Doing the EP Thing

Dave Cracked Up (Blog), Creating, Personal

I’m finally going to do it.

I’m going to self-produce, self-record and self-mix an EP of my music. … At least that’s what I’m telling myself.

After seeing friends and clients go through the process over the past few years, I’ve found myself digging into the vault of “finished” and W.I.P. music and getting visions of releasing it – officially. I can’t really say where this desire or enthusiasm comes from, but I thought I should probably write about it to make it real. It’s not that a blog post will make this a water-tight, jump-off-the-cliff commitment, but the thought of sharing this announcement publicly seems to hold more incentive to accomplish this goal than a silent promise to myself.

Why?

Short answer: I have no idea. 

To tell you the truth, it feels more like a bucket-list item than anything – not saying that I have an urgent need to check things off a bucket list.

Why and EP (Extended Play Record) you ask? I don’t know if I have the time, energy or inventory for a traditional LP. (Although, in this day and age, those terms are kind of antiquated and irrelevant aren’t they?)

From what I could find, an LP (Long Playing record) is a collection of recordings that is “over 25 minutes OR more than four songs where the format does not qualify as a “Maxi” single or remix single as defined by singles eligibility.” – according to the Chart Rules via the Official Charts Company.

We’ll see. I aim to go over the 4-song threshold, but from what I’ve seen, the use of the “EP” moniker is applied very loosely in practice.

Stars in my Eyes?

I sincerely have no illusions of grandeur. I don’t really see (or want) this as a path to a string of world-wide sold-out stadium shows. I don’t have aspirations to get critical acclaim from anyone more than close friends and family.

Of course, I’m going to be obsessing over the details of the performances, arrangements and production. Pouring all my best efforts, knowledge and experience into this project are to be assumed. But, I’m quite aware of the supply glut of new artists and music vying for attention each and every day.

Oh yes, It’d be a momentous stroke of luck if some A&R rep, music supervisor or other industry big-wig “discovered” my (yet-to-be released) music and I started to stumble down the road of a new-found career of who-knows-what. However, that IS NOT plan A, B, C or any other letter of the alphabet.

The Tough Bit

I see this as being a project that would live in the pop/rock/alternative realm of styles. I could probably release a few LP albums of the film score music I’ve composed, but I wanted to go through the process of recording “my own” contemporary-styled music.

I’ve probably have enough songs that are complete enough to record. There are a couple in the pile that are lyric-less but depending upon motivation and the muse striking perfectly, I may opt to fall back on previously “finished” material.

I italicize and quote the term “finished” simply because I find digging up and listening to my past performances of these songs to be quite painful (you can listen to them and judge for yourself … don’t say I didn’t warn you). My recollection of the production and how I sounded far surpasses what emanates from my speakers.

In short, they’re all going to have to be re-done from scratch. That’s not necessarily going to be the toughest part. It will be tedious, yes, but not hard. All of these songs have been realized and those productions have been cemented – so to speak – in my head for a long time. It’d be easy to emulate and re-record with updated (hopefully better) performances, recordings and mixing, but one of my goals here is to bring all of my experience to date to the table.

I want to review, re-assess and re-consider all of the songs. I think the toughest part will be forcing myself to be objective and re-evaluating creative decisions I previously made – sometimes from over a decade ago.

All I can say to myself right now is: Good luck sucker…