Ezee, I’m lovin’ the creative process of this album! It’s becoming a labour of love that I know will serve me well, there’s some great songs coming though me right now, I’d go so far as saying it’s some of my best work! Created on Pro Logic X on my MacBook Air, with only a mini midi-keyboard, (there’s only one sample used as part of a hook) all the rest of the songs are original, from scratch, mostly up-beat material, with only one down-beat tune. I’m going for a contemporary sounding album, I want to hear these songs on day time radio shows as well as credible stations. I want these songs to reach music fans from other genres outside of Hip Hop. My roots are in rap but there’s sung & spoken word songs on this album that will reach people outside my radar yet to hear my work.
As an independent artist & fan of good music I’ve got a great feeling about this project. The songs are being mixed & mastered by electronic engineer Enn Leonard @ Ironskin Productions for the fullest & fattest flavour possible. The long term plan is to have the album finished for the new year, start the process of working with musicians in spring to be able to start gigging in the summer of 2018. A move back to the South-east is happening in autumn, where I’m planning to finish the last of the songs in the hibernation time of winter. We’re in the demo stage at the moment, 8 songs deep & it’s already shaping into an epic sounding album to be proud of. The theme is a journey through life, into the inner as well as the outer territory’s we travel through while alive. I’m disclosing some personal truths as well as worldly observations. I’m consciously not listening to the news or taking in too much external influences from social media platforms for the writing process… I threw out my T.V years ago, so censorship is only needed when I go about my day to day activities’ out doors… cos distractions are unnecessary & sway me off the path of positive intent. There will be of course a moody reflection of that process in places, I’m a realist at the end of the day, it’s not all love & light, unfortunately! Never-the-less there are some uplifting moments that will lead the listeners into the lighter side of life where foot tapping, thigh slapping and bodily movements are things we just can’t resist, a bit like a ray of sunshine on a bleak, wet, miserable grey day… Music man, thank fuck for music I tell ya!
To conclude, I want this album to have a handful of potential singles I can use to promote it, I may even pass it on to a few credible indie labels, but the chances are it’s gonna be a DIY album, digital, until I get the finances to press up CD’s & vinyl if possible, it’s just the distribution & promotion I need… But that’s not for a while yet, I don’t need to worry myself with the stress of that outcome just yet, back to the creative process & most of all to the enjoyment it’s bringing me, that’s all that counts right now!
Photo (sneakily taken) by my missus Charlie Garland @leavesbehindwinter