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20 Feb

Buongiorno!

Oh yeah I forgot I have a blog. I suppose I should probably get everyone up to speed?

First of all, I’m in Como, Italy. Can I get a woot woot?

I’ve been here for about two weeks. I flew into Milan from New York (where I had been for a couple of weeks working on new music for the album) and came straight to Como. My Mom has a separate guest house that I’ve been staying in and let me tell you it has been AWESOME. Seriously, after couch surfing around the USA for 2 months prior to coming here, I can’t even begin to tell you how nice it is to have my OWN PRIVATE PLACE for a little while. Unfortunately though, the first week I was here, I was sick from airport/airplane germs *and* two of my hard drives crashed. Needless to say, I spent the first week recovering (both my body and data). The second week I had everything working and went straight to work.

I can’t remember the last time I was this happy and/or inspired. Seriously, it’s ridiculous. The music I’ve been making since I’ve been here is extraordinary. I’d even almost even describe it as “otherworldly.” I’ve been working on a few things, alongside the sound design I do for Beatport and the music I make for film/television.

Such as:

1) My first Summer Channel video blog with all the footage from New York and the trip to Italy itself. Video editing is a long process and I’m hoping to have it done in the next couple of weeks.

2) A new mix CD appropriately entitled “Epic Fucking Journey” (hee hee). Yeah I know, I wasn’t going to do anymore DJ mixes for awhile. At first I was simply putting something together specifically for my jogs, but as most of you know, I can’t do anything that isn’t complicated. It turned into a big project that included all these samples from movies, extra music, sound FX (and so on and so forth) which sorta led to the other new project…

3) As I was making that mix, I thought “How cool it would be if there was a remix of Enya’s – Orinoco Flow (Sail Away) to include on it?” So, I started making my own. Consequentially, it’s turned out to be *THE* most slamming, most detailed and fantastic thing I’ve ever done. I wish I wasn’t as detail oriented as I am because it’s been wildly time consuming, but it’s the detailing that I really enjoy doing anyway. I’m just gonna go with it and when it’s done, it’s done. It will, however, be a Summer Channel remix because it’s really quite different than anything I’ve ever made *and* I’m putting all my focus into that project anyway.

So how *is* the album going?

The album isn’t something that will be done anytime soon but I’ve written a bunch of songs that I will be finishing over the course of the next year. Here’s the deal though. I’ve come to the point in my life and career where I’m not concerned with deadlines or release dates anymore. I’m going to make music because I LOVE doing it. When I feel like it’s complete and ready for public consumption then it will be released. I’m tired of driving myself crazy and feeling like I’m always running out of time. I want to make music because it makes me happy, not because I am on a deadline. I already have deadlines with the music I make for a living. I’m not going to pressure myself with the music I’m passionate about. Period.

I did write two new songs in NYC with two extraordinary singers named Hadley Poole and Alex DeMammos that are pretty damn cool. Along with the couple of songs I did with Chrysta Bell and some of the ones from before that, an album is shaping up nicely. Everything will get done in time. I promise.

So how’s the book going?

The same thing goes for that. I have written a TON of new stuff for it but it will get done when it gets done. I’ve been toying with the notion of finding a ghost writer to help me. I even approached a writer I respect about it (she showed moderate interest – we’ll see how that turns out). I write OK but I’d really like to find someone who can make the book shine. I’m better at music so I should probably concentrate on what I’m good at (at least for now). Don’t worry though it’s still underway. It’s actually pretty good so far. I wrote the introduction and showed it to a couple of friends. They *actually* thought it was great. Several of the chapters have been started as well. I just have to write as I’m inspired. You can’t force these things, it comes when it comes.

SOOOO!!!! Let me tell you a little bit about Italy so far.

I have been at the house working a *lot* so I haven’t gone out very much. My experiences were at first, limited to walking around the Alps and trips to the store to get food and stuff. It snowed RIGHT before I got here so the pipes ended up freezing and we were without running water for a little over a week. Shit happens – you just learn to deal. I was still happy. I had food/water in the fridge, wood for my fireplace and electricity to run my gear. Pretty much everything I needed. Who could complain?

After a week straight of 16 hour studio days, I decided it was time to get out of the house. My mom set me up on a date with the cute local pharmacist girl and I ended up going out with her and her friends last Friday night. I had SUCH a damn good time. This is what I learned on my first real outing in Italy.

1) Everyone on earth is essentially the same. Everyone loves laughing, food, alcohol, sex, etc. No matter where you’re from people talk about the same stuff. We’re *all* human.

2) A smile is universal. If you can’t speak the language, just smile. It’s disarming and pretty much gets you anything you need in the end.

3) The language barrier is almost a blessing because it removes what you *think* people are saying and leaves you simply to your own devices. It also makes everyone a little more honest. It’s hard to bullshit someone when you can’t even speak their language. Be yourself. Always.

4) They do not allow spinning in Foosball. Ever played that before? They love it in Italy, but apparently it is frowned upon to do the typical maniacal spin move that most people do to slam the ball into the goal. I was informed that you’re not allowed to take your hands off the handles. Hrmpf and Boo.

Other than that, I drank and smoked too much, ate amazing food and had a great time. I’m even going out with the cute pharmacist again soon. She’s actually very very cool (uh oh).

Oh! The food here is just stupid good. I can’t even think of words to describe it. Everything is amazing. Interestingly enough, I’ve lost about 7lbs since I’ve gotten here.

Anyway, that’s the update.

Stay tuned for upcoming releases. I promise it will be worth the wait. 🙂