I had intended to make more frequent blog posts since returning to YouTube last year. So much for that! Since releasing a new original track Inner Balance) last April with Finn Maxwell (Musicman1066), I have returned to recording cover songs of some of my favorite bands. Hopefully you have seen some of these in YouTube, although YouTube’s algorithm for recommending videos has changed drastically over the past decade and my videos no longer have the reach that they once did. Many, if not most, of my subscribers from the early days of YouTube still have no idea that I have returned. Still, I am so happy that playing guitar and creating music is once again an important part of my daily life.
Fortunately my family and I have all remained healthy and happy during this pandemic. I am lucky that I’ve been able to continue working from home as an engineer during this time. Instead of spending 1-1.5 hours hour each day commuting in rush-hour traffic, I’m able to devote more time to playing guitar and writing music (although many days it just means I am working longer hours!).
In April of this year I started working on a new original track, revisiting some riffs/ideas that I recorded back in 2011-2012. Back then I had planned to use many of these ideas in the follow-up to “The Rising”, but struggled to find the time and energy due to other circumstances in my life at the time. With a new arrangement created earlier this year, I once again reached out to Finn about producing the track. Finn was happy to be involved and made significant creative contributions in addition to coming up with a stellar mix/production! Finn also enlisted the help of Leslie (Les) Preston, the drummer from his band (Embodiment), to write and perform some drum parts for the song. I am so excited to share the finished product (Disillusion) with everyone.
In case you missed it, Finn and I recorded a live stream on Thursday, December 3, during which we premiered the video for Disillusion. We chatted about our early inspirations on guitar, how we got started on YouTube, and our collaborative process. You can watch the recording of the livestream here.
I plan to continue posting covers and working on new original songs in 2021. Additionally, I will be recording some informational/instructional type videos covering topics such as my recording process for cover songs, my gear, FAQs, etc. so keep an eye out for these. Thank you so much everyone for your continued support and encouragement!