Saturday, 22 July 2017

Music Update #6 - Summer break

Hey everyone!

It's been a bit quiet around here recently. This is because I'm taking a little break.

As some of you may know I've been having some issues with my throat. This has meant that I've not been able to work as much as I'd like to. The good news is that the voice is getting better. I'm able to sing now without sounding like I have a buzz saw in the back of my throat, and I sound a lot smoother again. You can hear the problem on my last single "In My Mind" as it sounds like there's some distortion on my voice. There isn't that's actually how my voice sounded at that time. My doctor has told me to rest up for 6 weeks. So, since we're now in the 6 weeks school summer holidays, I'll rest up until the kids go back to school in September, and all being well I should be fighting fit again.

So, this leaves the question of what to do with the other new single that was due for release in 3 weeks. Well, I don't want to push my luck by rushing into singing it before I'm 100% again. My voice is better, but it's not quite where it should be. This means that I'm going to delay the new one until I come back from the break. This will give me some time to fix the mix and get the vocals recorded some time in early September. I also want to remaster and re-record the previous single to replace the vocals and make it sound better.

And one final thing: Videos!

I've decided to try doing video updates and putting them out on YouTube instead of just typing everything. It's been noted that I don't do enough promotional stuff for myself, I have very few photos of myself as I mostly rely on my music, and this will definitely have to change if I'm going to be performing in front of people any time soon. So, I'll be putting out future music updates in video form. This should also allow me to do some live recordings of my stuff from home.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

New single: In My Mind

The new one is up on SoundCloud and ready for people to listen to.

As always, I'll update things once it's been posted to stores and other music outlets.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Music Update #5

A very short update on the state of play over here.

Things have been a little quiet from me just recently as I've been taking it easy waiting for my voice to recover. I was hoping to have the new single "In My Mind" recorded this week. But, after a short rehearsal on Sunday, I discovered that my voice is still not where I want it to be. So I've decided that I'll leave it another week and see how things are.

Hopefully it shouldn't be too long now before things are back on track.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Music Update #4 - On the mend

Here's a new update to let everyone know what I'm up to.

Good news! My voice is on the mend, so I reckon that it'll only be another week or two before the new single, "In My Mind",  is completed.

Speaking of new singles, I've been working on another new one to be released about a month after "In My Mind". The new track will be called "Void". It's a bit of an odd title, but it should make more sense once you hear it.

As you can see from the image above, I've bought myself a new guitar. My primary music style will remain as synth, but I'm preparing to add new instruments, such as guitars, to upcoming tracks to broaden my sound a bit.

I'll have more news of this when we get closer to the time.

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Music Update #3 - Single delayed!

Hi everyone!

Just signing in to give the bad news that the new single will be delayed by an extra week or two. I've been beset by all manner of problems this week, including technical and physical issues, so I won't be hitting the deadline for next weeks release.

The technical issues are being caused by some distortions problem with my mixer, but I can't figure out where the source is. I've tried lots of different settings and raised, and lowered levels, but nothing seems to be fixing it. I'm a little worried that the mixer has developed a fault.

The physical problems are to do with my throat. I've recorded and re-recorded the song so many times, trying to fix the distortion problem, that my voice is getting a bit tired and worn out. So I'm going to take a week or two just to nurse it back to health.

Once everything is back to normal, I'll re-record the track again and get it released!

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Music Update # 2 - Progress report

Here's a quick progress report on where I'm up to with the new single:

The track is done, barring vocals which I'll be recording this week. I've also completed the cover art, which you can see below:

I'm taking my time with the new tracks, so recording the vocals will probably take a little while. Not too long, about a week or so, so the track should be ready for release around the second week of June. Once the new track is finished, there will be a short break of about a week or two before I start working on the next one. 

So, that's it for now. I'll post some more updates soon.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Music Update - May 2017

When I was making video games, I used to post a weekly (well, it was meant to be weekly but rarely was) development diary to let people know how I was getting on with the games. I've not done that so far with my music, so here's the first one!

My first vocal single "Join" has been available on SoundCloud and Bandcamp for a while, and I've recently uploaded it to Spotify, iTunes, Deezer and Amazon. It's been getting good responses, and it has been featured on RKC Radio and the weekly MusicHourLikes video series. The response I've had so far has been far more than I expected.

I'm now well into the creation of my next single, which is titled "In My Mind". Musically the track is complete, minus a few instruments, and I've started working on the lyrics. I've also put together a simple cover art image, but this is still subject to change and may look a bit different on final release. The single should be released around the beginning of June, all being well.

The plan going forward is to continue releasing new singles through the year, with a one to two month period between each one. At the end of the year, if I have enough tracks, I'll release a compilation album of all of the singles, and I may do a live stream performance of all the tracks. If I can get it working properly.

And finally, I want to give a special shout out to some people who have offered me great support in my early days in music.

Special thanks goes to:

Jon Magnusson
Juxta John from Atom Collector Records
Verity White

Your support has been fantastic! I really appreciate it.

So, that's it for the first music update of 2017. I'll be back with another one soon!