New York, Artwork, NAMM, Avatar, and Magical Uli.

Greetings, fellow Humans.

I hope all is well, and that you are all enjoying the beginning of what is going to be a great year! There’s a ton to talk about, so let’s get started!

On Monday, Greg is flying to New York to help mix our album! Not to say that the man who is currently mixing isn’t doing a great job, because he has and is… it’s just that most of these songs are very specific on how they need to sound… most of them are upwards from 150 audio tracks per song (even the first song of the album has 35 vocal tracks, alone!). It’s crazy… and I can’t wait for you all to hear it! So, by the end of this week, the songs will be mixed and mastered and good to go!

The artwork is also in the works. It’s looking fantastic (though we’ve only seen the sketches). We’ve been trying to have the artist create something that would incorporate all of the stories in our songs into one picture. And so far, it’s looking like it’s doing just that. It even has the planet with the lamp from the book The Little Prince, which one of our songs, “Things We Learn While We’re Away”, is based upon. It’s very exciting… and is so close to completion, finally! Haha.

Lastly, we were invited to the NAMM convention by Chris Adams and Robert Pearson to look at some equipment and meet some people in the industry. It was all of our first year there, though Greg and Beau had gone to the Music Messe in Frankfurt last year. For those of you who don’t know, the NAMM is a convention where a ton of companies showcase their newest music products; anything from guitars to pedal boards, and saxophones to microphone preamps… there’s everything! But besides the products, you’ll see a ton of famous people from the industry. We saw Uli John Roth, Ted Nugent, Gene Simmons, Slash, Michael Angelo Batio, Vinnie Paul, Kyle Gass, Ron Jeremy (haha), Zachary Vex, and others (that I can’t remember at the moment)… but, by far, the one that completely changed our lives – forever – was the most talented human being alive… ever… on the face of this great planet that is Earth… Weird Al! πŸ˜€

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Awesome, I know. πŸ™‚

We actually had a long talk with Uli John Roth, who had previously listened to our music with Chris and Gwen Adams. He gave us a lot of advice, and even shared some ideas with us about how to perform certain parts of our songs live. He then asked us if we’ve seen Avatar, and we said “yes”, and he said, “Listening to your music made me feel the same way that I did when I saw that movie”… which was the coolest complement that we had ever received. He also said that by listening to my voice that he was able to tell that my astrological sign was a Cancer… which, amazingly, is true, haha! He then proceeded to tell us that he doesn’t care what kind of wood his guitars are made of, as long as it’s magical. πŸ™‚

Cheers,
Travis.

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