30 March 2015

Hypersoul 2015

Hypersoul is still going and coming back strong this year. I have been working on the next album for some time, but work has gone pretty slowly over the past couple of years. Even so, I am beginning to see the finish line out in front of me. Ten songs have been written are closing in on the final stages. There will be another 1-2 that are sort of halfway there (out of 17 total song ideas) and I am hoping to pull those together soon as well. At the end of the day it's a slow process that sometimes gets bogged down by procrastination and other time commitments, not to mention just working to get the songs right. I'm happy with how things are turning out though and I am confident this next album will be my best effort yet. So, I'm very excited about getting it completed!

It's a little late, but I hope everyone is having a great 2015!

You can find me on Twitter @hypersoul

13 January 2014

Pale Shelter (Hypersoul Mix)

Beatport recently conducted a contest of sorts to celebrate Tears for Fears' song Pale Shelter which was originally released 30 years ago. It has always been one of my more favorite songs, and I still even have the 12" remix on vinyl. So, for the past 3-4 weeks I put my own music aside and took a crack at remixing this classic. I'm pretty pleased with how it came out. I think you'll enjoy it! Click on the link below to check it out.

Pale Shelter (Hypersoul Mix)

17 December 2013

Happy Holidays!

It has been another little (lotta) while since I last posted. I tend to be a little more active on Twitter (you can follow me @hypersoul). I am still working on the next album and have made a lot of progress since my last post. But I still have a lot of work in front of me. It's hard to say when I'll be finished. I have mostly figured out which tracks will be making the cut from the 20-22 I started from. I think I'm down to around 13-14 that I'll release. I still have a lot of vocals to write & record, but I am making progress. I have been busy with other things the past few months, so that's slowed me down. I'm once the new year gets going I can start pulling everything together.

I got in touch with my old music partner, Jonathan van Clute, from my MusicBox days. He's a very talented musician. He's been getting back into music again. You can check out his stuff on SoundCloud at: http://www.soundcloud.com/vankloot. I'm hoping I'll get a remix or two out of him when I'm finished with the next album. He'll bring a totally different sound to my track(s). Should be fun.

I hope everyone has a Happy New. I'm looking forward to releasing my new music. I think there's a lot to like if I can get myself in gear! :)


25 February 2013

Hypersoul Update

Whoa, it has been some time since I've updated the site. I didn't realize how long it had been. You might have thought I'd disappeared, but no, Hypersoul is still chugging along – slowly.

Since Youtopia was released last spring, I took some much needed down time to get away from music for a little while and let my brain recharge. The truth is that when you are singularly responsible for all aspects of the music, whether it's writing, the sound, the vocals, the lyrics, remixes, production, the web presence, you name it [I do it alone], you expend an immense amount of creative energy & focus. Music can wear you out, particularly when you're listening to the same songs over and over again. So, Youtopia took quite a long time to put together, as is likely to be the case for the next album, and when I had finished the album, I had to get away from it all. And during the time of working on the album, it had probably been a couple years since I had actually *written* anything new, so by the time last summer had rolled around I was ready to sit down and see what new songs would spill out of me. I always write the music first with a basic idea of how the vocals may go, and then later start working on the lyrics, while along the way collecting ideas and snippets of words that might fit into something. And that's basically where I stand now.

Since writing new music between last summer and last week, I've managed to produce about 20 new songs or so (instrumental demos basically). There are quite a few that will definitely be album worthy. Some that might need a little more help to get there, and then maybe a couple others that might find themselves tucked in some archives somewhere after all is said and done. Usually though, if a song doesn't have something in it, I won't pursue it very far. So, to get to 20 songs means I've got 20 that I actually enjoy listening to over and over, which is no small thing. Even after that I've still got another 3-4 barely completed tracks that I'm trying to figure out if they can be considered worthy or not. Still, the trick now is to start moving to the stage of writing lyrics and then start building up recordings of all of them. But as mentioned above, when you're doing it all yourself, and you're trying to pull 12-20 finished songs together, it ends up being quite a long process. Time can easily get away from you. At the same time though, I am very excited about the songs I've written. Overall there are likely to be more slower-tempo songs on the next album and possibly a more slim approach to the production, although that remains to be seen until I actually get into that phase of the work. But I have been writing, what I think are some very interesting chord progression against a more slimmed down sound. We'll see where that all goes though once I get recording.

All the best!