Just wanted to say hey and let you know that mixing is almost done on what will be the first true Royal Holland release. “Volume One - The Maze” is the title. It’s going to have five songs on. Devil’s Night, Statues, The Maze (duh), Twin Rivers & Shore. (You can listen to demos of these suckers plus one more called Holy Moses - that will show up on the next EP “Volume Two - Flamingo” over on my Soundcloud - a cloud full of sounds.)
I’ve been listening incessantly to the test mixes that Brian (Olive - Read more here) emblazoned onto a little silver disc and left in my car. I spin them over and over wondering just exactly what magical process created the lushly brooding, folk thumping sound waves that seem to keep washing me clean. As I wonder about it, the memories of the past month or so fly in as little reminders… Oh yeah, I fucked up that back up on the first take, my fingers went numb from snapping here, and man this has been a great deal of fun.
I’m grateful to my wife for being patient and supportive through this process, I’m grateful to the friends who have hopped into the booth or given input on the demos (Margaret and Kendall), I’m grateful to Brian Olive for being so damn calm through the whole process and helping me keep my cool when we dangled on the cusp of chaos and entropy. Lastly I’m grateful to the Universe for teaching me the following maxim: When you follow your dreams, they also follow you.
Royal Holland “Volume One - The Maze” will drop on September 4th unless I drop first. There is a release party planned at the Northside Tavern at which I’ll be joined on stage by State Song and Umin. It’ll be pretty freaking rad.
As you may or may not know, I’ve been recording my inaugural EP over the past few weeks with a really swell guy named Brian Olive (Soledad Bros. Ex. Greenhornes, oh did I mention he won a freaking Grammy? Yeah… I saw it, hanging on his wall.)
Basically it is going really really well, so well in fact, I kind of wish I could be doing it all day, everyday. Brian is bringing a timeless class to the entire philosophy of recording, and for that you should really try to record with him once before you die.
Having said that, I’ve got to be honest. In the past I have sometimes recorded with a band, in a studio, even to tape, or I have recorded myself in my practice space. I have never ever recorded to tape by myself in the studio… It has been nerve-wracking, surprising, confounding and interesting, but none the less it has also been a blast, extremely satisfying and fulfilling a process.
I’m very anxious to hear the final mixes. I’m also anxious to start on the next EP. It can’t come soon enough. Until then, I’ll be touring to support this one. Check out the event list on my website royalhollandsongs.com to see where I’ll be stopping, and starting up again.
Until then stay royal.