This project officially started with the creation of a demo called "Nightcrawler" that I wrote after a walk with my friend Nick. The track almost sounds like a hard rock track, with a distorted synth that sounds a bit like a crappy guitar, and heavy drum, bass, and string use. Another unfinished song called "Windswept" was written in the same style, around the same time (I think I might have made both of the original demos on the same day, actually). The more I worked on tracks for this, the more different the style became. Lots of tracks were written and dumped. Some because I just couldn't finish them. One because I wrote a song I was physically incapable of performing vocally. Sometimes, I just didn't feel the lyrics anymore. I burned some bridges I probably shouldn't have throughout 2013 and I don't know how or if there's any way I can go about repairing them.
In September, I moved from the Annapolis Valley to Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, to start college. I'm taking Recording Arts and loving every second of it. I'm still working at shitty-old Walmart as an unloader. The same thing that made me realize I didn't want to be stuck in that hole anymore. That prompted me to enter into a field where I was told upon entering the course has an extremely low employment rate. I accepted that challenge, as much as it hurt to hear.
Just before I moved, during the summer, not only did my old computer officially kick the bucket, but so did the external hard drive that the last four years of my work were saved to. This is the second time that an external hard drive has cost me years of work on music. I was used to the feeling by this point, but it still cut deep and made me doubt that I'd finish this project. Using a file recovery program, I was able to get most of the finished tracks back, but the project files for a lot of my work from the last four years are gone forever. There's nothing I can do about that. Shortly before this, I was getting ready to move all of the files to my new computer. At the same time, my 4Shared File Host account got banned for having a remix that I did years ago on it. That's right, they officially banned me and deleted my files because it was the "third strike" against my account for copyrighted material. This was after they un-suspended it the previous year for my own fucking songs somehow violating their copyright policy. So between the hard drive crash and my account being deleted, I've lost the saved copies of those albums as well. On the bright side, my file recovery program did find them all. It's just that I have to sort through thousands of un-named files in order to locate them again, then put them back into a group, fix all of their meta tags, then upload them to another website so that I can provide the downloads here again.
Oh, the house I moved into has like 12 foot ceilings. I'm not sure yet if that's to my benefit or my detriment. The reverb is kick-ass but it makes recording vocals that don't sound like they're in a hall really difficult to do. If they're not relatively low and right up against the mic, then it sounds like I'm in an echo chamber and adds unnecessary background noise to the tracks.
Ironically, "Nightcrawler" was the only track I can't seem to find the instrumental of and as a result, the first track I wrote for the album is stuck with demo vocals and unbalanced instrument levels and actually maxes out the gain to the point of distortion at some point to where I want to cry.. So, I can either try to rebuild an extremely complex instrumental from scratch and re-record it in less than 3 weeks, or I can upload the version I have that I'm not overly proud of. I'm not sure if I can pull off a Kanye West yet. I'll get back to you on that.
At present, I'm working and procrastinating on a ton of things. Work, repairing and rebuilding my website (You may have noticed the name change on my Facebook post), my classes and their associated projects (of which there are many), WWE2k14 coming out next Tuesday and of course this album. It's called "Music", by the way. I didn't want to complicate things. :P
As of right now, the release date I'm pitching for Music is November 9th, 2013. I hope that if anybody who cares about me or used to care about me sees this, that they might be willing to give it a listen. It's very evolved from my original work, and I've put a ton of time and effort into its making. It features my first guest appearances to date, from the lovely Kaitlin MacDonald (Thanks Kate!), and a wide array of styles that I feel blend together well from beginning to end slowly building up and changing, and incorporating everything I've learned since I first started out making music years ago. Yet, the album begins and ends in a way that's so wildly contrasting that if you were to listen to the first and last tracks, it'd be hard to believe they're from the same album.
The long and short of this update: I'm still making music. It's still different and there probably aren't too many people listening to it now. I've moved a bunch, been through some shit, some of it my fault, and some of it not. I'm learning how to properly record music for the first time and moving a step closer to becoming a producer, which is my first eventual goal. I have Robb Nash or Live on Arrival to thank for planting the idea into my head via Facebook message back when I was working on Through The Cracks.
Love you all, and I promise this site will be of some relevance soon.
- Rob Chapman