Hey gang. Doing that thing where I return cos I have something to share.
In short, my newest project, Longlea Lane, have just released our 4 song EP. My musical partner, Louise, writes the songs, I produce all of the music. Best described (maybe) as ethereal pop, alternative pop… something like that maybe.
The longer version:
But as a side note, I’d like to acknowledge the crew here, in particular, Andrew @ColdRoomStudio.
Before the pandemic and well into it, I found for the first time in my life, my passion for making music had faded and there was little or no desire to fire up the studio gear. This project came along hot on the heels of another offer that came out of the blue and it was back, burning as bright as ever.
I posted a mix of one of the songs that we were working on to get some feedback. And the responses were good, but there was plenty of constructive criticism regarding the lack of movement and dynamics, something the song screamed for. I knew it too. But at the time, I was struggling with general wellbeing and felt I was drowning with what i had on my plate that I did not have the energy to make changes to the music at that stage. I know what was said was correct and accurate, but had no reserves yet to re-mix the song.
Eventually, as the other songs came together, I made deliberate moves to free myself up in various areas of my life and found time to tackle the song once more. I put in effort, rather than being lazy. Is it the best mix ever? Nope, but it’s pretty close to the best I can do and I tried to apply that same effort to the other three songs.
I am very thankful that Andrew and others were honest about what they heard and the changes they suggested. That’s what this site is great for. If, instead, I received meaningless pats on the back for an average mix of a decent song, I likely would have put them out through sheer exhaustion and regretted (and possibly rejected) the project I have so loved being a part of.
Anyway, thank you to all of you. I will continue to drift in and out (of the forum, not of consciousness), continue to make music and continue to make changes to ensure I have time to do the things I love.
Hope you like it!