My Wildflower EP is now available for Pre-Order on iTunes and Amazon Music [ LINK IN BIO ] !!! 🎉🎉 🌱
in 2011, I had been taking my guitar playing pretty seriously for about 5 years already. At this point, I thought I was ready to start recording the songs I had been writing on the guitar so I could listen and analyze what I REALLY sounded like. I bought a shitty Apogee One USB microphone, got a microphone stand, downloaded a bootleg version of Logic on my laptop, , and started wailing away. I was pretty impressed with myself. This was it, I’m pretty much the next Eric Clapton at this point (in my mind)
Then I listened back. I was mortified. What came out of the speakers sounded NOTHING like what I was hearing in my head. There has to be something wrong with the microphone?!? I sounded like a complete hack. After a few days of being pretty depressed, I started messing around with Logic a bit more and started learning about EQ, compression, delay, panning and other mixing techniques and I started to apply some of these little tricks to my recordings. It made them sound slightly better and inspired me to keep going but it was clear to me at this point there were two things I now needed to do 1️⃣ I had to drastically improve my playing, skills and overall knowdlegde as a musician AND 2️⃣I needed to understand more about this crazy world of recording and music production.
This lead me down a crazy path: Began to immerse myself in learning programs like Ableton and Logic // started recording my guitar in ableton and experimenting with adding drum beats and weird Skrillex sounds overtop // started writing lyrics, catchy hooks, pop songs // started The Pilot Kids and began making alternative, hip hop, pop electronic music // signed a record deal and moved across the country from New Jersey to Los Angeles // Quit the Pilot Kids // Got out of my record deal // got depressed, "what do I do now?" // start playing more guitar again // became inspired to write new music // started writing lyrics and singing // left California // came back to NJ // recorded the Wildflower EP with @kenoriole at his apartment in NYC // •
....continued in the comments