So today is a new start on my musical path. After a lot of soul searching and failed or semi-successful starts at musical expression, I’ve found something that I am comfortable and happy with for now.
Last year I started writing an album in Estonian – everything was quite similar to what I had done before. I started, recorded some songs, had some lyrics but it never got anywhere. I was never happy with the songs. I did however get the idea of starting a video blog about the creation process and although I never made more than 1 episode, the idea was stuck.
A year later (this spring) I got a new wind of creativity. This time it was different, this time it was fresh. I started making plans on a new album. I wanted it to be more about me – my ideas, my feelings and my expression – no lyrics from talented poets, just my crap. It would be in English, it would be somewhat funky, some disco, pop and the rhythms needed to be good and all in all amateur as hell!
In the beginning, I had an idea to make an EP. I had actually written around 5 songs already and they fit well together. My recording plans were however delayed by health and work, so the EP was waiting for its time – as was I. In the meantime, I got interested and finally bought Reason 7 along with Balance and boy was it was a surge of inspiration.!
I watched a lot of the videos Propellerhead had made on their Youtube channel and people like Boy in a band and Pomplamoose who used Youtube as their main output of creativity. Once it got to the point that I could start recording with my new system, I didn’t want to do an EP anymore. I wanted my songs to come out when they are done, directly and I wanted them to be open. So how is this going to work?
I will write and record a song, sometimes with the help of my friends and allies, I will film a video and upload it directly to Youtube and finally upload a Reason tutorial on the writing, recording and mixing process. Open! The first song done in this manner is “Warm day” and the tutorial will be coming in the end of this week.
I want to thank all the friends who helped me with the song an the video. My wife Eva was behind the camera for the home scenes, Helene and Indrek added musical parts that fitted perfectly and there is a whole list of people who sent in clips from their summer:
- Evelin Reimand
- Antti Pääsukene
- Kristiina Herkül
- Tanel Topaasia
- Indrek Haav
- Monica Odlare
- Tarmo Luberg
The idea for the video came from the Propellerhead Facebook page, from a post they made: “No better way to spend the summer than inside, hunched over your computer making music.” So here I am, sitting at home, recording a song about the summer and leaving the outside fun to my friends to add in later 🙂
Thank you for all the inspiration!