Listening Party / Amazing Fans 

Recently some very cool fans in Montreal held a private listening party for the new album. Actually sitting down and listening to a record from front to back is a very rare thing these days... and doing that with a group of friends is even more rare.  It made me think of why I make music. To be listened to. To be experienced. It doesn't work very well as background music, there is too much going on. It requires attention. Needless to say I feel incredibly honoured that this group of friends would take the time to experience their first listen through the new album as a group. Thanks! Here are a couple photos from that evening: 


Preorder 

Hey friends. My new album 'Monster' is now available for preorder over at bandca​mp. Who knows, if you pre-order soon you might just get an early pre-release copy in the mail ;)



In the Sun 

Last night was fun. Got to play some new material as the sun set. Thanks @zgauthiermusic for the cool photo. 

I Know You Know 

Okay friends, so excited to share this! ... I Know You Know is the second single off my upcoming full length album called Monster. Canadian radio personality and music archivist Alan Cross Official has kindly premiered it on his blog 'A Journal of Musical Things'. This track features some epic drumming by my partner in crime Paul Clark. It also features some additional backup vocals from Mind Of Max and Joshua Clark. ALSO, last but not least... there is a music video funded by Public Records coming out for it next week.



 

Somebody Loves You - New EP 

Back in 2012 I was invited to take part in an artist residency program for an NYC based company called Butter Music. Butter is a creative collective that specializes in music and sound design for film and television (among other things). 

My challenge was to write and record 10 short songs for the eventual use in some ad, TV show or movie. This meant that they should sound like songs I would naturally write, but with a focus on having a positive/uplifting/hopeful/emotional vibe... you get the idea. 

Easier said than done. I wasn't very aware of it at the time, but I tend to write melodies that often move downwards. My chord progressions often lean towards the minor side of things. Okay, so maybe I listened to a few too many Elliott Smith records the year before. 

This process forced me to really think about the way I write music. Up until that point my creative output was based purely on inspiration, without much intention. I knew what I wanted, but if I had to change it (for whatever reason) I couldn't do it very convincingly. I don't know if I totally succeeded in writing the correct kind of music for that program, but I definitely learned a lot from it. 

Prior to that I was a house painter. I hated my job. Music was my release and escape from it...Now music is my job. I am a freelance composer. (How that came to be is a story of its own, some other time)

I've learned how to write with intention. I'm not saying that I don't write from inspiration. Inspiration has always been like a spark. It's good for starting a fire, but if you aren't prepared to handle it there is no telling what it's going to burn. It's wild. If you're reading this and you're somebody who creates any kind of art, you know this. These days I feel better prepared. I'm still learning, but I now know that you don't need a spark to start a fire... and if one falls on my lap, I know what to do with it. 

I have compiled 4 of my favourite tracks from that artist residency program into an EP that I want you to have. It's good, I'm proud of it, but it's different from anything else I have ever put out. I also have a full length album coming out this year. In many ways it will be the antithesis of this EP. The stark difference between these 2 projects made me wonder weather or not I should release this EP at all. Often bands will put out an EP before an album as a sort of teaser to the album. This is not that. However I am proud of this material, and I think it deserves to be shared. 

I'd like to thank my friend Ian Jefferys at Butter Music. I learned so much from him during the writing/recording process of these songs. This man knows music! It wasn't easy, but he stuck with me. Thanks Ian! 

I'd also like to thank my friend Ryan Lott (Son Lux) for connecting me with Butter Music. So much has changed for me in the last few years because of his kindness. Thanks Ryan!

I'd also like to thank YOU. Whoever you are. Thanks for reading this. I hope you enjoy this EP. I want you to have it for free. If you love it, please share it with everybody you know. Thank You!

Much love - Andrew 




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New album 'Monster' coming September 30

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