Firstly and the main bit of news this week, on Monday one year ago, Better Than The Book released its debut full length album, Two Years On, and since then as you've probably read already, it’s been an amazing adventure for myself and BTTB! We’ve had our first international radio play, our first interviews, and the first use BTTB music in people’s videos, amongst many other cool things. As well as being a pivoting point in my career, both as a musician and as a producer /engineer, Two Years On has also shown me what a difference music can make to people’s lives. When I first released it, I did not expect all the amazing feedback, touching comments and people reaching out that followed shortly afterwards, and I want to thank you all soo much for all of that support!
So exactly one year on as announced previously, I’ve released a little bonus album to celebrate! I know I've teased it a bit over the last month, but now I can finally unveil the new BTTB bonus album: "Two Years On [Instrumentals]". It’s essentially exactly how it sounds: The Two Years On album, but without any vocals (and “Channel Surfing” which pretty much would be a minute of silence without vocals!). As a musician, I really love being able to jam over other people’s tracks, but it’s not too easy to find instrumental versions of a lot of songs, so I thought it’d be a cool and simple thing to do to celebrate such a great year for Better Than The Book. You can find Two Years On [Instrumentals] on the Better Than The Book Bandcamp page, and as with all BTTB, it’ll be on Soundcloud, YouTube, and Newgrounds for your streaming pleasure! I'm also pleased to announce that the new album has been approved for worldwide distribution and is available on iTunes, Amazon, and more, as well as streaming on the Dozmia App, Spotify and many more places. I Hope you enjoy the bonus album and that it satisfies your Ska-punk hunger until the next time I hit the studio! Thanks so much again for all your support, and without further delay I present to you, Two Years On [Instrumentals]!
- Two Years On [Instrumentals]-
BUT of course, I’d like to say an even bigger thanks to you all reading this for showing a special interest in BTTB and supporting me directly, and so to express my gratitude, for the whole month of February there’ll be a 20% discount for anything you purchase on the BTTB bandcamp page! Just use the discount code “2YEARSON” and you should be all set, and I hope whichever music you choose gets you motivated and ready to take on the world and spread some inspiration!
Also, if you'd like to use any Better Than The Book (or my other music) in your productions and media, please feel free to message me and we can try to sort something out.
Carrying on with the Better Than The Book theme, to help announce the celebration of the Two Years On anniversary, Better Than The Book also launched a newsletter, with the first post going out on Monday along with the album release. This is something I've debated doing for a long time, and with such a big celebration, I finally felt it was a good time to start it! So far I've had some wonderful replies and comments, so it seems safe to say that it'll be something worth continuing in the future. I'm not currently sure how often I'll be posting them out, but I'd love to know your thoughts on what you'd like to hear from a BTTB newsletter: Stories behind the songs? Recording methods? General news? and hopefully I'll be able to make it a more regular thing soon! The newsletter is still in its infancy, so while I get a proper system set up, feel free to sign up by using the JabunAudio message form, and I'll add you to the list! For those joining, I'll be upgrading that previously mentioned discount to 30% by sending you an exclusive code to use! Looking forward to hearing from you and I hope you enjoy the posts!
Next this week, Fun Station 4 Kids has yet another celebration as their debut animation "The Dinosaur Alphabet" hits a whopping 9 MILLION views on YouTube! This was the first animation I worked on with FS4Ks, and it's crazy to see it achieve such lofty numbers since it all began! A huge congrats to Fun Station 4 Kids on this huge achievement (just 1 million away from the big 8 figures!) and looking forward to working with you on the next animation very soon!
Finally this week, I'm excited to announce that after some delays, Yu-Gi-Oh! is back on the cards (heheh!)! Things were a little up in the air for the project in January, but I'm pleased to say it looks like we're back on track. Not only that, but I've been assigned 2 more episodes to work on too (episodes 12 and 14, along with the previous 8 (Done), 16, 24 and movie)! Episode 12 has been the main focus of this week's work and is taking shape well, and I expect to finish it in time for the next blog post before moving onto episode 14 shortly afterwards. As far as I know, the plan is still for the series to start airing in April, though I've yet to be given exact details on that. I'll keep you updated as the situation unfolds, and while that goes on, I'll keep working hard to provide a suitable soundscape! Exciting times!
That's it for this week! I imagine it's going to stay busy for a while, as in addition to the projects I've mentioned above, I've had some other exciting propositions cross my way this week too! Looking forward to sharing news of those as and when they're concrete and for the moment, I'll be concentrating on finishing off this Yu-Gi-Oh! episode! Until next week, I hope you all have a great time, enjoy the new album and as always, thanks so much for supporting, JabunAudio, Better Than The Book and all my projects! See you next week, and take care!