2013 has been an interesting year so far. I joined a new band, did quite a bit of audio work, and finally got a semi-steady part-time job. In terms of audio work, I’ve been fairly in demand so far this year. I haven’t had to look for bands to work with, they all came to me. Which is pretty nice, seems like the word is getting out about me doing good work. Word-of-mouth is a powerful thing indeed. I also started tracking bands at my home instead of going miles out of my way to track at the bands’ places. Makes life a whole lot easier for me, and it’s one less expense. Plus, now that I have rack-mounted gear, a dual-monitor setup (laptop + Samsung monitor), and an external hard drive, my setup isn’t really mobile anymore. And I’m alright with that. It might take forever for bands to get to me, but I think it’s worth it for the better results. Continue reading
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Listen to pretty much any album nowadays, and you’ll be met with some stupid interlude, or with songs that serve no real purpose. That, ladies and gentlemen, is called filler. It’s when a musician has a tight recording schedule and is too lazy to have prewritten songs, so instead they include a bunch of filler tracks to take up time on the album. That’s how you end up with a “full length” album that has maybe like 5 actual songs. It’s sold as a full length, even though it has as much actual material as an EP. It’s a scam for the listeners and buyers of these “albums.” I don’t feel bad downloading an album if it’s priced at like $14.99 and has like 4 real songs, that’s just a ripoff and I refuse to pay for that. One or two interludes are okay, especially if they’re well-done and actually serve some purpose in the course of the album, rather than being like brick walls that stop the flow of the album. I enjoy albums that have consistently good songs and some thought behind them, rather than a bunch of singles thrown together with some filler to tie it all together.
Musicians, please just take the time to write at least 10 actual songs before you get to recording an album. I don’t care if I have to wait a little longer for it to come out, it’s worth it in the end. Or just release an EP, it’s cheaper for everyone and fans won’t feel ripped off. And labels, don’t let artists get away with this, they’re cheating you too, by using filler interludes to get to the 10-song minimum.
In 2012, the internet has an abundance of music streaming options. Rdio, Pandora, Spotify, and Grooveshark are some of the more popular options for streaming music. The idea is simple, you pay a monthly fee (or put up with ads + limits) and stream music by whatever artist you like, for as long as you like. I’m not a huge fan of this approach though. I listen to music on the subway a lot, where there’s no internet connection. Yes, some services offer offline options, but that usually only comes with a paid plan. Plus if you happen to end up underground without any music stored offline, then you’ve got nothing to listen to. I like having my music available 24/7/365, and in full 320kbps quality. And streaming tends to eat up data plans pretty quickly. Also, most streaming services don’t have the more obscure metalcore I listen to. They’ll have a couple popular bands but nothing too new or unknown. Flash memory is pretty cheap, so I think I’ll stick to having my music on my mp3 player instead of streaming it.
Plus, if the streaming site of your choice has a server issue or shuts down, you’re left with nothing but the money you wasted on the subscription.
A week or two ago, my band’s guitarist Steve contacted me and said he was making stickers for our band, As Judgement Day Approaches, and he asked what link to put below or logo, so that people could find us. I immediately thought of just putting our Facebook link, but then we both agreed that we needed something a bit more professional. And that’s how “asjudgementdayapproaches.com”:http://asjudgementdayapproaches.com came to exist. I’m pretty damn proud of how it came out, so check it out.
It’s not for a client, it’s for my band. I can’t reveal too many details about it yet, because the grand opening for it is this Sunday. What I do want to show is a little sneak preview of it, much like what people do on dribbble (“my dribbble account “:http://dribbble.com/danielzabolotny if anybody wants to invite me, hint hint).
It’s a list of band members in my band, with some custom icons I made. I figured, instead of just writing [nickname] – [name] – [instrument], I’d use an icon to indicate the instrument. I based it off the “round social icon set”:http://lifetreecreative.com/icons/, except using my own vector shapes for the instruments. Working at such a small size and still maintaining clarity was quite tricky, especially with the drumset. However, I’m pretty happy with how this came out.
This post is a list of sorts. A list of what I’m planning to buy in the coming month(s). I’m not including all the boring little stuff like Coca-Cola or food, I mean bigger purchases. Best of all, I can actually buy all of these nice things, thanks to my partnership with RMK Studios. So here’s the list.