I personally know two guys who do the rounds playing venues as solo players and using backing tracks/midi and all that. They are excellent at what they do, and honestly sound great! Good luck to them, and I whole-heatedly applaud them. The thing is - I'm not coming from that direction at all. Playing heavily-arranged and orchestrated songs out of a machine is, for me as a player and performer, mind and soul-destroying. I've done it before years ago, and hated it. I'd never do that style of live performance again. I've always been a 'keep music live'-type person... that's why I tried so ferking hard to get "The Night Before" band off the ground for so long, because it was a band of interactive people, not a rythmn box or a drum machine. So, in the end, what's why it's basically me standing there with just a guitar, using my voice, improvising, foot-stomping, cracking gags, and interacting with the audience etc etc etc. You simply do not have the opportunity to do that with the slave of a click-track.
I'm thinking of making the album available online as mp3's as well as a CD... but I have to finish it first! About 75% of the music is recorded, and I'm starting on some pre-mixdowns. The draft artwork is completed, and the website is up-and-running. Now I just have to create a "Press Kit", some flyers and all that stuff, and keep the ball rolling. It's not easy when you don't have any money to do this basic stuff, so I'll do what I can. (This sure is 'independent' record label stuff here, certainly! hahahaa). Oh yes... it's not easy being broke and trying to drive to get to gigs, albeit small outlaying places anyways.
I'm not planning on world domination or perfection here, you know. Just the chance to get out there and play to happy punters. If I can do a 'walk-in' like last Wednesday night, I know I can do that anywhere and feel happy with it.
"Recording an album" is NOT as romantic as it may sound, you know! Hours spent sitting in front of a recording console in your back room, cup of tea in hand, surrounded by guitars, leads, stands, keyboards, ploughing-through take-after-take of some of the stuff... simply because I'm a closet perfectionist who's not good enough to play what he wants to play! But I'm happy with it. If someone was there to watch what I do recording, they'd be plumb-bored pretty quickly, as a lot of the time is just fiddling with trying to get a decent 'sound' out of a fairly sterile digital recording machine. I wish I could use all old-school warm analogue technology to record with, but as I don't have $200+ an hour to pay someone in a studio to do that for me, I have to just 'use what I have'. Blah blah blah.
Yes, it's a lot of fun - but a LOT of hard work too. A lot of work for doing something I simply enjoy, and realistically will see little-to-no financial reward as a result. But that's OK. That's not why I'm doing all this. I'm just having a crack and getting some stuff down 'on tape' before I cark it!
At least it's keeping the black dog away...
Peas be with ewe
Subscribe to this Blog