Week 1 – Light It Up (DEMO)

Okay here we go… week one.

I’ve wanted to focus my attention on making more music for such a long time now but life always seems to get in the way. This project was started as a way to keep myself accountable. I figure if I’m writing, recording and uploading music every week I have no other option than to spend time on it. The more I write, play, record, produce, and sing, the better I’ll get (hopefully). Think of it as a one-man-band self-improvement program.  So here we are: 52 songs in 52 weeks, the 52WeekProject.

I listen to basically every genre of music except for country (sorry Keith) and have played guitar in a handful of bands, so finding a genre to start with was a little tough. I decided to take inspo from my main adolescent loves – Fall Out Boy, Panic! At the Disco, Paramore, etc. I never really sang in the bands I’ve been in so for the next 52 weeks I’ll be playing a heap of different genres till I find one I like or make a Frankenstein of my own.

For first out of the gate, I’m not too displeased with the results. Main struggles this week were getting my guitar to record, finding a bass to use, getting that to record, buying a microphone to record vocals, getting that to record (different setup to the guitar/bass) and programming drums. Holy shit, programming drums is f***ing hard. Firstly, I’ve never played drums so trying to work out what to “hit” where was ridiculous and probably highly amusing to watch, and secondly it takes so. freaking. long.

I think the main thing I gained this week was a better understanding of how to make ProTools record what I want it to. As in, setting it up to record guitar/bass or vocals, etc. Believe it or not that took a long ass time, but I’m learning shortcuts here and there.

While I doubt this will be an easy (or melt-down free) 52 weeks, I’m very excited to finally be putting more of my time and energy into writing and recording music. Here’s to hoping I’m not half-bad in a year from now.


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