2021 Year in Review
My 2021 was dominated by the completion and release of my new album, "The Way." The year began in the middle of the recording stage. Recording was finished by the end of February, then came editing, then mixing, and finally mastering. The audio portion of the project was completed in early July. Artwork was completed in August.
The album, without promotion, would cost me about $20,000. I ran a pre-order campaign among my fans to raise funds. That brought in $2,500. My fan club, The Misfit Club, contributed another $1,000. Revenue from sales of previous recordings added another $1,500. The other $15,000 I raised by sales of guitars and amps, and by borrowing from my retirement fund. I sent those who pre-ordered their downloads and/or CDs in August. The album was released to the public in November.
In August and September, I worked with videographer Jamie Krutz on the first video for the album. In October, "Metadata (We're Watching You)," was released as a single with the video. Making the video was a lot of work but it was also a lot of fun. Jamie did a great job, and the video was nominated for video of the year by Chris K's Colorado Playlist.
In the summer I began recruiting a new rock band. I already had bassist Ryan Watts, who played on my album, and has become my musical right-hand man and a good friend. While waiting for the band to come together, Ryan and I played a gigs as a duo, and sometimes with others, the highlight being the Rob Fest at Gennaro's on August 28, where singer Janet Lipson and percussionist Sam Caston joined us.
Lead guitarist David Shaffer joined the band in August. We went through three drummers, none of whom worked out, all for different reasons. We did not find a keyboard player. So we are still looking for a drummer and keyboard player.
I scheduled the album release show at Herman's Hideaway in Denver on November 12. I recruited three well-known Denver performers to open for me-- Luke Schmaltz of King Rat, Wendy Woo and Brent Loveday and the Dirty Dollars. I worked hard to publicize the show, and we had a very good turnout. I also played a live internet solo acoustic release show for my out-of-state fans on November 29.
The Denver weekly, The Westword, interviewed me about the new album, and ran a great feature article on their online edition. The Denver magazine, 303, listed me as one of Colorado's Top 5 up and coming musical artists.
Now that the album has been recorded and released, my focus in 2022 will shift to getting the rock band fully formed, stabilized, and playing regular gigs. I also plan to play the occasional acoustic gig once in awhile, including a solo acoustic tour of Colorado's smaller cities and towns.
Other goals include one or two more videos from songs on the The Way. And I plan to get back to songwriting, both rock songs for the new band, and maybe some new acoustic songs. In fact, I started on that in December.
--Rob Roper, January 2, 2022
Let Me Show You The Way
The Way was released today. You can buy the CD or download the songs on my Bandcamp site. You can also hear the songs on all of the major streaming services. Click here to access all of them from one website.
There's a great article in the Denver Weekly, The Westword, about The Way.
--Rob Roper, November 9, 2021
"The Way" Release Show in Denver November 12
The Way drops on Tuesday, November 9, and the album release show is the following Friday, November 12, at Herman's Hideaway in Denver, Colorado. Helping me celebrate the album release will be 3 other great Colorado artists: Luke Schmaltz of the Denver punk band King Rat, performing his songs solo acoustic, the Wendy Woo Band, and Brent Loveday and the Dirty Dollars. The show starts at 7pm. Tickets are $12 advance and $15 at the door. Go here to buy tickets.
"Metadata (We're Watching You)" Video!
The first single from my 2021 album, The Way, has been released, with a video!
You can hear Metadata (We're Watching You) on all the streaming services-- Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora, Amazon, etc. Go here to access all of them from one page.
You can hear Metadata (We're Watching You on all the streaming services-- Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora, Amazon, etc. Go Bandcamp site to download the song for just a dollar. You can choose to pay more if you want to help me recover some the costs of making the video. I appreciate that!
--Rob Roper, October 11, 2021
The Way Coming Soon!
The pre-order campaign for my new album, The Way is now closed. I have sent the music and other rewards to my fans who pre-ordered the album over the past year. The public release date is November 9. The first single will be "Metadata (We're Watching You)". I hope to release it, with a video, in early October, about a month before the album release.
For details about The Way, see the Updates page.
--Rob Roper, September 9, 2021
Check out the video I made describing my new recording project! Go to the Recording Project webpage. Also on the new page is a description of the project, and an appeal to pre-order the album, with rewards for larger contributions. The old updates page has been moved here. Short version: the songs have all been recorded and editing, and are being mixed now!
--Rob Roper, May 12, 2021
Recording Project Update
All the news these days is about my recording project, so go directly to the Recording Project webpage to read the latest.
--Rob Roper, February 8, 2021