past 4 years has been an interesting ride, to say the least. After
20 years of loud guitar rock band recording and touring, I decided
to relearn the process of composition. Unlike the past, I turned
to electronic tools - samplers, synthesizers, computer-based recorders
- and found a new set of tones, colors, and processes with which
to create pop songs.
(Along the way, I got sidetracked for 7 months in late 1999/early
2000, assuming the role of Creative Consultant at the now-defunct
World Championship Wrestling branch of AOL/TimeWarner. Being part
of the team that, each week, created 4 to 7 hours of live episodic
television watched by 3-4 million households per show was a childhood
dream come true, and perhaps the hardest work Ive ever done.
I learned a lot about life from that job, and it also took months
to decompress from the experience. But I digress.)
In some ways, this record reminds me of songs I wrote the the
early days: simple chordal structures, direct in lyrical content,
and dense in sonic temperament. Some elements are familiar, such
as distorted electric guitar; others, like loops and grooves,
are new to me, and may surprise the longtime fans.
I hope that people approach this work with an open mind, with
the understanding that Im trying to find different ways
to create songs, and while the work may not appear to be as sophisticated
as the work of others who specialize in electronic-based music,
I think the songs stand up as well as any Ive written.
also excited about the launch of Granary Music as a full-time
independent record company. The music business has changed drastically
since 1998, and Im not sure record company or
music business are proper descriptions of the environments
in which an artist distributes and sells their properties. By
holding full ownership of all content, I am prepared to shift
with the ever-changing entertainment delivery systems of the future.
Its odd to use words like properties and content,
but thats the new reality. Everything is different again,
and I look forward to the future.
Now available online*
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