THE PROCESS 31.4.2017
Back in the day, when I first picked up guitar, I used to
do all the writing with an acoustic one. I still have my
first Landola and it's one cool piece. Back then I first had
a keyboard, which was my first love, but then the guitar
crept in and I went to make a trade at the local music
store. Guitar for my synth. Money-wise it was a bad
trade, darn it, but I still have the guitar.
Years went by and I started writing more with my
electric Jackson RR, until I barely even touched the
acoustic guitar. Few years ago when we were writing
the material for our latest album, Glamtron, the
keyboards came heavily along again. They have
remained in the picture, since Desyre's sound nowadays
include the synthwave-elements as well.
But... Now I have noticed that the acoustic Landola,
once again, feels quite nice in my hands. I have written
an acoustic piece for the new album, which will be
linked to a heavier piece. Actually I would almost
prefer to call it a prologue, rather than intro. Also,
I've been playing with the idea of re-doing some of the
earlier songs with today's sound. Many of those were
written with the acouctic guitar. Line Of Fire, for
example. We'll see what the future holds.
Some of you remember our first two demos "Hair
Metal Madness" (2004) and "Out Of The Blue /
Into The Red" (2005). That's a total of 8 songs. There
are bound to be one or two potential pieces for re-arranging.
Maybe. Hopefully. And all that, you know. This doesn't mean that I don't have enough material for the upcoming third album. No, no.. I've got plenty. I'm drownin' here! ☺
Anyway, what I really wanted to blog about, is the writing-process itself. There are many styles and one is not necessarily better than the other. One thing it often can be is lonely. You are alone with the raw composition or idea, trying to carve the future masterpiece out of it.
When you're a young rock-composer (where guitars are very important piece of the puzzle) and guitar is your choice of instrument, in the beginning you probably lack the ability to perform the acrobatics you might've heard played by your heroes and such. Your compositions also are understandably simpler that what they are today. Ok, I'm speaking for my own perspective here, but I know this applies to most rock musicians.
In time you progress as a player and also as a composer. It might happen that suddenly the technical stuff, you once thought the world of, doesn't seem to be so life and death -matter. Instead you might want to create solid and concordant musical pieces. Just today I was just improvising some things with my Jacko and suddenly it dawned on me; I've been limiting myself when I do the actual pre-production (solos, riffs, fills, etc.) to my songs. I need to cutback that "I'm supposed to do this kind of music this way"-thinking and just go for it.
THE FIRST TRANSMISSION 2.1.2017
You know, the modern trend of music... Well, it doesn't rock my world that much. I'm not sure what's going on, but that certain mysteriousness in albums are not to be found. I can't quite put my finger on it, but something is lacking.
Technology goes on and musical production gets easier, but also harder on other areas.
While you're able to manifest almost everything imaginable musical ideas into existence in the studio environment today, it can also dull your edge. Often the experimental approach suffers. Artists dare not to gamble in creating something new and fresh. So they don't allow their creative juices to bubble.
At least, this is something I've been guilty of. More than once.
Also, the bar is set higher and higher as the technology permits to better the production. For the home recorders also. Gone, perhaps, are those days when you made a demo (even a cheap one) and if it had the "feel", there was that potential record deal in the horizon. It is that "feel" I'm talking about, I think. Most, almost all, of my childhood heroes (musically speaking) seem to cut corners nowadays when making albums. I find this extremely disturbing. Is it intentional or are the albums coming off an assembly line these days?
To tell you the truth, I'm not even sure why I'm so passionate about this. Why can't I just be happy that the technology is advancing and giving more possibilities to artists? One thing I do know is that I, myself, have kept my "candle under a bushel" with Desyre from time to time in the past. As silly as that might be, let me explain it - if I can.
The first vision of Desyre was way superior comparing to the physical outfit it eventually came to be. First of all, I kept the vision alive alone for years before any of the additional players were found. During those years the vision got clearer and I had quite a crisp image of what Desyre was meant to be. I rehearsed by myself, learned and kept on writing songs. I thought my vision would materialize one-to-one. When it didn't (which is only natural), I lost some of my ambition to make Desyre to match the vision. Thus dimming my own flame, so to speak. It took several years for me to admit that myself.
It was a blessing in disguise, never the less. It allowed me to endure the negative blows Desyre was getting, because I knew I hadn't harness my full strength yet with the band. Every time we'd receive insult or ruthless belittling, in my mind I knew the world hadn't seen Desyre in full throttle yet.
So.. Now here we are. I've got 10 to 15 new pieces and most of them are in different states of demoing. And this time I'm going to whip myself to higher performance than ever.
That being said, I do owe a lot to the technology. And if I am to point any fingers here, it's towards myself. I'm very proud of the music we've created with the band. We made the Warning Of The Night (our 1st full lenght) by ourselves and learned a lot. When we finished Glamtron (2nd album) we knew a lot more. So, with this third one.. In Spirit And Fire (working title yet). God knows what will come out of this one.
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