STYLE: JAZZY, LO-FI, INDIE, SOUL
MISSION: FIND A CO-PRODUCER FOR MY FIRST FULL-LENGTH ALBUM.
THIS COLLECTION OF SONGS HAVE LIVED WITH ME FOR SEVERAL YEARS NOW. I STARTED WRITING THIS PARTICULAR COLLECTION IN JANUARY OF 2018 AND I'VE PERFORMED THEM IN SO MANY DIFFERENT PLACES. FROM EUCALYPTUS GROVES IN SOUTHERN CA, ON DESERT STAGES, BUSTLING STREETS, TENNESSEE LIVING ROOMS AND IN THE POURING RAIN. YET, I'VE NEVER BEEN ABLE TO QUITE CAPTURE THE MAGIC IN RECORDINGS. I NEED SOMEONE WHO HAS THE TECHNICAL SKILLS, ARTISTRY AND EXPERIENCE. I NEED SOMEONE WHO CAN BRING MY SONGS TO LIFE DURING THE PRE-PRODUCTION THROUGH THE DISTRIBUTION PROCESS OF THIS ALBUM, AND REALLY SERVES THE MUSIC AND THEIR STORIES. THIS PRODUCER WOULD BE SOMEONE WHO HAS A ROBUST CONTACT LIST OF PRO-MUSICIANS AND SPECIALTY ENGINEERS WHO CAN WORK FOR HIRE. THE RIGHT PRODUCER SHOULD BE ABLE TO MANAGE A BUDGET AND THE RIGHT ENGINEERS AND MUSICIANS, AS WELL AS BRING CREATIVITY TO THE RECORDING PROCESS.
AS YOU'LL SEE, I HAVE VARIOUS DEMOS AND VIDEOS OF THESE SONGS. THESE ARE ALL SONGS THAT COULD FIT IN THE ARCH OF THE STORY OF THE ALBUM BUT MAY NOT NECESSARILY MAKE THE FINAL CUT. MY MISSION IS TO CREATE A FULL LENGTH ALBUM (10-12 SONGS) . ALL OF THESE SONGS HAVE BEEN WRITTEN, ARRANGED AND PERFORMED BY ME. EVEN THOUGH I PLAY MULTIPLE INSTRUMENTS I AM OPEN TO SOME PARTS BEING REWORKED LIKE DRUMS AND SYNTH. I LIKE TEXTURES, SOUND DESIGN AND SYNTH INSTRUMENTS. I NEED SOMEONE WHO IS FAMILIAR WITH CREATING SOUNDSCAPES FROM SCRATCH, AND AN INTEREST IN CINEMATIC SOUNDS IS A PLUS. SOMETHING THAT IS IMPORTANT TO THIS WORK IS THAT EACH SONG SHOULD BE IMMERSIVE, WITH ITS OWN AESTHETIC AND SONIC ENVIRONMENT. EACH SONG HAS ITS OWN DISTINCT COLOR AND THEME, BUT IT ULTIMATELY ALL FLOWS TOGETHER INTO ONE STORY. IT'S A TRAVEL STORY OF SELF-DISCOVERY, BEING AUTHENTIC, MAKING MISTAKES, GRIEVING LOSS. THERE ARE HIGHS AND LOWS IN THIS ALBUM, JUST LIKE ANY OTHER STORY. HOWEVER IT IS ALSO IMPORTANT THAT THE MUSIC BREATHES, SO THE ARRANGEMENTS SHOULD LEAVE PLENTY OF SPACE FOR VOCALS TO TAKE THE CENTRAL FOCUS AND I AM ALSO PLANNING ON HAVING INTERLUDES AND SPOKEN PIECES IN BETWEEN SOME OF THE SONGS.
THE ALBUM WILL BE A COLLAGE OF SOUNDS, A MERGING OF JAZZ LYRICISM AND FORM WITH MODERN ENGINEERING TECHNIQUES AND ELECTRONIC TEXTURES. SOME ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE PERFORMED BY MYSELF, BUT SOME WILL NEED FULL BAND (OR MIDI INSTRUMENTS). I WANT THE FULL ALBUM TO FLOW TOGETHER INTO ONE CONTINUOUS PIECE. I ALSO PLAN TO MAKE A FILM FOR THE ENTIRE ALBUM. I WILL BE USING SOME OF THE TECHNIQUES YOU SEE HERE AND ON MY WEBSITE - MOTION GRAPHICS, ILLUSTRATION, DESIGN, PHOTOGRAPHY, COLOR, NARRATIVE. THE VISUAL AND AUDIO ARE BOTH EQUALLY IMPORTANT TO THE PROJECT AS A WHOLE.
always on my mind
my man and i
The mind unravels slowly. Lifting my eyes to the skies that know better than me. Great mystery, will you lay down at my feet? So that I may see it as my own. As above, so below.
Sometimes I feel like I'm time travelling. The tides of my bloodlines are wearing thin. Shipwrecked hips have played through all their melodies. Piano played a careless wave right next to me.
No, I never expected this to change. Letting go of every dollar to my name. Now I'm trading pennies for my lover's embrace. It doesn't take much to get all my love, it doesn't take much, we are are rich enough, we are rich in love, we're holding it up.
I want bones and animal teeth, moss and swamp reeds. Stories from the elders' mouth, rooted to the underground.
Look within and look without. Climb to the top of the hill and scream and shout. Moss grows on my eyelids as you drift away... into a higher place