Am I Supposed To Announce This?

Dear Reader,

I’m really bad at marketing myself, but from what I’ve learned so far, you’re supposed to do that as an artist. If you have something coming out, you need to “build the hype” and assume that someone actually cares about what you’re doing. The only exception to this rule, of course, is if you are Beyoncé . After many internal debates with myself, however, I have discovered that I am not, in fact, Beyoncé. So this is just a short post to say that, after two years of work, I’ve finally finished writing my debut album. This doesn’t mean that the album is done. The next phase is what I consider to be the hardest part of making music: recording. I really, really hate this part. Though it may come as a surprise to those who live with me, I don’t like hearing the sound of my own voice. I don’t believe in auto-tune, though, so I’m just going to have to get through it somehow. The last song I recorded, a Cat Power cover, took three months. I’m hoping that the rest of the songs on the album will not take that long to record. But, if they do….see you in two years! 🙂

Also, if you are a recording artist and have any tips on how to relax during the process (or if you know any good cat videos I can watch while I procrastinate), leave a comment down below!

Sincerely,

Charlie

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16 Responses to Am I Supposed To Announce This?

  1. All the best for the recording. I know it sounds stupid, but don’t shuffle your feet; push the knees back. That way you stay in control of your space. (At least that’s what I do!) I’m looking forward to hearing the finished product.

  2. I can be a perfectionist when it comes to recording too. I’ll start a song, mess up, erase, do again, mess up, erase….over and over. That can get you in a rut though so if you noticed yourself doing that too much, feel free to step outside and take a minute to breathe. Or if you keep screwing up on that one song, switch to a different song and work on recording that. You can always come back to it later. Good luck!

    • I know what you mean. I find myself getting into that rut a lot, too, and I find that when I try to make it perfect, I end up making it a lot worse. I like that idea about switching to a different song if one isn’t going well. Thank you!

  3. Do like the Buddhists do…. Calm your mind, breathe, focus on your breathing – and if your mind tries to distract you and make you worry, don’t worry – about worrying – ie don’t beat yourself up about it, just recognise the ‘monkey mind’ is at work and calm it back again (and again) till you realise there really isn’t anything to get so worked up about! Then you can go and have a nice day – unless you’ve got any other plans 🙂

    Failing all that – get yourself on a plane to the UK and come and record with me 🙂

  4. work really hard and don’t be satisfied with anything less than your best. Songs are hard because they’re personal, but art is like anything else, just make consistently good shit. You obviously don’t have a problem with that man, I am an enthusiastic fan of your work. the main thing is just burning through it man. Happy hunting, recording is a fun journey!

  5. Well, congratulations on having this much done! That’s great on its own. I hope you’ll find the recording part exciting, even if it’s not your favorite side. Buggles lead singer/music mega-producer Trevor Horn once said something to the effect that studio work was a dream (while performing was like being in a car crash).

    • That’s an interesting comparison. I would say that, for me, studio work and performing are both like a car crash waiting to happen. It’s a love/hate relationship. It’s exciting..when it’s going well. 🙂

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