Scruffy, Indie folk-rock from Transylvania

Indie Folk Artistst I Like

Posted by admin On April - 27 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

a lot of you kept asking me to make a list of my favorite indie folk artists, so i decided to answer with the following list of suggestions. i also decided to write other articles like this as well, because one of my fav hobbies is discovering new “talent” in this field. nevertheless, this article will include only the best known artists, just to answer your “any indie folk artrist suggestions?”, “who is your favorite indie folk artist?”, etc. questions.

so here’s my list of favorites, in no particular order, and not necessarily indie folk, hehe:
Ryan Adams, David Gray, Amos Lee, Ani DiFranco, Damien Rice, Joe Purdy, Fleet Foxes, Gary Jules, Tallest Man On Earth, Iron And Wine, Joanna Newsom, Amanda Palmer, Jason Webley, Devendra Banhart, Joseph Arthur, M. Ward, Cat Power, Ben Harper, Alexi Murdoch.

there’s a shit load more to this list, but i will stop here for now. peace!

Personal Disaster: live wine cellar video

Posted by admin On April - 26 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

As some of you might already know, we’ve recorded a live version of “Personal Disaster”. The song will be available on the “Monsters In Rome” record by Indie Folker. The record will be made available very very soon now. In the meantime, enjoy the end results:


Indie Folker – Personal Disaster – live from Indie Folker on Vimeo.

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.