Check it out: Just in time for Halloween UK label Graveyard Calling releases their second installment in the freebie compilation series Pumpkin Guts. Featuring all sorts of horror-inspired sounds, this 26-track album offers everything from “hellish horrorpunk, sinister synthwave, demonic dubstep and devilish disco” – including Walpurgisnacht off my first Videogram album. Get it here.
Well, since Hammond has given me his permission to share it, I figure I’d post it here as well. Teaming up with Aussie musician The Jimmy C here’s the new theme for his Beyond The Playlist interview show: Ungawa!
Don’t ask me where the heck I got that title from, but I figure it kinda fit. The track turned out great, Hammond’s satisfied and the track will premiere in December, so make sure to stream it online here. While on the subject, my interview:
Since they just made it official I figured I could share the album sleeve for The Stovebolts‘ upcoming album Over the Limit. The artwork was created by Loud Comix‘ creator Jamie Vayda, and I was asked to do the coloring. It turned out pretty cool I think!
October’s here and I’m pretty stoked to announce the release of Videogram‘s Halloween track Camp Blood. Created as a “nudge nudge, wink wink” to the fellow horror fans, it’s a tribute to the iconic Friday the 13th series and sort of a mix of the disco theme of Part 3 and Michael Jackson‘s Thriller (or at least that’s what I’ve been told).
Available via my Bandcamp along with iTunes and Amazon, there’s more streaming services coming later this month. Make sure to check it out and the video (using footage from Indonesian knockoff Srigala) below.
Check out the debut episode of Austrian director John Brito‘s web series Shadows of Prey that premiered online today! I had a sneak peek roughly a week ago and think this turned out pretty cool – especially considering this is a 100% no budget affair!
I love the title animation that really sets a nice tone, and with the music I produced being used for the end titles I sure have no reason to complain. So give it a peek and help spread the word!
EDIT: Read more about the series on John’s blog here.
Hey, Sunday! For some odd reason starting this post had me thinking of the Simpsons‘ Sunday, Cruddy, Sunday episode, which has nothing to do with either football or my state of mind – ’cause quite frankly I am having a blast right now – but that’s the way the creative mind works I guess. And the Trio track was just something that seemed fun.
So, October seems to be the month where lots of things are happening. I am keeping quite busy finishing up three different physical releases for Videogram plus a digital Halloween-themed one, so you wanna talk about flooding the market, ha ha ha. I’m just keeping my fingers crossed there’ll be a demand for it because I am working like crazy and hate to see that amount of time, energy and effort going to waste.
One thing that won’t happen though is the Haunted House of Horror mixes I’ve posted on Mixcloud for these past two years. There just isn’t any time for it and since I usually wanna spend a couple of months culling the tracks and work on in-between songs FX I figured I’d pass on it this year. But part one and two are still online so I’m sure I’ll
spam the crap out of it re-post both of them later on. And as an added bonus you can finally embed the web players on WordPress!
Also, I received an email earlier this week from Austrian director John Brito. Seems like the first episode of Shadows of Prey is ready to premiere (don’t have a set date, though). I’ve already seen it and think it turned out really good. More episodes are in the works and I’ll start culling together the tracks I created for the series and release them digitally as an EP as soon as possible. Maybe in …October.
Well, I for one felt like Mel Brooks‘ character Yoghurt in Spaceballs when I announced the addition of coffee mugs, wall clocks and even rugs (!!!) on Society 6 this past weekend (you’ve joined me on Facebook, right?). That’s where the real money is! Too bad my lawyer told me a flame thrower most likely would be seen as “selling lethal weapons without a permit” and he wouldn’t hear any of how much the kids love it. Oh well. Check it out here.
Speaking of which: This is my latest work and I’m gonna add it as soon as I have a title for it. It’s funny, maybe I’m just tired focusing so much energy on other things right now, but I can’t come up a damn thing! So far I’ve got Radiation King (’cause the skull initially had a crown), Radiant Golden Skull Thingy With Exposed Brain and Radiant Golden Skull Thingy With Open Head, which are, ahem, less than optimal to say the least.
Take your stinking paws off me, you damn dirty ape! Well, this past couple of weeks have been quite hectic working on two separate physical Videogram releases (not to mention starting a blog for said musical project), so it felt pretty good to just ease back when time permitted to create some artwork.
Go bananas over Ape Shall Kill Ape, a twist on the “golden rule” of the 1968 sci-fi cult classic Planet of the Apes starring Charlton Heston. This one turned out pretty cool and I am very satisfied having finally nailed that almost-toxic neon green! Available via Society 6, you can get yours in a variation of sizes and formats here.
Your musical heroes are not really heroes, they are arrows pointing in the direction of your own potential. Do not allow the thought that “some have it and some don’t”, it’s simply not true. The truth is that some people work for it (unfortunately very few) tirelessly & consistently until they get it. Some of the best artists actually took longer to get there than you would expect.
I recently joined one of those synthwave producers type pages on Facebook, figuring I’d pick up the occasional production tip, tutorials etc. and early on found this great article by musicsoftwaretraining.com. Entitled 10 Things they don’t tell Music Producers …til it’s too late, it offers some great pointers/advice that I honestly feel can be applied to all sorts of creative endeavors and not just music/producing.
Pointers include Your first attempts at making music won’t be great, Most of the tools you think you need, you don’t and Musicianship is optional. Check it out here and a second article entitled Why Quantity is more important than Quality makes for some interesting food for thought. Check it out here.
Check out my all-new Nix Comics‘ t-shirt that I got in the mail! I love this one. Great design and there’s something kinda Troma-esque ’bout the color, don’t you think? Goes great with coffee and a morning smoke.
Now, these were a limited edition kinda deal, so I’m not sure when these will be re-printed. But head on over to the official website, show ‘em some love by ordering yourself some copies and if enough people tell Ken that they want one I’m positive he’ll print up some more!