In other 2013 news, I produced the to-be-released early 2014 DEF RAIN album. Trust me, this is a great album. They're not even paying me to say this! I put in a ridiculous amount of time mixing and tweaking this album and I "directed" and edited a video which will be part of the next project of completing a video for each song on the album to coincide the release! CHEERS!
Playing at 8PM TONIGHT at CROWN AND HARP as a part of this Greenville Ave. multi-venue benefit extravaganza.
This is the last Diamond Age show of 2013, a year with many triumphs and a few minor disasters.
This year, the double-EP "Broken World" was released as a cassette and download via Pour Le Corps label last March/April. I really did have high hopes for this release, and although nearly all of the 100 physical copies were sold (or given away), I am left feeling as if this release never happened. It became apparent to me this year to what degree money, aside from the age-old "connections", is the driving force in getting your music heard. For example, a few tracks from BW "debuted" on music blogs, who basically copied and paraphrased text from my bio (somehow managing to jumble all the information about the release and artist history) and slapped a link at the bottom. To my surprise- for a week or two, thousands of people listened to those linked songs... This was nearly the amount of the all-time hits to my own soundcloud page - in a few days!
...and then nothing.
When you get so focused on "what could happen" you forget the scope and quality of your output. It was humbling to realize I am basically making music for myself and a few friends to hear.
So it goes. I blame myself for such delusions of grandeur, but I still believe there is at least a few moments of pretty good music on BW- listen here:
The PR company's work was done, and after a few weeks, the blog links were deleted. I attempted to contact them to discuss any form of strategy to build upon this and it was basically relayed back to me that that was all that was going to happen... It was odd to me to have someone "work" for you and so obviously not give a shit at the same time... A PR company is paid to tell someone "hey debut this track, it's great" and sometimes if a blog can't exclusively premiere it, they won't even consider it... This is the (admittedly maybe not so new) landscape of indie music making. I looked into paying a different company myself to send BW to college radio stations to get airtime (which I think didn't help correspondence with the prior PR company...) I found out for around $2K, these people will make this happen. It simply doesn't add up to work in this way.
And that's the story of "Broken World"... In the end, I learned some valuable lessons- most noteably make a better record next time!
No more time to dwell on the past endeavors, onward to 2014.
The next release, and EP called "Private Victories" is slated to be completed in the next two weeks and presented as a self-released shortly thereafter. A proper Pour Le Corps release should followlater in the year if everything goes according to plan.
Thursday, August 15 @ Dan’s Silverleaf in Denton w/ Dark Rooms, Blackstone Rangers and Diamond Age
THIS THURSDAY!!! I am honored to be playing PAUL SLAVENS' KXT 9 YR Anniversary show at Dan's Silver Leaf in Denton TX with Blackstone Rangers and Dark Rooms. I will play first at around 10PM. please come to the show, it's red suit Thursday!
Here is a link to a mix I made for the French mixtape blog Voice of Cassandre (http://voixdecassandre.blogspot.com/ ) and basic fm (UK) featuring a few of the many great DFW artists who should be heard (Cutter, Vulgar Fashion, Wire Nest, Night Game Cult, Def Rain, and Pinkish Black). mixed live, mistakes and all- I hope you check it out! I had a lot of fun putting this together and I hope to have one finished soon for bird and whale.
Light Grey lightweight Anvil t-shirt with deep red/burgundy screenprinted image. Have you ever sat by your grandma's phone waiting for that call? With this shirt, your luck may just turn around! Keep up with the latest in t-shirt style while simultaneously advertising Diamond Age music. Two symbols from the past commemorated in a t shirt that says "I really hope I'll get the call" or something like that.
(rotary dial phones were phones people used in the old days. rabbits foot keychains were things you bought for good luck when you went to six flags or the boardwalk.)
White Anvil light weight t-shirt w/ black image screen printed by Nevada Hill. Diamond Age logo designed by Nevada Hill. Design concept by Jeff Sims. Limited quantities available. (I will update quantity when second pressing is done.) Special thanks to George Romero for all the childhood anxiety, and please don't sue me!
When you remove all the zombies, all you have left is the passage of time! "NIGHT OF THE DAWN OF THE DAY!"
-it's tomorrow already, put a shirt on! why not this one? The usual reaction people who see you this shirt is "huh?" your best answer should be "exactly"
*note- they are cheaper if you come out and see show!
PRE-ORDER "BROKEN WORLD" today! ACT NOW, while limited pre-ordering time lasts. Get this 60min. album on a elegantly designed hi-fi cassette tape for $5, complete with a free mp3 download for the mobile or hightech device of your choice.
Here's a mix I initially made for a close friend's birthday. She loves Italian soundtrack music. This mix contains mostly Italian soundtrack music, and a few other soundtrack tunes that are not Italian. Some things are from other kitsch/soundtrack comps, most are not. Here is another sentence about writing about the mix you should be downloading by now and listening to already.
***UPDATE- link was shut down for copyright violation specifically for a Piero Umiliani track from the Lina Wertmuller film "Mimí metallurgico ferito nell'onore" I will try to remedy this soon. Judging by the overwhelming response... Or maybe you should just go buy all these tracks from itunes (if you can find them there) and assemble the mix yourself?