I don’t think I’ve ever posted anything personal on a social network – I express myself through music because that’s really the only way I know how. I’ve been working on this album called ‘Parkway Divides’ for about a year now for my band Ill-Advised…which really isn’t a band. I write, record, sing, and play every instrument on the album. I started this band when I was in high school. A lot of people told me to give it up – in fact, a lot of people told me I sucked. I took a lot of shit, but I stuck with it because these songs mean everything to me. I’m the type of person who when someone tells me I can’t do something, I work even harder. I’ve spent the past three months working until 6 AM 7 days a week, writing, recording, playing, engineering, producing, and arranging every note on this album. With only a few final overdubs to go, I’m in the home stretch.

The reality is, it costs a lot to make a record: studio time, mixing, mastering, distribution, etc. By doing everything myself in my own studio I built in my basement with the help of a few friends and my mom, I’ve been able to do as much as I can on my own – no studios, no other musicians. When I set up the Pledge Music pre-order page, I wanted to offer some cool stuff that if I were a music fan, I would think might be cool to have. The type of person I am, I don’t like asking people for things, and I never do. Thinking about using a ‘crowdfunding’ site was something I refused to even think about for a long time…it’s just not how rock bands do it. But, times have changed and no one is investing in artists, the old system of selling albums is gone, and despite the fact that bands are essentially small businesses and that in 2015, you have to be a music entrepreneur, no one will invest in a band or a label. Crowdfunding seems to be the only option.

So, I’m humbly asking you guys to pre-order my album over at PledgeMusic.com/IllAdvised if you can spare $10. There is tons of other stuff like exclusive T-Shirts, actual CDs (if you’re still into that), and vinyl that will be offered soon along with opportunities to have a part in a music video, a personalized cover song done just for you, house concerts, and a producer credit on the album that also gives you free concert tickets and VIP passes + free merch for life. Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a hard worker and that I never give up, and I promise you guys that if you help me bring this album home, you won’t be disappointed.

-Harry

Studio Update: March Madness

I’ve decided to start posting regular “studio updates” about the progress of the upcoming record. Those of you who already follow the band or are other independent musicians and bands might find these posts interesting as I will be writing about the different challenges I face and the methods I have been using to record an album in my home studio. 

With the tentative release date for the record later this fall, I’ve kicked things into overdrive hitting the studio every single day in between classes. The record has been narrowed down to eleven songs from over thirty and I’m largely happy with how this group of songs are turning out. Every song has a unique sound and perspective lyrically and the more I listen to them the more they begin to fit a storyline or concept. Recording this album is like re-experiencing the past few years of my life and in the most general sense, I think it’s an album about growing up.

Luckily, I have been given the opportunity to record at my University’s studio which I am utilizing to track vocals. There is something to be said for a well-treated room when it comes to recording vocals – and a nice pre-amp. So far, I’m really happy with the results and it’s great to have other people involved to break up the monotony that working in a home studio, largely self-contained, can create. I’ve been pushing myself beyond my limits vocally and I’m psyched to say that it’s paying off.

Anyway, my 15 minute break is up – time to get back to mixing. I’ll occasionally post clips and updates on the Ill-Advised Instagram @illadvisedband and my personal account so feel free to check that out if you’re so inclined.

Until next time…

H.M.

Studio Update: March Madness

I’ve decided to start posting regular “studio updates” about the progress of the upcoming record. Those of you who already follow the band or are other independent musicians and bands might find these posts interesting as I will be writing about the different challenges I face and the methods I have been using to record an album in my home studio. 

With the tentative release date for the record later this fall, I’ve kicked things into overdrive hitting the studio every single day in between classes. The record has been narrowed down to eleven songs from over thirty and I’m largely happy with how this group of songs are turning out. Every song has a unique sound and perspective lyrically and the more I listen to them the more they begin to fit a storyline or concept. Recording this album is like re-experiencing the past few years of my life and in the most general sense, I think it’s an album about growing up.

Luckily, I have been given the opportunity to record at my University’s studio which I am utilizing to track vocals. There is something to be said for a well-treated room when it comes to recording vocals – and a nice pre-amp. So far, I’m really happy with the results and it’s great to have other people involved to break up the monotony that working in a home studio, largely self-contained, can create. I’ve been pushing myself beyond my limits vocally and I’m psyched to say that it’s paying off.

Anyway, my 15 minute break is up – time to get back to mixing. I’ll occasionally post clips and updates on the Ill-Advised Instagram @illadvisedband and my personal account so feel free to check that out if you’re so inclined.

Until next time…

H.M.