I’m proud to say that I’m about halfway done recording my debut album! I realize this probably sounds like a rediculous statement, given the amount of time I’ve already been working on it, as well as how far back I can remember posting updates regarding it’s progress.
Let me explain a little…
I think it was this past March that I decided I was going to work towards recording my own full-length LP. I made a Facebook post that went something like “I’ve decided to record a full-length album, and I’m almost halfway done.” While at this point, that probably sounds like a huge pile of BS, I can assure you that I still stand by that statement, as well as when I say that I’ve never stopped working my rear off, and am now truly halfway done.
Back in March, I had about four songs fully recorded. When I knew what I wanted to do with them, I had to step back and figure out what it meant to put them into a real album. Creating an album is an interesting prospect. It’s so much more intricate than writing a single song, or piecing together a setlist for a show. While some might argue that an album is just a collection of songs, I prefer to think that it’s a collaboration of separate emotions that come together to tell a story, which inevitably creates a theme. I’ve always wanted my music to be a window into my soul, with no interest in people seeing something that isn’t there. I’ve written a lot of music that I don’t feel is a true interpretation of what’s inside, and when it came to choosing the track-listing for this album, I wanted to pick the most real songs possible, even if it meant being vulnerable.
Once I finally felt I had a collection of songs that best suited, I started from scratch, laying down rough guitar tracks and vocals to get a feel of where things needed to go. Throughout that process, I was able to figure out the order in which the songs needed to flow, and with a few alterations to the song selection, settled on twelve tracks that fit the bill.
Then came the ugly part. Tracking drums and bass. The most necessary of all evils. Being on the other side of the fence, I can say that I’m proud of how they sound, and can’t wait to build on them. But it took about three and a half months to fully complete that next stage. Sadly enough, I can’t say that I was able to put eight hours a day into this, (due to working a full-time job outside of music to pay the bills) and as much as I hate to say it, recording was not able to take precedence in my life. I don’t even want to think about how much time would have been knocked off had I been solely focused on tracking.
But here comes the happy ending…
For the month of August, I’ve arranged to make the rest of this album priority. If all goes well, tracking should be finished by the end of the summer, and mixing/mastering by mid September. I can’t promise a specific release date at this point, but rest assured that I soon will. I’ve had to learn the hard way that finishing a project due to impatience has eternal consequences, meaning that once it’s out there, it’s out there, and the whole world has access to something that you know full well could have been better.
And…….. here’s the best part of the update!
After looking at the tracks I’ve chosen for this album, I’ve decided that the album title will be ‘Chameleons’. The title refers to the ongoing unpredictably of people in our lives. I think in the end, the only thing we can really expect out of anyone is that at some point they will change appearance, show a fickle side to themselves, and change colours. We can predict the unpredictable. The chameleon.
It may sound weighty, and very dark in the end, but it wouldn’t be right to portray something that isn’t very relevant in my life. I hope there comes a day when I’ll have an album full of love songs and cheery feelings, but for right now, this is real. If you’re not on cloud 9, not living inside the picture perfect, not immune to pain, this album is for you.