Making an album isn’t all cherry pie. When y’re, like me on your quest for anything you, in this case me, would play alongside your, in that case my heroes and, then get away with it.
So. I did a neat little effort on my last Tapeslave album Dubtape. I needed to go further, deeper, be more authentic and … be myself. So I decided I needed to go back to the drawing board, forget most of what I now as a muscician, a virtuoso, drummer and tech-head. Just let it all go. That meant doing some serious homework on my production skills and my pathetic efforts as an engineer. Watch a ton of vids and listen to a mountain of records I know as long as I’ve been listening to anything, yet this time with the ear of a novice. Paying attention only to that what I’ve always took for granted. And listen with the ear of a rookie, but with the understanding of a veteran. I needed to study the grand masters, again. This time with a different intention. This time not take my luggage for granted and come in with a blank slate and willing to learn it all over again.
… so thus I did. I met and learned more than I’ve bargained for. I came out a different, humble, and totally novice person at the end of it. And I realize now, after a decade or two of making albums on my own that with every one I take one tiny step closer to knowing that I know truly nothing and every thing I do, I owe to each and everyone of you, who show, teach, and have gone before me.
… there is nothing new under the sun
Thank you guys.
Now. I’ve most of all been a synth guy and as I keep coming back to the albums that shaped my life as a music man and audio tech head, I’m equally faithful to the instruments I play. Not having them available to play at the spot and with the coming of virtual and in the box, I’ve come to indulge in the wealth of the available. I’ve made it a hobby to emulate the acoustic and other instruments I play, in the box. Pathetic at best, but I’m getting better. Mark my sounds.
I’m not making any excuses. I’ve made another album. I want you to listen and make up your own ears. I hope you like it as I’m liking it, away from the mountain of effort I promised I wouldn’t put into it, yet I did, triple.
My love, respect and deepest regards go to: Rreall, Rob and Laurens. You are and always have been my lifeline.
Special thanks and acknowledgements go to: Howard Scarr, Dave Pensado, Trevor Horn, Rob Papen, Jack Joseph and Evangelos for your unrivaled sounds, programming and timeless legacy. I wouldn’t be the one I am without, … you.
so. where are we from here now … ? Frankly? I haven’t got a clue mate… but I’m one step closer to nothing. And for now, nothing sounds pretty darn good to me.
Leaves me to state the obvious:, stay tuned, keep listening and be cool. *
pick up a courtesy copy here.
… yours, gratefully and very tired but content,
release date: 2014 05 20.