Funtimes back in my home town, some BTTB updates, back to the usual schedule until Christmas + a really cool weekly treat starting next week!
Hello everyone and I hope you didn't miss me too much last week. The past fortnight has mostly been spent back in my hometown having fun and making the most of being there, but now that I'm back, things should return to the usual schedule until the Christmas break. In case you missed the quick update post on Facebook last week, here's a summary of that + some more updates on what's been happening since then. I must admit that I've not been back long enough to have done much audio work at all, but there's some things I'm really excited to share with you starting next week, so hopefully that makes up for it. With all that said, let's get started on the JabunAudio news for this week!
So as previously mentioned, most of the last fortnight was spent back in my hometown and of course I didn't have my studio equipment there, so I wasn't able to do any "proper" audio work. I did however spend some time recording some rough demos for the new Better Than The Book album, as well as working on the 4 unfinished lyrics sheets (none completed, but a fair amount of progress made). Mostly though, I was making the most of being back which meant playing a lot of cello, saxaflute, balalaika, acoustic piano, jazz bass through my BIG gigging amp, as well as some electric guitar, acoustic 12-string, and doing a crazy amount of singing. Fun times! I must admits that it saddens me that I can't bring all this stuff to the studio with me, but at the same time, if I took everything then I'd have nothing to do when I visited, so it's a good balance! Away from my own music, I also went to see the Australian Pink Floyd Tribute Band for the 4th time (Playing Dark Side of the Moon and then some), which was simply spectacular as always, visited good friends, and celebrated my Grandparents' 50th wedding anniversary with the family which was really nice. All in all a great and much needed trip, and I'll be back again no doubt for Christmas too which I'm sure will be fun!
Lastly this week, I'm really excited to finally be able to share with you a project which I poured my heart and skills into this summer. Cutting a long story short, to commemorate 4 years with my lovely girlfriend Eva, I decided to record her a 5 track covers EP of Blink 182 songs which remind me of her, and after hearing lots of positive feedback on it, I figured I’d upload it to YouTube for everyone to listen to (with her permission of course!). Everything you'll hear is pitch correction and time stretching free for an honest performance from one heart to another (not that I have anything against those tools), and I really think it's my best pop-punk production/recording to date. The EP was originally given to her on August 19th 2017, and over the next 10 weeks on Wednesdays (from November 8th 2017 to January 10th 2018), I’ll be uploading each of the songs followed by an off-vocal version. The track schedule will be as follows:
08/11/2017 - 01 First Date
15/11/2017 - 02 M+M’s
22/11/2017 - 03 Wasting Time
29/11/2017 - 04 Eva [Josie] (I’ve messed with the lyrics of this one to make it suit us better)
06/12/2017 - 05 All The Small Things
13/12/2017 - 06 First Date [Instrumental]
20/12/2017 - 07 M+M’s [Instrumental]
27/12/2017 - 08 Wasting Time [Instrumental]
03/01/2018 - 09 Eva [Josie] [Instrumental]
10/01/2018 - 10 All The Small Things [Instrumental]
A big thanks to Eva for letting me share these with you, and I hope this ties your pop-punk/skate-punk needs over until the new Better Than The Book album is completed!
[Fun fact: this is actually the 2nd EP of cover songs I've recorded for Eva! The 1st (from 2014) I've yet to release to the public (maybe in the future?), but you can hear snippets from it in the JabunAudio Mastering Demo Reel 2015! What do you think? Shall I release it? It's a little dated now, as well as a bit more raw. I'll think about it... I'm still very happy with how it turned out back then]
And that's about it for this week! I'll be aiming to get started on some new projects as well as working a bit on the new BTTB album over the next 7 days and we'll see how things go from there. Be sure to keep an eye on the HurpADervish YouTube and JabunAudio Facebook page for the Blink 182 covers starting next Wednesday and thanks as always for supporting JabunAudio and all my projects. Hope you have a great week and take care!
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