Jabun [Alternate Reality]'s Warrior (Kesha METAL cover) is OUT, Patreon rewards in celebration, BTTB's (The Travelling To See Eva Song) [Instrumental] streaming online, Bandcamp Friday, setting and reflecting on monthly goals + more updates!
Hi everyone and hope you're having a great start to September! It's been a jam packed week here at JabunAudio, firstly making the most of some free time at the end of the month to work on more Better Than The Book demos (6 rough demos fleshed out so far so it's going REALLY smoothly), then diving in deep with another hefty to-do list at the beginning of September releasing and promoting the debut track by Jabun [Alternate Reality]: Warrior (a Kesha metal cover)! Lots of cool stuff to share this week so let's start with that!
So yesterday was the first Wednesday of the month, and this time I had an extra special Patreon exclusive track to share with the $1+ patrons, the debut track from a brand new Jabun side project: “Jabun [Alternate Reality]”!
If you've not yet heard, 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 share with you today!
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 2019, 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! Enjoy Warrior!
Jabun [Alternate Reality] - Warrior is an exclusive download for my supporters on Patreon only so if you like it, become a patron today for as little as $1 to grab Jabun [Alternate Reality] – Warrior:
$1 rewards (Mp3, Art): https://www.patreon.com/posts/40080255/
$5 rewards (Mp3, WAV, Art): 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 from World Beyond 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
And that's it for this month's Patreon rewards! Next time we’ll be back to complete Jabun’s current discography with the 2017 album Daydream! 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 here on Patreon!
Speaking of Better Than The Book, next on the news this week, just a quick one today to say that Better Than The Book's (The Travelling To See Eva Song) [Instrumental] is now streaming on YouTube, Newgrounds and SoundCloud! As I'm sure you know by now, new tracks from the Hopes and Dreams [Instrumentals] bonus album will be uploaded each Friday until the end of September! Check out (The Travelling To See Eva Song) [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 (more about Bandcamp in a moment):
Or grab it along with the new exclusive download for Jabun [Alternate Reality]'s Warrior when you become a supporter on Patreon for as little as $1 a month!
Find out more: https://www.patreon.com/NickStanding
And speaking of Bandcamp, in support of musicians impacted by the coronavirus, Bandcamp is waiving its revenue share fees on the first Friday of the month from midnight to midnight PDT (that's tomorrow)! That means that if you purchase anything from Bandcamp this Friday 4th of September, the artists you support (including myself) will get more of the sales revenue than usual since Bandcamp doesn't take its cut, and you'll be able to support the music you love more directly than ever on the platform!
If you've been thinking of picking up Better Than The Book's "Hopes and Dreams" or grabbing Jabun's "Daydream" or one of my other tracks or albums, now's the best time to do so! Feel free to check out the Better Than The Book and Jabun Bandcamp pages below and thanks again for supporting my music in any way you can:
Better Than The Book
Nick Standing (< The sillier old stuff)
Finally this week, it's the beginning of another month which means it's time to reflect on some goals and set some new ones as usual. Here's what was set for August:
1) Sort Patreon rewards for the next 2 months
2) Keep up with BTTB guitar/vocal practice and learn THE guitar stage jump as I've planned
3) Finish preparations for releasing the mystery cover song and announcement it (ready for a September release)
4) Finish the admin work and make a promo plan for Jabun's 2nd album
5) Finished mixes and set up mastering for Jabun's 3rd album
6) Sort the global distribution problem for Hopes and Dreams [Instrumentals]
And woot woot, everything was done effectively! Patreon rewards are set and scheduled, I got a decent amount of BTTB practice done over the past few weeks including getting that jump under my feet, of course with Jabun [Alternate Reality]'s Warrior out now, everything was sorted for that, admin is all sorted and a promo plan made for Jabun's 2nd album, mixes finished and ready for mastering for Jabun's 3rd album, and Hopes and Dreams [Instrumentals] as of last week has FINALLY been approved for worldwide distribution! Great stuff! With everything done, it's a brand new goals list for September, so here's what I'm setting:
1) Sort the Bandcamp page and online streams / distribution for Jabun's 2nd album
2) Make and sort a teaser announcement video for the above album
3) Sort Patreon rewards associated with the above album (for November and December rewards)
4)Finish the promo plans for Hopes and Dreams [Instrumentals] and Warrior
5) Get a first draft master sorted for Jabun's 3rd album, and sent out for feedback
6) Set up a project folder for the upcoming Better Than The Book album and complete another 3 demos
I'd also like to make sure I keep up with the Better Than The Book live practice, though I'll not put that formally on the list (I think there's enough to do already). As you can see above there's lots of goals associated with promoting my recent releases, as well as getting ready for the announcement and release of Jabun's 2nd album at the end of the year, and carrying on production with other things at various stages in the pipeline. I think it's going to be a busy but doable one, though perhaps 3 more demos for BTTB might be overly ambitious depending on how much free time I have (though I did manage to pen 6 in just over a week, so not sure...). We shall see! Wish me luck and I hope you're able to have a productive time too! Feel free to share any goals in the comments!
And that about wraps things up for this blog post! A busy week ahead with promotional work for Jabun [Alternate Reality]'s Warrior and I've got a fair bit of other beginning-of-the-month things to sort such as backing up all projects and cleaning the studio too. Hoping to have time to work on some of the Jabun album preparation, or even mastering the next Jabun album, but we shall see. Next time we'll at least have the next track from Better Than The Book's Hopes and Dreams [Instrumentals] album to share, but I'm sure there'll be more to report too! Until then, I hope you have a great start to the month and thanks as always for supporting Jabun Audio, Jabun, Better Than The Book, and my various projects in any way you can. Enjoy all the new music and take care!
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