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.

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.