Scruffy, Indie folk-rock from Transylvania

Finally the truth… reloaded…

Posted by admin On April - 7 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

As it turns out, I have some bullshit legal things I need to take care of before I can release SOME of the songs that I intended on having on “Monsters In Rome”. What this means is: I will have to shorten the track list, so I am back at the mini-album concept again. I will most likely blog about this issue very soon, explaining what exactly happened, and why some mean man won’t let me publish MY OWN SONGS. Anyway, I will most likely beat any legal crap like this, and once I do, I promise, I’ll give you all of the songs for free! 🙂 Peace!

Help me give away the album!

Posted by admin On April - 3 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

I had this insane idea of giving away the album I have been working so hard on for the past few months FOR FREE – but I need YOUR HELP in doing this!

Here’s what you can do: Sign up for the Indie Folker E-mail List and I WILL SEND YOU THE ALBUM, so you can share it with anyone you like, NO CHARGE WHATSOEVER.

If you think your friends would like my music, you now have the opportunity to share it with them BEFORE the actual release date. I’m not kidding, I want you to give away my songs, just like that, and it won’t cost you anything. Isn’t that cool?!

Why am I doing this? Obviously, because I want you and your friends on board for this. I want all interested people to be on board, and I want this to happen as soon as possible.

You would have no obligation after the album is officially released, I won’t hunt you down for sharing any of it :P.

If you think it’s a good deal, I urge you to hop on board, and help me oput on this one!

Over-producing

Posted by admin On April - 2 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

I have been playing and recording music for over 13 years now – been on the payroll of one of my favorite local bands when I was 18, have played in more than a dozen bands and helped out in countless projects, albums, etc. ever since and I’ve also been employed as a composer for two and a half years – still, I don’t feel the least bit closer to knowing what makes a good musical piece, or even begin to understand what the ingredients to a well written song are.

My answer so far was simplification. In theory, at least. Every time I started up a new project, I thought I knew exactly what I wanted to do and how I was going to do it. But, as things seldom go according to plan, the Indie Folker project was no exeption. Things are just not ever that simple, I guess. I think I’m learning that much already.

I recorded the song “Monsters In Rome” with the initial plan of having just a siple guitar + voice track, and maybe a foot drum kind of thing (a wooden box) somewhere in the second part of the track, as my good friend Sergius Gregory suggested. Need I say: the plan failed miserably? The track is just crawling with instruments, ranging from electric guitars to drums, a string section, female backing vocals and even a theramin kind of instrument in the bridge. So I over-produced my title song. But it sounded great. What was I to do, strip it anyway? Of course not!

Anyway, this “herratic” behaviour of mine continued during the recording process of “Afraid Not Scared” as well. Initially, I just wanted a piano and voice track, to keep things simple and stick to the initial plan. But the strings, drums, bass and acoustic guitars somehow made it into this recording as well.

By this time I knew the plan was screwed. I had to continue producing every song the best I could, and I haven’t got very much experience, so the thought scared me shitless.

Anyway, here I am 8 tracks later (and probably 2 more to go), with a world of things that I learned, and a decent sounding record.

Oh, yeah, and I forgot to mention that “Monsters In Rome” is going to be a full-length album after all. Inspiration struck me during the Easter off-time and have managed to lay down some new material.

So the record will be coming out soon enough now, and I can hardly wait to share it with you all later this summer, during my tour and the very few select festivals I will be appearing @.

Talk to you soon.