Okay, the new record is almost done. It has taken a little over six months but we’re finally getting there. Light at the end of the tunnel. I SO wish I could say right now that it is finished and packaged and manufactured, but it’s not. As is the case with most things, this has taken longer than I thought. But we’re almost done mixing!! Yay! And then it’s on to mastering, package design, and duplication.
Meanwhile, I am in a dilemma. I need someone to help me answer the question: Who do I sound like? (Or what?)
Why do I need to pin down a description or a reference to another music artist? I need it to effectively promote and market my music. So before you respond right away, read on. I am asking you to describe my latest instrumental music. The stuff on the new record.
If you recall from previous posts, this project has taken on a life of its own, and it bears little resemblance to what I thought it was going to be when I started. At the time, I figured this would safely fit somewhere within the downtempo, chillout, post-rock, dream pop milieu. Perhaps you have no idea what some of those labels mean. That’s okay. Back when I started last summer, I was listening to a lot of Coldplay and some Sigur Ros (which is the current “post-rock” band) and I was thinking of a having a chilled out group jam. The “chilled out” part was to keep this in the “relaxation” music category. Why Coldplay? I just thoroughly enjoy listening to Viva la Vida. It’s ear candy to me. Sigur Ros because it is so minimalistic and chill.
Now that all the parts are done, no one would ever suggest that this was inspired by Coldplay or Sigur Ros, and really it wasn’t.
If anything, I would say this is cinematic ear candy, but what the heck does that mean?
I was thinking perhaps this fits within the New Age genre, and when I think of “cinematic” and New Age, I think of artists like Yanni and John Tesh. I really haven’t listened to those artists very much, and I can definitely say my music doesn’t sound like them. Back to where I started: I am stumped.
So, I NEED YOUR HELP!
If you sign up to my newsletter list with your email address, you can get a free download of a sampler of songs from the new project. I would appreciate it if you give it a listen and then get back to me with what you think this stuff sounds like. You can use adjectives or you can refer to other music artists. I’m looking for something, anything.
Why do I want your email address? A couple of reasons. First, I want to follow up with you directly to ask your feedback after you have listened to the sampler. Second, those on the list will be the first to know when the new record is ready. If you are in my local area, I would also love to be in touch directly to get ideas about one or more album release parties later this spring.
Here’s the link to my email signup:
If you are already on my list, just shoot me an email and I’ll send you a link to the sampler directly by email.
Sound like a plan? I value your feedback.