Week 5 out of 8 of the acoustic cover songs: "The Impression That I Get" by The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, some BTTB updates + more!
Hello everyone! It's been a pretty heads down and quiet week here are JabunAudio with only a few little updates to tell. Most of my days have been spent working more on the A P O T H E O S I S soundtrack which is going well, and also composing the drum parts for the upcoming Better Than The Book album (more updates on that in a moment). Other than that, not really much to share apart from the weekly cover song, so let's start off with that!
So, first on the news in this blog post, it's week 5 of the acoustic cover songs dedicated to my parents, and this time I'm sharing a lovely 90's ska-punk classic, "The Impression That I Get" by The Mighty Mighty Bosstones! This has got to be one of my favourite ska-punk tracks of all time, and I hope I did it justice in this recording (I'm happy with the way it turned out). I hope you enjoy it, and stop by next week for the final track dedicated to my parents, a very Johnny Cash esq version of "Hurt" by Nine Inch Nails. Happy listening!
Next and lastly for the JabunAudio news this week, just a few little updates on how the upcoming Better Than The Book album is going. As of yesterday, 9 out of 10 drum tracks have been composed now, and 8 of those have been set up in sessions ready for guitar recording once the guitars are serviced! It's all coming together and I aim to have all of these drum/recording sessions sorted by this time next week. Gotta get some more guitar practice in before the red light is on so I'll be squeezing some that in when I can!
That's about it for this week. Next week is looking to be much of the same though we shall see how it goes. If appropriate it'll be good to start servicing some guitars ready for BTTB recording, though I'll focus on trying to finish the A P O T H E O S I S work before I start. Anyways, hope you have a great week whatever you're up to and thanks as always for stopping by to support JabunAudio and my various projects. Until the next blog post, take care!
Week 4 out of 8 of the acoustic cover songs: "For What It's Worth" by Buffalo Springfield, two years on since Two Years On, some Better Than The Book album updates + more!
Hello again, and it's been yet another busy week here at JabunAudio, mainly working on the A P O T H E O S I S soundtrack (which is going smoothly), as well as some more stuff for the upcoming Better Than The Book album (more on that in a moment). Despite the busy times though, there's not a whole lot to report this week compared to the last few posts, but here are some nice things to share nonetheless. Let's get straight to it!
First in the news for this post, it's week 4 of the acoustic cover songs dedicated to my parents, and it's finally time to share some blazing guitar solos and 4 part vocal harmony from the 60's classic, "For What It's Worth" by Buffalo Springfield. This track is one I've been playing for years, and doing it justice when recording was a special kind of challenge. I'm very pleased with the way it turned out though! I hope you enjoy it and tune in next week for some acoustic ska punk, "The Impression That I Get" by The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. Happy listening!
Next this week we take a look back to achievements of the past. This week two years ago, on the 6th of February 2016, I released my debut album "Two Years On" as Better Than The Book! A year later I released "Two Years On [Instrumentals]" to celebrate the album's first anniversary, and today the upcoming follow-up album is in pre-production in the studio ready to start recording imminently. To the listeners, interviewers, radio DJs, media makers who've shared my music in their games and videos, people who keep asking when my next american tour will be, the heartfelt message senders, and my friends/family and loved ones, thank you for all the support over the last 2 years! I never thought this album would have reached out so far across the globe from the tiny bedroom studio it was made in. All the Better Than The Book original music is available on bandcamp here and if you've yet to hear it, I hope you enjoy it! Looking forward to kicking ass with the next album and I can't wait to share it this summer! Happy 2nd anniversary to Two Years On:
And moving on from that, we come to the last piece of news this week, some updates on the upcoming Better Than The Book album! Progress is going well and as of today 6 out of 10 drum tracks are planned out ready for recording! Just 4 left to go which should hopefully be done by the end of next week, then it's just servicing guitars to do before we finally hit the big red button and start recording! I'm super excited to get stuck in with recording this album, but I've gotta make sure to do all of this necessary groundwork to ensure the smoothest production process. Looking forward to sharing more updates with you when I can and hope you're as excited as I am to hear the follow-up to Two Years On! For more frequent updates, feel free to follow Better Than The Book on Twitter at @BTTB_UK.
And that about wraps things up for this week. Next week is currently looking to be much of the same stuff: A P O T H E O S I S music and Better Than The Book drums. No complaints there, but we'll see if anything else crops up too. Hope you all have a great week whatever you're up to and thanks as always for supporting JabunAudio and my various projects. Looking forward to sharing the goings on in the next blog post, and take care until then!
Week 3 out of 8 of the acoustic cover songs: 'Wish You Were Here' by Pink Floyd, Brutal Bunnyhop receives Newgrounds award, Jabun awarded Newgrounds 'User of the Day', reflecting on goals / new goals for February + more updates!
Hello everyone! I was fearful that this week would be comparatively uneventful following the last few jam-packed blog posts, and although in some ways it has been calmer, there's still a heck of a lot to report! I must say I am missing my brother a fair bit since he's moved but we've been in regular contact and he seems to be settling in over there. He also informs me that he's picked up an amazing piece of gear which I've wanted for years and will be playing it constantly until giving it to me for my birthday in just under 3 months time! I'm so excited for it, but I shall wait to make the big reveal here in around 12 weeks time when I can actually play it for myself! If I have to be patient then so do all of you!
Hehe, anyways, this week has been full of many surprises and although I thought I'd be spending most of it working on the latest track for the A P O T H E O S I S game (which I did make a fair amount of progress on), I actually spend a lot of this week recording vocals for a collaboration with Indian guitarist and producer Subu Nomo. We've been working on this collaborative track for the past few months, but due to illness, holidays and other production problems, it's been delayed a couple of times. As of this week though, it's finally back on (phew!)! I'll release more details about it when the track is released (which shouldn't be too long) and I look forward to sharing it with you all soon!
Anyways enough with the introductions and what I've actually been up to, let's get onto the main news this week and new music to share!
Firstly, it's the 3rd week of the (mostly) acoustic cover songs dedicated to my parents, and this time we have a studio recording of the same track as last week's video cover: "Wish You Were Here" by Pink Floyd. I say mostly acoustic because I didn't actually have my acoustic 12-string at hand when recording this, so instead it's the 12-string side of my homemade electric double-neck. I think it fulfilled the job well though, and I hope you enjoy this intimate rendition of a timeless rock classic. Next week we go back even further in time for Buffalo Springfield's "For What It's Worth" so stay tuned for that and I look forward to sharing it! Happy listening!
Next this week, some awards and celebrations! Firstly, I'm super happy to announce that last week's game Brutal Bunnyhop (ac_car) went on to receive the Daily 5th Place award on Newgrounds! A huge congratulations to the game's designer Alexander Clay and thanks so much to Newgrounds for celebrating our work in the community. If that wasn't enough recognition for the week, after over a decade of making music on Newgrounds, my user account Jabun, which covers all my contributions from Better Than The Book to Jabun, my music as Nick Standing, collaborations, and my animation post-production work, was made 'Newgrounds User of the day' for January 31st, 2018! Another massive thanks to Newgrounds for celebrating my work and I very much look forward to uploading more original music and collaborations to the audio portal soon!
Finally this week, since it's the start of a new month, I thought it'd be nice to reflect on the goals of January and set some new goals for February. In my first blog post of the year, I set myself a few targets for January and I'm happy to say that they are all complete (sort-of). The JabunAudio website is finished, though as explained last week, there's some room for future expansion, the lyrics to the new Better Than The Book album are complete, and I've started on the Final Boss Theme for A P O T H E O S I S, although there is still much work to do on that. For February I'd like to continue this trend and as it currently stands, my goals are to:
1) Have all the drums for the new BTTB album drafted out ready for recording. 2/10 tracks are done; just 8 left to go (and most of those are at least partially drafted).
2) Service all the guitars ready to start recording by the end of February.
3) Finish the A P O T H E O S I S Final Boss Theme.
I have another couple of goals too, but nothing significant enough to share here, and I'm sure there'll be more things to add to that list before the month is out. I think the goals above should be doable and I'll keep checking in with them as the month goes on. Let's continue to work hard!
And that about wraps things up for this week. Next week will undoubtedly be spent working on the A P O T H E O S I S soundtrack and maybe some BTTB drums in the weekend. There's also the new cover song to release, and possibly some more work on the Subu Nomo collaboration to do too. Whatever happens, we shall see! Anyways, I hope you've enjoyed this week's blog post, thanks as always for supporting JabunAudio and my various project and I hope you all have a good week until next time. Take care!
Week 2 out of 8 of the acoustic cover songs: Aliens Exist by Blink-182, ANOTHER extra special LIVE performance video, Better Than The Book featured in a video game, JabunAudio Website finally complete + new webpages, raising the rates + more!
A super busy time this week and a lot to show for it despite spending half of it away! Long story short, after the previous blog post, I traveled back to my hometown for a long weekend to celebrate my older twin brother graduating from Mr to Dr. Eamon D. Standing! Words can't express how proud I am of him and if that wasn't reason enough reason to visit, he moved to Okinawa this week (probably still travelling as I type this). I wish him the best of luck and look forward to seeing him again in April when he's due to visit. Anyways, it was a really nice weekend away and more on that in a second, but let's get onto the regular audio news for this week. It's a little later than usual as I was working hard to finish some things before this post, but I hope you enjoy it! Here we go:
First off, another 7 days go by and another cover song is released! This week we have another acoustic version dedicated to my parents: "Aliens Exist" by Blink-182. Hope you enjoy it and tune in next week for a truly classic and timeless track, "Wish You Were Here" by Pink Floyd. Happy listening!
Next this week and back to the topic of my trip home last weekend, I'd like to share with you another special live performance, this time with my twin brother Dr. Eamon Standing:
Next this week, some more exciting news as "Make Your Mark" by Better Than The Book gets featured in a video game on Newgrounds! With the hook-line "Violence is a thing that STILL happens", Brutal Bunnyhop is a Doom-esq first person shooter in a car by Alexander Clay. The game was created for Pixel Day 2018 and is free to is free to play on Newgrounds. Thanks so much to Alex for inviting me to be part of this project, and keep up to date with his projects by visiting his Website and Newgrounds page or following him on Twitter. Click the thumbnail below to be taken to the game and hope you enjoy it (note: this game is not recommended for those who may suffer from epilepsy or similar conditions).
Penultimately this week, I'm super happy to announce that the revamping of the JabunAudio website is finally complete! Since last week I've added JabunAudio's most comprehensive music portfolio yet (as well as a revamped main portfolio page), a fully featured services page showing base prices and descriptions for all services as well as additional pages for my specialty services Digital Mastering and Audio Post-Production, and of course a revamped homepage with an updated "Latest and Greatest Productions" section and a brand new "JabunAudio has assisted" section with logos and links to some of the high profile and notable clients I have worked with over the years (obtained with their permissions of course). It's been one heck of an undertaking and well overdue to finish, but I'm pleased with the way it's turned out. Feel free to explore the site and I'd love to know your thoughts (also please let me know if you spot something that seems off and I'll correct it ASAP)! Some additional thoughts from my end: I'm pondering adding a JabunAudio newsletter sign-up box though currently I'm not sure what I would write about, and I'm also thinking about adding an equipment list specifically for the session playing services so that there's a comprehensive inventory of the gear and instruments I have available for people's productions (and there's a lot of it!). Just thoughts at the moment but we shall see where they lead.
Finally this week, after over 3 years of JabunAudio, contributing to over 20 million views of YouTube videos and almost 200 music tracks, as well as receiving international Radio Play, a number of awards, and even working on a few TV shows and video games, I felt it was finally time for me to raise my service rates a little! It's not by much, but just a bit to let people know that I value my growth and work and that countless people across the world have appreciated my contribution to their projects! Thanks for all your support over these years for helping me to get this far and I look forward to working with you in 2018!
And that about wraps things up for this blog post! It's been busy times lately hasn't it? What's in store for next week? Well with the website finally revamped I aim to get back to composing for the A P O T H E O S I S game starting tomorrow, and boy have I been looking forward to this! The Ernie Ball Sterling has been set up and tweaked for some more drop-C distorted bass madness and this final boss fight should be the grand climax for A P O T H E O S I S's soundtrack! Other than that, expect to see an acoustic cover of "Wish You Were Here" next week, and maybe even another live video if we're lucky! Other than that, I'll see where the wind takes me. Until then, I hope you all have a great week whatever you're up, and thanks as always for supporting JabunAudio and my various audio endeavours. See you next time, and take care!
Week 1 out of 8 of the acoustic cover songs: Perfect by Alice Cooper, the future of YouTube, an extra special LIVE performance video, Better Than The Book lyrics finished, new webpages + more!
Hello everyone and hope you've had a great week whatever you've been up to. It's been cold here, with a lots of snow and sleet over the past few days (for England at least...), but I've been keeping super busy since the last post developing the website, working on Better Than The Book, and uploading the next 2 months of cover songs to YouTube (more on all that later). There's a lot to report this week, plus some extra special things that don't come around often to share, so let's get straight to it!
First of all this week, I'm excited to introduce the first of the eight acoustic covers I recorded as Christmas presents for people last year. This one is the first of the tracks for my parents, "Perfect" by Alice Cooper, a song sang back when we were living together. I hope you enjoy it, and tune in next week for some more Blink-182; an acoustic cover of "Aliens Exist". Happy listening!
While we're on the topic of YouTube videos, I'd unfortunately like to share something with you all that I received this week which, to put it lightly, pissed me off a great deal. After uploading videos to YouTube for over 7 years (and that's 159 videos as of recent), YouTube sent me a notice saying it will no longer be monetising my content. Why is this? Well as of their new standards, in order to keep my content monetized I must have over 1000 subscribers and over 4000 hours of viewed videos in the past 12 months, and if I haven't exceeded these standards by this time next month, I will no longer be eligible to make money from YouTube. Now being realistic, I know I'm not going to make megabucks from my videos, but the fact of the matter is, whether I receive my due pennies or not, YouTube will likely still be running ads on my videos and making money off them. Needless to say, I'm not the only person unhappy with these changes, and after last year's Adpocalypse which severely effected many of the people I work with, it really seems like YouTube mastered the art of how to disappoint the people which create content for its communities. I'm not sure what the future holds for YouTube, but I sure as heck hope that they realise soon the effect they're having on content creators, especially new ones. If you're reading, what are your thoughts on the matter? Do you agree with the changes or do you feel the same as me?
Anyways, enough ranting, let's get back to the nicer topics at hand:
Secondly this week, I have an extra special treat to share with you all. A throwback to last summer, and it's a crime this hasn't been put up sooner, here's a video of my good friend Sam Brown and I playing an unrehearsed, spur of the moment "Don't Fear The Reaper" by Blue Oyster Cult during one of Sam's gigs at The Woolpack in Burgess Hill. It'd have been my first public performance in probably over 2 years, and Sam and I's first performance together in about 9 years! For those who don't know, Sam is pretty much a brother to me, a fantastic dude and friend since my early teens. We started our first band "Crow's Wing" together along with my twin brother Eamon, and another great friend Andrew Gelnar, Sam on bass and myself on guitar and vocals, and recorded and played gigs together until about 2008 when we parted ways for University. In 2007 I started a metal band Lupus Atrum as the lead vocalist and guitarist, and after my departure, Sam took the mic and rocked the vocals in my place. Later on in 2012, I took the place of Sam on bass in the pop-punk quartet Lights, Camera, Attraction! until my departure in 2015. Indeed we've had an intertwined musical path throughout the years and I hope it stays that way. Love you, bro, and it's always a pleasure to share the mic with you. We should definitely do this more often! (In case you don't know what I look like, I'm the long haired one playing guitar)
Next this week, some more awesome news from Better Than The Book. As of the weekend just passed, lyrics for all 10 songs on the new album are complete! Horray! Now just a little disclaimer: there is still a chance that some of the lyrics may be altered before the final recording, but it's at the stage where they're all fully fledged songs you could sing and play on the guitar without having to mumble that one verse where you don't know the words. Progress! The project flies have been cleared up too with only material for the new album in the folder and all the unused ideas moved to the ideas collection ready as riff fodder for the next album. Recording is still scheduled start next month, though before that I need to service my guitars, work out some of the parts in more detail and practice them, and generally prepare for what looks to be an exciting and high energy recording session this spring! Hope you're as pumped as I am and I look forward to sharing the journey with you as I go!
Finally for this post, the main thing I've been up to over the past 7 days has been working on the website, and again progress has been made as this week I'm happy to present to you the brand new and updated VIDEOS and GAMES sections of the JabunAudio portfolio! As well as that I've also completed behind the scenes the main Portfolio and Music pages too, though I'm waiting for some permissions on artwork on those before I can make them public. Hopefully I'll be able to share them next week, but we shall see! All that's left to do is the Services and Home pages so with any luck it shouldn't be long before the website is all finished and live. Hope you're liking the new design and please let me know if you spot any broken links or errors on the site in the mean time. Many thanks in advance for your help!
And that about wraps things up for this week! What's in store next week? Well there's the next cover song "Aliens Exist" by Blink-182 to look forward to, and hopefully the website will be complete or at least close to it by the next blog post. I'm away this weekend for my brother Eamon's graduation to Dr Standing though so there may be some delays over the next few days, but I'll do my best. Next on the audio projects list, the A P O T H E O S I S final boss theme is on my plate to compose so I'll be starting on that as soon as the website is done, and as for what else is happening, I'll see where the wind takes me! Hope you have a great week whatever you're up to and thanks as always for supporting JabunAudio and my projects. See you next time, and take care.
Happy New Year! Holiday fun, the rest of the Blink-182 covers (x3), a sneak peek demo at 'Meteor Shower' from the new Better Than The Book album (+ some updates), reflections on 2017 + new goals and what to expect from JabunAudio in 2018!
Happy New Year everyone! I hope you've had a great time in the last few weeks since the previous blog post and a very merry Christmas and New Years celebration too whatever you were up to! As usual I was back in my hometown with family and friends, making the most of seeing people, being back, and generally just relaxing for a little bit, and as usual I've managed to pick up someone's flu/cold/cough etc... (thanks again) so hopefully I'll be fighting fit and singing again soon! Star Wars VIII despite its generally mixed reception I really enjoyed, and I finally visited the world famous Andertons music shop where my brother had been working for the last 6 months, playing on some lovely gear I can't possibly afford and generally being amazed at how big the shop is despite the small entrance.
The biggest highlight of the holiday though was a long overdue get-together of the 6 original members of my first ever band "Crow's Wing" (2 only short lived members, but all amazing friends throughout the years). It would've been the first time all of us had been in the same room in likely over 5 years! A great afternoon of merriment, catching up and good times! Some regrets as usual for the holiday season, my favorite burger place in Brighton "Burger Brothers" was closed for the holidays, so I couldn't satisfy my hunger from there, and due to illness, I didn't get to have a jam with my brother before he moves to Okinawa, though I'll see him again in a few weeks for his doctorate graduation (mega congrats to him) before he moves! No skating either, though the weather wasn't good for it, so not really much I could've done.
As with every holiday season, I also received some lovely gifts from family, including Bruce Dickinson (of Iron Maiden)'s autobiography, a Star Wars Encyclopedia (I am a massive child, yes), some comics and many sweets and vouchers. The highlight present this year though was from my parents and brother who pulling some strings at Roland gifted me a TR-08 drum machine! For those of you who don't know, the tr-08 is a miniature and modernized recreation/reissue of the famous 80s drum machine the TR-808, a quintessential sound of Hip-Hop and heard in every genre from rock, soul, electronic, pop, and more! Possibly the most influential drum machine of all time, and with a very distinctive sound palette, I've been using samples and emulations of the 808 since 2012 when I first started writing music as Jabun, and in fact, ALL the electronic drum sounds in the "Daydream" album (apart from one other synthesized kick) were played from an 808 emulator. The Tr-08 was such an amazing and unexpected present and now that I have effectively an 808 on my desk, you can be sure to hear more Jabun soon (right after the new BTTB album). An amazing and inspiring addition to my ever growing musical armoury! Thanks so much guys!
And with that said, enough talk of the holidays and let's get to some of the usual JabunAudio news! First there's a load of new music to share, then let's take a moment to reflect on 2017 and set some new goals for 2018! Let's get started!
First of all, over the last few weeks, the final tracks in the Blink-182 covers series, to celebrate 4 years with my lovely girlfriend Eva, have been released and so I figured I'd take a moment to share them with you here. I really hope you've enjoyed the series and in this final blog post about it, I have "Wasting Time [Instrumental]", "Josie [Instrumental]", and "All The Small Things [Instrumental]" to share with you! In case you've missed anything too or if you simply want to listen again, I've also put together a YouTube Playlist of all 10 tracks from the project for your convenience. Feel free to explore the tracks again, and I hope you enjoy these final installments of the Blink-182 cover songs:
BUT WAIT... THERE'S MORE!!! So following the initial unveiling of the above Blink-182 covers EP, I received a ton of praise not only from Eva, but also from my parents when I was testing a back-up CD on the family Hi-Fi, so in the last few months leading up to Christmas I decided to put together 2 more cover EPs as Christmas presents for my parents and also Eva again! Despite a lot of production delays and headaches, I was really pleased with the way they turned out, but seeing my parents and Eva's reactions upon hearing it really made all the effort worth it, and with their permission, I'm super excited to share these 8 tracks with you over the following 2 months! The first EP is a 6 track (mostly) acoustic covers EP for my parents of songs I used to sing around the house a lot when we were still living together almost 2 years ago now, and the second is a 2 track mostly acoustic RAP covers EP for Eva because apparently I don't rap enough (you can be the judge as to whether I should!). With all that said, the video schedule will follow the same timeline as the Blink-182 covers and will be released at 12pm GMT on Wednesdays as follows!
17th January - Perfect - Alice Cooper
24th January - Aliens Exist - Blink-182
31st January - Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd
7th February - For What It's Worth - Buffalo Springfield
14th February - The Impression That I Get - The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
21st February - Hurt - Nine Inch Nails / Johnny Cash
28th February - Papercut/PPR-KUT - Linkin Park
7th March - The Juggernauts - Zebrahead
I hope you enjoy them and I look forward to sharing these with you all soon!
Next this week, some Better Than The Book updates! So first of all, as of right now, 9/10 songs are lyrically finished, structured and demoed ready to record with just one song left to finish the lyrics for! I'm aiming to have that finished before the end of the month, but whatever happens, BTTB hits the studio again to start recording by the end of February! Next and lastly, as a special Christmas treat this year and marking 5 years since the One Small Step EP was released, I decided to upload a sneak peek instrumental of an upcoming track from the new album! It's a heavy one, I hope you enjoy it, and get your hype train rolling for summer 2018: Here's "Meteor Shower"!
Lastly this week and as it's the start of a new year, I figured it'd be a good time to reflect on the goals I set at the start of 2017 and set some new goals for 2018. Now being honest and open about it for a moment, 2017 was not the best year for me, and if we look at the last 6 months specifically, due to various set-backs and above all else issues in my personal life which I don't feel my place to disclose, I'm just incredibly thankful for the support of my friends and family and that I was able to make it to 2018 and writing this blog post. Having said that and despite the most darkest moments of my life, 2017 had some pretty epic highlights too: the release of my debut album as Jabun - Daydream, following from my first spoken word interview, numerous other interviews and special features for both Jabun and Better Than The Book, breaking a Sonic The Hedgehog world record, and working on the most music I think I've ever worked on in a year: 21 tracks personally released, the recording and release of 18 more cover songs (some to be released this year) and session playing on a further 20+ collaborative songs to be released in 2018 (and that's not even including client work!). While it's not been a great year for money or mental health, it's been a phenomenal year for music making and I aim to continue that inspiration and motivation into 2018!
Now let's check back to last years goals list and see how I did:
1) Finish and release the debut Jabun album + keep doing more little jabun things on the side as usual
2) The ideas are gathering and overflowing so I'll aim to start work on a new Better Than The Book album as soon as the Jabun one is finished! Aiming for a beginning of 2018 release. Planning has already started!
3) Invest in some new studio equipment and/or instruments
4) Make some new connections and help make more animations
5) Keep doing what I do, and keep getting better at it!
Well 1) was clearly completed and well received so no complaints there! I didn't release any more Jabun stuff since the Daydream album, but ideas have still been gathering and planning and certainly started too for more albums and EPs in the future.
2) The 3rd Better Than The Book release is well on target for a slightly delayed mid 2018 release so I'm happy with how that goal is doing, and it was nice to release the bonus Two Years On [Instrumentals] album in February too, so I'm happy with the state of my beloved ska-punk project!
3) The MVP of investments this year goes to my Squier VM Jaguar which has really been a star player, firstly on the Blink-182 covers EP and also on the upcoming World Beyond album too. There's no question that this guitar will be a major player on the 2018 Better Than The Book album too. A fantastic and fun reward and investment! Some other small investments such as more acoustic paneling have also been incredibly valuable for work too, so let's not forget those.
4) Although the beginning of the year had some great animation work such as Fun Station 4 Kids' "3 Little Raptors & The Beanstalk", since about April I've not had any animation work due to various project delays (not necessarily unreasonable), and the now dubbed "YouTube Adpocalypse" which has adversely effected many YouTube creators leading to a knock on effect on my clients and collaborators. The at the time super exciting Yu-Gi-Oh! project you may have also noticed I've not mentioned in a while and this is because of various issues and headaches which have still yet to be resolved regarding my work. In terms of making new connections, this year hasn't been an incredibly great one for that, though I've made a few and have certainly been nurturing old ones. This whole point 4) is something I'd like to do a lot better with in 2018, and with the right attitude and motivation, I'm sure it's something within reach.
5) In terms of music production I'd say things are the best they've ever been and I'm really excited to continue the trend into the new year! No quarrels there, though linking to the last point, I've like to flex those post-production muscles again soon too.
So overall not a bad turnout at all on those goals despite it not being the most financially successful year. Let's take a moment to set some new goals for 2018!
1) Release the 3rd BTTB album in summer + continue gathering ideas for the 4th album
2) Either release a Jabun EP or be well into working on a new album by the end of the year
3) Invest in some new studio equipment and/or instruments (I don't actually have much in mind for this at the moment, but it's always good to reward yourself)
4) Make some new connections and help make more animations
5) Keep doing what I do, and keep getting better at it!
6) Be a better business as well as an audio engineer, music producer and musician. Make 2018 the best financial year for JabunAudio yet!
So a lot of repeat goals as well as some new ones! Let's make 2018 a kickass year!
Phew! That was a long post, and that's about it for this week! What's in store next week? Well my targets for January are to have all these new BTTB lyrics finished as well as the JabunAudio website fully complete and up and running so I'll no doubt be working on that. I'm aiming to get started on more music for the A P O T H E O S I S game too later this month so that's on my to-do list. In terms of the blog, I'll be sharing the first of the Christmas present covers "Perfect" by Alice Cooper, as well as an extra special video which I could've put in this post but figured it was probably long enough already! Whatever else happens, we shall see! I hope you all have a great week until the next blog post and as always thanks for supporting JabunAudio and my other projects. Once again Happy New Year and let's make 2018 an amazing year to remember! See you next time, and take care!
Last post of the year! Week 7 out of 10 of the Blink-182 covers: "M+M's [Instrumental]", some WIP website updates + a new PRESS webpage, Happy Holidays from JabunAudio + more!
Hi everyone! It's a little early this week as JabunAudio shuts its door for the winter (until January 9th) at the end of the day, but I hope you're excited as I am for this week's final blog post of 2017! I figured I should take a break to focus on resting up while I'm away so there will be no blog posts until I return, though expect to see an update or two on Facebook in the mean time. It's been yet another busy week (and a productive one at that), getting more of my to do list cleared up before I head off, including some website updates (more on that in a moment), and some Better Than The Book writing (only 3 tracks left to finish now). First of all though this week, it's time for the 7th week of Blink-182 covers to celebrate 4 years with my lovely girlfriend Eva. Let's get started!
This week it's an instrumental cover of one of my favorite early Blink-182 tracks, "M+M's"! Not really much to say about it as I seem to say the same thing every week, but I hope you enjoy it, and stay tuned next week for "Wasting Time", although admittedly since there'll be no blog posts during the holidays, I'll be posting the next couple (if not all the rest of them) in the first blog post of the new year. If you can't wait until then (and even if you can), feel free to subscribe to the HurpADervish YouTube channel directly to keep up to date with them all as they come out. Hope you enjoy the cover and see you again for more of these in the new year!
Next and lastly for the main news this week, I finally took some more time out to work on fixing up the JabunAudio website! Earlier this year I started a major redesign of the site, but other projects and commitments took me away from completing it as early as I'd hoped. Although it's still incomplete as it is, I've taken the time this week to add in all the previous pages which although unfinished are now accessible and feature a small, "Under Construction" note. These incomplete pages (Home, Services, Portfolio, Music, Videos, Games) have been added to the navigation bar at the top of the website but are denoted with a "*" to let you know that they still require some work. I hope to have them all sorted in the early months of the new year as soon as possible! Onto some more complete updates for the website though, the Sound Effects page which is merely a link to the JabunSamples Pond5 Library is back and up and running, and following the latest interview with Live A Little Bit Louder last week I've also created a JabunAudio Press page (mirror on the Nick Standing HUB website) which features links to all the interviews, awards, and special features I've received with my work. I hope you enjoy exploring it, and here's to hoping that the list gets even longer in 2018!
That's all there is to report in this blog post and for the rest of the year here on JabunAudio! Since I head away tomorrow, there'll likely be not much audio news to report in the next blog post (which'll be on Thursday 11th January 2018, after only 2 days of being back), so it'll be an extra special blog post reflecting on the achievements of 2017, setting some new goals for 2018, maybe sharing holiday stories, and of course more cover songs (maybe some other stuff too). Wishing you a very happy holiday from JabunAudio, I hope you all have a great end to 2017, start to 2018 and thank you all so much for another great year supporting JabunAudio and my various projects. Looking forward to getting back to it in 2018 and see you all on Thursday 11th January! Take care!
Week 6 out of 10 of the Blink-182 covers: "First Date [Instrumental]", an interview with Live A Little Bit Louder "Jabun's Daydream Comes To Life" + more updates!
Hello everyone and hope you've all had a good week! It's been snowing over here, which has been pretty cool and very cold, and it's been a busy week still trying to catch up on everything I'd like to get done before JabunAudio closes up for the winter next Wednesday. Good progress but there's still much to do and time's tickin' so we'll see how it goes! As well as the weekly Blink-182 cover, I'm super excited this week to announce my latest interview with Live A Little Bit Louder about the Jabun - "Daydream" album I released in May, which I can finally share. Fun times, so let's get to those 2 pieces of news in that order:
So after 5 weeks of full arrangement covers of Blink-182 songs to celebrate 4 years with my lovely girlfriend Eva, we're back to the start of the series again for a bonus round of instrumental versions of each of the songs! This week it's "First Date [Instrumental]", so sing if you know the words and I hope you enjoy the first of these extra tracks. Next week will be "M+M's [Instrumental]" so feel free to stop on by if early Blink-182 is your jam and without further wait, here's "First Date [Instrumental]". Enjoy!
Next and lastly for the main news this week, after lots of anticipation, I'm excited to finally share with you an interview I did with Live A Little Bit Louder about my debut album as Jabun, "Daydream", which was released on May 4th earlier this year (Which reminds me, I gotta see the new Star Wars!)! The interview covers various topics, many of which I've never before discussed such as:
I hope you find it interesting and have as much fun reading it as I did taking part in the interview. If you've yet to listen to "Daydream", feel free to check it out on the Jabun Bandcamp page, or on YouTube via the video below, and of course you can read the full interview with Live A Little Bit Louder, "Jabun's Daydream Comes To Life" via the link below too. Enjoy!
CLICK HERE >>> livealittlebitlouder.weebly.com/articles/jabuns-daydream-comes-to-life
And that about wraps things up for this week. Next week will be the final JabunAudio blog post before Christmas and possibly for this year depending on how busy things are while I'm away (I should probably take a break anyway...). The coming week will no doubt be another one burning through my to do list before the break, so we'll see how that goes! Until next week though hope you all have a good one, stay warm and thanks as always for supporting JabunAudio and my various projects. Take care!
Happy December everyone, and hope you're all having a great week whatever you're up to! As expected, it's been another busy week going through my to do list, but things are looking mostly on schedule to getting some of these projects out of the way before I leave the studio for the holidays. Speaking of which: Holiday downtime! JabunAudio will be closed for the winter break from: Wednesday 20th December 2017 through to Tuesday 9th January 2018, during which I will be unable to carry out any audio work. Any communications during this period may also receive delayed responses, though feel free to message me and I'll get to any messages as and when I can (if not by Tuesday 9th January). Apologies in advance for any inconvenience over those few weeks, and I look forward to working with you when I get back! Onto the news for this week, not much else I can report, but I have one last Blink-182 cover to share with you before we get into the instrumental versions over the next 5 weeks. Let's get to it!
As I'm sure you're all aware by now, we're on week 5 out of 10 for the Blink-182 covers to celebrate 4 years with my girlfriend Eva, and this week, I present a cover of Blink-182's probably most famous song "All The Small Things". This one was especially fun to do with the extra piano and synths embellishing the traditional punk arrangement as well as lots of layers of guitars and vocals. Certainly a more mammoth mixing session than any of the other covers on the project, and I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I did making it. Here's "All The Small Things":
And with this one, that marks the Blink-182 covers EP stream completed! I hope you enjoyed it all, and I look forward to putting up more covers (and music in general) in the near future! Next week we're going back to "First Date" to start an instrumental run of each of the songs from the EP over the next 5 weeks, so feel free to stick around for that if you're interested, sing along and whatnot and I hope you enjoy those too.
That about wraps things up for this week. More of the same thing next week, so I shan't bore you again with details (I'm excited at least!), and I hope you all have a great week whatever you're up to. Thanks as always for supporting JabunAudio and my various projects and looking forward to chiming in next week with the first of the instrumental Blink-182 covers. Until then, take care and see you all soon!
Hello all! It's been a similar week to the last few, busy trying to get my to-do list crossed off as best I can before the end of the year, including some Better Than The Book lyric writing, preparing for the Christmas break (more details on that soon), as well as some other stuff like FINALLY fixing that wonky acoustic panel which has been bugging me for a while! I've also been busy helping World Beyond with the upcoming album for which I recorded lots of guitar and bass, which has been really exciting! Still no ETA for that, but it's in the mixing stage at the moment and is sounding awesome so hopefully it shouldn't be too long. Not much else to report this week so let's go straight to the main topic: the 4th of the Blink-182 covers!
In case you've missed the last 3 weeks of these, the long story short is that I've been recording some covers of Blink-182 songs to celebrate 4 wonderful years with my girlfriend Eva, and this week we have an extra special cover of the classic track "Josie" from the Dude Ranch album! You'll notice that the cover is titled "Eva [Josie]" because I've changed some of the lyrics to better reflect Eva and I's own situation and I'm really pleased with the way this one turned out! Next week will be the last full cover before we move onto instrumental versions of each of the tracks, but until then I hope you enjoy "Eva [Josie]" and feel free to leave a comment here or on YouTube if you'd like to share your thought!
And that about wraps things up for this week. It's undoubtedly going to be another week of similar things for me, but I'm looking forward to it nonetheless. Tune in next week for the final full Blink-182 cover "All The Small Things", before we move onto the instrumental versions over the following month, and until then I hope you have a great week whatever you're up to. Thanks as always for supporting JabunAudio and my other projects and see you next Thursday. Take care!
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