It’s been a busy holiday season and it’s starting with a busy 2012! The CD is now 95% done (just waiting on the final mix!), and the promotional plan is just starting to come together. Things are looking good for a spring/early summer CD release!
I’m making sure this is being done properly this time ’round, and I’m currently looking for promotion and distribution while finalizing the artwork and manufacturing. It’s an exciting time, and there’s a heck of a lot to do! This is uncharted territory for me, as the last two recordings I made were never released or marketed properly. This was for good reason, as they sucked. 😉
Seriously, I was not 100% happy with the final product, so nothing happened with it. It was a learning experience. 🙂
This time, though, it’s full steam ahead. Pulling out all of the stops! I have had some fantastic tracking with Harrison Fine and Jason LaPrade, some wonderful musical performances from too many musicians to mention, playing a great variety of instruments. There’s a string quartet, a vocal choir, a real 9 foot Yamaha CF III Grand, Rhodes and Hammond organ, killer bass and drums, and a lot of love. Add some killer editing and mixing from Mark Zubek, simmer, and voila! One finished EP (almost)!
It’s been a long process, that actually started with bed tracks for two of the songs at Humber College in 2007. So I am immensely happy that the recording phase is finally coming to a close, and I can get it out there!
Please help get the word out if you like the music, and there is an album trailer here for your listening pleasure:
Just a quick update inbetween major studio sessions!
Finished most of the tracking now for most of the songs on the EP. There’s going to be a surprise cover song in there now – a last minute frenzied arrangement of a famous 80s song (think of a successful Australian band from that time period and you might guess it!) that has come together beautifully, complete with a string quartet. Many thanks to the talented Soohyun Nam and Roslyn Green on cello & violin!
Most of it was recorded at Jason LaPrade’s new studio (Crystal Clear Productions), with bed tracks recorded at Point Blank Productions with Harrison Fine. The majority of the tracks are now at Studio Z with the incomparable Mark Zubek doing final editing, mixing and mastering duties.
Because of the late completion date, we’re going to set a battle plan to release the whole thing in early 2012, so it doesn’t get lost in the Christmas rush! This will also leave time to get some really good artwork, design and fabrication, as well as time to plan an awesome CD release.
Stay tuned for more updates! Coming soon – a “trailer” for the new EP, featuring clips of some of the new songs!!
It’s taken about 4 or 5 years to get to this point, but I’m finally putting the finishing touches on the EP!
If you’ve been keeping score, you know that I have 3 singles already done (Eye For An Eye, No More Hellos and Cavalry). But I wanted more than that for a finished album. So I’m heading back into the studio at the end of September to record 3 more, two of which (at least) will also make it to the EP. I’m excited because I have two brand new songs, in addition to the older material, and a cover song as well.
I’m currently rehearsing with two other top-notch musicians, Aaron Spink (drums) and Alex St. Kitts (bass). Both of them have played with me on and off for my live shows over the last couple of years, and things are sounding really good!
Here’s the battle plan:
End of September – bed tracks at Point Blank productions with Harrison Fine
Overdubs and vocals at Point Blank/Crystal Clear Sound with Harrison and Jason La Prade
Final mixing with Mark Zubek at Studio Z.
Not sure where to get the CDs pressed yet, and I’m trying to organize some graphic design/artwork as well.
Crossing my fingers that I can pull it all off inbetween work, sleep and life in general! 🙂
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Some great stuff has been happening over the last couple of months:
I just finished sitting in on piano with the internationally-renowned flutist and composer Ron Korb, which was a lot of fun. He played two intimate shows at Donald Quan‘s studio in toronto, Q Music, and I had a chance to play some instrumental world music in a fantastic setting, for a rather big change!
Cai.ro (formerly Nate Daniels band) has finished their first EP, which I played keyboards on. A unique band with a great atmospheric sound, look for their CD release (which I am playing in) at the Horseshoe on Aug. 10! I have played keys with these guys for 3 years now. Frontman Nate Daniels is a captivating performer, and I really get a chance to experiment with synth sounds and atmospherics as well as the traditional keyboard sounds.
I’ve got 2 other exciting things coming up in August –
#1 – my own EP, many years in the making (but not completing!). Various setbacks have continuously pushed the completion date back, but it now looks like the recording & mixing should be done by October. Release date not too far afterwards! I’m excited to be working with some great musicians and studio people, including Mark Zubek (who was responsible for mixing my 3 current singles). There will be at least 5 songs, and I’m really excited about finally getting it finished!
#2 – the infamous Toronto music stalwart Marcus Walker has asked me to record some piano & hammond for him on his upcoming album. If you haven’t heard of Marcus, he is a very talented singer, songwriter and guitarist who is *always* playing somewhere in Toronto. I met him at the Free Times Cafe many years ago and offered to sit in with him – since then we have played about 6 shows together.
I’m keeping a low profile for the next little while as I gear up for all of these things and focus on getting some really good tracks recorded, but look for me again to be playing some live shows in the fall!