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.
Streaming is the future present of music distribution, no matter who likes it and who doesn’t, that is a fact. And as such, there has been plenty of outcries both in favour and against it, the latest one being country music superstar Taylor Swift, who recently pulled her music out of Spotify claiming that low per-stream payouts were damaging and inconsiderate with the art she spent time crafting.