Introducing the new album!

October 12th, 2009 + 5:10 PM  ·  takaminerbb13

Well not really...

I often get questions about when I'm going to make an album. And I actually consider it quite often. But I'm really not sure if it's meant to be.

I realize that I am a studio artist. In fact, I (unintentionally) build my songs in a way that makes them near to impossible for live performance. I don't really think about what I'm doing. I just build the sounds. Like everyone else, I'm assuming. Anyway, if this is my style, I imagine I would have a hard time gaining publicity. Without a doubt, the number one source of publicity for bands is live shows, and aside from Steely Dan (after 1975), I can't think of any studio bands that have made a name for themselves. But I do realize that I'm probably overlooking a few.

This being said, my goal is not to make a name for myself. My goal is not to sell my music. In fact, I think that over the last few years, I have lost sight of my original goal, which was to make music for myself, as selfish as that sounds. But I do feel that the change has weakened my efforts. When I started playing my music for people, I started to create what I thought people wanted to hear, instead of what I wanted to hear. Don't get me wrong, I love what I have recorded over the last few years. If I didn't, I wouldn't have continued. But that doesn't change the fact that my focus has changed.

I recently listened to the music I recorded back in '03 - '04, when I started out. It's a lot more complex and imaginative than my later songs. Maybe I'm getting lazy. But I do believe that I'm no longer thinking exclusively about what interests me, which is why I started recording in the first place.

(Maybe I'll upload some of these songs so that you can hear what I'm talking about. Everyone might hate them. They're not what I would classify as normal. And I have my own idea of normal. Many of them are old-fashioned MIDI songs made on a computer that might now be an antique.)
So to summarize, I need to go back to recording music for myself. That doesn't mean I'll stop sharing. I just need to change focus. The the fact that I record for my own interest is precisely why there's no album. An album or any other type of marketable act would put that focus right back to where I don't want it. See what I mean? (Probably not). I'll make my songs available, listenable, downloadable, maybe for a few cents at some point to make a buck. Maybe I'll make an album some day. But not now.
January 28th, 2010 + 10:01 PM  ·  TheKunadiun

Hey Taka, I'm so glad that I read this. I totally get what your saying about how you started making music for the people...mainstream type music. my whole thing is creating music that I want to hear and I dont care if everyone else hates it because I like it...thats my mindset because I want to make an album, even if its just for me. if some people buy it then that would be freaking awesome but I do not consider myself making music that (most) people would want to hear.

Can't wait to hear new stuff from you man. get back to the good ol days where you did it for you and no where else. good luck man. 
March 5th, 2011 + 1:03 PM  ·  alittlepaperdoll

damn; i can appreciate where your coming from but to be fair i did spend my teenage years with your music playing on my ipod or on my laptop, so needless to say I've been waiting for an album for a few years now lol. However I'm glad you'll be doing what makes you happy and what feels right.

hope it all goes well and this finds you in good as well as artistic mindset.
have fun Taka

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