Now that Head Like Fire is out… what’s next for me? Well I’ll tell you (in no particular order because really, who knows)…
... Like Ashes – My upcoming free bonus album will be called … Like Ashes and like Further Into The Dark and Another Sky before it will feature bonus tracks that were cut from Head Like Fire and remixes of songs from that album done by some of my musician friends. The remixes are truly remarkable, and the 8 bonus tracks are in some of my favorite tracks I’ve made. Quite honestly, I’m surprised this thing came out so good haha. I’m just putting the finishing touches on it now and will post a blog with the album cover and track list next week and aim to release the album in March for people who bought Head Like Fire, and then a couple months later for everyone else… So go buy Head Like Fire! It’s available on Bandcamp, CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon and everywhere else.
This Thing Rules – I am so behind on the blog series and I feel terrible about it. But I’m going to get back on track and get a lot of new reviews out in 2017. I should have one before the end of Februray done and then I plan on knocking out all the other ones that I’ve been putting on hold so that I have at least one a month for the rest of the year (if possible two a month). I promise to get this back up and running.
Computer Cleanup – I started this over the Holidays and so far so good, but there’s still more to do. This has been an on-going project for me for years now, and I really feel with the insane amount of music and projects I’ve worked on, it’s time for me to really get everything organized properly.
A new reel. Another thing I’ve been putting off for far too long. I have a lot of great clips to show… But I just keep putting off cutting them together into a new reel of my work. I’m hoping to have it ready by the end of March.
Some new comedy-rap – Yeah, I don’t talk about that stuff on this site very often, but I’ve been feeling the itch for a while now, and quite frankly, I need a little break from all the serious music haha. I have two comedy-rap projects I hope to complete in 2017. And another for 2018. And one for 2019. Maybe by 2020 it will finally be out of my system haha.
A series of EPs featuring unreleased music – Some of them are songs that could have ended up on my albums but were never quite finished. Some are tracks from my music libraries or films I’ve worked on. And other little unreleased bits and pieces. I’m aiming to release 4 10-song albums like this. When? I’m not sure. But this is something I’ll be working on preparing ahead of time so that I’ll have a lot of new content in the next couple years.
Two concept albums – These will probably happen before my 4th regular album. I’m not going to reveal the details yet, but these are very specific ideas I have that will be a lot of work but I think will be really cool and really worth it. They essentially have their specific requirements and limitations that will keep the music within a certain theme, and I know exactly how I want them to come together. It’s just a matter of doing it.
Album #4 – Yes Head Like Fire just came out, but I already know the name and the general direction I want to go with the music. But I have no idea when it will happen. Probably in a couple years. But the wheels are turning. It might happen before the concept albums and the EPs… It might be after. But I know where I want my music to go, and it’s going to be awesome.
More Music Videos – In February I will be releasing “Constellations VR” which is my 2nd 360 VR Music Video. It was created by NewLine Videography and is absolutely awesome (the image at the top of this post is a screen shot). I started showing off a demo at events here in Las Vegas recently and the reaction has ranged from “WOAH!” to “I want to LIVE in this thing!” Haha. It is really cool and is the first of 3 videos I have planned with this company. I also have videos coming in the next few months from different film directors I have worked with in the past. More news about those will follow soon.
More Film Festivals! – On Tuesday, February 7th, the DAM Short Film Festival will be showing my new video “Back Into The Dark” during their music video showcase. This will hopefully be the first of many film festival screenings I’ll be attending this year for “Back Into The Dark,” “Butterfly” and my other upcoming music videos. I recently had screenings that I unfortuntaely couldn’t attend at the Apex Short Film Festival in Tuscon for “Butterfly,” and the Slumberjack Film Festival in England for “Dreams Like These.”
More films! – I’m always working on more films. As a matter of fact, one of them, “Heidi” will be out on VOD & DVD soon and the director just cut a music video to the closing track “Playtime.” You can check it out below, and the film itself, which is a feature length found footage scary doll movie, will be out soon. I’ll also be releasing “Playtime” as a digital single on iTunes soon! Speaking of scary dolls… I also scored another scary doll movie (what are the odds?) called “Daisy” which will be coming out online later this month.
Obviously I have a really full plate ahead of me. Which is why I also wanted to take this moment to let those that are reading know, I’ll also be a little quieter than usual on social media. I’ve obviously got some things coming out that I’ll be promoting, but generally speaking, I am about to embark on a bit of a break from the tiny, tiny spotlight so that I can focus on all of this stuff behind the scenes, as well as working on stuff in my life outside of music. All is going great, but I definitely need to take some time after an absolute whirlwind of a time finishing, releasing and promoting Head Like Fire. But I’ve got a ton of stuff coming soon as you can see, so you’ll be hearing from me plenty.
Thanks as always for listening and supporting what I do.
David Rosen is an award-winning music composer. He composes original music for films, commercials, jingles, video-games and all other kinds of media projects. He has a vast music library of original tracks available for licensing and is also available for custom compositions. Contact him on the ABOUT page for pricing and availability for your next project.
Well here’s something I almost forgot to do! A two-part blog about the tracks on my free bonus album, Another Sky!
This first part will go over the bonus tracks that didn’t make it onto the full album An Unseen Sky, and the second blog will be about the remixes that were included. If you haven’t yet, check out this blog to learn how to get a FREE copy of Another Sky. After the second part of this blog series is posted I’ll be releasing Another Sky for EVERYONE on my Bandcamp page. But in the meantime, you can get it right now, for free, while helping me out! Oh and before I forget, how beautiful is that album cover by the wonderful Gina Mizzoni Photography? Alright, lets look at the the bonus tracks.
Today marks three months since the release of my most recent album An Unseen Sky. I figured this would be a perfect time to look back at the songs on the album (something I planned to do right after the release but never got around to it), and the reaction the album and its music videos has received.
An Unseen Sky is my second full length release, and in a lot of ways, for me, is the thing I’m most proud of in my career so far. Part of that is because it actually has so much in it from my influences like The Cure, Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails and other alternative groups that were a huge reason I got into making music. It even has a lot of elements of the industrial music that was the real reason I got a keyboard and some music software and started to learn how to do what I do. I also just love the album. I listen to it constantly. It’s not that I didn’t love my first album, Echoes In The Dark, too. But this album has everything I loved about Echoes In The Dark, and adds so many new kinds of organic layers that just makes the music sit side by side in playlists with my favorite bands’ songs so well.
Here’s some back-story on the songs:
The Lie – I knew I wanted to start the album off with a creeping, dark piece of music, kind of like the last song on Echoes In The Dark, “The Dark.” It came together so perfectly. Sometimes I surprise myself, and I don’t know where those drum fills came from, but I love them.
An Unseen Sky – I actually named a couple of other songs “An Unseen Sky” (the album title actually came to me before Echoes In The Dark was released) before settling on this one. I had a bunch of songs that the title just seemed to fit so well with, but when I made this one, it was just perfect. It also worked great as the music for the amazing Virtual Reality Music Video that Elemental Spark made for me, “An Unseen Sky: The VR Experience.” For those that didn’t hear about it (you can read more in this blog post), it’s one of the first of its kind, ever, and got a ton of attention. It’s been downloaded 1000s of times and put me in front of a lot of people at various events
Forgotten – This was my early favorite track on the album. I knew a 2nd album would be coming sooner rather than later after I made this one. A lot of the extra layers that come in at the end got added only in the last couple weeks before finalizing the album.
Dreams Like These – This was sort of the first “single” off the album, since I put out the music video on New Years Day. It’s just such a cool track and so different for me. I’m really proud of it, and really proud of the music video. I didn’t do a big festival push with it because I’ve already done that with two of my public domain footage-based videos, but I did just submit it to a couple fests, so who knows, maybe it will get some extra attention soon.
Last Kiss – I absolutely love this song. I actually have a very in-depth music video idea for it… I just need the right people (and some money) to make it with. This is just one of those songs that I listen to and can’t believe I made.
Cut Open – This one changed a million times during the making of it. There’s seriously like 20 different versions floating around on my hard drive. I’m hoping that a music video will happen for it because it is probably the biggest, most exciting piece of music I’ve ever made. I’ve had 3 filmmaker friends discuss doing a video for it, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see one happen…
Shadows on the Ceiling – The music video for this one, directed by A.R. Kagan has already been accepted into 5 film festivals and won the Global Independent Film Awards “Best Music Video” award. It’s also the track that stands out to most people as their favorite on the album.
The Fallout – An early version of this track actually placed in a contest for Rekkerd.org to make a song that is inspired by your favorite band. I of course picked The Cure, and the response was really great. I added a lot more electronic flourishes for the final version, but the main melody and overall feel of the music I think really captured mid/late era Cure in a way that I’m really proud of.
Phantom – I actually started this song BEFORE Echoes In The Dark was released. It was kind of a mess though, but the main driving rhythm I thought was too cool to just let go. I kept going back to it over and over to try to turn it into something, and while it took a long, long time, I think I got it.
Into The Black – The last track I made for the album. I actually took a break from mastering the album to play with this new synth called u-He Hive (which I reviewed in my This Thing Rules blog series), as well as some expansion packs I had bought for iZotope’s Break Tweaker. This track happened and right away I knew that it needed to be on the album. It’s super dark, and has a really cool feel to it.
A Decision – For those that really pay attention to all the music I put online, you may have heard this track a while back. For a little while I was planning on my 2nd album being more of a very ambient, lighter album (that will happen eventually, just not this time around). To start getting the buzz going for that idea, I released this track on my new music player on the homepage of this website. I still really like the track so I decided to keep it on An Unseen Sky, even though the full album changed direction. I still think it fits really well as a place of calm, especially in the play order between “Into The Black” and “Dead Battery,” two of the heaviest, darkest songs on the album.
Dead Battery – I made this one with the specific goal in mind of doing something like Nine Inch Nails so that Doug Farra, a huge NIN fan and the director of my “If Only Tonight I Could Sleep” music video could have something to work with for our next collaboration. While a start date on the video has been pushed back for now due to other projects, we have a really awesome idea for it, and it will happen eventually, and it’s going to be insane.
A Stranger – Another early track that grew and changed as time went on. With the album out now for a few months and letting the whole thing really settle in, this has become my personal favorite track. Something about it is just so cool to me. Part of it may be that it doesn’t feel like I made it… Which is fitting given the title haha. But yea, it’s hard to put my finger on it, but I love this track.
Fragile Things – I knew I wanted a track that was upbeat but still very quiet and hushed in a way that would make for great tension. This is definitely the one track on the album that doesn’t quite sound the same as the others, but I think it works regardless, and definitely captured a specific sound I wanted to try to make.
Every Little Bit – As I was finishing the album, I realized that there wasn’t enough songs with a heavy electronic influence. I spent so much time trying to capture more of an alternative feel, I left behind a lot of the electronic sounds that made Echoes In The Dark such a success. So “Every Little Bit,” was the place for me to go for straight up electronic music and try to make something that still fit the album, but brought back some more of that influence.
Never – I don’t care how many albums I make in my lifetime, I’m always gonna end with a big huge dramatic finish. “The Dark,” on the last album did it, and I ended An Unseen Sky with this over the top, meant to be played LOUD, burner of a track. A music video is actually being made for it by Free Your Mind Films, a company out of New York who I’ve scored two short films for (“Unrequited” which was just released today, and “The Usher“). It’s really exciting because I never would have pictured this song as one that would get a video, but I think it’s going to come out great.
And that’s the album! The reaction so far to it has been really great. My only real disappointment has been the lack of press I’ve gotten (thank you to the few outlets that have reviewed the album or talked about it and my music). It really is tough getting the word out, but I keep pushing, every day, every week to get these songs the notice that I believe they deserve. During the Las Vegas Lift-Off Film Festival (where both “Shadows on the Ceiling” and “If Only Tonight I Could Sleep” were official selections and had screenings), FOX 5 News More Access aired an interview about the festival where they specifically spoke to me and April Kagan, the director of “Shadows on the Ceiling.” You can watch that here. That was a great piece of press. With each new music video, I get a chance to start pushing the album more and more. If you’re a writer or blogger or podcaster and I sent you my album and you didn’t review it… You better believe I’m going to be following up with you haha.
So what’s next forAn Unseen Sky? Well aside from the “Never” music video, more festival notifications for “Shadows on the Ceiling,” and more promotional events for “An Unseen Sky: The VR Experience…” You may remember that with Echoes In The Dark, I released a special, FREE downloadable bonus album of B-Sides (really just extra tracks that didn’t fit on the regular release) and remixes called Further Into The Dark.It was sent, for free, to people who purchased the CD version of the album and/or people who supported my “If Only Tonight I Could Sleep” Fundraiser… Well I’m doing it again.
I don’t have an exact release date picked out, and the track list and album cover are still in the works, but I’m proud to announce that Another Sky will be the next bonus album of B-Sides & Remixes. Again, people who pre-ordered and/or purchased the CD version of An Unseen Sky will get a copy for free when it’s ready. There will also be other ways to get your hands on this bonus album, which let me tell you, is coming out awesome. I’ve already got 4 amazing remixes from some great musicians, and the bonus tracks are definitely stuff you’re going to want to hear… I’m aiming for a late-August / early-September release… But we’ll see what happens. Just know that it’s coming. Soon.
So I think this blog ended up being much, much longer than I anticipated. I guess I like writing about my music. What can I say? Hope you enjoyed reading. Hope you enjoyed An Unseen Sky. If you did, please make sure to go to the digital music store of your choice (mainly, iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby or Google Play) and leave a review of the album. It helps get it seen if the album is getting action on those sites. So get to it and let me know how you liked it. I’m done typing for now.
David Rosen is an award-winning music composer. He composes original music for films, commercials, jingles, video-games and all other kinds of media projects. He has a vast music library of original tracks available for licensing and is also available for custom compositions. Contact him on the ABOUT page for pricing and availability for your next project.
Where do I start? I’m just gonna push through this blog post, because if I don’t do it now, when the hell am I gonna get to it?
I just got back from a trip to LA for the E3 convention and Salt Lake City for the FilmQuest Film Festival. At E3 I got to play all kinds of new video games, check out the latest advancements in Virtual Reality (while plugging “An Unseen Sky: The VR Experience” … more on that later), and meet lots of people. At FilmQuest, I got to go to a Composer’s round table discussion and see a bunch of films, including a screening of my “Shadows on the Ceiling” music video on the big screen… Spoiler alert… It looked and sounded great (save for a few technical difficulties). Lets tackle all of this one piece at a time…
So what was some of the best stuff during the E3 portion of my trip? Well I usually stay with my friend David Michor (director of some great films I scored like“Snooze, Charlie” and “The Hoarder”), and this time was no different. Well I did get bit by a dog he and his girlfriend were dog sitting… That was different. Little rascal. Don’t worry, I’m fine… haha. But it’s always great seeing them and their whole crew of people. Then I spent three days at the convention.
I’m not going to make this into a full E3 run-down, so how about I do a speed round of some of the best stuff I played?
Super Mario Maker – make your own and download original Mario levels… amazing.
Unraveled – an absolutely beautiful game in which you are an old lady’s little yarn guy. Favorite game I played this year.
Earth Defense Force 4.1 – a perfect next-gen update to the Earth Defense Force series. EDF! EDF!
Chronos – A virtual reality Zelda-style game. Absolutely awesome, although the limited time made it difficult to really get into.
Lucky’s Tale – A virtual reality Mario-style game. I’m going to buy an Oculus Rift just for this game.
Super Hypercube – A VR puzzle game for Sony’s Project Morpheus. Very cool.
Nuclear Throne – I’ve played it at another video game event before, and can’t wait for it to come out.
Kings Quest – a great remake of the classic series. Can’t wait to get this.
Chasm – Another great Metroidvania style game… This one reminds me of Faxanadu from the NES, which means I can’t wait to get it.
OK that’s enough video games for now. VR was a huge part of E3. Getting to check out the final consumer version of the Oculus Rift was awesome and I’m pretty sure I am a believer. I love Google Cardboard, and will continue to use it, but i am definitely gonna want an Oculus Rift… Or maybe the Sony Project Morpheus… Ahh, I hate having to make decisions, but luckily I’ve got until next year to decide…
As you all know, I recently released the awesome “An Unseen Sky: The VR Experience” Virtual Reality Music Video (developed by Elemental Spark). It’s still one of the only music videos to take advantage of this new technology, and we’ve been downloaded over 1000 times in the Google Play store. An update which increases performance was just pushed out for it too. If you have a Google Cardboard, make sure to check it out. I promoted it all over the show floor and people seemed to be excited to check it out.
So that covers E3… After a 3am drive through LA (actually pretty beautiful at that time of night), I got to my flight to get in early to Salt Lake City.
Some of you may remember that I went there last year for FilmQuest too for my video “Broken Circuits,” which was nominated for Best Music Video. This year, I was back for “Shadows on the Ceiling.” I was only able to stay for a day and a half unfortunately (I’ve been out of town ENOUGH lately), but I had a great time. Saw some of the people from last year, met some new people, and had a great screening. There were some technical difficulties in our block, but they were fixed in the first 15 seconds of my video (which kind of gave it quite a dramatic boost haha). I was told that they would try to play it again later to make up for the mistake in screening at the beginning, but either way, it looked and sounded great once it got going. We won’t know if we’re nominated for anything until the end of the festival this weekend… Fingers crossed. But regardless, I got some great feedback from people at the fest, did a little Q&A, and it was all good.
Now I’m back home and finally cleaning up my studio. It’s seriously a multi-day job, that’s how bad it was, but I’m almost done. This week is the Las Vegas Lift-Off Film Festival which I have TWO music videos in… “Shadows on the Ceiling,” on June 25th and “If Only Tonight I Could Sleep” on June 24th (tonight, if you’re reading this when it goes up). I’m also doing an interview for Fox 5 News with April Kagan (the director of “Shadows on the Ceiling”) at 9:30am. It’s almost 8am. I should shower and shave…
The past few weeks have been crazy, and the future is looking awesome. Let’s start off with a recap…
“If Only Tonight I Could Sleep” won Best Music Video at the Pollygrind Film Festival where it screened twice (actually three times due to a little projector glitch haha). Seeing (and hearing) it on the big screen was amazing and something I hope to get to experience many times in the future. Also, “The Gradations of Purgatory” (which can be viewed on Youtube by clicking the link) was awarded Best Nevada Short. I scored it, and it was directed by Doug Farra, who also directed “If Only Tonight I Could Sleep” … So go Doug! We have a bunch more projects coming up together, and I always love working with him and his people at House of DON Productions.
I also got 8th place in a composing contest sponsored by music site Rekkerd.org. The idea was to create a piece of music that is inspired by an artist/band who inspired you to make music in the first place. Of course I chose The Cure, and created a track called “The Fallout.” It was a really cool contest to be a part of because all of the musicians had to vote on each other… It wasn’t just the usual popularity contest style thing you see all the time. Some of the other pieces of music were absolutely excellent, and getting 8th place was an honor. And also, the organizer said the track had a Disintegration vibe… Which if you know me, is pretty much the highest compliment anyone could ever give me, since it’s my favorite album of all time. I also won some really cool software that will probably end up being the subject of an upcoming This Thing Rules segment. You can check out “The Fallout” here:
In the past month I’ve also had my birthday, my girlfriend’s birthday, her grandma’s birthday (in California), and my grandma’s birthday (in New York). Plus two friends staying with me in separate weeks, Halloween (my favorite holiday), and a Community Event in the neighborhood I live in… So to say I’ve been busy is a bit of an understatement. I didn’t get to work on music as much as I’d have liked to, but now it is time to get back to work.
My second album is basically in the narrowing down phase now. I might still add another new track or two, but I am currently making my list of edits and adjustments needed to finish all the songs I’ve started. To put that in perspective… Last time I started that process, Echoes In The Dark was finished less than 2 months later. I think with the holidays and other work it might be a little longer than that… And I gotta start the promotional schedule, new music videos, and everything else that goes with the album launch… But the important thing is it is coming REALLY SOON. I’m aiming for the first few months of 2015. I love this second album so much. I’ve been listening to Echoes In The Dark and the second album back and forth a lot to make sure I really like it as much and I think I might like it even more. Oh, and it definitely has a title already. I’ll announce it once I have some artwork to go with it.
What else is happening? Well I have a bunch of film projects lined up. Just waiting on the film-makers to finish things on their end before I get started on those. I’m also submitting music for various potential opportunities and just continuing to push myself out there. I feel like I accomplished a lot this year. There are some things that didn’t quite go how I had hoped, but overall, I think it’s been a great year so far… And it’s not over yet.
Next week I’ll be posting another This Thing Rules segment with a new piece of music… Well, that’s not entirely true… If you pay really good attention to everything I do, you may have heard it before… But chances are, most of you haven’t heard it yet, so it’s basically new. I’ll get another one up ASAP too. Hoping to get two in November and two in December. Ideally, I think I’ll be ready to share a song from the second album this year too. We’ll see. Might happen. Might not…
OK… I get the feeling I might be rambling a bit haha, but you know what, I’m catching a plane soon, and like I said… It’s just been nonstop running around this past month. Once I get home, it’ll be time to get back to music. I can’t wait to get this album done. Thanks for reading.
It was one year ago today, September 3rd, 2013, that I finally released my first album,Echoes In The Dark. I can’t even fully put into words how proud I am of the album and everything that’s come since, so I figured today would be a great day to look back, as well as look forward to what’s next.
It was a long time coming when I made Echoes In The Dark. I had been composing music since roughly 1997, but it wasn’t until at least 2008 that I felt I was getting towards the possibility of making an album. Not that I didn’t put out a lot of other stuff in that time, but never an album of mymusic, under my name. It took me another 5 years to not only find the songs, but find the confidence to release an album that represents me as an artist. The funny thing is that now that I finally did it, I feel like I’m better than I’ve ever been and I’m actually almost ready to release my 2nd album… But more on that later…
You might remember that I went up against Nine Inch Nails’ Hesitation Marks on that day, and while “Copy of A…” is a great freaking song, my album got a lot more plays by me over the past year (haha). It started off a couple months before that date with the video for “Lights In The Sky” which went on to win two awards and be accepted into 5 film festivals around the world. I then had the soft launch of the album at the 2013 Paracon Convention at Binions downtown where I got a ton of great feedback. Once the album came out on September 3rd, I got a couple of great reviews and released the second video, “Whirlwind,” as well as the three interactive videos, “Dark Rain,” “Embers,” and “Reveal.” We then started working on the “If Only Tonight I Could Sleep” Music Video with House of DON Productions. Before it was completed, however, Connor Biddle of the show “Paranormal Encounters” created a video for the track “Broken Circuits,” which went on to so far be accepted into four festivals, getting nominated for Best Music Video at the Salt Lake City FilmQuest.
With the completion of the “If Only Tonight I Could Sleep” video, I started the fundraiser which did incredible. It blew way past my expectations, and I can finally say that it will screen on Saturday, September 20th at the REEL Recovery Film Festival at the Container Park in Downtown Las Vegas (I’ll have more details and showtime soon in its own blog post). After that screening, on Monday, September 22nd I’m going to finally release the video online for everyone to see! And then we will also have it at Pollygrind where I just found out this week that it is officially an Official Selection (and “Broken Circuits” is too!). After both “Lights In The Sky” and “Whirlwind” were Official Selections (and “Lights In The Sky” won an award) at last year’s Pollygrind, I couldn’t be happier to see both of the new videos get selected too.
It wasn’t just the music videos that made this album a special experience. I’ve been working hard to become a well-known, constantly-working composer for a long time now, and I think in the past year since the album was released, I’ve probably doubled the amount of work I did in all the years preceding it. I think it’s probably just the exposure of being out there, promoting the album and its videos, as well as collaborating with directors on my own videos which leads to me composing for their films. With the director of “If Only Tonight I Could Sleep,” Doug Farra, alone I’ve scored I think 7 film projects already, and we still have his first feature, “Finding The Truth” coming up soon.
So that brings us to now. What’s next with this new year? Well first of all we’ve got a bunch more film festival notifications to wait on. You win some, you lose some, but I still have plenty to hear back from on “If Only Tonight I Could Sleep” and a few left on “Broken Circuits” and I’m confident that when all is said and done, they’ll have screened at a lot of festivals. Of course I have more film projects I’m composing for too, some of which you’ll get to see soon. Most importantly however, I think it’s a good time to announce officially that if all goes well… My sophomore album might be ready THIS YEAR. I’m not gonna rush it. There’s no need to. I might even have one more video in the works from Echoes In The Dark, so there’s no reason to rush it… But I have an album title, a possible album cover, and more importantly… 18 songs so far. Of course these song need to be tweaked and perfected, and ideally I want to have between 20 and 25 to choose from for a perfect 12-14 song album. But I can tell you, I’ve been listening to these new tracks constantly, and I think it’s an even better album than Echoes In The Dark. Maybe a song will end up online soon… We’ll see.
Thanks for reading. Thanks for listening. I hope to see some of you at the September 20th screening and at Pollygrind!
Thank you so much for all your support on the “If Only Tonight I Could Sleep” Film Festival Fundraiser. I didn’t even think we’d hit $500.00 but as of the time of this writing we’re at $1,001.00. As I’ve mentioned before, my family’s record store, Wax Trax Records is matching all the contributions, so that means even if we don’t get another dollar between now and midnight, we’ve hit over $2000.00. That’s just insane. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it.
At this point 22 people have submitted some dollar amount between $5 and $101. I kind of lost count of the people who shared the fundraiser but it’s somewhere around 60. Just amazing. So happy with the way people actually were willing to help out by sharing or contributing. I’ve got a lot of Thank You’s to post on Social Media, and a lot of music (including a few custom songs) to send out for the people that donated! Speaking of which, the extra bonus for me is that so many of you are going to get to hear more of my music! I love sharing it with you, including my Echoes In The Dark album and its Further Into The Dark bonus disc.
With this money we’re going to be able to expose “If Only Tonight I Could Sleep” to a lot of film festivals. I was hoping to have another acceptance announcement or two to include in this message, but these festivals can take a while, even after their notification dates, to get schedules out, and I’m still waiting on confirmations. I’ve submitted to a whole lot of festivals so far though, and am still planning on submitting to a bunch more. I am totally confident that when all is said and done, we’re going to have a great success rate. Some of these fests aren’t even until 2015, so the news on this video will be continuing well into next year. Getting the video screened at film festivals is just one goal on the journey… Like we’ve mentioned many times in the fundraiser, this video has a great message about the struggles of addiction and recovery and I’m hoping to get it shown at events where it can also be beneficial to people who are going through their own struggles. I believe this video will have a long life ahead of it.
So now that the fundraiser is over, I want to thank our director, Doug Farra and his company House of DON. Of course, thanks to all of his crew, all of the actors including Victoria Cameron who did an amazing job in the lead role. The full list of cast and crew can be found over at the IMDb page (along with your Thank You credits if you donated over $25!). You guys all did such awesome work, and I can’t wait for people to see this video… And I can’t wait to work with you all again! I’m actually scoring another of Doug’s films this weekend, and am looking forward to scoring his first feature-length film, “Finding The Truth,” later this year.
Lastly, I know you’ve all been asking over and over again… When can we see the video? I know I keep saying soon, but the answer is… Soon! I wrestled with the idea of releasing the video today to coincide with the ending of the fundraiser, but it would just be a disservice to all the hard work we’ve done to just throw it up online without getting some kind of local screening going first. I’m working hard to secure our first screening, and once that happens, it will definitely be up for everyone to see. Thanks so much for your patience, and thank you again for your contributions… I’ll be in touch with your rewards over the next couple weeks! And in the meantime… You’ve still got a few hours left! I’ll shut off the Paypal button when I wake up tomorrow morning!
First of all, my music video, “Broken Circuits,” which was originally just an Official Selection for the festival ended up getting nominated for Best Music Video! We didn’t win but believe me when I say, just getting nominated is good enough! I’m extremely proud of the video and so happy that it got recognized. Congratulations also to Connor Biddle, the director of the video. I hope he’s proud of how well “Broken Circuits” is doing. We still have some more festivals coming up that I’ve submitted it to, so hopefully it continues to have success.
The festival itself was a wild, crazy time. Walking through the crowd of 100s and 100s of fans dressed as knights, elves, warriors, comic book heroes, video game characters, princesses, fairies and more. Total madness but totally fun. I met a lot of great people, watched all kinds of crazy stuff like the battle arena in the middle of the show floor, and even got a chance to catch up with Too Many Legs Studios, the team behind the game Bimey, which I’ve done some music for. It was great getting to meet those guys in person, and they were doing a special live drawing competition where they battled each other trying to draw someone in 10 minutes. That ‘s where the picture at the top of this post came from. Thanks Ben! I’m looking forward to working with those guys again sometime soon. And yes, I did hold that pose for pretty much the whole 10 minutes, like an idiot.
Then there were the films. I saw a load of great films during the FilmQuest portion of the festival. Some of the stand-outs for me were:
“I Helios” – a really inventive and beautiful sci-fi film.
“Lessons Learned” – a puppet-based film created by Toby Froud from “Dark Crystal”
“Pac Man: The Movie” – pretty self-explanatory and really well done!
“The Last Ten” – a really unique and tense one-shot film.
“Carolina Parakeet” – a smart spin on the zombie genre.
“Rise Of the Kitchen Appliances” – a funny dark comedy about a man whose kitchen appliances plot to kill him.
“Cockroach” – another funny dark comedy with a guy who dies and comes back as a cockroach.
I’m sure I’m forgetting some because I saw quite a few good ones, but these ones all stuck in my mind. I got to meet some of the filmmakers after their movies screened, and we all talked and discussed filmmaking and who knows, maybe we’ll keep in touch and I’ll get to work with some of them in the future. Plus I met Doug Jones (the guy in the picture in the slide-show up above)… If you don’t know who he is, it’s because he’s usually covered with all kinds of crazy make-up and costumes… Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy and all kinds of other crazy character-based films. It was really cool getting to meet him.
So that about does it for this post. I’ve already submitted “If Only Tonight I Could Sleep” for next year’s festival. I’m not sure if it’s exactly the right fit, given the genre-focus of FilmQuest, but they were having a $5 submission special for anyone who screened this year, and I had such a great time that I figured why not? Speaking of “If Only Tonight I Could Sleep” … the Fundraiser is almost over! Just over a week to go. You can probably tell from this blog post that I had a great time at this festival, and I’d like to get into and attend more festivals like it so I can see these great videos we’re making get screened with an audience, and so I can meet and network with more filmmakers… So get over to the fundraiser page and get in those contributions! Lots of great stuff to get for your money. I promise I will make it count!
Oh and one more thing. Connor, the director of “Broken Circuits” is having a fundraiser right now for a new project called “The Unseen” that I’m also doing music for. Go check it out at http://www.gofundme.com/btsttc and consider throwing in a few bucks if you think it looks cool! I definitely think it’s gonna be awesome!
That’s right, I promised one but you’re getting TWO new videos!
First of all, as promised, here is the new video for “Broken Circuits,” off the Echoes In The Dark album.
It was directed by Connor Biddle from Paranormal Encounters, a show that can be watched on Youtube and Roku, which I also composed music for. It’s dark, twisted, creepy and awesome. He did an amazing job and the feedback has already been incredible.
Up next is actually a time-lapse video by my friend Yevgeniy Zakharkin of iClimate Studios.
This film, “The Other Side” sets out to show the other side of Las Vegas and features a brand new piece of music I composed. This track might even make its way onto one of my future releases! Be sure to check it out.
I didn’t expect to be sharing both of these so close together, but I’m glad to have some new content out there for you guys! Up next will be the “If Only Tonight I Could Sleep” video and the B-Sides & Remixes album. News on those will be coming real soon. As a matter of fact, if you could see my to-do list for this week, it says in big letters FINISH B-SIDES & REMIXES ALBUM… But for now, make sure to check out these videos and please share and comment to let us know how you liked them!
First and foremost, some amazing things happened today… This morning my “Lights In The Sky” music video screened as an Official Selection at the Berlin Independent Film Festival! And not only that, but this morning I also found out that the video is also an Official Selection for the Byron Bay International Film Festival in Australia! When I put this video together, there’s no way I could have guessed it would win the awards it’s won (Best Short at the 2013 Vegas IndieMeet and Best Experimental Video at the 2013 Pollygrind Film Festival), or get accepted into film festivals in other countries! Totally amazing and I am so proud of it. I still am waiting to hear back on a few more film festivals that I submitted it to and then it’s time to move on to the next video… If you haven’t seen “Lights In The Sky” yet you can check it out on Youtube (and make sure to share it on your social network of choice!):
The next video I’ve got coming off the Echoes In The Dark album is for the track “If Only Tonight I Could Sleep,” directed by Douglas Farra and his House of Don Productions crew. They’re finishing it up right now, and from what I’ve seen, it’s going to be AMAZING. I absolutely can’t wait to start getting the video out to festivals all over the world. I plan on pushing this one much harder than I ever pushed “Lights In The Sky,” and I’ll need to spend a good amount of money on the push, which is why I’ll be announcing my first ever fundraising campaign in the next couple of weeks. I have some money set aside to spend on festival submission and promotions, but the more I put in the more we can potentially get out, and I really want this thing to be seen. The video is beautiful and it’s probably my favorite song on the album. I also love working with these guys and girls, and want to get it seen for them too.
Speaking of House of Don, their short film “A Moral Discord” screened as an Official Selection at the Dam Short Film Festival in Boulder City this past weekend and I got to go and be part of the Q&A for the film. My first time going to Dam and I got to be up on stage. Pretty awesome. I love that film and the score I did for it, so I’m really glad to see it doing well.
Aside from the video and the fundraising campaign (which I’m doing by myself by the way, rather than go through IndieGogo or Kickstarter), I’ve got a bunch of short films coming up that I’ll be scoring. I might cut another reel too soon since I’ve done so much in the last year and I rarely get to post any of these things online for you all to watch. There is one project I’ll be working on soon that you will all definitely get to see… But I can’t really talk about that yet… Soon!
And lastly, my This Thing Rules series has been getting a lot of great feedback so I’m going to keep trying to get them out twice a month for now. I’m running a little behind on the one I have planned for this Thursday, but hopefully I make it… If not… Well, come on, I’m busy making music over here! Oh yea… and new music coming soon!