Headphones (Solarno Goes to the Theatre Mix)

Solarno returns with another orchestral electronic experimental remix! This time he’s taken on “Headphones” (compare and contrast with the original here). Be careful not to turn up the volume too loud, or the chorus will scare you out of your seat!

This is the last of the Adjustments Pt. 2 remixes. Pt. 3 is taking me longer than planned, but the end is in sight. I’m about two-thirds of the way done with the fourth original, out of five.

Headphones (Solarno Goes to the Theatre Mix)” is a free download this week.

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Guest Vocals for Vaylon

Many moons ago, I was invited by Danish synthpop duo Vaylon to sing on one of their tracks. I said I was too busy, and after that I was too busy, and then too busy again, but eventually I came through for them. I’d forgotten about it completely until YouTube served the song up to me at random a few days ago.

Turns out the track was long ago completed, and released both digitally and physically as part of the VIP program for A Different Drum.

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2014 Year In Review

In a desperate attempt to shake the feeling that I didn’t do much of anything this year, I’ve decided to throw together a quick recap for your entertainment and my sanity. If I leave something out, please let me know in the comments!

Musically,  Adjustments Pt. 2 was the main event. I’m still not sure why it took two years to complete four original tracks and a Barry Manilow cover, but I won’t let that happen again.

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Help Me Help Synthpop

UPDATE 12/23: Congratulations to Ramon Esquivel, the winner of the Amazon TV Fire Stick!

UPDATE 12/17: As I mentioned in the comments below, the 25 free-for-life subscriptions were snatched up lickety split. If you sign up for Mad Genius Radio through my FanDistro campaign page, you’ll get an extended free trial through April 1.

In the meantime, they’re giving away an Amazon Fire TV Stick! To enter the Amazon Fire TV Stick Giveaway, simply sign up for Mad Genius Radio through my FanDistro campaign page from Wednesday, December 17 at 5:00 pm EST through Friday, December 19 at 5:00 EST. You can earn extra entries by sharing my music from that page (up to four extra entries per day).

If you already signed up for Mad Genius radio through my FanDistro page, you’ll automatically be entered into the giveaway.

I’ll announce the winner on Monday, December 22!

Amazon Fire TV Stick

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Mad Genius Radio

It’s hard to break even, much less make a living, as a recording artist these days. I don’t perform, and I don’t have merch to sell. All I’ve got is my music, and people just aren’t buying music anymore.

Did you know that there have been no platinum albums so far in 2014? That’s never happened before! I have 10x the fans, but make 10% of the money, that I did 10 years ago.

With that in mind, I’m thrilled to partner with Mad Genius Radio for a crowdsourced campaign that will help me pay the bills, buy new equipment, and most importantly, keep making music.

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My Songwriting Process

I’m often asked, “Which do you start with – the words or the music?”

The music.

Kind of. It’s not that simple.

Usually it goes something like this:

  1. Come up with a production hook of some sort – a 4-bar groove, an instrumental lead, a piano part, etc [1 hour]
  2. Play with the chord progression until I’ve got a verse, chorus, and maybe a bridge [1 hour]
  3. Come up with a song title and write the lyrics [8 hours]
  4. Record and edit the vocals [20 hours]
  5. Flesh out the rest of the arrangement [15 hours]
  6. Finalize the mix & master [5 hours]

The problem is, by the time I get to step 5, it’s a slog. I just want to be done.

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80's synthpop + EDM + classical piano