***Press Kits Go out for Wicked this Week***
I'm sending press kits for Wicked out this week (maybe early next week) the along with a 85% finished copy of Wicked. I haven't added an accoustic track that I'm looking to finish the album off with and I haven't added a lot of the guitar solos and harmonies in. But other than that the album is finished. (Besides mixing and mastering). I am thinking about re-recording "The Deadly Sleep" all together because the original is lacking something to me. It's happened before to me and if it continues I'll scrap the song and end up writing something new for the finale of the album.
It's extreme but it's always how I've worked.
I would like to take the time to address a couple of things in this update.
*Signing with a record label*
I think that me saying this in the last blog frightened people a little bit. So let me clarify and say that I am going to be shopping Wicked around for the RIGHT deal. If I run into someone who can share in my thoughts for Planet Gemini then I will have no problem signing with them. If I run into someone who is too controlling with my project I will respectfully decline. The only thing that I think might have to change about Planet Gemini is the free downloads. But I'm not even 100% sure about that. For the record it was something that Josh and I were talking about doing away with back in may/june of 2006 . Again everything is up in the air and there is no real definite answer to this stuff.
If I do keep the free downloads I may put up a small "Donations" tab near the album download. So people can donate a dollar or two for the project. The ads and pressing is going to cost me a lot of money.. I get about 30,000+ a month coming here so... If even contributed 50cents in one month it would pretty much pay for the album and promotion. I just don't feel right asking people for money. I never have and don't really like the idea of it.... So.. Record Label is my next venture.. someone who has good distribution would be nice. Overseas and in the US would be beautiful but I'm not going to get my hopes too high for anything.
One thing I would like everyone to know is that I love doing this... and... I'll never sell that short.. ever... you can be assured of that. I love Planet Gemini too much to bastardize it and I would whole heartedly call it quits if someone tried to make my music anything other than what it is. I couldn't accept that.
I figured that now would be as good a time as any to announce that I will be releasing a free EP (probably before Wicked is released) called "The Path of The Wicked" it will contain 5-6 songs and maybe even an outake of one of the album tracks. I will be offering this for FREE in most major formats (Including Lossless WMA) It's basically my new "BLUEPRINT" idea... just with a catchy name. I don't have a set tracklisting yet but there will be more info on that soon.
I have a couple of interviews lined up over the next couple of weeks so if you run a webpage and would like to have me to an interview please drop me an e-mail
All in all I'm pretty psyched to see the reaction for Wicked. I hope you are all enjoying the demos on the myspace page
and I hope you all continue visiting and keeping in contact with me.
Above everything else the coolest thing in the world to me is hearing from all of you.
H (The Hand of God)