Update on recording a NEW EP

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Well, today was my third recording-writing session for the upcoming hardcore EP that I have been working on with a friend of mine from church. This morning we got together and laid down the drums, bass, and rhythm guitar parts for the third and final song. Now that the bones of this 3 song EP have been laid down, it is time to start cleaning them up by doing a little mixing and mastering work.

After we get that portion completed the plan is to go back in with some vocals and perhaps one last guitar layer (if not that then some synth for added dynamic).

We have no real deadline for the release of this project… as we are mostly just goofing off and having fun with it. With that, as it progresses I will be sure to keep you posted.

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Basic structure of song 2 officially recorded

Well, it looks like this 3 song daethcore EP is actually coming together. Today I spend a few hours with my friend Noah recording the drums, bass, and rhythm guitar for a second song. Only one more song to go and we will be ready to drop some vocals on it. After that, do some mixing… come up with a cheesy doom metal band name and an EP album cover… and call it complete. It has been a lot of fun thrashing out some break downs on the guitar.

More on this project as it develops.

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Noah is pretty much as legit as it gets

Well, after nearly 6 and a half years I have somehow managed to find my way back into a studio recording. You have no idea how good it feels to be laying down tracks again after all this time. One of my friends from church just so happens to be as legit as it comes, and that’s all there is to it.

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I hung out at his house for a few hours today laying the groundwork for a Deathcore song. I had a lot of fun. It may seem silly, but I got a lot of emotional release out of today’s session. Although this is not typically the genre I have recorded and toured in the past, I am extremely excited about this project. Tentatively, right now the goal is to record a 3 song EP and self release it on bandcamp. From there who knows what will happen… all that really matters is that right now we are having fun with it, and that’s what counts.

Here is a little taste of what we laid down. I recommend putting on headphones. My cellphone’s mic recorder doesn’t do it justice otherwise.

Anyway, this dude is my new hero… apart from Jesus of course. More on this adventure as it develops in the near future.

Cards are for serious people, which I am not…

Well, as silly as this may seem to most people I decided to take my website more serious like I used to back when I was touring with my music. I still have a lot of art that I put out from time to time, my music is still available for FREE… and I run an online store these days designing and selling patches, pins, and soon… stickers. Not only is art, music, and patches three good reasons to take my online presence more seriously without getting caught up on traditional social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, but… I feel like a lot of my views on science are relevant and valid.

Having said that, I just ordered some business cards. They are clean, simple, and to the point. It is just something to keep in my wallet for those moments when I run into people that strike an interest in my rambles about science or patches at random. Nothing more… nothing less. Regardless, I have been getting an urge to focus more and be more intentional with my time lately. And this silly little step is one example of that playing out in my life.

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Worship Team Drummer Update

I thought I would do a quick update on the fact that I recently joined the worship team with the church that Sarah and I attend in South Austin. With that in mind, here you go…

Honestly, I am not sure how long I have been on the team now. All I can say is that it goes quick. It feels like I have already been the drummer for the church for close to 4 or 5 months. It probably hasn’t been quite that long, but it feels like it.

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I am going to be honest and say that, although it feels great to finally be playing drums on a regular basis, it would be a bit more exciting to be thrashing some blast beats or some progressive experiential math rock.

Regardless, it feels great to be part of the team. Don’t get me wrong… most worship style music is pretty basic (I think we have only played one 3/4 song since I started). Being on the team has been a blessing for sure. It feels good to have the opportunity to serve in that capacity. As a result, my guitar made its way out of the closet and got tuned up after like 4 years of just collecting dust. I wrote a song with the worship leader recently (Psalms 61). We recorded it with another friend and it is still in production. Having said that, being on this team has been a big deal for me. I have that itch to write again. I have that itch to record again. Hopefully in the near future I will put together a new EP.

A home studio in the near future?

Well, life is crazy. I seem to have a lot going on in life right now. With that in mind, it probably isn’t the most realistic time in the world for me to be thinking about this… but, I have been thinking about putting together my own little home studio. At the end of the day, despite all that I have going on, I miss writing and recording music. Recently, I recorded a song for a friend’s project. They are still working on the project, but it got me itching to write again. On top of that, I recently started looking for good FREE Christian music on Bandcamp. Having been searching for new music like I have been… it makes me realize that I could easily put together an EP or full length album and pitch it to indie level record labels that would sign you without requiring you to do any touring.

With that said, I just need to do it.

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I need to come up with a budget and just put together a small home studio so that I can spend time at home writing and recording for fun. The possibilities could be endless. I could do acoustic music, chiptunes and 8-bit, or even deathcore with the right plug ins.

I have been looking at prices for stuff and although I don’t know a lot about it, I think I could get away with doing a realistic home studio for about $3,000 considering the fact that I would be starting from scratch.

5 years is a long time ~ a heart that longs for song

Most of the time I tend to post about why I know NASA is fake or the fact that the CPHEC is absolutely littered with holes which makes it not at all close to the truth. But today… today’s post is more of a thanks and praise be to God type of post.

If you didn’t know this, I spent a pretty large chunk of my mid to late 20’s as a full time singer-songwriter. I experienced a lot of life during that time. It is even how I met and married my wife. As a result, it is essentially why I now find myself living in Austin, Texas. Because, at the end of the day had I not met Sarah, I would probably be back in Florida now. With that said, this time in my life as a singer-songwriter really did impact how life turned out for me in my 30’s.

With the release of my last album, Mother of Harlots, being released in 2011, my wife and I toured that album for the better part of 2012. After that however, God moved us in a different direction. Since then I haven’t really played music at all. My guitar and other gear have been tucked away in the closet… and my drums had been given away long before that.

I have always told myself that if I were to get back into music it would be as a supporting member of a church worship team rather than something that was focused on me specifically. And honestly, when we moved to Austin (live music capital of the US) I just knew that I would be out of luck. What church would I ever attend in live music capital of America that was in need of musicians? I just knew that every church in this town was going to be flooded with talent.

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So, after just a short time of being at Calvary South Austin I was totally taken off guard when the drummer stepped down and started going to another fellowship and saw that no other drummers were stepping forward. This honestly made no sense to me. Surely, in live music capital of the US, there would be drummers a plenty at every single church just waiting for their turn to serve on the team.

Which brings me to a long time coming answer to prayer.

My prayer over the last 5 years has been that God would bring me back to music for His glory. And somehow, in some way, He did. Not only have I started serving within the church to that capacity, but God has brought with it a new group of friends who are willing and eager to create music as well.

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Today, a few of us got together for the first time to just jam-write-record some tracks. Obviously, since it was our first go at doing something like that it was a little rocky, but even still. God is good. I am beyond blessed to see God moving me back into music like this. The last 5 years without it have been rather quiet.

My new prayer is that things start getting a little rowdy. And from how things have been going since we moved here, it looks like that might be the case for my future in music. God is doing a work. I can’t wait to see what He does, because let’s face it… I miss music and I am beyond blessed to be doing it again.