So, it’s no secret that 2016 has been a tremendously shitty year, and that a lot of good people died, and that society as a whole decided that… Oh, never mind! No need to dive into the shittiness of this year, mostly because there was a fair number of new releases, some of which were highly anticipated and some were new and surprising i na good way.
Here’s a list of the music released in 2016t hat made me go “Sqweeeee!!”
Over the last few months I’ve had the opportunity to work on several different projects, some of them still ongoing, and every single minute passed makes me realize more and more the influence that the things I do have on other people’s lives.
So, that’s it! After days, weeks, probably months of suffering and trying new things, arranging new songs in different ways, blood, sweat and tears, you’ve finally made it! Your next album or EP is ready for release! I’ve felt that excitement in the past, and even though we’d always want to go back and do some musical things differently, you and your band have already agreed on what seems to be a great point to finish the process and move on with the release, touring, millions in sales, and an endless flow of groupies… Err.. I might be daydreaming, anyway!
It is often that I hear people talk about the music scene, and how it has vanished from our city - whichever city you happen to be in - or how it "doesn't support" local acts. Where did the scene go? Truth is, most musicians and bands have taken care of slowly helping it disappear.
The music scene of any city depends on the interaction between musicians and fans, and the understanding that musicians ARE ALSO fans. Or at least they should be!
It has become a bit of a tradition for me to list my favourite albums of the year, and as such, I will give you here a list of what I listened to the most, what I enjoyed about them and why you should (or not, I’m not your boss…) give them a go. Here’s my Top 10:
A good friend of mine asked me to write a short piece of music, exploring several moods and building up for his physical performance. “Move” is what I came up with; not necessarily representative of my music in general, but definitely on the vein of what I like doing.
So, to get things out of the way, I got nominated for two Niagara Music Awards this year, in the categories of Engineer and Instrumentalist of the year with Chaos Theory, off of the Weathering Storms EP. So yes, I am thrilled because recognition is one of those things that any artist is going after, but…
King and Academy’s K&Aadian Bacon is out… And it rules!
King and Academy
During a few days in November, I got together with the guys from King and Academy to record a six-song EP and to party, which is in fact exactly what we did.
Recorded over the course of two days and several beverages, wrap breakfasts and burgers, we captured the essence of what the band is in a very organic way, no fancy studios, no expensive microphones, just a live environment and a bunch of guys playing great music together.
Big news everyone! Weathering Storms is a thing, and one that I am really proud of!. A four song EP that you can buy for only $3 CAD (or more!) and will contain an intro, one new track and two remastered versions of already released material, including Chaos Theory, which you all loved so much!
This time around I have partnered with a few people to be able to bring this work to a bigger audience and I’m even contemplating the idea of forming a band to perform these songs live and go out on tour.
The EP starts with Dreamland, a short song that describes the calm before the storm with a very simple melody leading to a thunderous attack once Weathering Storms begins, with an ominous intro that is both strong and dramatic, leading to a fast paced section that is repeated several times across the whole song; the verses have that trademark melodic style that I have been known for during all these years while exploring different possibilities in both technique and harmony. Weathering Storms also features a very special guest playing a classy and distinctive guitar solo just before the last section of the song: Carlos Escobar, from Stained Glory.
The next track in line, is the 2011 release I Scream, which opens with a fun hook that leads into a melodic line that defines the theme of the song, accompanied by mostly rhythm and ambience rather than frantic playing, this song is hardly a soft one, but it is definitely the breather between two guitar-solo driven tracks.
Lastly, a fan-favourite, Chaos Theory appears in scene, with a very subtle remaster but with all the character that made it highly appraised by all audiences in general.
All in all, Weathering Storms is another one of my ideas to release material and it’s paving the way into the Full Length territory that I will be embracing soon!