For the first time, I'll be attempting to record an album in my own space, on my own time. For the past few records, I've walked into producer Dan Diaz's studio with a collection of songs and we'd collaborate, and he'd of course add his magic on drums, bass, and electric guitar, but for this record I want to do something stripped down and intimate, and Dan has been incredibly encouraging ever since I told him I was thinking about giving it a shot on my own - although he's already helping out with the process and I know I'll probably be calling on him a lot once we're underway.
The first step, of course, is putting together a space to record, and fortunately, I've got a closet that fits the requirements perfectly. The space is small (about 7x8 ft) and a lot of it is already taken up by normal closet stuff (clothes, old yearbooks, and a collection of rocks and minerals that I've been meaning to add to since I was about 12). With the help of a few friends (including Dan), I was able to put together a very simple, functional studio to start laying down demos of the new songs.
I've got a track record (pun intended) of putting out an album every year, which means in order to stay true to that, this album will be out by the end of 2012. I'm going to be documenting the process here, and also sending demos and exclusive material to my good friends at thegardenofgold.com. I'm so glad you're here to share in the adventure. Let's make a record!