Scruffy, Indie folk-rock from Transylvania

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!

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!

Dear Friends,

Christmas Time is almost upon us… once again…

In the meantime, Halloween has passed, and I am very happy with what my Halloween song, Where Kindness Be, has managed to do for me as far as subscribers go. And I am very happy with the song also!

But now, it is time to move on to new projects – and here’s what I have planned:

If you remember, I have recorded my “Monsters In The Christmas Album” EP about a year ago and it was available for download on my website for one month. If you haven’t had the chance to get the album then, I will be re-releasing it again this year – November 7 is the date you have to watch out for! The EP will be on my music page for a limited amount of time, and it will be free, as I have already mentioned.



The writing and recording of these original Christmas songs took up about one month of my life – it was an intensive time, I must add – and I also managed to shoot this be-low-budget music video for the first track off the album.



I am hoping to get a second video done before December for the song Is Christmas Time Just A Dream?, so I definitely urge you to keep watching if you don’t want to miss all this good stuff!

You can subscribe to the Indie Folker Youtube channel to keep track of new videos I upload

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David Gray Lyrics, As Seen By A Singer-Songwriter

Posted by admin On October - 19 - 2011 2 COMMENTS

I can’t stop being amazed by the talent that English recording artist, David Gray, seems to have when it comes to putting together a song. I’ve read somewhere that he stated in an interview: he’s no closer to knowing what makes a good song than when he first started out as a singer-songwriter.

Although I don’t believe this is perfectly true, I can see why he would say this: as you write more and more songs, you get to the point where the process gets so familiar to you (but not to everyone else) that you no longer find it magical. I mean, it came out of your own head. You can’t expect to be surprised, can you? Plus, it kind of fits into the indie folk lifestyle not to ponder over these things too much – and just get to writing your next song…

But enough ranting about what makes the best singer-songwriters what they are. David Gray is definitely a leader of this generation’s singer-songwriter pack, and there is no question about that.

Just listen to the build-up to that amazing chorus:

If you want it
Come and get it
Crying out loud
The love that I was
Giving you was
Never in doubt
Let go your heart
Let go your head
And feel it now

Babylon, Babylon

In conclusion: if you ARE a singer-songwriter, I’m sure you will agree, we have a lot to learn from this man. Folk musicians shouldn’t ONLY be listening to Bob Dylan, as David Gray clearly has something new and different to show us when it comes to writing really good indie folk songs.