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So for all of you who were eagerly awaiting our next blog, I apologize for the delay in posting this one; for you see we are a DIY Indie band who all have real lives, and we take vacations, hang out with friends, pass out drunk and wake up in other countries, you know, the usual stuff.
Excited to work on recording the next collection of songs, for those of you in the know, recording can be a monotonous experience that not all musicians enjoy, however I am not one of those musicians and do enjoy recording. This does not make me an elitist, but more like a boring music geek. The next release shall be called…. Oh you will just have to wait and see, I would hate to leak that information to our legion of fans that has reached DOUBLE DIGITS!
Thanks for reading, and drop us a note if you feel so inclined.
Friday, June 24, 2011
|Photo by Jon Dy, 2011|
I was born and raised in Princeton, British Columbia, and my family has a deep history in the Similkameen Valley. I spent a year in Zamboanga City in the Philippines as an exchange student, mostly trying to keep from getting kidnapped or shot, though I also took liberal arts classes at the Ateneo. I moved to Vancouver and started working at the Vancouver Stock Exchange until they closed down the trade floor. Then I worked at a newspaper, went back to work for a brokerage firm, and eventually ended up working in a medical library, where I am now. I'm also the president of the Vancouver Historical Society.
Alongside the wanderings of my career within respectable society, I've also been in some independent bands. My last one, Solarbaby, allowed me do lots of cool stuff, like play live on tv, radio, webcasts and lots of shows, here in Vancouver and BC, in Washington State, and in Ontario. We were signed, for a time, to an independent record company in Toronto called teenage USA.
I live in Kitsilano with my wife, Ams, sometimes abomb, sometimes Amber. I like a good lager, Ams likes ale. We like going to the pub. My favourite "go-to" band for listening is Radiohead. My favourite food is steak and potatoes. I enjoy a good book, usually non-fiction. I like the internet, I can always find something to distract me. It's good to keep busy.
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
I have been called many things over my life, but here you can call me REd, short for RacyEd deSalt. Those who know me should be able to decipher my pseudonym rather easily. I love music; guitar, stories and long walks on…… oh wait. Some stories of which I plan to share will be true, and others fiction; I will let you decide which is which, for that makes the thought so much more intriguing.
Keep in touch,
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
(I know... I set myself up on that one: my geek-ness will not be limited to this single post. It's sort of hardwired.)
We recorded everything in our rehearsal space and living rooms, and mixed it ourselves on our laptops. Other than Todd Stefanson at Spare Room Studios (yeahh Todd!) who took pity upon us and mastered it for us, no professionals were harmed in the creation of these tunes. It may not be the slickest batch of tunes you'll hear, or the most-polished production value you'll come across (other than the mastering), but it is 100% the DIY (do-it-yourself) attitude of four guys in a room that are trying to share their stuff with their friends.
For the most part, the songs were recorded into a program called Logic on Apple MacBook Pros using a Motu Pre8 digital interface (which converts sound into a digital file), and then mixed down with Logic. None of us are recording or sound engineers, so we started from scratch to learn this stuff. We still have a long way to go, but we're far enough along that we don't feel too silly in sharing our efforts at this point!
Some of the songs were put together in a process that sort of resembles what goes on in an actual recording studio, with one part being played, such as the drums, and then the other parts being overdubbed on top of that original recording. Other songs were live-off-the-floor performances with a few minor overdubs to add parts or fix things up. At least one of them was pretty much a straight-up live-off-the-floor effort, at least as far as the music went. And a couple of them were built with a combination of sound samples and live performance.
Gone are the days of just pressing "record" on a ghetto-blaster. (Haha. I referenced a ghetto-blaster. I am so 1980s it's ridiculous.)
Friday, May 27, 2011
Kidding. If you're here it's an extremely high probability you know (or are related to!) one or more of us personally, and likely feel a little sorry for us -- I've met us, and I know I do... (again, kidding).
We like to create music, have some beverages, kick back, and just have fun getting together to play. Some of you have asked about listening to our stuff, or if we ever record or put out albums. It's nice of you to ask, thanks.
It's funny that music is actually a pretty solitary activity if you're not trying to be a rock star, where promoting oneself to everyone and anyone is really important. We have careers we enjoy, family and friends we love, outside interests that... interest us... we have lives... we are pretty content. Life is good. And we love to play music together and record everything we do, but don't really think anybody else is interested. It's not that we're against sharing some of the stuff we do with our collective circles of friends, we just don't really think about it!
This first EP of songs, the social network profiles, the web site, this blog... this is so we can share stuff with you, our friends (which I'll bet you are, if you've bothered to read this far!), however you're able to connect with us. It's not much, and it certainly isn't a slick effort, but hopefully it's enough to let you know what we're doing, if you wanted to know.
Thanks for visiting. Keep in touch.
Friday, May 20, 2011
It's called Seymmone O'Jhae reveals "My Life as a Fake!"
Thanks to everyone who kept at us, wondering about what we've been up to, asking if we were ever going to share any music, and basically reminding us that you're still waiting to hear from us. We're not exactly the best at keeping to a schedule... but we'll try to be in touch more often!
In fact, we've started collecting emails so we can send you stuff every so often. Sign up on our central web site, or one of our "social-media" sites (a list of which is on our central site) and once in a while you might get a picture, a pdf-booklet, a poster, a never-to-be-released jam... as long as we can roll it up so it fits in the internet tube we might send it to you...