While growing up and going out to make a place for our self in this big world,
we usually forget about people around us…
but once we succeed in achieving what we want,
we then realize how lonely we really are…
how badly we need someone to be with us and to share our success with too…..
every person has a child inside that wants to be loved and taken care of at times.
and sometimes we need someone to take care of that kid too.
No matter how much money we have or how many friends we have,
we do feel alone and lonely at times and we all want someone to hold us,
to hug us, and to tell us that everything will be alright…Life without love is meaningless.
we need that person to love us and make us smile and understand our silence too…
If we don’t have this person now, believe it will be soon -
Seeing theses girls that are always crying about a wanting a good guy,,,
even when i am standing right in front of them , it saddens me truly
from the lowest parts of my heart,
Makes me feel invisible,
i am right there for you to be with you,
your ruining your own life by looking threw me, i wish some girls would open there eyes and see me, see the truth, the good, the love they been needing,
but i am only one person who is of kind person, who lives one life,
To the world i am only one person, but i wish i could be some ones world,
I am more then willing to help pick up the pieces,
& ignore my own
i would jump and bruise my chest to dive & catch you when you fall,
Hello + like +laugh+blush+caring heart +smile's +brighter future=LOVE
So, once again, production on "Rise + Fall" has to be put on hold. Over the last few days I cut demo vocals for several of the tracks and today I decided to start some preproduction to see where I stood and get an idea of what needed to be done on those tracks. What did I discover? Due to having NO furniture in my new apartment the vocals turned out horrible. There is so much background noise and echo that the vocals sound like complete shit. Until I have the money to start getting furniture or a way to soundproof the rokm, I'm stuck. Not really sure what else to do... Sorry folks. I'll keep everyone updated...
So, as of today, preproduction for the new album "Rise + Fall" has officially begun! Cut demo vocals for the track "Anthem For The Betrayed" and hope to cut demo vocals for at least two more tracks tomorrow.
Just so everyone is aware, demo vocals have been known to become actual vocals in the past. I'm not saying that's the case here as I'm putting SO much more into this album, but you never know. The first cut is sometimes the best cut.
I'll keel everyone posted as more happens but I'm pretty excited that the ball is rolling again. Both of the previous album took less than a month to go from preproduction to finished, so we'll see what happens.
Hey everyone. Sorry things have been so quiet lately, I've just had a lot going on. I successfully moved into my new apartment and tomorrow is my last day in the Army. That being said, I have high hopes to record the remaining vocals for the new album starting this week. Wish me luck and hopefully I'll have some new music for you all sooner rather than later!
Someone asked me recently what my thoughts were on the music industry as a whole, especially with the use of piracy. Rather than just answer him via email I thought I would make a little journal/blog about it. Yea... I'm waiting on my computer to finish some stuff so had a few minutes...
I think the music is industry is still going strong, it's just not what it used to be. Like most things, it's a beast evolved. 15 to 20 years ago bands made their way by playing shows and getting scouted by people trained to scout by record labels. If a scout didn't like you or your sound then you were pretty much shit out of luck. Today things are much different. The internet and home computers have allowed just about anyone to put anything (and I mean ANYTHING) online and call themselves a band. It's up to the consumer to sift through the massive layers of shit out there to find a band/artist worth following.
This is a double-edged sword. Now people can hear more music from more artists, but the really good stuff gets drowned out by the cookie-cutter pop shit or general static of everyone trying everything whether they're good at it or not. More isn't always better.
All this being said, more artists (even the hugely popular ones) are going with more of a DIY approach to their music and their releases because that's what industry has evolved into. Labels want you to believe the industry is failing because they are failing. With more artists recording, producing, and distributing themselves it really leaves no need for the labels and they're crying like bitches because of it.
As far as pirating goes... it's not new people. In one form or another it's always been around as long as recording at home was made possible. I remember when I was younger people copying cassette tapes for their friends or copying VHS movies for people. It was also fairly common to record movies off the TV when they came on or record your favorite songs to cassette when they came on the radio. The only difference now is that people can share these same movies and songs online with a lot more people.
Look, if you wanna pirate my music, then knock yourself out. I personally see it as a compliment that you want my music that badly.
I know this was a long read/rant and if you took the time then I really appreciate it. Leave your thoughts in the comments below and have a good one!!!
Ok... so numerous times I've been told that I'm just in this for the money and proof of that is the "Name Your Price" option on the "Shattered" EP locate here: https://flamesoficeofficial.bandcamp.com/album/shattered-free-sampler
I'm going to explain this as simply as I can... PICK YOUR OWN PRICE!!! That could mean $5, it could man $10, it could mean FREE!!! YOU PICK!!!
Don't EVER come at me claiming that I'm just in this for the money. I have dumped THOUSANDS of dollars into this project and you wanna know how much I've made off of it? Less than 40 bucks. That's right... $40. I do this because I like doing this and because some other people like it too. That's it. I have NEVER made much off of this music, especially considering how much I've spent, and I probably never will. As long as I have music in me to make, I'm going to make it though.
So, in short, BLOW ME YOU NO-TALENT TROLLING FUCKTARDS!
We now return you to your normal broadcasting...
Hey everyone, got a bit of news and updates to put out for everyone so listen up.
1. I have started recording vocal tracks for the new album and have high hopes of releasing the first EP/Single sometime in AUG. I will put out more information on that as it gets closer to being done, but I've worked out having remixes done by a couple of other bands/artists which will be a first.
2. Starting sometime in the first week of AUG I will be losing constant internet for a little while. I'm getting out of the Army and won't be able to afford getting internet turned on at my new apartment right away. What does this mean? Basically I'll just have to go to the office for the apartments to jack into their wifi for internet use and I won't be on constantly. That's all.
3. I'm putting the final touches on the album art for both the first EP/Single and the album itself. I think it's looking really good and a lot of people will appreciate the HUGE step up in album art from previous releases. I'm really excited to reveal it all to you guys, but patience my children... patience...
4. As we get closer to the release of the album "Rise + Fall" I will have some announcements to make about the future of Flames Of Ice and where we're going from there. Hopefully I'll have the album coming together for no later than an OCT release so those announcements will be coming sometime before then, maybe SEP.
In the mean-time, I want to thank all of you for your ongoing support of this project. Today we hit a milestone of 700 fans on here. Remember you can find banners to my other pages on the VF page. Go "like" me on facebook, follow me on Twitter, get some free downloads on Soundcloud, check out the videos on Youtube, and purchase some music on Bandcamp.
Hope everyone is doing well and I'll be updating again soon!
So, a lot of people have been asking me to start uploading my cover songs to Youtube. Your cries of lament have been heard and as of tonight I have uploaded a video for my cover of "Behind Blue Eyes" by The Who. The artwork in the video is done by me as well, so I hop you enjoy!
This week's Darwin Question comes from a youtube message.
Q: How can you claim to make IDM and Industrial when you don't even dress the part.
A: Since when do my clothes have any baring on what anyone hears or what I create?
SO, a buddy of mine named Vic has started his own music page. He's commonly known for being the frontman for the band Dope Stars Inc. Now he's trying his own thing on the side that blurs the line between electronica and hip-hop. Go check him out and give him a holler! He's a really good guy! http://vampirefreaks.com/victorlove
As promised, here is the Q AND A I said I would do. I got some really good questions and hope to do this again eventually. If you sent in a question then PM me your email address and as soon as the new EP is done I'll email you a free copy. If you don't send me your email address then I can't send you the EP!!!
Q1: What will the new album cover look like ?
A: The new cover can be seen as the icon for pretty much every social media page I’m on. It’s a space landscape with a single figure in the center whose shadow is the Flames Of Ice logo. I wanted to do something dark while sticking to the traditional blue hue of the cover all while representing the electronic elements of the music. Doing something with a sci-fi theme seemed right to me.
Q2: Where is your band going to play at?
A: As Flames Of Ice I have never played a live show. Mostly that’s due to lack of equipment, lack of time, and no idea how to do it without looking like an asshat on stage with a laptop. When I finally start doing live shows (and eventually I will) I want to be able to put on at least a decent show.
Q3: What are your feelings on Marriage Equality?
A: This question was a little left field but I figured I would include so I can make a very simple point once and for all… I’m here to make music, not play politics. I have never discussed politics on and of my music sites, nor will I ever.
Q4: What is your stance on the state of modern music and the availability for just anyone to make music and put it online?
A: This is kind of a double-edged sword for me. On the one hand this state of music has allowed me to do just what you said: make music and easily put it online. That being said, there is a lot of noise out there that people have to filter through to find the good stuff and the artists that are really trying to do something besides get famous and make a buck. The lack of labels going to shows to recruit has deteriorated the popular music industry, but the ease of making music and putting it out there is allowing more artists who truly have talent to be heard for the first time.
Q5: What can we look forward to in the future for album artwork from you? What programs do you use?
A: My ability and experience with graphic design is always growing and I have this project to thank for that. What I do for the album artwork and site layouts has definitely taught me a lot. I have the cover for one of my Eps done already and even posted a sneak peak of it on one of the other social media sites. In the future I hope to continue to grow as a graphic designer and have my artwork only improve. As far as programs go, right now I’m only using Photoshop CS6, but I want to start experimenting with other programs as well.
Q6: What is the theme for Rise + Fall?
A: The theme is kind of a loose idea. Basically I’m venting about all the stupid shit and immorality that I see on a day to day basis. I like to think that this album is kind of a slap in the face to society and pop culture… but then again, I’ve heard a lot of artists say that about their albums, so take it as you want. LoL
Q7: How would you describe the formative years of your musical journey. What were your first instruments, programs, ect. Did you have ye olde' MTV Music Generator days?
A: DAMN GOOD QUESTIONS! I’ve been into music for as long as I can remember. I picked up (stole) my dad’s old acoustic guitar when I was just 10 and was hooked after that. When I was 17 I came across my first TS404 Beat Generator program and my journey into electronica began. I did have MTV Music Generator days around the time I was 21 or 22. Soon after I discovered FL Studio and have been using that ever since.
Q8: What kind of hardware do you like to use?
A: The main hub that I use currently is FL Studio 10. There are various plug-ins that I use in conjunction with it but some of my favorites are Vanguard, Nexus, Massive, and Sytrus. For vocal editing I lean towards Goldwave as I have from the beginning. Physical equipment I use is a Steinberg CI 2+ USB Audio Interface and an AKAI MPD32 MIDI Pad Control Unit. My hopes are to eventually get an electronic drum kit and a keyboard as my next purchases.
Q9: How do you deal with writer's block?
A: I think everyone has their own methods for this both lyrically and musically. For me personally I follow the advice I read in an article a while back. I think the article was called something like “How to finish and album in a month”, but I can’t be sure of that. Basically the article suggested that for every song you start, even if it’s just a riff or a bass line or a beat, you spend 20 – 30 minutes per day on that song. Sometimes what I’ll do is attack a song for that time period, walk away for an hour and then come back to it with fresh ears and go back at it. It helps a lot and I’ve broken through some pretty tough barriers that way.
As I have been advertising I am doing a Q AND A on Friday and have offered a free copy of the upcoming EP to anyone who has sent in a question. Previously someone suggesting doing a free release for people and I released the FREE "Shattered" EP which is still up on the Bandcamp site.
The point is this: what would you like to see me do to get fans more involved in Flames Of Ice and possibly boost sales, promotion, involvement, and exposure? Ideas I've heard, and used, are:
Remember everyone... I am doing a Q AND A on Friday and I need YOUR questions! Previously I stated that if you sent in a question you would get emailed a FREE song from the upcoming album, well I'm upping the ante... if you send in a question you will get the first EP for FREE when it's finished instead. That means even MORE free music, just for sending in a question! So, start sending them in!
I've been getting a couple of questions lately from people and decided that I'm going to do a Q AND A. If you have questions for me that you'd like answered then leave them in a comment or PM and I will post my responses on 10 July. Topics that have been brought up so far are: The state of modern music; the theme for the new album; the upcoming album artwork; marriage equality; and the future of Flames Of Ice.
Send me questions so I can make this work! Everyone who sends me questions will get an email with a FREE song from the upcoming album!