5 Things To Keep In Mind Before Releasing Your Music

Photo by Ami Holmes. 2014

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!

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Where Did The Scene Go?

Music Scene 2009

Grenader live in 2009

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!

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Weathering Storms

Weathering Storms

Artwork Photo by Biswarup Ganguly

 

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!

Until then, Cheers!

-A

 

 

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Streaming is the *new* law!

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.

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Taylor Swift pulls out of Spotify… So What?

If you’ve been keeping up with the entertainment news you should know by now that Taylor Swift pulled all her music from Spotify; all but her newest single, that is.

Original photo: Dwight McCan - http://www.dwightmccann.com/

Original photo: Dwight McCan – http://www.dwightmccann.com/

This might seem like a big deal and a massive blow against the streaming giants, but what does that mean? Is Spotify really that bad of a deal that the only platinum artist of 2014 decided to prevent her listeners to access her music via the service? The short answer would be: No, but also yes…

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Proudly endorsed by Tension Accessories

Tension has officially become the first company to endorse me and my music, and I am extremely thankful to all the people that have made this possible.

I am proud to know that TENSION has decided to trust me and my talent, and it is very exciting to have a Colombian brand supporting me in all these new adventures ahead.

This is the beginning of something wonderful, and I’m very, very happy to have them by my side.

Tension Picks

Tree branded Tension custom picks

Tension Jazz Picks

The guitar picks are formed in that beautiful teardrop shape, allowing me amazing mobility and extreme versatility. Durable materials and, of course, that lovely Tree logo that makes things very special indeed. I will be writing a few reviews in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for more!

Needless to say, I fully recommend everyone shopping for guitar picks in Colombia to check them out and get the word out. These guys are the best!!

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Chaos Theory Now Available From Any Store

Get Chaos Theory in your favourite store or streaming service.

Get Chaos Theory in your favourite store or streaming service.

Great news everyone! you can get Chaos Theory in most online music stores and streaming services starting right now!

After a long wait, the decision was made and I submitted my last release to all major stores, including iTunes, Amazon, Google PLAY and streaming services, such as Spotify, Deezer, Rdio, Beats Music and so on.

This marks an important milestone, alongside the opening of the online shop, where you can get cool merchandise like beer mugs or hoodies with the Chaos Theory Tree Logo!

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Chaos Theory Released!

Chaos Theory Artwork

Well, here it is!

Chaos Theory is the song that I spent the last few weeks writing and recording, and I’m extremely proud of it!

The song will be available for purchase on iTunes, Amazon, Google PLAY* and all other digital music stores, as well as all major streaming services, such as Spotify (worldwide), Rdio, etc.

However, if you want to buy the song directly from me, I’d recommend using the Bandcamp buy link to get the song for any donation you’d like to make!

 

Chaos Theory was all recorded and produced by me at my home studio in St. Catharines, ON. During the month of February 2014 and it’s my first release in over six years. This time around there will be more, as I am currently building up to a full length album to be announced soon!

Do you want me to record your next single or album? Contact me and we can discuss rates and availability!

Google PLAY will be added in the coming weeks

 

 

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