New World Beyond album "Nobody Asked For This So I Did It", new BTTB bonus track "Stars Racing", Patreon $1/2 rewards and another JabunAudio newsletter sent out, reflecting on November + setting goals for December, and the winter downtime schedule!
Hello everyone, and man has it been a busy week since the last post, so much so that I had to cut down the title quite substantially just to fit the character limit here on the website (and that's a very rare occurrence)! As you can probably see from that, there's a whole bunch of new music and news to share with you this week, and this is going to be a long post, so let's get straight to it!
First of all in this post, this week World Beyond finally released our new collaborative alternative metal album "Nobody Asked For This So I Did It"! I think I said everything I wanted to say about it in the previous post here, but here's an official press release statement about the project from the main man himself, Vladimir Kuznetsov! Congrats on the release my friend, and looking forward to the next collaboration already!
Vladimir Kuznetsov and Nicholas Standing present a brand new World Beyond album "Nobody Asked For This So I Did It".
For the past 2 years we've been working on a new release, an album which draws inspiration from the music we listened to during our high school and university years. From the early 2000s to this day, the alternative and metal music genres have been a major part of both our lives. They were always there for us when we needed them, countless songs by badass bands and artists within reach right in our pockets. They empowered and encouraged us, helped us deal with pain and hardships, they were a way to vent and a way to find out there were people in this world like us, with thoughts and feelings we could relate to. And today we want to bring you a soundtrack for the reality you are living, no matter where you are in life, if you ever feel like nobody cares what you do or who you are. As you put your headphones on, we want you to have something to carry with you, and to tune into whenever you most need it. We want you to feel confident; we want you to feel strong.
"Nobody Asked For This So I Did It"
Heavy Rock Delivery Ready For Pickup
The album is available now to listen to andpurchase on bandcamp, and will be coming to iTunes and other major digital retailers soon, as well as the World Beyond YouTube channel! Check out the album via the embedded Bandcamp player below (remember to start from track 01), and if you like it, go show Vlad some support! You can also check out the visualisers for tracks 03 & 04, "Driving Force" & "From Under The Rock" via the YouTube videos below, and Vlad tells me there'll be many more of those to come in the future! We hope you enjoy it!
The album has also now been added to the JabunAudio music collaborations portfolio, so if you're ever wanting to listen but can't find it here in the blog, just head over there.
Secondly this week, I'm super excited to share with you a brand new (sort of) Better Than The Book seasonal bonus track which is also the first new track I've released since I joined Patreon, "Stars Racing"! I wanted to do something a little different but relatively simple for this year's seasonal bonus track while I'm busy working on the upcoming BTTB album, and so I thought I'd give this mashup a try featuring "Hearts Racing" from the Two Years On album (which'll be next month's Patreon reward), and the infamous and highly memed "All Star" by Smash Mouth! Whether you're a patron or not, you can check out the track via the YouTube video below, and I hope you get a kick out of it! (I thought it worked surprisingly well!). As yesterday was the first Wednesday of the month too, I've just sent out rewards to the $1 & $2 patrons, mp3s and artwork (and WAVs for the $2 Hi-Fi Pigeons) for 3 Patreon exclusive Better Than The Book bonus tracks: The 2017 instrumental demo of Meteor Shower, 2018's April Fools prank "MLGG", and this new mashup track "Stars Racing"! If all those rewards sound good to you, then become a patron for as little as $1 a month to download this music and all previous rewards for your tier including the One Small Step EP and last month's collection of tracks, and I look forward to sharing the Two Years On album with you next month! Without further wait, I hope you enjoy "Stars Racing"!
Next this week, it's the beginning of another month which means another JabunAudio music production newsletter has been sent out! This month is going to be one for the ska and pop punk heads as I'll be discussing how to create space for a horn section in a guitar heavy ska-punk mix! If that sounds interesting to you, sign up for free on the JabunAudio home page, I hope you enjoy it, and be sure to share with anyone you think would be interested!
And continuing with the usual first post of the month traditions, let's take some time to reflect on last month's goals and set some new ones for December! Here were November's goals:
1) Finish editing all the tracks on the BTTB album ready for mixing
2) Finish the mystery bonus track for Patreon!
3) Make 1 solid mix for the new album
And looks like we did well! 1) was finished prior to starting mixing (though looks like I may have a couple of little edits to do in some of the mixes later), 2) was of course referring to "Stars Racing" which is out now, and with 3 solid mixes under my belt for the new album already, 3) is certainly done too! The added bonus of finishing and releasing the new World Beyond album was an unexpected addition to the the list, so I can undoubtedly say that November has been a great month for progression! With those things reflected on, lets set some new goals for December:
1) Have 5 mixes finished for the new Better Than The Book album
2) Write 3 more articles for the JabunAudio newsletter
3) Schedule the holiday time Patreon posts (i.e.: next months rewards)
It looks like December is going to be a very busy month for me as well as only being here for two thirds of it, so I'm not sure how many of these goals will get done, but it's what I'm aiming for. Since 3 mixes are already done for the new BTTB album, with the 4th quite far along, I hope that another 2 over the next 2 weeks should be doable along with my other work, but we'll have to see. Writing articles for the JabunAudio newsletter isn't a particularly high priority at the moment, so as long as I have 1 article ready for the start of January, I should be ok to leave the other 2 for January's goals. Finally, the last goal is mainly so that I don't have to work over the winter break, even though I'll have my laptop with me during the holidays. It shouldn't be too difficult to pull off and may take some time, but I'd certainly like to get it done, so I can chill and make the most of being with my family. Let's see how I do in the new year! Any goals you'd like to share? Leave them in the comments and we can keep eachother accountable! Best of luck!
Finally this week, a heads up for the usual seasonal downtime. JabunAudio will be closed for the winter break from Friday 21st December 2018 to Friday 4th January 2019, during which I will be unable to carry out any audio work. Any communications during this period may also receive delayed responses, though feel free to message me and I'll get to any messages by Friday 4th January. Apologies in advance for any inconvenience, and I look forward to working with you when I get back! Of course the blog post will be on hiatus during that period too meaning the last blog post of the year will be out on Thursday 21st December before a 2 week break and returning on Thursday 10th of January 2019! Hope you don't miss me too much and I look forward to sharing more music with you all in the new year!
And that about wraps things up for this blog post! The coming week looks to be very busy writing (words) rather than mixing as I tackle all these articles and scheduled Patreon posts. Hoping to get back to mixing the new Better Than The Book album very soon! In the mean time, thanks as always for stopping by to read the JabunAudio blog and supporting JabunAudio and my various projects! Hope you have a great week until the next one, only 2 more blog posts until the winter break, and take care!
New World Beyond album trailer, tracklist and first track "Diesel Heart" revealed + release date set for December 1st (now available for pre-order), $5+ Patreon rewards sent out + deep into mixing the upcoming Better Than The Book album!
Hi everyone and I hope you've had a great week since the last post. It's been intensely busy here at JabunAudio, perhaps the busiest week for a long long time, not that it's been particularly calm for a long time either! Tonnes of amazing news to share in this blog post, which is going to be a long one, so let's dive straight into it!
Firstly and the big news for this week, I'm super excited to finally be able to share both the teaser trailer and the first pre-order track "Diesel Heart" for World Beyond's new (mostly) instrumental alternative metal album "Nobody Asked For This So I Did It"! It's been one heck of a journey being a part of this, and having played lead guitar, acoustic guitar and bass in some combination on 21 out of the 22 tracks for this project, as well as countless hours of listening and consultation on the production, it's undoubtedly not only the biggest musical collaboration I've done with World Beyond, but my biggest musical collaboration to date EVER! A huge thanks to my musical genius friend of almost 6 years now, Vladimir Kuznetsov for having me on board with the project and being my go-to 2nd set of ears on my own music throughout the years! This'll be our 3rd album working together (the last one being Mindshell, just shy of 2 years ago), and here's to big things and the big launch for "Nobody Asked For This So I Did It" this coming Saturday! Super excited times! No doubt the final few days before the launch will be some of the busiest this year, but I've no doubt it'll all be worth it! Can't wait to share the rest of the album with you all next week!
Releases this Saturday December 1st, and available for pre-order on Bandcamp now!
Check out the full tracklist as well as the animated teaser trailer and the pre-order track, "Diesel Heart" below. I hope you enjoy it!
World Beyond Presents
"Nobody Asked For This So I Did It"
Heavy Rock Delivery
Ready For Pickup 1.12.2018
01 Not the Beginning
02 Alternative Route Advised
03 Driving Force
04 From Under the Rock
05 Over the Ridge
06 Rock Hauler
07 Diesel Heart
11 Because We Can
12 Riffs Explode
14 Where Fires Burn Bright
15 Renegade Radio
16 Nickel and Dime
17 Heavy Duty
20 Awaken the Giant
21 Not the End
22 Rewind Machine
Next this week, yesterday was the final Wednesday of the month which means I've just sent rewards out to the $5+ supporters on Patreon! This time there aren't any main discography tracks, but I do have 3 Better Than The Book bonus tracks (and art) to share which have never been released for download making this the first month of Patreon exclusives!
First of all, I have a bonus track released for streaming on YouTube last Christmas, an early instrumental demo for one of the upcoming tracks on the new "Hopes & Dreams" album: "Meteor Shower". It's one of the more J-rock inspired heavier BTTB tracks (think Kishida Kyoudan & The Akeboshi Rockets meets Zebrahead), and has since been completely rerecorded in the studio for the new album!
Next a RIP-headphone-users warning for the first (and only (so far)) April Fools Prank from the BTTB YouTube Channel last year, the MajorLeagueGaming edit of last month's track GG [Good Game]: "MLGG". I never put it up for download because it was just too stupid, but as a bonus track, it cannot be denied from the BTTB discography! You can revisit the "official music video" on the BTTB YouTube Channel. Probably best to turn your speakers down... but I hope you share my sense of humour!
And finally this month I'm presenting this years seasonal bonus track and the first "new" track since I joined Patreon: "Stars Racing"! I wanted to do something different but relatively simple this year while I was busy working on the upcoming BTTB album, and so I thought I'd give this mash-up a try featuring "Hearts Racing" from the Two Years On album (which'll be next month's reward). I won't spoil what the mash-up is, but I hope you get a kick out of it (I thought it worked surprisingly well)! The track will be released on YouTube in a week's time to coincide with the rest of the Patreon rewards, but until then, it'll remain a little secret for the $5+ patrons only!
If that sounds all good to you then become a $5+ patron to access the rewards above instantly! These rewards will also be sent out to the $2 Hi-Fi Pigeons (everything) and $1 Pigeons (Mp3s and Artwork only) next week on Wednesday 5th December, and if you aren't already a patron, remember that you'll also be able to access all the previous music downloads for your tier too when you sign up, including the One Small Step EP and last month's 2 tracks! The mysterious new bonus track will also be uploaded to YouTube on Wednesday too, so even if you're not a patron, I hope you enjoy it when the time comes! For those of you who decide to join (or have already joined) the $10 DEMOlition Pigeon tier or higher, you're in for a treat too as we dive into the creation and story behind the One Small Step EP artwork. On top of that, I'll be sharing with you a first draft mix from the upcoming "Hopes and Dreams" album. Exciting times! [Note: Patreon charges on sign-up AND on the 1st of each month, so to keep the cost low for you folks, be sure to wait for the start of the new month before signing up or changing your subscription tier. Many thanks for the support!]
Finally this week, I've a couple of little updates to share on the upcoming Better Than The Book album. While much of my week has been spent working to finish the lastest World Beyond project, I'm also currently deep into mixing my own BTTB album and as of Tuesday, 3/10 tracks are mixed and in a very good state ready for the final checks when the rest of the tracks are done are done. I'm aiming to have half of the tracks done before the JabunAudio closes for the winter break, but Decemeber's looking to be a very busy month so far, so I'll see how it all goes. More on that in the next blog post when I set my goals for the month!
And that's about it for this time! Next week's looking to be intense with the final preparations for the World Beyond album's release on Saturday, then I've got a few JabunAudio admin things and other beginning of the month duties to attend to before I can get back to mixing the Better Than The Book album. Expect another long post next week, as I'll be sharing the new World Beyond album, as well as setting and reflecting on some monthly goals! Until then, I hope you have a great week whatever you're up to and thanks as always for supporting JabunAudio and my various projects. Keep warm in these winter months, and take care until next time!
Hi everyone and hope you've had a great week whatever you've been up to! I've actually been away for much of this week (back in my home town for the Australian Pink Floyd!), but as you can probably tell by the title, the rest of my time has been spent mixing the first track of the upcoming Better Than The Book album and things are going very well! A few drafts have been sent out and back with feedback and I think things are just about ready to call done and move onto the next mix. Just waiting for some final blessings, but the sound of the album has been defined now and IMO BTTB, is sounding better than ever! Exciting times!
Apart from that, there isn't really anything else to report this week, but I'll be sure to share more updates as and when I can. The coming week looks like it'll be spent doing any final edits for this mix, then it'll be onto the next one and so on. Apart from that, I'll see how it all goes, and until next time, thanks as always for supporting JabunAudio and my various projects. Hope you have a good week and take care!
Hi everyone and looking back it's been a super busy week here at JabunAudio! My time's been spent finishing off a Better Than The Book bonus track for next month's Patreon rewards (all finished now), doing some proof listening for World Beyond's upcoming album, (which is sounding fantastic), and starting the mixing process for my own upcoming Better Than The Book album, which I'm super pleased with so far. I also have a photo to show you, my entry for the Fender Upgrade Contest which is going on until the end of the month. A few cool things to share this week so let's get straight to it!
First of all, some updates on the Better Than The Book album! As mentioned above, I've just started mixing the first track of the upcoming album, and this month, I wanted to take some time to concentrate on just one track to establish a new sound for these new songs, a contrast, but continuity from Two Years On! It's still very much in the pop-punk / ska-punk / J-rock esq genre, but unlike the more atmospheric and natural nature of Two Years On, I want this album to be more in your face and larger than life, and after only 3 days of mixing so far, I'm super pleased with the results! I'm sure I'm on track for finishing this track within the month, and I really can't wait to share this with you all in the new year! Get ready!
And that about wraps things up for this week! I'll be back to mixing this afternoon and hopefully have a first draft of the new BTTB mix ready to send out for feedback by the next blog post. With the World Beyond album so close to completion too, I'm expecting an announcement about that before the end of the month, so look forward to that soon too! Until next time, I hope you have a great week and thanks as always for supporting JabunAudio and my various projects! I really can't wait to share with you all the music that's coming over the next few months from various projects, and until then, sit tight, get ready and I hope you enjoy the ride! Take care!
Upcoming Better Than The Book album ready for mixing + $1 / $2 Patreon rewards sent out for November!
Hello everyone and hope you've had a great time since the last blog post. It's been another super busy week for me, first of all in the studio, but then away for a nice (but busy) break in my hometown for family festivities (always fun)! Since I've been away for most of the week, there's really not much to report so this'll be a short one. Let's get straight to it!
First of all, as of Friday, all ten tracks for the upcoming Better Than The Book album "Hopes and Dreams" are finally fully edited, optimised and ready for mixing! Exciting times! Before I can get started on the mixing process though (hopefully at some point next week), I've a fair few things on my to do list I NEED to get done, so the album stuff will have to wait for a few days. I'm very much looking forward to getting started on it when I can though.
Next and finally this week, just a quick notification to say that as of yesterday (the first Wednesday of the month), I've just sent out rewards to the $1 & $2 patrons, mp3s and artwork (and WAVs for the $2 Hi-Fi Pigeons) for Better Than The Book's cover of "Heartbeats" by The Knife, and 2015 collaboration with Jabun "GG [Good Game]". If that sounds good to you, then become a patron for as little as $1 a month to gain access to this music and all previous rewards for your tier including last month's One Small Step EP, and I look forward to sharing more music with you next month!
And that about wraps things up for this week (told you this'd be short). The coming week for me looks to like it'll be mostly spent sorting out various admin things I've got to do + finishing off next month's Christmas BTTB bonus track, and hopefully getting started on mixing the upcoming album? It looks like I've got a little bit of World Beyond work to do too which I'm very excited about, but I'll have to keep that a secret for the moment. Until next time, I hope you have a great week whatever you're up to and thanks as always for supporting JabunAudio, Better Than The Book and my various other audio projects. Take care!
Another batch of tracks released on Patreon, editing finished for the upcoming Better Than The Book album (sort of), another JabunAudio newsletter sent out, reflecting on October + setting some new goals for November!
Hi everyone and hope you've had a great time since the last post (Happy Halloween for yesterday too!). It's been another intensely busy week at JabunAudio working on the upcoming Better Than The Book album, as well as sorting the latest batch of rewards for Patreon! Lots to report this week so let's get straight to it.
Firstly, the Patreon updates: Yesterday was the final Wednesday of the month which means it was time to send rewards out to the $5+ patrons! This month I'm sharing Better Than The Book's cover of "Heartbeats" by The Knife and the BTTB/Jabun collaboration "GG [Good Game], which you can get Mp3 and WAV downloads for, as well as album art and some other bonus things (depending on your subscription tier) when you contribute this month! If that sounds all good to you then become a $5+ patron to access the rewards above instantly or wait until next week on Wednesday 7th November when these rewards will also be sent out to the $2 Hi-Fi Pigeons (everything) and $1 Pigeons (Mp3s and artwork only). If you aren't already a patron, remember that you'll also be able to access all the previous music downloads for your tier too when you sign up, including last month's One Small Step EP! For the $10+ patrons too, you'll receive a download package to take you on a journey through the production process of track 06 "Get a Haircut" from the upcoming Better Than The Book album "Hopes And Dreams"! I can't wait to share the final track with you soon!
Read the full update on Patreon here, and I look forward to sharing more music with you when you become a patron for as little as $1 a month today:
[Note: Patreon charges on sign-up AND on the 1st of each month, so to keep the cost low for you folks, be sure to wait for the start of the new month before signing up or changing your subscription tier. Many thanks for the support!]
Next this week, some quick updates on the upcoming Better Than The Book album. It's been an intense time since the last post, but as of earlier this week, all 10 tracks are finally fully edited! I'm currently just in the process of freezing down some of the processing ready for mixing, and as of yesterday it's 5 tracks finished with the mix sessions set-up, and 5 left to go. I'm hoping to have them all ready to start mixing by the next blog post. Exciting times!
Thirdly on the news, it's the beginning of another month which means another JabunAudio music production newsletter has been sent out! This month I'll be discussing various methods of recording electric guitar and their advantage/disadvantages before sharing with you my own hybrid recording technique for achieving a great and flexible in the mix guitar tone and performance without potentially annoying your neighbours! If that sounds interesting to you, sign up for free on the JabunAudio home page, I hope you enjoy it, and be sure to share with anyone you think would be interested!
Finally for this blog post, it's time as usual to reflect on last month's goals and set some new ones for November. Let's look back at October's goals and see how I did!
1) Launch and run the promotion plan for the Patreon page
2) Finish editing all the tracks on the BTTB album ready for mixing in November
And I'm pleased to say that I think goal 1) was a big success so far! Great to have the Patreon page finally launched after all this time in the making. Goal 2) is aaaaaaalmost there, but not quite yet... Editing is finished, but only 5/10 tracks are actually ready for mixing at the moment. I'm sure it'll not be long until this goal is completed though!
With that reflection done, let's set some new goals for November!
1) Finish editing all the tracks on the BTTB album ready for mixing
2) Finish the mystery bonus track for Patreon!
3) Make 1 solid mix for the new album
Goal 1) is simply carried over from last month and I don't think that'll take too long. The mystery bonus track in goal 2) I don't think should take too long to finish either, but it does need some attention. Looking forward to sharing that with you all in December as a Better Than The Book Christmas bonus for the year! Goal 3) was an interesting one to think of. I'm away for much of this month as well as being very busy sorting other things, so I'll definitely not be able to finish mixing the upcoming album this month. Ideally I'd like to have all the mixes to a point where I'm sending them out for feedback by the time I close up JabunAudio for the winter break, though I'm not sure if that'll be possible either. With that in mind, I figured it'd be great to get just one great mix sorted for the album this month so that there's a good target to mix all the other tracks too. Anything extra will be a bonus! Wish me luck and if there's any goals you'd like to share, feel free to in the comments below. All the best with this next month to you too!
And that about wraps things up for this week's post! I'm away for most of next week, but I hope to be able to get those final 5 tracks ready for mixing when I have time. I'll have to see how it all goes. Anyways, I hope you have a great week until next time and thanks as always for supporting JabunAudio and my various music projects! Looking forward to sharing some more music with you all soon, and take care!
A huge dino milestone: 10 Million views for the 3 Little Raptors, + some Better Than The Book album and Patreon updates!
Hi everyone! It's been another intensely busy week of editing the upcoming Better Than The Book album for me (more on that in a second) + I have a huge milestone I'd love to share with you. It's not going to be a long post this week, but let's get straight into it!
Firstly some updates on the Better Than The Book album. As it currently stands 8/10 tracks have been edited ready for some final freezing down of processing before mixing, and the 9th track is mostly there too (just the lead vocal takes and associated harmonies left to sort though). It's been admittedly very intense, so I'll likely take a little break after the editing to let my ears refresh ready for mixing. Seeing how it's all currently going, I recon I can finish the edits by the end of the month, then have all the freezing done by the end of the first week of November, ready to take a break in the weekend and get started mixing on Bonfire night (well not the night, but the day)! That's the plan for the moment anyway, but we'll see how it all goes and these are certainly things that can't be rushed. Wish me luck!
Onto the next piece of news this week, super exciting times as my first ever animation audio post-production job from back in 2014, "3 Little Raptors and the Big Bad Rex" by Fun Station 4 Kids (the sequel of which was featured in the Patreon intro video) just hit a whopping 10 MILLION views on YouTube! A huge congratulations to Fun Station 4 Kids and the rest of the 3 Little Raptors team on this awesome achievement! Amazing! If you have no idea what I'm talking about, go check out the animation below, and send FS4Ks some YouTube love! Enjoy!
Finally this week, just a quick note to say that the new Patreon rewards schedule starts next Wednesday 31th on Halloween! For all the $5+ patrons, they'll be receiving downloads of Better Than The Book's cover of Heartbeats by The Knife, as well as the 2015 Better Than The Book & Jabun collaboration GG [Good Game]! For those on the $1-2 tier, they'll be receiving their rewards on the following Wednesday in November, and for those on the $10+ tiers, look forward to a sneak peek into the creative process behind another of the tracks on the upcoming album! (though I've yet to decide which track). If any of that sounds exciting to you, then head over to Patreon (<<< Click here) to get a piece of the action (be sure to pick up the One Small Step EP from earlier this month too) and I look forward to sharing this music with you soon!
That's all for this week! I'm aiming to get the last 2 tracks of the album edited by the next blog post, and some if not all of the tracks frozen and ready for mixing too, but we'll see how it all goes. Until then, I hope you all have a great week and thanks as always for supporting JabunAudio and my various audio projects. All the best, and take care!
A great first week on Patreon and a huge thanks to everyone who made it happen + some Better Than The Book album updates!
Hi everyone! It's been a super busy time here at JabunAudio with the Patreon launch, but I've finally been able to get back to working on the new Better Than The Book album too! It's only going to be a short post this time, so let's dive straight into it!
First of all, a Patreon update and celebrating a great first week on the new platform! Thanks so much to everyone who's contributed so far as well as all the kind people who've shared & tweeted about the page and intro video to their friends and followers, it really means a lot. This first week has been a great start and after just over a week we've already almost reached halfway towards the first goal (which is basically just covering basic running/maintenance costs not including rent/utilities). A huge thanks to the 6 patrons who've made that happen and perhaps at this rate, we might make that first goal within the month? One can dream! If you've yet to check it out, head over to Patreon to see what all the fuss is about and pick up the One Small Step EP and more when you sign up! Also, if you've yet to see it, have a look at the special Patreon intro video I made to celebrate launching the campaign. I'm sure you'll enjoy it, and I look forward to seeing you over on Patreon!
Onto the next and last piece of news for this week, over the last 7 days I've finally got back to editing the tracks for the upcoming Better Than The Book album ready for mixing! As of Wednesday that's 5/10 edited, 5 to go, though I still need to go though and "freeze" down some of the processing (such as noise reduction) before mixing, just to keep things running smoothly. Hopefully that shouldn't take too long though and I'm still aiming to be mixing by the first week of November. Things are certainly sounding great so far though, and I really can't wait to share this album with you all soon! It's all coming together!
That's it for this week! Next week is looking to be more editing for the new album for me + some continued promotion of the new Patreon page too. Again, if you've yet to check it out please take a look and if you're able to, sharing the page or intro video with anyone you think would be interested would be a huge help to spreading the word. Hoping to bring some more music to you soon, and as always thanks for supporting JabunAudio and my various projects! I hope you have a great week until the next post, and until then, take care!
Huge News! The Patreon page has been Launched, Better Than The Book and Jabun are creating music on Patreon, new video + tab, One Small Step EP for just $1, World Mental Health Awareness Day + back to working on the upcoming BTTB album!
Hi everyone and hope you're having an amazing week! It's been intensely busy over at JabunAudio, perhaps the busiest it's been in a long time preparing for and launching the new Patreon campaign to help fuel my music projects! Certainly exciting times and there is much to tell so let's get straight onto that!
So after tons of hard work and planning over the past few months, on Monday I finally launched a Patreon page for my music projects Better Than The Book & Jabun (amongst other musical things)!
For those of you unfamiliar with it, Patreon is an online platform where patrons can pay a monthly subscription to support creators and their creations in exchange for various rewards. In my case your contribution will go towards fulfilling larger goals and requests for my music which I simply can't finance alone, such as CD and vinyl pressings, music videos, and later down the line, even touring, as well as giving me more time to focus on writing away from my client work as JabunAudio. Of course I still intend to keep helping other creators as JabunAudio, as well as write my own music in my spare time, but my hope is that with your support, we can allow these projects to blossom in ways that I wouldn't be able to your help, and create a musical experience that'll surpass the Hopes and Dreams of everyone who has supported my music so far.
To start my own Patreon adventure off with a massive BANG, everyone who contributes will receive the full debut EP from Better Than The Book: "One Small Step"! That's 4 songs + album art + a couple extra edits, all for just $1! Every month thereafter you’ll receive more music downloads and album art (many of which will be Patreon exclusives), and depending on your subscription tier you’ll get even more content and perks including early access to content, never before released demos, work in progress tracks and behind the scenes stuff, and at the highest levels, one-to-one mentoring for your own music and more!
While I'm busy finishing Better Than The Book's new album "Hopes and Dreams", I'll be uploading a couple of tracks from the BTTB back catalogue each month, as well as some bonus tracks & exclusive downloads which I can't wait to share with you! For those of you on the DEMOlition Pigeon ($10) tier, prepare yourself for a deep dive into my creative process and a taste of what's to come in the new album, and I hope you're ready for some headbanging, skanking goodness soon!
If that sounds all great to you then head over to Patreon for all the details, goals, rewards, examples of the music you’ll be contributing to, and a personal introduction video which I’m positive you’ll enjoy watching! Many thanks for the support!
The keen-eyed among you will also have noticed the new Patreon tab on the navigation bar above, which contains the video above, as well as a link the campaign and a quick reminder of that it's all about! If you ever need to find the Patreon page in the future, but can't remember the web address, just click on the tab above, and I look forward to seeing you there!
Finally this week, yesterday was World Mental Health Day, and every year, I write something on the subject on social media as Better Than The Book. Having had my own problems throughout my life with anxiety, panic attacks, depression, and other problems, I know first hand how much of an important issue mental health is, and so I'd like to share with you the post I wrote on the BTTB Facebook page yesterday. These are things which need to be said:
"It's World Mental Health Day again, but be sure to remember that everyday should be Mental Health Awareness Day in that no matter what day or time it is, it's always important to take care of yourself, your own mental well being, and support those around you to the best of your ability if you're able to. We are not a solitary species; we're much stronger together than alone.
So not just on World Mental Health Day, but EVERYDAY remember:
It's ok to say "no" to stuff
It's ok not to always be ok
It's ok to take some time for yourself
It's ok not to be "perfect"
It's ok to be who you want to be
It's ok to ask for help. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness, but a sign of courage
Support each other as best as you can
Much love to you all and in the wise words of Bill S. Preston Esq. & Theodore Logan:
"Be excellent to each other" & "Party on dudes!""
Please take care of yourselves and your friends, family and colleagues. We're in this life together, so let's make it great and get through it together!
And that about wraps things up for this blog post! Just one piece of big news this time. It's finally time for me to get back to working on the album after almost a month away from it too. Editing and mixing next to do so it'll certainly be a busy week ahead, and I'll be continuing to promote the Patreon page throughout the month and beyond so I'm sure I'll have my work cut out for me over the next few weeks! Until the next blog post, thanks so much for reading and supporting JabunAudio as always and if you decide to join me on Patreon for this next chapter in my musical adventure then a look forward to seeing you there! Thanks again and take care!
Long time no see! A very busy few weeks, Patreon page ready to launch later this month, another JabunAudio newsletter sent out, reflecting on September + setting some new goals for October!
Hello everyone and hope you didn't miss me too much over the last few weeks. It's been an intensely busy time for over the past month, both in the studio and away from it, as I've been travelling around the country on various trips, as well as spending most of last week ill in bed (thankfully, I'm mostly better now). My time in the studio has been spent working intensely on the long in the pipeline Patreon page, which I'll talk more about in just a second, as well as proof-listening to various snippets of the upcoming World Beyond album which is due for release in the near future and sounding fantastic so far! Really can't wait to share that with you all! It feels like too long since I've been working on the upcoming Better Than The Book album too, though in reality it's still on the track with the adjusted schedule looking like an early 2019 release now. Just the engineering side of things (and artwork / marketing) left to do, and I can't wait to get stuck in with that very soon. Onto the news for this blog post then, let's start with the Patreon page!
It's been a heck of a long time in the works (especially since I've been prioritizing work on the BTTB album this year), but the last few weeks has brought more progress to the Patreon page than the last few months! Since the last blog post, I've been busy scripting, filming and editing an introduction/information video about the Patreon page, and as of yesterday, the page, video, and various artworks for the campaign are pretty much finished. I'm just waiting on some last pieces of feedback before I start uploading things, but it looks like I'll be ready to make it live and start sorting out the marketing side of things by the end of this week. If everything goes smoothly, I should be announcing the launch in the next blog post, so be sure to keep an eye out for that next week, and if things don't go quite to plan, then I'm sure it'll be up by the end of the month. More information to come with the launch, but even if you're unable to contribute, I think you'll enjoy the video I put together for the campaign. I am by no means a professional video editor (give me sound any day), but I really think this video is the best solo video I've produced. On top of being an introduction for the Patreon page, I think it's a really nice step into the background workings and history of JabunAudio, as well as a nice view into the development of my life as a full-time musician/audio engineer. I hope you enjoy it when it's released, and I look forward to sharing it with you all soon.
Next on the news, it's the beginning of another month which means another JabunAudio music production newsletter has been sent out! This month I'll be discussing limiting vs clipping as a means to control audio peaks in mixing and mastering, which of them may be more appropriate/transparent in certain applications and why! If that sounds interesting to you, sign up for free on the JabunAudio home page, I hope you enjoy it, and be sure to share with anyone you think would be interested!
Finally for this blog post, as has become tradition for the start of each month, let's look back on last months goals, see how we did, and set some new ones for this month! Here's what was set for September:
1) Write 3 more articles for the JabunAudio monthly music production email
2) Finish recording the interludes for the BTTB album (up to 4 tracks)
3) Sort out the Patreon Page *
(* indicates lower priority)
And overall it's been a successful month I think! I've certainly completed my JabunAudio articles quota, and with the well thought out omission of interlude tracks in favour for some shorter sounds at the beginnings/ends of tracks on the BTTB album, goal 2) was completed too! While not live just yet, all components for the Patreon page are for all intents and purposes complete as well, and just need to be assembled, launched and marketed. With that I think setting the goals for the month will be pretty simple:
1) Launch and run the promotion plan for the Patreon page
2) Finish editing all the tracks on the BTTB album ready for mixing in November
Two goals doesn't seem like much for a month, but I think they'll both be a whole lot of work. The Patreon page should be easy enough to launch, but I've a lot of promotion / background work adding links to places etc... to do so I imagine it'll be a fairly busy time with that. With regards the edits for the BTTB album, there's also a lot to go through and check there too and while I think it's a good aim to have, I'm really not sure how long realistically it'll take to go though every part of every track and make sure it's ready for mixing. We'll just have to see how it goes and do it at a steady pace I think. Wish me luck! Any goals for you this month? Feel free to comment and share below, and all the best with your targets too!
And that about wraps things up for this week! The coming week will be dedicated to finishing off that Patron page ready for launch, then onto the vast amount of pre and post launch marketing to do. I think it's going to be busy. I'd also like to get started on the BTTB edits soon too, though I'll wait until after the Patron page is launched to get started on that. Looks like it's going to be a busy time for me this month, but for the first time in a while, it looks like I'll not be going anywhere so I can get stuck in and busy without distractions. I hope you have a great week until the next blog post and thanks as always for supporting JabunAudio and my various projects. Take care!
One more thing! On the current draft of the Patron page, there are a number of limited membership reward tiers for your contribution. To show my thanks to all the close supporters of JabunAudio, Better Than The Book and my various other projects, I'll be opening the Patreon page and these tiers to my close friends and those subscribed to the JabunAudio or Better Than The Book newsletters first, before opening it to the general public. If you want to be first in line to see these limited tiers (including mentoring sessions) or the Patreon page, be sure to subscribe to the JabunAudio newsletter here on the JabunAudio website, or to the Better Than The Book Newsletter on the BTTB website to be first in line to get a space. Thanks again for your support and I look forward to interacting with you on the Patreon page soon!
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