Whew, it’s been a busy couple of weeks getting my new “Fractured Time” E.P. wrapped up and ready to sell. Seems like that’s always the case the though, the very end of the process is where things get complicated. It’s not even just finishing up the act of actually writing the music either, though that’s certainly the most important.
There’s quite a few things that need to happen before I can release a larger project like this:
– Am I happy with the artwork, and do I have it in all the sizes and resolutions I need for the various online outlets?
– Do I know which stores I want to sell it in, and can I coordinate the release for a specific day among all of them?
– What formats do all of the stores want the audio files in (some like Addictech are particular about the file-naming)?
– How much do I want to sell it for?
– Have I added all the images and info for the album on my website, both the Tracks page and the Blog?
– How am I going to handle giving away the Live 9 Project files for the album (free for people who buy it)?
– Is all the correct artwork and album info embedded in the AAC (or MP3) files?
– Who am I going to give free copies too, and do I need to worry about it getting pirated that way?
– How do I want to announce it on the social media sites, with different wording for each, or the same for all?
– Did I upload the album to Soundcloud, YouTube (working on this today), or Vimeo?
Those are just a few of the things I’m trying to coordinate and plan for in the last couple of weeks that I’m writing an album, I’m sure there’s more I’m forgetting. But it goes even farther than that for me, because I also like to play live and DJ in addition to writing tracks in the studio. So I’ve also got to make sure I have copies of all the new songs tagged and ‘gridded’ in my DJ software ready for my next gig.
There’s also the live set to think about.
Do I want to play any of these songs in my downtempo or uptempo live sets? If so, then I need to go through the process of getting the right loops from all the songs to use in the Octatrack. Those have to be set up properly, and all new drum parts have to be written for the Machinedrum. Then I’ll remix it all to give it a fresh take for the live set (I hate live acts that sound EXACTLY like their studio songs). Right when I am soooo sick of hearing the same songs over and over again, I have a lot more work doing just that while I get them ready to perform on stage. 🙂
Oh well, it’s all part of the process I guess, and at least most of it is fun. just thought some people might be curious about what goes into a Tarekith album launch. If you have any specific questions though, just put them in the comments below and I’ll answer them ASAP.
Thanks, and I hope many of you out there are enjoying the new music!