Anybody that was around while we were making the record knows how slammed we were for time. In the end the mixes suffered as they’re the last part of the process we didn’t really have time to mix them properly. It was more of a race against the clock than a mix situation. much to Cleopatra’s credit,they’ve given us extra time to get things right. Back when there was lots of money in the record business it was pretty common to go back and do recalls on mixes,but as the margins have gotten tighter it almost never happens anymore. All that being said, I have to commend Cleopatra for putting the record first and letting us go back and recall the mixes,it’s been quite awhile since a label spent the time and money to go back and get things right. I’m going back and doing 3 or 4, a few of the mixes were fine and another mixer is doing 1 or 2. I wanna thank the folks at Cleopatra for the opportunity to make this record right,most labels nowadays will just throw the record on the shelves ( iTunes) instead of spending the money/time to do recalls. The record will be much better for it,and that’s all that really matters.
We finished a day before the deadline!! Maor Appelbaum is mastering it and it sounds great. It’s fun to read all the trash talking and speculation that is so far off base it’s laughable on some of these forums…..well one in particular….the ridiculous things people come up with and speculate about is comedy. Apparently in these circles it’s a bad thing to use the best musicians you have access to,it’s also a bad idea to use good songs if they are available to you. Just silly nonsense. I’m proud of the work we all did on this record and even more so that we finished on time and on budget. It was a challenge and a joy to work with all the musicians involved. Craig Locicero and Chris Poland did a stellar job,as did Chris Cannella,Ty Tabor and the rest of the guys. I’ve never been this worn out at the end of a record,but it was well worth it,everybody pulled their weight and we got it done. Much thanks to all involved. (If your not a Friend/fan of my work,great,you read it,there’s no reason to post it on another site like a child that can’t wait to spread a rumor.high schools over and done with.)
Time to rest!!!
In the home stretch of writing, producing and mixing a record in 6 weeks, I have one song left to finish but it’s turned out pretty amazing if I do say so myself. I don’t think I’ve ever been this tired in my life, but it’s been well worth it!
so, here we are with a message board with nothing positive to say and a lot of people making a lot of assumptions about me,my motivations,what I decide to work on or not etc. etc. I dont owe any of them an explaination,but before the crap talking and assumptions get too far from the truth there might be a shadow of a chance of getting the truth out there and having it get considered as much as the lies. I dont expect all the anti Tate BDR folks to do an about face,but maybe some truth will set them in the right direction so they can move on and badmouth the next guy. I write songs for and produce whatever is interesting to me,I could have been scoring 2 films right now,but I pushed them back to work on a record with Geoff Tate. Not because of mounting hospital bills or desperation,but because I wanted to. I’ve always enjoyed working with Geoff,what I didnt enjoy was the way QR did business. I didnt enjoy writing songs and having to give my publishing to people that couldnt be bothered to show up and work on the record and then to add insult to injury have them complain about the songs or my work on them. If your that unhappy with it gimme my publishing back or better yet be involved so things are more to your liking. The other part I didnt like was dealing with Kelly Gray. I got the opportunity to work with Geoff without any of those issues as well as a bunch of other musicians I respect and I took it. Period. It’s what I love to do and what I do for a living,why its a surprise to anybody is a mystery to me. Everybodies up in arms about Geoff not writing everything,well he’s written every word and every melody,what the hell else is a singer supposed to write?!?! People dont want to look at the reality of what happened with the split of this band,a few days before the band left for Brazil I got calls from both Mike Wilton and Parker Lundgren asking me if they could use some of the heavier songs I had submitted for previous records,I smelled fuckery in the air and declined,but what if I hadn’t? you guys would be getting a record with my songs anyways and you’d probably get my playing as well. So whats the big damn deal!?!?! your gonna get a record from those guys,and your gonna get a record from Geoff. Nobodies making comparisons,nobodies telling you what to buy,in fact nobodies telling you to do anything so why waste all this time and energy spewing ill will all over the place? Are you trying to show how clever you are? your failing. Are you trying to get attention? your getting a little,but nothing near what you think. It’s all pretty ridiculous, we’re all doing what we do for a living with the people we wanna do it with. If those guys are happy and Geoff’s happy and every bodies doing what they wanna do why all the fuss? you can post a bunch of crappy stuff about any of us,but this is the most your gonna get out of it,a post from me hahaha. Are you proud? Do you have a feeling of accomplishment? I guess what I’m getting at is your wasting your time,nobodies gonna change what they are doing just because you post a bunch of piss and venom. You aint raining on my parade,I’m working on music I love with people I dig while I’m typing this and when this records over I’ll be working on something else,what will you be doing? Posting negative shit about sumthin thats already in my rearview hahahaha. Enjoy. Relax and quit spewing bullshit theres actually real issues in the world to be outraged about.
Been busy as hell working on a record with some rock legends,feeling blessed to be working on great songs with great musicians,this record is gonna slay. I’ll be posting photos/vids in the next couple days,but cant say much about the record right now. After a year of nothing but bad news health wise this record is doing a lot for my spirits. I’ll post as much as I am permitted by the powers that be. Looking forward for you guys to hear this one. Needless to say the SRC 1&2 plus extras CD will be pushed back even further,I have some legal issues to work out as I’m trying to include all the B-Sides and remixes we released from the US and Europe. the majority of the first record will be the original tracks we recorded before we had a record deal,which are really cool. I’m excited to get it all finished and up on iTunes,but it’ll be a few months later than I had planned. I’m gonna quit promising to post more often,cuz I just kinda get to it when I can and when I’m sitting around doing nothing theres nothing to post about. There will be a lot of posts around his record,but thats all I’m gonna promise. hahaha, I just did it again……..whatever. Hope Y’all are doing well.