Michael's "Daily" Blog
05/29/2020 Happy Birthday came out today. Tried Submithub again and actually got on a playlist. Got a lot of declines as well but the feedback about the song and mix were pretty positive. Doing well on Soundcloud as well. Definitely needs a bigger push so will have to decide where to throw some money but happy that people are liking things :)
05/27/2020 A little more mixing and then listen to things in the truck. One song had exploding bass but the others actually sounded really good. Still missing something to fill it all in. Might just need a bit of reverb but other than the bass issue, which is an easy fix, it all sounds really good :)
05/26/2020 More mixing today and thinking about what will be my August 2020 release. I've got a few possibilities. Several songs pretty much ready to go. I'd like to do something more than a lyric video so maybe that will determine what song I pick. If I can come up with a video idea I might go with that one
05/22/2020 Did some more mixing on the new song today, still really like it. Also started working on the lyric video for "Happy Birthday" It comes out in a week so nothing like being right on top of things :) Definitely not a spectacular video by any means but it is content and gives people that need to see things something to watch... even if it is just a cupcake with a candle in it...
05/21/2020 Put down some vocals for my new song. Right now I'm calling it "Said It Before" It's one of those songs that for some reason I just can't stop listening to. Of course I'm doing some mixing but every once in awhile I write and record something that I just keep playing over and over and over. Doesn't mean it's a hit or anything but for some reason it's stuck in my head... and that's not a bad thing. I think I've finished with my July 2020 release, the piano song "Don't Want To Go" It's mellow but every good rock catalog should have some diversity to it. Hopefully it's not too much but either way I like the songs and they are out there to be heard. Just need to snap a good pic and get the cover art ready and get it out there.
05/19/2020 Worked more on my new song. Fixed some drum parts and redid the bass and guitar parts. Sounds pretty good now. Got all the dynamics set. This song doesn't change too much musically so the dynamics between parts is crucial. Sounds very flat and like something is missing if those aren't strong. In other news jumped back on Spotify after awhile and see that my numbers crashed as hard as the stock market did a few months ago. This was expected and for the silver lining the few plays that I am getting right now are very real and I do like that. Due to my schedule the last few weeks I really didn't push Miss You at all and it's showing. The next release is Happy Birthday and I do plan on trying to get that one out there. Need to start working on some sort of video for it soon...
05/18/2020 Started recording my new song today. Sounds a little rough but you can't expect perfection right out of the box sometimes, especially when the song is only a few days old. I always see rushing a song to recording as not only a time to get things down but to keep working on it. I can always hear more once I have the basics recorded. Still not a ground breaking song by any means but it is one of those fun stupid songs that just gets stuck in your head :)
05/15/2020 Been a little preoccupied lately and haven't been doing much on the music front but today I wrote a song that really makes me smile. Definitely not breaking any new ground with this one but it sums up some issues I have been having with a certain individual. I've wrote one or two songs like this in the past and it's amazing how it instantly clears my brain up and gets me back on track. Wrote this song lyrics and all in about 10 minutes. I've written a lot of crappy songs in 10 minutes but it's always exciting when you get a good one like that, can't wait to record it...
05/07/2020 Still working on the bathroom but all the tile is done and grouted so just a matter of putting it all back together now. Not much on the music front going on but hopefully when I'm back on my normal schedule sometime next week I'll get back to cranking out the hits :)
05/05/2020 Did a lot of mixing today. Ran "Don't Want To Go" through the bandlab mastering program and it sounds really good. Usually I don't hear much of a difference when I do the mastering like that but I did hear a slight difference this time so it sounded good before and slightly better after. Either way I'm pretty happy with it and will start all the extra stuff I need to do to send it in for release. I actually got a real spotify follower so that is encouraging. 1 real follower means a lot more to me than 14 fake. I am going to really make a push to get more real followers. In my mind that is success and how you keep going.
05/02/2020 Checked my Spotify Account today and saw that I lost the 14 followers that I gained recently. Just solidifies the feeling that the latest company I used for promo is a bunch of BS. Yes I got a far amount of plays but not a single follower from the big playlist I made it on and the ones I obtained from the smaller one all disappeared at the same time. I have no desire for fake plays and fake people on my account. I don't know why people want that other than just having a bigger number but I'd much rather have a smaller number of real people listening and enjoying my music rather than a big number of plays that doesn't mean anything. I think if you need that there is something wrong with you. Of course I'd much rather have a lot of plays from a lot of real people but that is what I am working on this for.
05/01/2020 Miss You came out today. Got the normal non-response to it but that is what I expect. It will be something special when someone actually listens to one of my songs on release day. Didn't do much promo for I See Rain but I am going to give this one a push. It's a more mellow simple song and maybe that is the avenue I should be pursuing... We will see
04/30/2020 Did a lot of mixing today, well not many moves on the board but some critical listening and those minor tweaks that just seem to pull it all together. My July release is all but ready to go so that's a good thing. Also came up with some pretty cool guitar parts to my new piano song What have I Done. I am a little more than biased to it but I still think it's going to be a really good song, hopefully someone will get to hear it :)
04/28/2020 Still working on the bathroom remodel so music production is pretty much on an every other day schedule. Did some more remixing on "Don't Want To Go" It's getting really close but still something a little off on it. Hopefully just a few more tweaks and it will be ready to go. Still haven't shot or done any kind of video for Miss You which is coming out in a few days. It won't be the first time I didn't get a video out on release date but it is the first one that I don't have completed (or even started) I do have the old video featuring Bob Popp (who the song is about) but I'm a little concerned that the general public won't get it and will think it's just some dudes slideshow. Bob's birthday is this weekend and it's always a bit sad, like the song says... miss you brother
04/26/2020 Got emails that Happy Birthday is all loaded up in the stores and streaming platforms set for a May 29th release date. It always feels good to be a month or two ahead. I suppose if I had a team behind me I'd be scheduled a year out but since it's just me doing everything we take what we can get :) Getting back to the near future I've got Miss You coming out in 5 days and I still don't have any kind of video for it. That isn't entirely true since I did put a video out a few years ago when I wrote the song. It's still on Youtube Miss You but not sure if that should be the official video since it is a different mix of the song.
04/25/2020 Listened to "Don't Want To Go" in the truck. Somehow lost a lot of the bass on the piano so bumped that up. Pretty much set that this will be my July 2020 release. The more I hear it the more I like it which you would think is a good sign but as always it really means nothing when it comes to putting it out there. I've been getting good reactions to my songs but still feel that I just haven't found the right place or way to get them out there so to quote Sonny and Cher "The beat goes on"
04/23/2020 More piano stuff today working on the new song. Demo is sounding good but now comes the part of what to add to it if anything. Still have to write the words but the more I play it the more words are popping into place and that's always a good thing. Also started really mixing my July 2020 release. I think it will be my first piano based song but still not 100% on that. Haven't listened to it in awhile and I still think it's good so hopefully a few tweaks mixing and it should be ready to go.
04/21/2020 Started a demo on the new piano song now called "What Have I Done" If I don't screw this one up it is going to turn out really good. Going to have to dig deep for the lyrics but at this point in the game that is what it's all about. Think I just need to take a night to myself, get a good bottle of scotch and finish a few of these songs I have been working on. Been doing so much piano work lately I might have to just put out an EP/album of just piano songs.
04/20/2020 Been remodeling a bathroom at my parents house so not too much on the music front the last few days but the nice thing is that when I'm taking a break from the remodel work there is a real piano in the house and it's great to play one of those when I get a chance. My keyboard is great but even with the weighted keys there still is a big difference. The new piano song is really shaping up nice and I am looking forward to making a demo for it. Systems Broken hit 2000 plays on Spotify recently so that's a good thing. My save rate is closing in on 20% so that is amazing. That kind of feedback really helps formulate a more long term plan. My real surprise seems to be Don't Turn Your Love Away. Not getting a lot of plays on that song but the few people that are listening to it seem to really like it. Got about a 70% save rate which is unheard of. Taking tomorrow off from the remodeling and working on music so hope to get something accomplished
04/14/2020 Had a few non-musical days but back at it today. Wrote a new song on the piano and got Systems Broken on another playlist. Pretty excited about this one. About 3000 followers and it says songs say on for about a year. That would be really cool. My listener to save ratio is about 15% on this song so that is amazing as well. Just gotta keep pushing
04/11/2020 Hopefully did the final mixing for "Happy Birthday" today. Had a little too much high end on the snare and high hat but shaved that off a bit and will go check it again in the truck. Sounds good everywhere else so that will be the final test and then I will get it out for my June release. Still need a photo for it so I guess there is one more thing.
04/10/2020 Did a lot of mixing today. Not sure why but I've almost forgotten about the whole aspect of using headphones in mixing. Definitely gives another reference away from the near and far field speakers I use. Of course the truck is always the final test. Since day one if it sounds good in the car it sounds good anywhere. On a sad note I saw that Social Defiance got booted off a playlist. It was a big one and was on for almost a month so it helped a lot. Just have to get it on another one :)
04/09/2020 Focused today mostly on production. The more I listen to my work the more I hear what's wrong with it. I still think it's pretty good in comparison to a lot of what I hear being put out on Soundcloud but that amount of crap out there is astonishing so it's not really saying much. AC/DC Back in Black is not only an amazing album but a masterpiece in recording. When I reference my work against that I really hear the difference and gives me something to shoot for
04/08/2020 Not much production stuff got done today but Systems Broken did get on another playlist. Of course several more rejections as well but have to appreciate the good. Music is definitely subjective, the things that one person loves about it are the same things that another person says is wrong about it. All you can do is keep working at it. Pretty much straight across the board so far I've got a 10% liking ratio which is really good in my opinion.
04/07/2020 Mostly playing around with some new ideas today. No real stats on Systems Broken yet. Getting a little feedback and production seems to be the issue again... although I'm not sure if that response is the "standard" responds when they just don't like he song and want to be nice. I've been listening to music a long time and have trained my ears fairly well and I am definitely not saying that I can't get better, always room for improvement but at this point I'm not sure what they are really looking for.
04/06/2020 Worked on final mixing of "Happy Birthday" an original song of my that will be my June release. This one is sounding really good to me. Not just the actual recording quality but the song in general. Don't know if the world needs another happy birthday song but at least it's a very different alternative to the standard birthday song we all know. Got Systems Broken on a big playlist. Same one as Social Defiance so in a way that's awesome and I am grateful to be getting any plays at all but probably not going to do too much for my following since it may not be reaching a new audience. It's just starting so hopefully I get a few more placements but happy that someone is listening :)
04/05/2020 Just did a little mixing in the morning. Songs are sounding good and I have definitely been paying attention to vocal levels. It's really too bad I screwed up on Social Defiance since most of the feedback about the song I've been getting is that people like it but just couldn't hear the vocals enough. Lesson learned. I've already fixed it but it's too late for what's out there already. When I actually put out an album down the road it will be a top track. System Broken promo starts today. To start with I've had 68 plays from 39 listeners and 10 saves... which is an awesome save percentage so I hope that carries through :)
04/04/2020 Had "I See Rain" released yesterday. Not sure how this one will do. It's a good rock song and I like it but as I know all too well that really means nothing. Hopefully people that enjoy classic rock will like this one. Started promoting my first release "Systems Broken" again today. It was my first release and even though I did try to promote the hell out of it I still feel that it didn't get the push it deserved since I do think of it as one of my better hard rock songs. Next month when "Miss You" comes out I will give that a real good push and see how I do on the acoustic side of things. My gut feeling it that I'm going to be finding more and more success with my more mellow acoustic guitar/piano songs, time will tell :)
04/03/20 Fixed some of the guitar tracks on "Does Anybody Care" today. Added a second rhythm track and fixed the first (short) solo. Really love it when after a few fixes you just sit back and listen and hear how it's all coming together. Sometimes the smallest changes make the biggest difference, it's what takes it from demo sounding to professional I think.
04/02/20 Started recording "Does Anybody Care" today. Sounds pretty good so far. Need to fix the first solo and fatter the guitar up with another track but that can be fun for another day. Social Defiance Is still doing well on Spotify but I have seemed to have fallen off the radar on pandora which is too bad since I like that platform. Maybe the release I have coming up tomorrow will get back on there. Got more rejection on Submithub so I think I'm going to pull the plug there. Plenty of other places to throw money at :)
03/31/20 Not too much accomplished today on the composing front but a good day for small accomplishments. Social Defiance hit 1000 plays today on Spotify which is a first for me and Social Defiance got placed on another Spotify independent playlist at the number 1 spot which is super cool. Definitely gives a little validation to what I am doing :)
03/30/20 Loaded my May 2020 release "Miss You" in today with Distrokid Release date is set for Friday May 1st. Also joined Daily Motion today for video releases. Basically another You Tube but much smaller. Figure it can't hurt to add content to smaller sites since hopefully (but doubtfully) might get a few more plays and dare I say it... fans
03/29/20 Nothing too musical done today. Completed my third campaign on Submithub today for "Social Defiance" and got a big fat ZERO again. I don't want to rule Submithub out yet but out of 50+ submissions I haven't gotten a single positive response. Having much better luck with other services.
03/28/20 Did some cool digital editing on "Was it Ever So Good" today. Just a couple of little tweeks that made a big difference. It's amazing how when you hear a small mistake you not only hear it every time around but wait for it when it's coming up. Modern technology and rock and roll's repetition make that pretty easy to fix. Also added synth tracks to "Does Anybody Care." A similar song to "Was it Ever So Good" with piano and guitars. If someone likes John Lennon they will like these songs... I hope :)
03/27/20 Started my blog page today. We will see how long I keep this up but I do think it will be cool to look back on progress made. Remixed a few songs today trying to get my vocal levels up since that seems to be my biggest problem... not my only but my biggest :) Also trying to finalize my May 2020 song release "Miss you" a song I wrote fro my friend that isn't with us anymore.