I’m often asked, “Which do you start with – the words or the music?”
Kind of. It’s not that simple.
Usually it goes something like this:
Come up with a production hook of some sort – a 4-bar groove, an instrumental lead, a piano part, etc [1 hour] Play with the chord progression until I’ve got a verse, chorus, and maybe a bridge [1 hour] Come up with a song title and write the lyrics [8 hours] Record and edit the vocals [20 hours] Flesh out the rest of the arrangement [15 hours] 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.
I’ve always enjoyed math, but seldom find use for it in my music-making. Not so for Jim Furey of
Solarno, who recreated “The Motions” with a faux full orchestra on a virtual sound stage.
Marcus Fellechner of
Rename remixed “The Best Revenge” in four flavors! Grab one or grab all, free through the weekend.
Congratulations to Michael Dixson, Elizabeth Dolitka, and Janabananaky, who were randomly picked to receive the winning design!
Modify Watches was kind enough to send me one too, as you can see in the photo above (you can tell I’m a pianist by that big vein).
It’s weird wearing a watch again, but a lot easier than pulling out my phone to check the time! Several times I wondered, “Where is that ticking coming from?”
Many of you noticed that “Productivity” from
the new EP sounds a lot like “Fireflies” by Owl City. It does, and not by coincidence. VIDEO
Last year I was hired by Ubisoft to create a two-minute soundalike version of “Fireflies” for their
Just Dance Kids 2014 video game. VIDEO
Dissecting the track in such detail gave me a deep appreciation for the production, and inspired me to write a new song with the same set of sounds:
I know what you’re thinking…
alert the copyright police!
Along with today’s release of
, I’m proud to present a video of the opening track by Adjustments Pt. 2 Amelia’s Fault co-conspirator Matt Eriksson. VIDEO
The song is available for free download for one week.
What do you think of the video?
Can you believe it’s been 20 years since I released
my first album?
To celebrate the occasion,
Modify Watches is creating a custom limited-edition watch, and they’ve narrowed it down to four possible designs. Vote for your favorite for a chance to win the winning design. 3 winners will be selected at random. The design with the most votes will be produced and sold at modifywatches.com.
This is it.
Every couple of years, I get to put new music into the world. I wish it hadn’t taken as long as it did, but the time has finally come.
The second of three Adjustments EPs features four new originals and an unapologetic Barry Manilow cover, paired with remixes of each.
The 10-track EP will be released on June 17, but you can
pre-order it now for $4.99.
Allison Lukin of
Market Like a Rock Star is a music journalism pro who has interviewed artists like Maroon 5, Jason Mraz, and now, little ol’ me. While most interviews you read online are the product of an email exchange, she interviewed me by phone for a more candid and casual conversation.
Check it out
Nicholas Murphy O’Brien a.k.a.
DJ Nikmo makes me feel old and lazy.
At age 15, he’s already produced over 600 tracks, including an amazing remix of my soon-to-be-released (really) song “The Motions.”
Here’s a preview:
I’ve been done with my five originals for the
EP for over two months now. At this point, I’m just waiting on the last of the remixes to roll in, and I can finally release it! Adjustments Pt. 2