Scruffy, Indie folk-rock from Transylvania

I have released my latest album titled “The Crack (Musical)” and it’s up for grabs on the Indie Folker music page – for FREE!

The album contains music that I wrote for the “Fisura” play (written by Flavius Lucăcel and directed by Victor Olăhuţ). I feel truly privileged to have had the chance to do this.

The musical itself is being presented on stage today here in Transylvania, and I am really excited to be a part of it! I loved working on it but I am glad it’s over now. You can only work on one project for so long, I guess.


We’ve first talked about doing this more than a year ago. Maybe even longer than that. But it’s happening now at the change of a season.

There was music written that didn’t make the play – and there’s music that didn’t make the album. It might seem unusual, but it’s natural. Some songs were just not made to be sung by me while some songs weren’t quite right for the stage.

You don’t need to worry about this too much. I might just re-record the songs that didn’t make the album at a later date and publish them… but that’s not really a promise!

The idea for this album came from Victor Olăhuţ who in 2011 had proposed making the play “Fisura” by Flavius Lucăcel into a full fledged musical.

I really thought it would be easy to make that play into a musical. We both did. And we worked really hard to prove that.

The play was written in Romanian, and all songs have an original Romanian text, but I have translated them for this record.

The story is about Mickey and Annie, an old couple with an exceptional love for pickles, whose lives get disrupted by the appearance of a sudden crack on the wall of their beloved pantry. When the crack threatens to destroy their very livelihood, they must take every measure to stop it. But what unseen enemy can cause such great damage? Is it the trains, the dreaded car traffic or the tram? Whichever foe they might face, they are ready to take action!

Gogu is the officer in charge of investigating the train and tram derailments who meets Marina at the old couples home while she gets her future read by Annie.

Marina and Gogu learning their songs while mister director is directing.

The actors were really cool about learning all this music at such short notice, I even got to see them rehearse last night at the venue we are going to perform at today -, and it’s all looking very promising. I said WE because I will be performing a few songs of my own after the play. I love the theater atmosphere, I think my music couldn’t be presented in any better location. So yeah, I am really looking forward to play!

Mickey and Annie at the stage rehearsal last night. I don’t have a better photo.

I am so ready to finally put this album out… (and get on to planning my Finland tour)

But right now… this is… happening!

Cheers, friends!

This work wouldn’t exist hadn’t have been for the following people:

Anca Hanu, who played Annie.
Camelia Curuţiu, who palyed Marina.
Florentina Năstase, who played Mickey.
Flavius Lucăcel, who wrote the play and the original lyrics in Romanian for songs #1, #2 and #3.
Kinga Ötvös, who sang Marina’s parts on song #3.
Leonard Viziteu, who played Gogu.
Victor Olăhuţ, who directed the play
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How To Spend Way Too Much Time Recording One Song

Posted by admin On February - 8 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

Hello, dear Friends!

A really long time has passed since we’ve started recording the song “Why” together with my band. I’ve spent some nights on it, but recently decided to call it quits and just deem it completed.

My back-up band for this song and some other upcoming new songs (and some shows maybe?) is Zoltan and Gabor – they have played with me in the past in other bands that I’ve been in, and it’s great to have them on board for this project.

These are the guys I’m talking about:

We’ve recorded the drum tracks in Gabor’s apartment in about 3 or 4 hours on a laptop and some outboard recording device. We’ve used only three microphones to make this.

No microphones were harmed in the making of this song.

We’ve done “Why” a few times live last year and it shortly became on of my favorites from all the new songs that I’ve written lately. There have been talks with the band regarding a low-budget video for this, but as it turns out, we might have the chance to do some serious production for this video after all. But I will write more about that later on…

Here’s a photo of Zoltan, the bass player from the recording session at my house:

It feels great to work in a team again. I sometimes forget what that feels like. And that I enjoy it!

I also enjoyed playing producer on a song that has input from other musicians – nut just myself.

After recording the drums, I took the tracks home and started cutting them up and re-arranging them in all kinds of ways. I like doing that. We have tracked the bass about one month later, and they turned out GREAT! I love a good grove, and this song has it.

The rest of the recording and mixing was done at my place, as usual.

I usually have no problem finishing a mix, but this song took a really long time because of all the demo mixes and arrangements that I’ve made. Trying to decide which one is “the best” is absolute nonsense in these cases.

There was also an issue with my laptop being serviced for a few days… but all of that is behind us now and we have a new song that we’ll be making public very very very soon now.

And this is the infamous latpot that almost cost us two months of work… tracking bass:

P.S.:
Let us not forget I still owe you guys that song I’ve featured on last year with a singer-songwriter friend of mine. That song is called 110 km/h, and it’s about driving. I think.

Also, we have a release date and stage premiere date for the musical (titled “The Crack”) that I’ve been involved in. The show was scheduled for March 14 and so I decided to make that the release date for my album too – – – in case you didn’t know, the album contains the music written for this very play. And I will write about that in a different post.

Take care amigos!

New Musical Endeavors In 2012

Posted by admin On January - 15 - 2012 1 COMMENT

The holidays have long passed, but I’ve had the “Monsters In The Christmas Album” EP online until today (that is January 15, 2012). However, I am now pulling it from the website, and you won’t be able to download it again until next year. This officially brings my holiday marketing campaign to a close.

There is some historic shit going to go down around here in 2012, so you’d better hang around to be kept up to date! I will make a quick mention of a few of the things I will be involved in:

1. I am releasing a new record in February [EDIT: The release date for the record and the stage premiere for the show have been set to March 14!] containing the songs from that musical that I’ve been talking about. I have been working on it quite a lot, and, hopefully, it will hit the stage soon enough. In the meantime, I will present my record, containing the very songs from that play.

2. We are filming a video with my band for a new song, called “Why”. I am really proud of this one, it might be one of my best so far. Keep watching this space to keep in touch, or subscribe to the Indie Folker channel on YouTube.

3. I’ve also worked on a song with a songwriter friend of mine last year, and we will be making the results of that collaboration public soon enough also.

4. I will be touring Finland in April! Yeeey!

As you see, there is a lot happening in the Indie Folker universe. So keep reading and keep watching!

I need to get back to work!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Posted by admin On December - 24 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

It’s been an exciting year for indie folk in general – and the Indie Folker musical project is no exception. Certainly my most productive one so far in terms of new songs, collaborations and e.x.p.o.s.u.r.e.! You will see the fruits of all this hard work in the first months of 2012.

I would like to thank all those who have supported Indie Folker with donations and by spreading the word about my music. A little help can go a long way.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and I am looking forward to all the great things that are going to happen around here in 2012!

Greetings!

MONSTERS IN THE CHRISTMAS ALBUM

You can still download the Indie Folker Christmas release for free
All you need to do is head on over to the Indie Folker music page and get it before January 15, 2012!
You could also boost the viewcount of my featured video for this release if you listen to “The Eyes, The Beard, The Nose, The Stomach, The Lungs” on Youtube.

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