that time again - time to find out if this really does smell like
chloroform, to find out if you can make it through this entire Klog
without falling asleep. Congratulations again to Isaac(red room punk) who won the contest to name this Klog post. If you're new to my "Klogs" (Klayton's Blogs)
then I'll explain. When i post a "Does This Smell Like Chloroform?"
Klog, this will indicate that I am answering questions you guys are
asking. "Q&A" was too simple and much too obvious as to what the
actual nature of the Klog would be. I mean, why make it easy? Geez...
you Cellmates worldwide for your questions. I'll keep posting answers
here and will be posting other Klogs asking you for more questions in
the future. For now, bathe in the glorious chloroform.
What would be your advice for someone who wants to start solo producing their own songs? (not using other pre-recorded samples)
would tell you to "go for it!" I have produced almost everything i've
done since the onset of my career. This is why a lot of my early stuff
sucks big donkey balls. The production is awful (IMHO) although there
are people like Bret Stahli who will gladly arm-wrestle me in a bikini to prove me wrong.
point is - i produced my own stuff and through my own mistakes learned
how to do what i do now. The great news is that in this day and age you
don't need to go through what i did. You can have a much better product
right out of the box. When i started, there was no such thing as a
softsynth. My first computer had a 40 MB hard drive and 1 MB of system
ram (that's 'megabyte' people, not 'gigabyte'.) There was no internet
to really speak of, and certainly no YouTube. There is a wealth of info
for you to dig into and help you start off far ahead of where I started.
plan on doing little tutorials from the studio at some point too. Just
a question of finding someone to shoot and edit the video so i can
concentrate on making music and showing you some of the things i've
learned. (I did manage to fire off this video,
acting as talent, cinematographer and editor. And what will you learn
from this video of my amazingly detuned guitar? Jack-squat, but it's
the thought that counts.)
Now, on the flipside of this, there is
nothing quite like an objective ear. I, for the first time in my
career, am bringing someone on board to co-produce an album with me
(Grant Mohrman.) This is bc I've learned that I am often too close to
the songs to be objective and simple things might hold me back from
making a good song great. I think you need to know what you want and
how to get it close to how you hear it, but having an objective opinion
(friend, producer, mom?) can bring your tracks to another level.
the abundant amount of music you've been involved with pre-Celldweller,
whether it be writing or producing (Circle of Dust, Chatterbox, both
Argyle Park releases, Criss Angel stuff, and anything else I've
missed), are there any songs that have stood the test of time for you?
maybe a small handful, but that's really it. There are only a few songs
from my projects - Circle of Dust "Disengage" and Argyle Park
"Misguided" that I still feel I could stomach and wouldn't be too
embarrassed if someone brought it up over sushi dinner, ya know? The
debut Celldweller disc was a defining moment in my career bc that was
the best sounding record i had made up til then. I think if i ever got
to a point and thought "This is it! This is the best it's ever going to
get and I could never do anything better than this." That is the day
you'll get to see me perform at "Bob's Comedy Shack & Laundromat"
1. How many songs will be on the new album (Wish Upon a Blackstar)?
I actually answered this one accidentally last week. How about i give you more specific details? Ok, you kinda asked for it:
So Long Sentiment
Louder Than Words
The Best It's Gonna Get
I Can't Wait
The Lucky One
Against The Tide
2. When will the final remix files be released on Fixtremix.com?
Not sure right now, but i am planning on releasing raw files for all 10 songs at FiXTRemix.com. Stay tuned.
3.You tell a lot of jokes, do you make them off the top of your head or do think about them? Either way they're very funny.
you Michael, I'll be here all week. Unfortunately i'm not clever enough
to think out things in advance, so most of what i say gets inhaled from
thin air into my brain and shot right back out my ass. Well, I'm glad
at least i'm not the only one who thinks I'm funny - that's a relief.
(My cat Stutter thinks I'm a pisser too.) When my music career fails,
I'm going into comedy. I think I'm already booked at "Bob's Comedy
Shack & Laundromat" in your town sometime in August. See you there!
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