Hey everyone, just wanted to let you know what all has been going on. I recently moved in to my new place and started my new job (officially out of the Army!!!) and things have been crazy. I still haven't been able to solve the problem or echo in my office/recording space but I've been using the extra time to write more music and I'm close to having a couple more songs done for the new album. All in all I think everyone will find that the extra wait was worth it. So far I'm REALLY proud of "Rise + Fall". I'll be sure to keep everyone updated as things progress.
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!