Sunday, December 12, 2010

Buried in Snow

Back home in Austria after our tour with Combichrist. I had planned on getting to work immediately and finish recording the vocals for the new record, but British Airways had other plans. They decided it would be best to misplace my luggage for a week (luggage that contained necessary pieces of equipment for my aforementioned task). So instead of getting to work, I had a week to brush up on my XBOX skills. While I really do like wasting time on video games, I realized sitting around for an entire week doing nothing but playing XBOX becomes tedious and irritating. Thank spaghetti monster that in the end my bags turned up safe and intact. Now work can finally begin.

I've decided to continue my DIY approach to this record and deck out the sauna in the cellar with a bunch of towels and blankets, in effect creating a ghetto-rigged recording booth. I decided to go this route because I absolutely loathe recording studios. Everyone always staring at their watches waiting for you to deliver a perfect performance, the hours spent sitting co-pilot to an engineer, telling him which takes you like and how to comp them together, all the while his mind is focused on how badly he wants to leave because he couldn't give two shits about your music. Yeah, it's not my kind of environment. In reality, though, I'm quite proud of how perfectly isolated I was able to make this sauna, it really does sound as sonically dead as any recording studio. Plus it comes without the annoying engineers and hefty price tag.

So tomorrow morning the real fun can begin. I get to lock myself away in a cellar, completely alone, and able to focus on finishing this goddamn record. The goal is to complete 2-3 songs per day which should get me finished in about 2 weeks. We'll see how that pans out. Buried in 3 feet of snow, I don't think I'll be going anywhere. Either way, this is going to be fun!

ps. This is the part of the process I created this blog to document. For the first time in a long time I am free to do exactly what I want. I have no label, no deadlines, no one breathing down my neck telling me what to do or who to sound like. I have enjoyed writing this record more than any other. I don't know if or when I will ever get an opportunity like this again. So I want to remember it. I'll be posting pictures and entries as much as possible.