Category: Jam Sessions

Jam Session #16


How have I never posted this before? This is an oldie recorded…last year! I’m calling it a Jam Session, but it’s more like a demo. There are vocals and everything, but the final version will have redone drums, bass, guitars, and vocals. For years, I’ve been waiting for the right time to release my magnum opus: an album that combines my electro-dance style with the heavy-loud stuff. This song, called “Get Offended” almost fits that mold I’m working towards. There’s synths to keep you dancing but also guitars and aggressive vocals to keep you mad or whatever.

This specific sample is first 29 seconds. It’s been so long that I’ve last worked on it that I can’t go into much detail about its construction, but you probably don’t care about that anyway. But yeah, how do you like this?

Jam Session #15


It’s time for another one of these, right? Over the long weekend, I workshopped roughly 10 million ideas. You could put them into 3 categories: crap that I never want to revisit, stuff that shows promise but will need additional time, and music that is pretty awesome that just needs tweaked. Today I’m bringing you a piece from the last category. If I gave these posts subtitles, this one would be called Playing With Myself. Don’t get excited. I just meant that it’s composed of mostly boring drum loops, a guitar, and another guitar played over that. Let’s get into it. Continue reading “Jam Session #15”

Jam Session #14


I’ve got tons of samples I could post, but I don’t want to turn this blog into nothing but Jam Sessions. There is a new Robby Reviews in the works though…

So this is a cool, techno-ish, dancey thing. Uhhh…I don’t know what else to say about it other than that it’s cool and perhaps more professional than most of my other electro-songs. One thing different about this piece is that it’s less of a jam and more of an excerpt of an early version of the song. I mean, it’s not mindblowing, but it’s not like it’s shoddily put together or anything.

Anyway, what do you think? Do you enjoy the more booty-shaking tunes like this more than the gravel-in-the-throat, heavy nonsense?

Jam Session #13

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Hey, let’s do another one of these things. There’s a song I started working on last week that I’m super excited about that I could showcase here. But it’s not very far along, and no one would get the joke behind it. So I’m doing this one instead. More than anything, what I’m exhibiting is how a handful of my new songs sound in demo form. Like, the sound quality, the overall tone.

Unlike most of these Jam Sessions, this one is an actual soundboard recording. It’s not an open-air recording taken by my iPhone hastily placed somewhere. You may notice the guitars sound pretty awesome. And you may also notice I’m refining the drum sounds as well. Actually, maybe you may not. I mean, for the drum part on this one, it’s a super simple drum loop, but it still gives you an idea of what I’m going for. Keep in mind that this is a demo. It’s not final or mastered. It’s just me screwing around. But you can get a taste of that kick drum and that nasty guitar. Yum.

Anyway, yeah, this is a song that I have no lyrics to or any idealized theme or anything. I’m simply calling it “15” for now, just because it’s the 15th untitled song for the next album. Note that it’s not the 15th song I’ve started constructing for the next album, it’s just the 15th untitled one. What do you think of it?

Jam Session #12

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It’s time for another Jam Session! This one is a little different from the usual.  It might even be less interesting to listen to, but I’ll give you some context behind it. This is a relatively straightforward, gross sounding, synthy section of a song I’m working on. The possibly-interesting tidbit to this is that most of my songs actually start out this way. A musical riff may start out as something I’m hammering out on guitar, but if I feel like it’s going to be easier to simply work it out in MIDI notes, I’ll do that.

So that’s what this is. What musical notes are here are sort of a wimpy version of what I worked out on guitar before. Rather than take the time to record a rough guitar track (which I sometimes do), I laid the musical ideas in MIDI instead. When the song is done, there will certainly be more notes, more than likely performed on a guitar.  Right now, the song is clocking in at about 2:30, which is good: I’m shooting for shorter songs. Earlier this week, I began putting lyrics to the music, and they’re a little ridiculous, in a good way. So ridiculous in fact that I might tone it down a little bit so it’s not so silly.

Anyway, so yeah, here’s a little taste of something I’m working on. If the final song turns out well, maybe it’ll be cool to listen to this little bit of it to see how it progressed.

Jam Session #11

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Listen to my new drums! I made a short drum loop and played some guitar over it. A new guitar-recording tactic was put into place, and this is the end result.

Part of me would love to make more music like this. Like, more metal or whatever. If I could figure out how to vocalize over it, I would definitely do it more. The drums aren’t perfect either, but they sound more…authentically metal, probably. This is 3 minutes of mostly the same riff, but there’s a couple other parts in there too somewhere. What do you think of it?

Jam Session #10

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Well, well, well, Jam Session #10. It’s fitting to celebrate this milestone with a taste of an effing awesome song early in development. As always with these, the sound quality isn’t the best. More often than not, it’s recorded in an open-air environment with the Music Memos iOS app. I did add a little EQ and such to the beginning to make the rest of the song stand out more, and I overlapped the drum track over the live recording so you could hear them better. But it’s essentially a live recording. It’s difficult to tell probably, but I’m using new drum samples. Very metal.

I do have an idea of what I want this song to become, like lyrically and conceptually, but I’m not sure yet. All I know is that when that riff starts at about 9 seconds in…I’m feeling it! It’s nothing groundbreaking obviously, but it’s a style or feeling that I don’t think I’ve explored as much as I’ve wanted. Then the verses turn into a jackhammering type thing, which I’m excited to figure out how to vocalize over. I need to find some words that rhyme with “plaid.” Bad, mad, sad, fad…hm…

Anyway, what do you think?

Jam Session #9

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I’ve been sitting on this Jam Session for a while now. I recorded it on September 19th, so it’s been almost 3 weeks. Normally I post these within a few days (sometimes even a few hours) of recording them. When that happens, I can explain what I was thinking while jamming out or whatever. This time though, I don’t even remember. I do like how it sounds because it’s kind of like, dance-metal or something. What this recording does spur is a problem I find myself running into every so often: not remembering how to play my own songs. There are definitely a few guitar parts on the Punk Rebel Renegade album that I don’t remember how to play, but that topic can be saved for another day.

Anyway, yeah, I like this song. I’ve been trying to transcribe the guitar parts to MIDI for a lot of these Jam Sessions for 2 reasons. First, it makes it sound more like how it would sound in a fully-finished song, so it’s nicer to listen to or whatever. Second, and possibly more importantly, it prevents me from forgetting how to play the guitar part. The bassline isn’t the exact same pattern as the guitar, but it follows the same notes and general progression.

As Robby Suavé public catalog of music grows, the more I can get a grasp of what makes my good songs sound good and what makes the not-so-good ones not-so-good. I think this recording shows that. The dance beat, the poppy bassline, and the slightly erratic endings to a few of the measures make for a more interesting song, I think. What do you think of it?

Jam Session #8

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More musical musings. While I was jamming this out a few days ago, I don’t think I was intentionally trying to make it sound like anything. Listening to the recording, it reminds me of Metallica’s cover of “Free Speech for the Dumb” and Rammstein’s “Adios.” In this sample, it doesn’t include the more “Adios”-ish guitar riff. I took out that part and a couple others, so you’ll have to take my word for it, I guess.

Like most other jam sessions, it began by me playing a guitar unplugged. It started sounding cool, so I decided to record it. This time, however, it was even more hastily than usual, so the recording ending up being pretty bad. So I layered the drum track over the open-air recording that I EQ’d the crap out of, and it turned into this. Do you like it?

Jam Session #7

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Oh man. This little thingamabob just flew through my fingers mere moments ago! Like all of these Jam Sessions, it’s a non-professional, open-air recording. A fan is blowing in the room. Cicadas or locusts or whatever they are are screaming outside the open window. My phone recording the drums coming from my PC speakers the guitar from my amp is haphazardly placed somewhere in between the two sources of sound. The list goes on as to why these recordings aren’t going to sound good. Nobody has told me these audio recordings sound bad, but I still feel like I have to explain their poor quality. This isn’t what you’re going to hear on an album. These recordings are not even demo quality. With that information out of the way (again), I’d like to talk a little bit about this one.

It started when I was playing my guitar on the floor, unplugged. It was an infantile version of the riff you hear at the beginning of the clip below. I thought it sounded cool and wanted to record it so that I didn’t forget it. Thinking that it would pair well with some metal drums, I fashioned a couple drum patterns to play along with. It sounded awesome. Then I wanted to record a slower, simpler, descending guitar riff to contrast with the chugging of the first riff. After listening to this a million times, I’ve decided that the reason why at least some of my songs have sounded weird is that they’re technically fast tempo songs, but they’re played slowly relative to the tempo. This one is 116 BPM, and the music just flows better because of that, or something. Anyway…that’s pretty much it. Yep.

What do you think? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter or wherever.