I’m in the final stages of producing my new album. Last weekend was very productive. At the moment, I have 14 songs set to appear on the album. It’s fun to talk about things in a theoretical sense, so that’s what I’m going to do now. This will be even more fun for you because you haven’t heard most of what I’m talking about. Continue reading “My Next Album Will Be Better or Worse Than My Old Stuff”
The second half of 2014 was spent recording Heat Stroke, which released in 2015. I don’t want to spend much time talking about that album right now for two reasons. One, I’m going to post a neat retrospective on it here next month. And two, I don’t like it that much. Heh.
A few months after Heat Stroke was released, I put out a proper mastered version of 2011’s Punk Rebel Renegade. That was a fun project. I remember having some tumultuous yet exciting times during the recording sessions, and revisiting it to release it in mid-2015 was entertaining as well. A year later, I put out a final version of 2008’s Boobs, Butts, and Feets, probably my most interesting album to date. Continue reading “My Next Album Will Be Awesome”
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?
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?
“Eff It” began its life in 2013. I’ll admit it now that the guitar riffs were inspired by Wayne Static’s “Assassins of Youth” and maybe a bit of Marilyn Manson’s “No Reflection” too. I think I was learning how to play “Assassins of Youth” at the time. And then a few days later I was working on some original material, and that style of playing was still stuck in my hands or something.
So the riff was first. It’s not especially complex, but it’s a tad out of my usual style. I played it and played it until I could make up words on the fly while strumming the power chords. And that’s when it happened… Continue reading “The Making of the Best Song Ever, “Eff It””
Hey, I haven’t posted in a while. “Kill the Buffalo” is very close to being done. I’m trying to get it sound really good, namely the drums and guitars. Previously I had mentioned (I think) that I recorded a bunch of guitar tracks. Normally that means the guitars sound big and awesome. But when you use the same guitar with the same amp and effects, it may sound big, not maybe not so awesome. So I’m going to re-record the guitar a few more times with different guitars and/or effects, so that it will sound big and awesome.
What else am I doing? I don’t know. Hm. I did sift through all the musical projects I’ve started in the last couple of years to see what I have to work with. There are probably 20 good-sounding songs that are basically done except for the vocals. So my plan is to listen to the songs, get inspired, and throw vocals on them. That makes it sound less well-thought-out than it actually will be, but that’s what it’ll amount to in a sense.
So yeah, that’s what’s going on. “Kill the Buffalo” will be out when it’s ready. And then my next album will be out…later this year…maybe?
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?
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?
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?
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.