Scruffy, Indie folk-rock from Transylvania

So much noise

Posted by admin On October - 27 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Every day I go online to check new releases on CdBaby, Bandcamp, Deezer, iTunes and every other digital outlet that I can, including Hype Machine and Submithub (artists will be more familiar with this one) – and it is baffling how much music there is out there. Almost frightening, I might add. How is a modern, indie musician to gain a following, get any attention whatsoever?

We have rapidly expanded the musical universe thanks to affordable recording equipment, online distribution and promotion. Not even mentioning DSLR cameras and the way they make music video production accessible to the crowds.

Some might say, there is no excuse anymore. In fact, there is! The result of all this is that there is so much noise out there, and so much good music, that it’s intimidating, to say the least.

I sometimes wonder if there is any place or need for more music anyway. Don’t we have more, much more, than we care to listen to anyway?

Recording time

Posted by admin On April - 24 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

Oh, Recording Time, a weekly event from now on designed to stimulate the interest in my soon-to-be- and already-been-recorded music. A number of you already know about my soon-to-be-published, limited-edition, very first musical album, as a few of you have also helped me out with some very appreciated and constructive criticism.
Anyway, we’ve taken the project a step further this weekend, as we’ve recorded a few more live videos, thus adding to our current collection of 1.

I was a bit surprised to find out that the camera we’re using is not up for most of the applications we’ve subjected it to, but it all came out looking decent in the end. At least, we agreed to agree on that.

BTW, before I forget: I’m getting a visit from an A&R rep of a national label sometime next week, but I doubt she’ll be able to convince me to sell them my soul.

Also, I’ve decided to start the recording of my second album early this summer, as I have loads of unpublished, unreleased and unrecorded material still. I think it will make a decent sounding one guitar+one voice album. Real indie folk this time.

Talk to you soon!

Want to finance the release of my album?

Posted by admin On April - 17 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

Until now I only had a donation button on the right panel, but I was thinking of setting up a donation/sponsorship/whatever plan to let anyone interested finance the release in a more organized manner. I was thinking of something like buying shares or points or something, and when I release the record the “shareholder” would receive percent of the income.
Another idea was to make the record pre-orderable.
Any thoughts on the matter are welcome, so just let me know!

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.