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4 December,
2009

It’s been a while since I started the album and sadly it will still be a while yet before I’m done. So I put together a small sample of what I’ve been working on so you can get a taste of Burn It.

Burn It Teaser

4 December,
2009

I released Run Away ahead of the album so I could get some experience beforehand. There’s a lot of steps I wanted to figure out, from making a final mix to promoting the release. I’ve already learned a lot I wouldn’t have otherwise.

It’s also a good way to test out new ideas. Here’s one such experiment: Run Away is now available for free in full quality. Go ahead and download yourself a copy. The song is still available on iTunes to purchase for anyone that wants to support the band.

My second idea is one I care a bit more about. Fear Salesman is a socially conscious band and I’d like to make that aspect of the music a little more explicit. So from now on 20% of all sales for Run Away will be given to Child Find. Helping missing children has long been a cause I’ve believed in and is a perfect fit to be the first charity I can assist with my music. Now iTunes purchases support both the band and a worthy charity.

So checkout the free download, read about Child Fild and, as always, let me know what you think.

4 December,
2009

I’ve never been happy with any snare drum in my songs. I’ve gotten to the point that I loathe the snare.

This week, while I’m on vacation, I’ve been reading books on recording and mixing. Jeff Strong has given me new insight into my problem with the snare: “For many recording engineers/producers, the snare is almost a signature.”

I think what I need is actually more appreciation for the snare. With some effort perhaps I can find the sound that feels right.

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4 December,
2009

I’ve finally done it: bought the domain for my band. Some band – it’s just me.

The two things that stopped me from doing it earlier was indecision regarding the name and a desire to have more music done first. Then I realised I can always change the band’s name (and thus the site’s URL) up until the first album is released.

As for having more music finished first I realised that I have a lot of ranty things to say about music and the industry and I might as well get started now. So check back every so often and you’re likely to find my thoughts, updates on the progress of my album and maybe even a few clips of what I’m working on.

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