Scruffy, Indie folk-rock from Transylvania

As Far As Christmas Albums Go

Posted by admin On December - 16 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

As Christmas time is almost upon us, I would like to share some background information on the Christmas album that I have for free download at the moment, titled “Monsters In The Christmas Album”.

The album has been released for a limited amount of time in 2010 and it generated quite a nice response – that is why it is up again this year, and it is still free, as you’ve surely noticed.

The EP was recorded in exactly one month, in a super-exhausting writing and recording session in my house, here in Transylvania.

I wrote The Eyes, The Beard, The Nose, The Stomach, The Lungs at the police station, in my head, when I was doing some paperwork for my car – – – don’t even ask. I made up all of the first verse and was really struggling not to forget anything by the time I got home. By some odd chance, ideas for other verses started suddenly popping into my head, and I had to struggle not to let them in. Because once that happens, I totally lose the first verse, I thought. Which I wasn’t going to let happen, I thought. Naturally, I had no pen/paper with me at the time, so I had to remember the entire thing for about three hours. And I did let all those other ideas in eventually. By the time I got home, I had all three verses done in my head. I penned the chorus later that evening and recorded the thing the very next day. The video took about 2 hours of shooting and 4 hours of cutting and mashing in Movie Maker.

Is Christmas Time Just A Dream? was originally going to be a slow, mellow kind of tune, but I just couldn’t get it working the way I had imagined. So I just gave it a shot in this manner, and it all came together. It’s one of my favorites on here.

To Get Away From Everything was intended to be this way. Simple, finger-style guitars, easy melody and straight-forward lyrics. Also, a Moldavian kaval and old radio sounds/noises in the background. I love that instrument btw.!

Christmas Is A-lookin’ Good was an attempt to break out of my usual songwriting approach. It worked. I have moments like this every time I record something. At one point I just start doing things I was never supposed to, nor thought about doing. I think it’s important to take these kinds of “risks”. I really like the result here. “Work @ It Together” from my “Monsters In Rome” record was born out of the same kind of approach.

Taste Like Candy had a totally different chorus at the beginning. I had already mixed the entire song and had prepared to call it “done” when my girlfriend suggested I’d spend some more time with it – that’s her way of saying “it’s shit”. So I wrote this chorus in about half an hour after that. The Transylvanian shepherd’s flute stayed after I had decided to have the typical Transylvanian folk-ish intro with the drums and bells.

Christmas Song is actually the first song that I wrote for this album. It took me a week to get it totally finished. I struggled with it every step of the way. Just like “Monsters In Rome”. I always fall in love with songs that give me a hard time.

Have a Merry Christmas, dear everyone!

Budapest Gig, December Album, Collaborations, News

Posted by admin On November - 26 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

Before you ask, the “Monsters In The Christmas Album” campaign is going great this year! I have recorded this Christmas EP/album or whatever back in 2010, when I took part in the Hmtpng (read: hometaping) project. This meant, I had to record the entire thing in one month. It was a struggle, but I squeezed some decent songs out of that session, I think. The video for The Eyes, The Beard, The Nose, The Stomach, The Lungs is still my top viewed on my Youtube channel. So…all in all, I am still OK with having done that – so much so that I’ve re-released this digital indie Christmas EP again this year. And, know what? The response is even better than it was last year! And we’re not even in December yet. So that is very cool!

What else I’ve been doing, you ask?

Well, December brought forth an opportunity I have been long awaiting: my first gig in Budapest.

I really like playing in Hungary, I have played there a few times before, but I never got to play the Capital, so I am very glad that this is going to happen on the 14th.

As far as new music and new videos, I will have a whole bunch of stuff to share very very shortly! Here’s what I’ve been working on lately:

– My first collaboration with another singer/songwriter on a recorded track is complete! I’ve joined a friend of mine on one of his songs, and we will be recording a video and sharing this bi-languaged single in January (he sings his parts in Hungarian while my parts are in English… you’ll see, it’s fun 🙂 ).

– I have also finished recording all songs for the MUSICAL that I’ve been talking about since last year. I had some ideas in my head for a long time, but it is only now, in November 2011, that I finally managed to make time for it (thanks to Hmtpng, again). The piece will be presented on stage sometime in January/February 2012 and it will be in Romanian. But not on the album. That is in English. Kind of.

– Aaaaand… we are also working on a VIDEO for Why, the song that will be making all David Gray fans go !HAEY… Just kidding, it’s a great song – and it will probably make your jaws drop :P. Heh. I am working on this one with my band, and they will be in the video also, as you’ll see shortly (but not before next year!).

– Remember my first album? Monsters In Rome? Well, those monsters in Rome are going to have their own video very soon also. And not just any video! A good video! A goooood video. This, again, sooooooon.

Tataaa! And another blog post written! Now I can resume my duties as a musician.

I’ll write again!

Greetings, Friends!

P.S.: Keep spreading the word on my indie Christmas album, if you liked it! Please. It means a whole lot!

FREE Christmas Album Out Now (For A Limited Time)

Posted by admin On November - 7 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

As I have mentioned in my previous post, “Monsters In The Christmas Album” is now out once more, and you can download it for free on my music page. Download Monsters In The Christmas Album by Indie Folker here…

There is one video that we’ve managed to shoot last year:

…aaand, hopefully, there will be another video coming very soon for the song Is Christmas Time Just A Dream. That’s this one:

Have an indie Christmas dear Friends!

How Christmas Slowly Comes About

Posted by admin On October - 23 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

After reading a book on The Beatles, I learned that they released a Christmas album every year. I like The Beatles, but I don’t obsess over them, so I really wasn’t aware of this fact. It seemed like a good idea, so I started writing holliday songs that very day. I never did this before, I never thought I should do this before. But it was a really good idea, I though. Especially if misters John Lennon and Paul McCartney decided they should have seven of them…

Heck, even one of my biggest heros, Bob Dylan, decided to make one…

Of course, I later found out that the Beatles’ albums didn’t have only new and original songs on them. It was mainly a special album for the fans, sometimes with traditional carols or other well known holiday songs. Oh, well, I wasn’t going to back down now. I already had my third song scribbled down, had a few more ideas to go, and had already decided I will make it an album for Christmas. I mean, who knows, maybe I can accidentaly write the next Fairytale Of New York, right? 😛

In any case, after two weeks of recording I can safely say it will turn out to be a decent sounding record. I am totally on top of this. It’s not that hard, once you decide on what you actually want. Of course, you have to bare in mind, this will be an indie rock album, not a bunch of original carols. At the same time, it won’t be a regular album either, which I can distribute throughout the year. It will be seasonal, but serious as it can get. I really can’t explain it any better, so I hope you understand. 😛
I even have the title and the theme figured out. But I will only disclose the title for now: “Monsters In The Christmas Album”, hehe.