So this is it, Voidform is out in stores today! I hope you’ll give it a listen, possibly even buy it if you like it. Here’s where you can get it:
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Update: Listen to clips from the EP NOW!
I’ve been so lucky to have cover art for my new EP “Voidform” from the exceptionally talented beeple, check it out:
Doesn’t that just look utterly amazing?! Every time I look at it I get chills. Thanks Mike, I owe you one — bigtime.
I’m currently spending the last few days tinkering with the last few bits and bobs on the tracks for the EP (in fact, they go to mastering in two days so at that point I need to be done for sure — hard deadlines: they work).
As the tracks have evolved, they have certainly changed quite a bit, especially the ones featuring vocals by Limbic Void and Hunz. I must say it’s been a delight to work with actual songwriters on these tracks. It’s amazing how much creative energy can be sparked by just listening to someone’s take on what you’ve made, and if it’s one thing I’m sure of after the process on this album it’s that I’m going to do more collaborations in the future. It’s been insanely fun and rewarding.
With regards to the style of the tracks I’m genuinely clueless about what people’s reactions are going to be. For the people who follow what I do, especially the ones that started listening to my stuff after “Catzilla” came out, I’ll say this: there’s no dubstep on this album. There’s bass — for sure — and drums, and distorted things, and high energy stuff as well. Don’t worry about that.
But, there’s also vocals, and actual songwriting, and melodies (poppy ones, even), and I’ve used the same process that I did with my previous EP “Hit The Grave Running”, which is stupidly simple: Do I like it?
I dunno, it’s a little unnerving to release music, especially to people with preconceived notions or set expectations. I hope you will all like what I’m putting out, but we’ll know on December 7th I guess. ;)
PS: if you follow me on Twitter, I’ll start posting previews and sneak peaks of the tracks on the album next week.
One of the difficult things about being creative is knowing when to stop; knowing when something is good enough to be shared with others. Usually, I have a fairly good sense about this, but it’s always challenging. Look: I’m not saying this is an actual problem in the same sense that serious things in our society are, but hey, it is what it is. :)
One of the strategies I’ve used in the past is to simply remove options, forcefully and deliberately. Like when I decided to go all-in on switching to Reaper as my only DAW, or long ago when I decided that pirating music software was both stupid and counter-intuitive. When I released my first EP “Hit the grave running” almost three years ago, I just did a quick calculation of how much time I would need to finish it if I stuck to a good schedule and then announced the date.
So that’s what I’m doing now as well. December 7th 2016, my next EP will be released. It’s a Wednesday, which a cursory bit of research tells me is a good day to release new (indie) music, and it’s a couple of weeks before Christmas, so it won’t drown in the jingle bells madness or in the post-Christmas music dead-zone.
The title, the album art (OH MY GOD THE ALBUM ART IS AMAZING!), track list, SoundCloud clips and teasers and all of that jazz will follow soon enough. But for now, if you’d like to keep track of what I’m up to, the best way is to follow me on Twitter and Facebook. Yes, I know: “Oh yeah right, more social spam!” you’re thinking, but I’m not that bad really.
So yeah, it’s been a while, but I’ve actually struggled with inspiration for a long time. I’ve been making tracks for demoscene prods (and I’ve been really happy with them, and the demos too), but as far as trying to compile an EP that has a cohesive feel to it, it’s been difficult.
I went back and listened to “Hit The Grave Running” a few months back and I felt really proud about what I’d been able to put out (especially knowing that three of the tracks were written from scratch in a short period of time too), but I also had this “artist remorse” because there are definitely things on there which I know I would have done better if I had sat down to make an EP now.
So that’s what I’ll do. I have quietly been working on three-four entirely new tracks that really go well together. Some of them are co-ops with some super cool people, and not all of them are done, but it’s going forward for sure. What does it sound like? It sounds like me, I guess. :) It’s a combination of slow and fast songs, high energy pretty much all over, vocals and instrumentals and some experimentation. If you’ve enjoyed things I’ve made in the past you’ll most likely enjoy this as well.
Just like last time I’ll announce a release date as a means to throw my hat over the wall and force myself to finish (yeah, that’s what I did with “Hit The Grave Running” – I just picked my birthday as the release date because fuck it, why not?), but I’m not entirely ready to pick a date yet. But it’ll be soon.
I hope you’ll stick around and help me spread the word when the EP nears completion and release. Rest assured I’ll keep you all updated with snippets and teasers on my Soundcloud and of course I’ll announce the release date loudly when I’ve decided on one.
As a final teaser: I’m super happy to be working with the insanely talented Prowler on the cover art for the EP!
Alright, thanks for your time, peace out! :)
I was approached by Limbic Void to do a remix for their new EP “Lapdogs”, and after listening to the fantastic EP, I picked the song “Castaway” to remix (I could pick whichever track I wanted, which was super inspiring). If you compare it to the original you’ll hear that I kept a lot of the original pop song structure, but reworked the song entirely to give it more drive (and bass, naturally). I hope you like it!
Google Music: https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Subsquare_Hit_the_Grave_Running?id=B55jmupjny3awzbhhs7xsrkvgn4
Amazon MP3: http://www.amazon.com/Hit-Grave-Running-Subsquare/dp/B00I1EXQ12/