The whole idea about this project was for me to be as self-sufficient as possible.
After being in bands with other members my whole career, it was time to take on something that was all me, and moved at my pace. I wanted to not only play all the instruments, but also do everything else that went along with it. I wanted to take on the recording end of things, the mixing, mastering, and eventually shooting my very own videos. The most important part: pushing the shit out of each song as it was completed.
What I thought was so important was being visible - staying as current as I could. Releasing songs fast and pushing them on cool websites, magazines and everywhere else I could get my music. The music business is so tough and there is so much talented bands out there the only way to make even the smallest ripple is to put out new music fast, fast, fast. So that's what I've been doing. Continue reading
Now on the self-sufficient side of things, being a jack of all trades has it's pitfalls. Production in this style of music is very important, and with me doing the recording and mastering of the songs there has been a huge learning curve.
As you listen to my songs starting with "Never Say Die" there has been a definite improvement in my mixing and mastering as production moved along. But that was how I learned. Some songs sounded ok and some just sounded awful. As my name started to get out there I knew I needed to step up my productions with my songs. So for the last two songs I reached out for some help. I thought it was time to reach out to my long time friend Drew Mazurek, to help me take my songs to a place I couldn't take them alone. Of course he did a fantastic job, as I knew he would.
As I was putting out my singles every month or so I was contacted by the owner of Crushing Notes Entertainment, Dan Dombovy. He was very fond of my music and wanted to see if there was anything he could do to help. We talked on the phone many times, and we really hit it off. He offered to bring me out to Las Vegas where his label is located and put me on his metal radio station and to talk about signing to Crushing Notes, and of course I said yes. Ever since signing with them we've been focusing on putting the coolest package together that we can. Knowing that I've been putting out so many songs and cool videos it just had to be a DVD/CD package. Thats where the "Not Dead Yet" started.
Follow me through a metal journey of my videos and songs. But be warned.. This is not for the faint of heart. Parental Guidance is suggested... LOL
The new "Not Dead Yet" package is hands down my personal greatest achievement in my musical career, and I'm so proud to be able to debut this with my new label Crushing Notes Entertainment. Everything is here for you to listen to and to watch. And of course I hope that if you like what you see that you pick up your very own copy. Also check out the to see all the behind the scenes of how the Re-Animated song and video came to life. Enjoy!
The Making of a Heavy Metal Song/Video was something Crushing Notes Entertainment thought might be interesting. I would document my process of recording and creating songs in the studio, and then continuing on with the making of the video, then on to how I've pushed my own music. The process basically stays the same from song to song. So, now that I'm finished with Re-Animated I wipe out my computer and start again.
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What a blast I had putting the Re-Animated video together.
Starting with the building that the video was shot in - it used to be a building supply warehouse that I went to for many years. When I found out that shooting in that building was even an option, I knew I had to do it there. There was no running water in the building, so I asked my friend Dave if he would bring his huge camper to use for a dressing room. I have no clue how I would have done it without that camper.
The whole shoot took two days, but all the video was taken in 4 hours. I shot the drum part first, then I changed and did the guitar part, changed again for the bass, then changed again for the vocals. After all that, I threw on the prosthetics on my face for the final laser shots. I was totally exhausted by the end.
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