Last year was a transformative time for me. I spent most of it in dark basements recording my debut EP between the hours of 11pm and 7am, because that’s when it’s quiet in the city. I would then spend the rest of the day in different dark rooms, hopped up on coffee, staring at my computer screen editing. I’m pretty sure I did serious damage to my eyesight. I know I lost some social skills (musicians get weird when they spend too much time by themselves). There may have been a few sessions of silent weeping.
It was an incredibly large goal for me to want to learn how to record, mix, and master in such a short amount of time. Somehow, with the help of the quality human beings I am lucky enough to have in my life, I completed it. I hope to have done a quality job. I know I did the best job I was capable of.
This record represents a lot to me. It begins with the first song I ever wrote at age thirteen and ends on my most recent piece of work, which took over two years to complete. While many musicians dismiss their old material, I think that too easily disregards the impact those songs had and will continue to have on their listeners. For this reason I felt it important to record, in my current musical style, the songs that throughout the years the people kind enough to listen to me have said resonate with them. That’s what made it worth while.
That year is now done. This is the result of all that time, literal blood, literal sweat, and literal tears: