To reduce costs, I'm currently recording the electric rhythm guitars for the album at home. The sound quality isn't quite as good as it would be at The Keep Recording studios, but because I'm close-mic'ing the amps at home, with a pretty good microphone (Sennheiser e906), the poor quality of my music room at room doesn't matter as much. And it allows me to do multiple takes on each part-- to fix mistakes, or try different guitars and amps-- without paying $60/hour.
Still, I plan to record some guitar layers The Keep, in order to take advantage of room mic'ing, with great microphones, for a bigger, atmospheric sound on some tracks. There are also going to be a few songs where I'll record an acoustic guitar layer, and I definitely have to do that in a studio. I'll be doing all these guitar parts on December 1.
Fundraising is coming along, although slower than I would like, as you can see from the charts to the right. If you would like to help fund this project, please click on the Paypal button, or join The Misfit Club.
I spent two 10-hour days in The Keep Recording studios on November 6 and 7, recording "basics"-- drums, bass and rhythm guitar. It was very productive-- we got 13 songs done, and 2 instrumentals. Ryan Elwood did a great job on the drum tracks, and Ryan Watts laid down great bass tracks. Jeff Kanan did a great job engineering and co-producing. I am very happy; we now have a solid foundation to build on. Here's a few photos taken by Dave Barber. To see more, check out Dave Barber's awesome website, Rock on Colorado, which has hundreds of photos of Denver bands performing.
Yesterday, Jeff Kanan (engineer and co-producer) and I finished up the "pre-production" work for the album. I made this quick cellphone video so y'all can see the inside of The Keep Recording studio. Enjoy!
Starting tomorrow, I will spend 3 days in the studio with Jeff Kanan, the engineer and co-producer, doing what is called "pre-production" work for the album. That includes determining the the arrangements for the songs (how many measures for the intro, outro, solos, etc.), and perhaps modifications to the songwriting-- either lyrics or music. We'll decide the exact temps for the songs in beats per minute, and create charts and scratch tracks for the drummer and bass player to play to during the first "production" session, known as the "basics" session.
It will be interesting to hear what ideas Jeff has for my songs. I've given him the home demos I made so he can cut them up and rearrange them. I'll also bring an acoustic guitar so we can try different ideas and tempos. We'll kick around ideas, try things, argue (in a constructive way) and finally settle on an arrangement for each song. I'm sure the final result will be better than what I would have thought of by myself. Check out Jeff's experience on his bio.
Things aren't going well on the fundraising front, as you can see from the chart on the right. I still only have 3 fans in The Misfit Club, and have not received any one-shot contributions yet. The contributions from those 3 fans in The Misfit Club the past 2 years will mostly cover the pre-production sessions, but that's it. Hopefully more fans will step up and get behind this album project in the next couple of weeks.
Ten years ago, in 2010, I recorded my first full-length album, Misfit. It was released the following year, in 2011. Ten years later, in 2020, I am going to record "Misfit 2." I will probably give it a different name, but that's the idea-- it will be a full-length recording-- my biggest recording project since Misfit.
I have chosen The Keep Recording studio for this project, with owner/chief engineer Jeff Kanan as both my engineer and co-producer. He has enormous experience as an engineer and producer, both in LA studios, and with numerous Denver bands and artists.
Like Misfit, I will hire a professional graphics artist to design the artwork.
I have narrowed the list of songs down to these 13. The album will be somewhere between 10 and 13 of these. The year I wrote them is in parentheses.
The minimum required is $15,000. That does not include any promotion-- review campaign, radio campaign, or videos for songs. That just gets the album recorded, mixed and mastered. It pays the studio engineer and musicians, as well as the graphics artist, and includes a mininum run of CDs to autograph for my contributors. I hope to raise more than the minimum so I can promote the album!
The main way I'm paying for this album is through my fan club, The Misfit Club, which is part of my Bandcamp site. These are fans who contribute a set amount each month. In return, you get free downloads of all my recording music, exclusive access to home demos, live recordings, and songs from my old bands. You also get free admission to all my ticketed shows, live or internet.
The chart on the left above shows how many fans are currently in the Misfit Club, and the goal of 30. The chart on the left shows the total amount of money raised so far for the project-- from the Misfit Club and one-shot donations-- towards the minimum goal of $15,000.
Folks who want to just make a one-time contribution to the album project can contribute via my Paypal account. Just click the button below. (If you select the Paypal Family and Friends option, I won't be charged the 3.2% fee.)
Thank you for your support!