This is the first ever solo album released by Portlands own multi-faceted artist/producer Jacobthewilliam (Explorers of the Dreamworld, Lindsey Hall, The Vernons) at the young age of 18. This was his first attempt at writing the material for a rock album of which he would be entirely responsible for. Playing every instrument. Capturing Every sound. Writing every lyric and singing every vocal. As well being responsible for all aspects of production.
"This was that time of my life - my first real confrontation with loneliness. This was that time after graduating high school when all my friends/music buddies left town to go off to college in many different far away lands. And me? Well, I stayed home & I was literally the only one to do so. i can remember having resentment towards my music partners for making the decision of disembarking the musical path and succumbing to university, a degree, and later a career. This fueled my fire to prove to them the mistake they'd made by de-committing to me, and everything we had built. I suppose that was a selfish outlook to have, but It became a personal challenge for me.
I quickly found out how much I would miss our late night jam sessions, our friendship, and camaraderie. And i became jealous that i was missing out on all the parties and girls and all that college life entails. But then, on the other hand, I believed all that to be a distraction toward my creative development. All those feelings I had - I decided I was going to use them to my benefit.... I was going to combat those feelings by consuming myself with music. I turned it all into a 'me against the world' mentality and i used it as an endless flood of inspiration. And it really worked. To say I was inspired Is an understatement. I felt a creative freedom i had never felt before until then. I made sure to 'bite off more than i could chew' so to speak, just to see how far i could go - and being confident that i really had no limits.
I would wake up every morning around 7am, make some coffee, and head straight to the studio. I would just play freely on guitar or piano until I came up with something. Then I would record a scratch take/quickly improvised version of me playing and singing whatever i wanted to focus on. Then I would cook myself breakfast and work out the entire song in my head - the melody, the structure, the instrumentation and production. And while I sat down to eat breakfast, I would write out all the lyrics - everything. Then I would go back into the studio and listen to the scratch version i had recorded a bit earlier and make a note to myself to notice how the song is developing/taking shape. At this point I had a very clear vision of how the song was going to sound in the end, and each step it would take along the way. It was my job to carefully craft it layer by layer, all the while making sure not to lose its essence. I would start out with a metronome which i would play either guitar or keys over with the only intention of mapping out the structure - if it sounded like shit or whatever - this was a non-issue at this point. Using it as a template to guide me, I would first record drums. I did this by turning off the metronome and playing to my guide track. This was to give it more of a human-like touch in considering a 'pocket' or groove"
One by one I layered all the instruments till I felt was enough. None of these songs were ever more than 10 tracks, I imagine. I didn’t spend too much time perfecting any single element of instrumentation. Most solos were done in less than 5 takes. However, I remember particularly taking my time on the vocals...
by this time it usually around mid afternoon. This was hen i took a break. Not a quick 15 minute smoke break or whatever - i mean, a few hour long break. I'd actually shut off all the studio equipment and go about my day. Normal people stuff. Completely resetting my mind so i could literally not even remember the song i had been working on all day. This was a very important aspect of my vocal approach. Up until this album, I had never attempted singing. Not like this. Not even close. I would wait until nightfall and I had a nice buzz going, then I would rendezvous back to the studio to complete my mission. I'd set everything up and get the song ready and hit record before listening back at what I had so far. I let it all come to me, then let it all go. "
JOIN ME & MAYBE YOU WILL FEEL BETTER. FOR BEING A MUSIC MAKER. FOR TRYING SO GOD DAMN HARD. TO BE HEARD. TO HAVE PURPOSE. TO INSPIRE. TO BE INSPIRED. TO JUSTIFY & TO SEEK. JUSTIFICATION FOR HAVING A DREAM... AMEN [the fundamental hope society]
These two dudes together can play ball on the same field with the best known songwriters. Often compared to Lennon/McCartney & Simon/Garfunkel, it won't take long for you to notice why chicks dig em. Ɉ⨇COB₸H∃ⱲILLI∂Ɱ
4-piece group straight out of the "bad boy" club. "Sex, drugs, & rock n roll" on full display with these guys always bringing the party wherever they go. Easy to see why chicks love them. Ɉ⨇COB₸H∃ⱲILLI∂Ɱ