Jabun [Alternate Reality] - Warrior METAL cover announced, $5+ Patreon rewards to celebrate, Patreon now accepting $s, £s & €s, BTTB's Meteor Shower [Instrumental] streaming, another Ska Show with Beefy, features in Newgrounds' Tank Tribune + more!
Hi everyone and hope you're having a great week! It's been a super busy one here at JabunAudio and I've got a jam packed news post to share with you this time with some new music, press features and important updates! Before we get onto all that main news though, a belated Happy 808 Day to you all in celebration of 40 years of my favourite analogue drum machine: the Roland TR-808! I've already said a lot about this fine drum machine in years past so I won't repeat myself here, but although I didn't manage to get a video recorded this year, I did have a fantastic and fun jam session on my own TR-08 reissue in the weekend! It's also been a fun time this week experimenting with my other music gear when I've had the chance, especially my organ and homemade guitar pedals, running various things through other things with some crazy and cool results! I also took the time to sort through my Better Than The Book ideas folder and do a "stock check" on the various ideas and snippets I'd like to focus on for when I get started on the next album / EP. I've really been itching to get back to some BTTB writing / demo recording, but with another Jabun album still to finish mixing / producing, a LOT more Jabun demos waiting on the back burner, and a tonne of admin and promo work to do for various releases, it might be a little while until I get around to it. Enough of the chit chat though, lots more news to go through this week so let's get started with the big one!
So first of all this week, I have HUGE announcement to make from a brand new Jabun side project!
The name of this new side project is “Jabun [Alternate Reality]” and truth be told, I’m not 100% sure what I want to do with it yet, but I sure am excited to announce it! Jabun [Alternate Reality] came about because there are things I’d like to release under the Jabun name which aren’t the chill or cinematic soundscapes you know me for, but are instead almost the complete opposite: METAL! I’ve been a metal fan and musician since my early teen years and it’s something that’s close to my heart but I certainly don’t feel fits under my usual Jabun or Better Than The Book banners which are more experimental/electronic/chill and ska punk respectively.
I have plans to release more metal / metal inspired original music in the future, but to kickstart this project, I’m releasing a cover of Kesha’s “Warrior”, which being a mainstream pop song, gives a nice extra meaning to that “Alternate Reality” metal version I’m excited to announce today! Check out the artwork below:
I’ve had this metal / metal core cover idea going through my head ever since I first heard Kesha’s Warrior years ago, and after seeing Killswitch Engage with Iron Maiden on August 11th 2018 and completing Better Than The Book’s 2nd full-length album in July 19th, I thought it was finally time to get this thing recorded! With some delays including moving house/studios, illness and more (not to mention this crazy 2020), I’m super happy to finally be able to share this first track as Jabun [Alternate Reality], the new not-so-chill side of Jabun!
Jabun [Alternate Reality] - Warrior will be released for streaming on YouTube to the public on Wednesday September 2nd at 9am BST, and will be an exclusive download for my supporters on Patreon only!
And to celebrate this huge announcement there's a tonne of Patreon rewards out for the $5+ patrons this week! $5 & $10 Patrons, you’re getting the full download package (Mp3, WAVs & artwork) immediately, and will be able to listen to the track 3 weeks ahead of the rest of the world! Become a $5+ patron to grab Jabun [Alternate Reality] – Warrior today:
$5 rewards: https://www.patreon.com/posts/40080252/
All original songwriting credits go to Kesha Sebert, Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin, Pebe Sebert and Henry Walter with the original performance recorded by Kesha, and an extra special thanks to Vlad for lending his metal experienced ears during the mixing and mastering process! Couldn’t have sounded this good without your help!
Arranged, performed and produced by Nick Standing
Recorded, mixed and mastered at JabunAudio by Nick Standing
Track artwork by Nick Standing
For the $10 patrons we’re also taking a deep dive into the creation of Warrior with some WIP demos and a behind the scenes article! Become a $10 patron to access that and many more rewards now, and remember that you'll gain access to all historic rewards and posts for your Patreon tier too when you become a supporter! With the REWARD ARCHIVE tag it's never been easier to catch up with all those posts and music downloads you've missed too! I hope you enjoy them!
$10 rewards: https://www.patreon.com/posts/40080246/
Find out more: https://www.patreon.com/NickStanding
That's it for this month's $5+ rewards, and Jabun [Alternate Reality]'s Warrior will be released to the $1 patrons when it goes live on YouTube on September 2nd at 9am BST! Next time in the Patreon rewards we’ll be back to complete Jabun’s current discography with the 2017 album Daydream, and until the next one, I hope you enjoy the brand new music and thanks as always for supporting Jabun, Better Than The Book and my various projects on Patreon!
And speaking of Patreon, I've another important update and some great news to share about the platform itself. If you've been considering supporting my music projects on Patreon, you can now pledge in the currency of your choice: Euros (€), British Pounds (£) or U.S. Dollars ($)! If you're a resident of the UK, EU or U.S., this can help prevent you from paying extra conversion fees from your bank or card when pledging in a currency that’s not your own. Nice!
To keep things consistent with past reward posts, I'll continue to label reward posts in terms of U.S Dollars ($1, $5 & $10 tiers), but I hope you enjoy the music wherever you're listening from!
Get the full Better Than The Book discography, a tonne of Jabun, as well as many Patreon exclusive bonus tracks and more for as little as $1 when you sign up today! Hope to see you there and enjoy the music!
And for more information about the newly accepted currencies, check out this Patreon post below:
Next this week, some more new music to share as Better Than The Book's Meteor Shower [Instrumental] is now streaming on YouTube, Newgrounds and SoundCloud! New tracks from the Hopes and Dreams [Instrumentals] bonus album will be uploaded each Friday until the end of September! Check out Meteor Shower [Instrumental] below:
And if you like what you hear, pick up Hopes and Dreams [Instrumentals] on Bandcamp along with the rest of the BTTB discography:
Or grab it on Patreon when you become a patron for as little as $1 a month!
Carrying on with the topic of BTTB's Hopes and Dreams [Instrumentals] bonus album, some more great news to share with you this week as Better Than The Book was back on The Ska Show with Beefy with "(The Travelling To See Eva Song) [Instrumental]"! Thanks so much to Beefy for featuring the new track on this special lockdown home edition of the show and for the amazing shout out, and super happy to hear people are enjoying the new Instrumentals album!
Check out the show below for a great hour of ska / ska punk, and BTTB's on at ~49:45 followed by the shoutout:
And for the full playlist, check out:
Finally this week, another bit of cool news to share as Better Than The Book's "(The Travelling To See Eva Song)" was featured in last Sunday's the The Tank Tribune / Sunday Phonograph playlist no. 008 on Newgrounds! A huge thanks to TTT editor @The-Great-One for sharing the music and check out the full post below:
And that about wraps things up for this week's jam packed blog post! I imagine next week will be a bit quieter, but there'll be the next track from Better Than The Book's Hopes and Dreams [Instrumentals] bonus album to share with you at the very least! Until next time, I hope you enjoy all the new music and features and thanks as always for supporting JabunAudio, Jabun, Better Than The Book, and my various projects! All the best and take care!
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