It’s that time again – time to find out if this really does smell like chloroform, to find out if you can make it through this entire Klog without falling asleep. Congratulations again to Isaac(red room punk) who won the contest to name this Klog post. If you’re new to my “Klogs” (Klayton’s Blogs) then I’ll explain. When i post a “Does This Smell Like Chloroform?” Klog, this will indicate that I am answering questions you guys are asking. “Q&A;” was too simple and much too obvious as to what the actual nature of the Klog would be. I mean, why make it easy? Geez…
Thank you Cellmates worldwide for your questions. I’ll keep posting answers here and will be posting other Klogs asking you for more questions in the future. For now, bathe in the glorious chloroform.
What would be your advice for someone who wants to start solo producing their own songs? (not using other pre-recorded samples)
I would tell you to “go for it!” I have produced almost everything i’ve done since the onset of my career. This is why a lot of my early stuff sucks big donkey balls. The production is awful (IMHO) although there are people like Bret Stahli who will gladly arm-wrestle me in a bikini to prove me wrong.
The point is – i produced my own stuff and through my own mistakes learned how to do what i do now. The great news is that in this day and age you don’t need to go through what i did. You can have a much better product right out of the box. When i started, there was no such thing as a softsynth. My first computer had a 40 MB hard drive and 1 MB of system ram (that’s ‘megabyte’ people, not ‘gigabyte’.) There was no internet to really speak of, and certainly no YouTube. There is a wealth of info for you to dig into and help you start off far ahead of where I started.
I plan on doing little tutorials from the studio at some point too. Just a question of finding someone to shoot and edit the video so i can concentrate on making music and showing you some of the things i’ve learned. (I did manage to fire off this video, acting as talent, cinematographer and editor. And what will you learn from this video of my amazingly detuned guitar? Jack-squat, but it’s the thought that counts.)
Now, on the flipside of this, there is nothing quite like an objective ear. I, for the first time in my career, am bringing someone on board to co-produce an album with me (Grant Mohrman.) This is bc I’ve learned that I am often too close to the songs to be objective and simple things might hold me back from making a good song great. I think you need to know what you want and how to get it close to how you hear it, but having an objective opinion (friend, producer, mom?) can bring your tracks to another level.
From the abundant amount of music you’ve been involved with pre-Celldweller, whether it be writing or producing (Circle of Dust, Chatterbox, both Argyle Park releases, Criss Angel stuff, and anything else I’ve missed), are there any songs that have stood the test of time for you?
Ok, maybe a small handful, but that’s really it. There are only a few songs from my projects – Circle of Dust “Disengage” and Argyle Park “Misguided” that I still feel I could stomach and wouldn’t be too embarrassed if someone brought it up over sushi dinner, ya know? The debut Celldweller disc was a defining moment in my career bc that was the best sounding record i had made up til then. I think if i ever got to a point and thought “This is it! This is the best it’s ever going to get and I could never do anything better than this.” That is the day you’ll get to see me perform at “Bob’s Comedy Shack & Laundromat” (see below.)
1. How many songs will be on the new album (Wish Upon a Blackstar)?
I actually answered this one accidentally last week. How about i give you more specific details? Ok, you kinda asked for it:
So Long Sentiment
Louder Than Words
The Best It’s Gonna Get
I Can’t Wait
The Lucky One
Against The Tide
2. When will the final remix files be released on Fixtremix.com?
Not sure right now, but i am planning on releasing raw files for all 10 songs at FiXTRemix.com. Stay tuned.
3.You tell a lot of jokes, do you make them off the top of your head or do think about them? Either way they’re very funny.
Thank you Michael, I’ll be here all week. Unfortunately i’m not clever enough to think out things in advance, so most of what i say gets inhaled from thin air into my brain and shot right back out my ass. Well, I’m glad at least i’m not the only one who thinks I’m funny – that’s a relief. (My cat Stutter thinks I’m a pisser too.) When my music career fails, I’m going into comedy. I think I’m already booked at “Bob’s Comedy Shack & Laundromat” in your town sometime in August. See you there!