Yes, torrents. I believe that the future of the music industry does not lie through the obsolescing model of costly distribution that it has made its greedy and greasy billions on. Once someone has been enlightened to the ease and relative untrackability of BitTorrent, they typically become an obsessive downloader of all things digital. There's usually a quick assimilation of torrenting into their everyday life that looks something like this: Oh the new ______ album is out…After a few clicks of the mouse and keyboard the user is on their way to leeching the album to free and illegal completion. With that being said, I am offering this album officially through the BitTorrent medium on the most popular public trackers. This is free of charge AND copyright infringement. The album has been released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License, which can be viewed here. Basically, this license states that you are free to share and distribute this work for NON-COMMERCIAL purposes. This means that burning copies of the CD for friends, torrenting, Limewiring, etc are all permitted. Once you start making money off it, however, I (being the copyright holder) expect some of that sweet hard cash.
If you are interested in actually purchasing the album and supporting me as an independent artist, you can! You can either purchase a physical CD directly through me, or online through iTunes and Amazon MP3. Even though DRM is a dying breed within the music industry (finally), I will NEVER sell my music with any such thing enabled. If one chooses to purchase music digitally, they should ALWAYS have full rights to THEIR purchase. DRM is and always will be completely crippling to digital media and also a royal pain in the behind.
You can purchase a physical copy of the album through this site directly for $5 (this even includes shipping). So for $5 flat, you can have a physical copy in your hands. Not a bad deal (in my personal and humble opinion). I figured I wouldn't alienate the minority of people who use the 30 year old technology to satisfy their music needs, so I figured I'd make some CD's. Come on, don't be offended. I'm just playing around. Most people do a majority of music listening in their cars, and most car systems lack iPod/MP3 player integration. And honestly (elitist moment warning), I'd rather you listen to "Second Love" through your car CD player than through a cheap FM transmitter (as to fully reproduce the sweet sounds of my album through your stock car stereo system). Also, I've spent a large sum of money to get CD's made, so I really DO need to sell some of these.
After one listen you'll easily be able to see that "Second Love" is about being on the bad end of a breakup and the ensuing heartbreak and struggle for emotional peace. The EP ended up being sort of a concept album in the end, which excites me greatly. As to not crush the power of identifying and assimilating art into your own voice, I'm not going to explain the thematic elements and inspirations for the songs here. If you truly want to know and are interested, ask me about it sometime, I'd love to share.
I recorded and produced this on location in my home studio. And to answer a question you didn't ask, I started recording demos for the project in the late fall of 2007 and then worked intermittently (due to distractions such as women, fruitless endeavors, Facebook, video games, movies, and Digg) on the project from then until now.
The excellent photography was from Marina Van Der Linden. The funny thing is that we've never met, but yet she has been an absolutely phenomenal and giving help. What a perfect example of an independent artist who, through the power of the internets, has willingly and passionately collaborated with another independent artist to create.
I used my custom built PC (Yes a PC. A musician who isn't a Mac user/fanboy?!?!) and Cakewalk Sonar (POS) as my DAW. As far as hardware goes: I used the MOTU 8pre as my audio interface, the Kawai MP5 Stage Piano as my keyboard midi controller, the Alesis Control Pad for percussive midi control. Mics: M-Audio Sputnik, M-Audio Solaris, a slew of SM 57's and 58's, the classic AKG D112, and some older Shure overhead mics. Virtual Instruments: Native Instruments Komplete and Kore 2, ArtVista Virtual Grand Piano 2.0, IK Miroslav Philharmonic, IK SampleTank 2XL, Synthology Ivory, G-Media M-Tron, ToonTrack EZDrummer, EWQL Symphonic Orchestra Strings. VST Plugins: Waves, Sonitus, Speakerphone, Backwards Machine. Studio sound absorption: Relatively cheaply made (i.e. half of what Auralex would have cost and much better) panels comprised of Roxul Rockboard 60 Mineral Wool Board and cheap terrible-looking-but-semi-permeable burlap fabric.
Here's the latest photo that represents me on all my social networking profiles. And no, I do not have an endorsement from Peavey, although that would be pretty badass, yah?!
I understand where you're coming from with this one. However, we live in an internet powered digital media age, and the peoples want loads of content and information as easily as possible. It seems that most independent artists tend to try and create this public persona that sets them apart from the general public. They dress strangely, speak in a mystifying tongue, and contain their online presence and communication with others to MySpace blogs. Isn't this a little pretentious?! People who are constantly connected through their internet enabled mobile devices and Wi-Fi hotspots almost seem to purposefully limit their publication of information online, thus creating a falsely created vacuum of information. Since this album is entirely home-brewed, without the help of any label or outside funding source, I feel that it's entirely necessary to share with you some of my thought processes in the creation and publication of this work. I'm a complete technology geek and also take great pleasure in sharing with you my thoughts on digital distribution as well as the tools that I used to create this work. Since I'm a nerd, I love tech and utilizing it to its fullest potential in my daily life. Since I'm a musician, I love combining art with tech to create something beautiful. Thus, I wrote a FAQ, a staple of the internets, to bring it back full circle.
Well, it seems that it's tradition for artists to put their "thanks" section in the liner notes of their CD's. But honestly, I wouldn't know about artists these days since I've only bought one or two actual physical CDs since around 2005. Also, when have you seen someone do a thanks section for an EP? Well you have now! Nevertheless, I didn't have room on the sleeve graphics for my CD, so I'm putting the thanks here. So here they are, in a neatly organized numerical order.
- Mom and Dad for all the support throughout my entire musical journey. Whether it's from providing the proper tools I needed to create when I was younger or giving me the freedom to express myself, I'm extremely grateful.
- Tim for consistently offering your honest opinion, thought springboard, and ideas for my music. It's through your friendship that I've understood the power of sharing an unfinished work to someone and humbly asking for their honest opinion.
- Derek, Adam, and Brandon for your musical contributions. It's so wonderful to have had such talented and creative friends who were willing to freely offer their abilities.
- Josh for your friendship and support throughout the entirety of the long and drawn out process of making this album.
- Todd, for letting me borrow all the mics and boom stands that helped give me those sweet sweet recorded drums.