketable. I understand as well that I need to be marketable and in this business often time you're selling the person/band as much as you are the music. I will take any and all steps necessary to do what I love for a living to please help my dream become realized. I assure you in just one hour with me I can convince you I have much to offer any label. Whether it be as as recording artist a song writer marketing in live shows instrumental assistance or virtually any other field in the business I will and can go the distance. Thank you for your time and consideration and please feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.