Back in February of this year, I was lucky enough to win the Battle of the Bands at the University of Saint Francis. This granted me some recording time at the newly renovated recording studio (which is absolutely amazing BTW). Over the past few months, I have been working with Jacob Stutzman, as well as, a group of insanely talented young musicians, to record some new material for Jacob's senior project.
After meeting up in a local coffee shop in late August to discuss the details, I knew it was going to be a fun project to work on. Jacob and I clicked right away. However, I did have my reservations, no fault of his.
If you noticed, there was quite a large gap between winning the battle of the bands and my first face to face meeting with Jacob. During the "between" months, I started working with Anthony Longano on my third full length Album. This left me with very little new material. I immediately began forming song ideas at a pace that I, honestly, was not used to, or even comfortable with. I focused on getting the chord progressions for a couple songs done to ensure the collaborating musicians had something to work with.
The goal was to finish 8 new songs in less than a month. I failed.
But, I did get four new songs and worked on two older songs of mine that felt unfinished at the last release. (Mainly because Jason moved a state away while we were in the middle of our recording sessions). Don't worry, we're still friends. I know I didn't hit the goal I set for myself, but, I achieved something I had never done before. Heck, I wrote lyrics for two of the songs the day before our "due date."
I used this as an opportunity to experiment with my "sound" and write outside of my comfort zone. Influences include: The 1975, COIN, Kaleo, Cage the Elephant, and a few others!
I'm very happy with how everything turned out. Jacob is working on the finishing touches, and, soon I will be sharing this collaborative effort with you. Totally free.
I'm both nervous and excited. I hope you like the experimental tunes enough to hold you over until the new album drops in 2017.
Stay tuned for the link to the Saint Francis Sessions.
As always, thanks for stopping by!