If that title doesn’t say it all, read on for more of a break down!
I’m currently in the process of uploading one of the Final Fantasy EPs I’ve been working on for the past few months to online music distributers, and can honestly say I’m very excited to be done with it’s production. I love Final Fantasy music, but working on copious amounts of it for as many months as I did took a bit of a toll on me. It won’t be the last Final Fantasy EP of mine this year, but I have to wait for another album I’m contributing to to drop before I can release that one (a track on the EP has to be released on said album first before I can do what I want with it). I’m really happy I pushed myself to make these EPs though, because they gave me the confidence, and format of how I want to do the rest of my EPs this year.
While working on my ambient Final Fantasy EP, I kept on trying to add a fourth track to an EP that already had 3 tracks. For some reason, in my head, the EP just had to have four tracks: probably because that’s how I always see EPs formatted. But no matter how hard I tried, going through at least six, if not more attempts at arranging a fourth track, nothing was working. I got frustrated, and almost gave up…until I thought back to an article I read from a DIY musicians blog that had talked about doing what they called a 3p – you guessed it, an EP with three tracks, instead of four. Their reasoning was, because you can work on 3 tracks fairly quickly, experiment with genres, song writing, etc etc, and not be fully committed to making a full album. You can then release that content, have things for people to stream and purchase, and in the mean time work on another project of yours.
And that’s when my arranging slump had ended. Because I already had a third track recorded, and just had to add vocals to it. But re-reading that article gave me the confidence to just go and make a 3p: which, according to soundrop, is still an EP. A single is 1 to 2 tracks, an EP is 3 to 4, and an LP is 5 tracks or more, aka a full album. So that was even more perfect! Now I have a huge weight off my shoulders, and am just waiting for the tracks to get on stores. And, with that creative hurdle done with, I have so many other ideas for 3Ps, including originals I can group together in that format that I already have recorded, ideas for EPs that I didn’t have before because doing 3 tracks at a time seems to be the magic number for me, and is a really manageable amount for me to work on at any given time. I can do 3 tracks in a month, and have consistent content coming out, and keep my creative juices flowing. All win-win scenarios for me!
Another awesome thing I can do now, is hire my friend to do art for me! I am beyond excited to have the budget to be able to do that, and to have someone reliable to hire for said art on an ongoing basis. Getting art done is my least favorite part of the process, because I don’t like having to hunt an artist down, if I’m being completely honest, so just having an awesome friend that I’m glad to hire for stuff is a good thing 🙂
My next musical projects are a little up in the air. I’m deciding between doing a spiritual hymns EP, or re-recording originals of mine and releasing them as an EP: I wrote them back in 2015 when I had no virtual instruments, not nearly as much composing knowledge as I have now, and my voice has definitely gotten better, along with my mixing and production quality. So I would really like to revamp, revisit, and release those tracks. I’ll wind up doing both eventually, but I’m just deciding which project to do first. I’m leaning more towards the original redos, because that’s what I’m inspired to do right now (and I have album art done for it already I got done waaay back when I wanted to release the acappella version of one of the tracks and chickened out lol). I’m debating recording a third track with lyrics I’ve had written for years for that, or just writing an entirely new song for it. The EP would be based on different stories about different warriors, is the idea I’m having so we’ll see if I wind up writing something new for it or just redoing stuff.
I really want to get back into writing original singer/songwriter songs with lyrics too. I love my covers, but I also love writing originals, and I haven’t written a non VGM based orig in foreeeeever. So I really need to get my writing chops back up to par so I can get back to that, I miss it tons – luckily, I came up with a chorus as I was listening to music tonight, so fingers crossed I can get that turned into a nice song!
A rather big post, but I’ve been busy music-wise. I’ll post again when Ambient Fantasy is available to stream/in stores! I hope all of you are doing well, and having a great year so far!