Starting the project with an attitude of “Let’s just do this”, The more I work on it, the more frustrating it gets… Tough.
The journey through making this is very, VERY tedious. But after hours and hours of working at it, and getting everything the way I want it. It’s so worth it! Finished two tracks after a week.
For the past few years, I’ve been simply doing covers, and improvisations on YouTube. It’s very satisfying to have finished something and have it posted out there! I love that feeling!
With that in mind, I kept on going… I kept on going… Me… I… Me… Me… Myself…
The more I thought about it, I should maybe look into a second opinion and somebody to help me out with mastering my track. I was so around myself…
Jeremy Vanslyke, an old friend of mine, now runs his own recording company called Leaf Music. I’ve worked with him before in a project called “New Brunswick + Beethoven” where New Brunswick artists recorded music by Beethoven. I have asked him to master my tracks and make the CDs. I knew that I was in good hands!
That was another long process. Sending a single track back and fourth to see what kind of overall sound we wanted etc. But I am happy to say that I am working with Jeremy to create this!
This was going at a right path! Keep it up I said, I knew this was my first project, so even if there is going to be plenty of room for improvement, I do want to make this solid.
After all, I want to create. Make something. Not just stay stuck in a room practicing.
At the beginning, It was only a small project. I was going to record, edit, master everything on my own. With my old crappy USB Blue Snowball Microphone and Garageband on my old MacBook Pro.
That’s what I thought of while I was on an 18 hour train ride (from Montreal to Moncton) while writing my compositions. Small, short, ambiance, and minimalistic compositions.
However, the more I wrote, the more I thought this could be something. It’s not a masterpiece, but for me this felt like a story more than a series of compositions. This isn’t Philip Glass or Arvo Part. Many of my writing consists of their inspiration. But I thought I would start somewhere right?
IF I was to make this into a big project, and take it to the world, how much time would it take? Would people like it? Can I pull this off? Would people CARE?
As those questions echoed around my head, possibilities seems to be limited. I was nervous. This was my first “indie” project that I wanted to make a big deal out of.
Being nervous… Fuck, that’s the last thing you want to think of as a musician, a composer or more importantly, as a creator.
I told my self that time goes on, whether I spend the time being unproductive or just stayed stuck in a room practicing constantly. I had to do something in the next two weeks of nothing scheduled. So I may have started this project on a negative note. More like a “Whatever, Let’s try it while I have the time” then “I really want to make this good”.
I gave it a shot. Fuck it, let’s do this… At this point, I finished my compositions and started recording. I’ve even started asking for money on YouTube.
All of the questions went through my head again:
How much time would it take? Would people like it? Can I pull this off?