My latest album, In Depth is now complete, and I am really proud of this one. I think it came out great! The album is available right now for Patrons only, and will be released later this summer for the rest of the world.
This amazing cover art was done by my friend Ligang Luo. I really think this album is one of my best to date, and features a nice mix of live instruments with tracker tunes, drums, bass, guitar, synths, and Milkytracker. It’s experimental, and lifts you up in sections, then takes you to the depths in others. It’s 11 songs and about 40 minutes long. If you become a Patron for any amount at https://www.patreon.com/demonicsweaters you’ll get it right now. There is also a beautiful foldout insert also done by Ligang. You can really help out by becoming a patron, plus you’ll get some awesome music!
Hey all, I’ve made plenty of posts promoting my own music, but some of you might not know that I am often working as a sideman on other people’s music. I thought I’d put together a little list of fairly recent-ish recordings by bands/solo artists that feature me on drums.
FRAME – State of Mind. Caitlin Frame is an incredibly gifted musician and songwriter. The band FRAME is her brainchild. It’s amazing indie pop, with incredible vocals by Caitlin, slick nostalgic production, and mature and well thought out arrangements. I’m playing drums on probably 90% of this album. Get it on 180g vinyl with the bandcamp link!
Ronan Conroy – not a part of anything -Folky, punky, and diverse in energy, but Ronan’s music is always from the heart and full of atmosphere and mood. Once again I’m on drums on most of this album, except for a few tracks my sister plays on! Ronan is a talented and prolific musician, you should take the time to check out his work. This and most of Ronan’s albums are available on CD.
3. Echoscape – Halfmoon – Acoustic math folk? Is that a thing? Well yeah it is, especailly once you hear Satoshi Inoue’s work in Echoscape. I played drums on this incredibly complex EP that is half in English and half in Japanese. It was the last thing Satoshi and I worked on together before he moved back to Japan. We had previously worked together in Quiet Sons. I am really proud of this one, and you can get it on CD 4. The Excitables – 3AM – This one is a bit of an odd bird, but a great EP. It’s odd because my friend Will Scecina back in St. Petersburg Florida and I recorded the drums, guitar, and vocal tracks way back in 2010 when I was still living in Florida. Then in 2015 I added bass, and keys. So I’m playing drums, bass and keys on this one. Will wrote all the songs, sang and played guitar. These are some great catchy 90s indie vibed songs. You can still get this one on CD from bandcamp.
This obviously isn’t all of the sideman work I’ve done, but these are within the past 5 years, so I thought I’d share them all here. Help support these awesome musicians by buying some of their merch!
It’s been two years since my last Milkytracker and Drummer video, but now the time has finally come for a new one! This track is called, Cherry Red Lips, and I made all the samples and music within Milkytracker on a 2004 iBook G4 1.42ghz. I then recorded the drums in Pro Tools 7.4 with an Mbox 1 also on the iBook. The video was created in Kdenlive on Ubuntu 18.04LTS on my Dell Gaming Inspiron 5k Drums used: Tama Imperialstar Bop (2015 discontinued, 18″ kick, 12/14 toms, 14 snare. Heads, Toms/Snare – Aquarian Studio X https://amzn.to/2Q2DlBZ Kick – Aquarian Superkick 1 https://amzn.to/2D9J06z Sticks – Aquarian X10 https://amzn.to/2Q0mGPp Mics (kick and overhead) Nady RSM-5 https://amzn.to/2DcvD5m
This is the the title track and first song off my album “Return Home” I’ve made a special version with live drums for youtube, and possibly to be released later on within an album. Thanks for watching and please subscribe Drums uses: 2015 Tama Impiralstar Bop, 18k, 14s, 12t, 14f Cymbals used: 22″ Nuvader Ride, 18″ Camber (orginal) crash, 18″ Meinl Kinetic Crash, 14″ Camber/Avanti Hi hats (extremely rare, I’ve only ever seen two pairs of these, they have a sprayed on bronze color coating) Heads: Aquarian Studio X on everything Sticks: Aquarian X10 synthetics stands: 2x ludwig flat based stands, tama snare stand, olympic flat based hi hat stand, tama ride/tom mount stand.
Here’s a new track I made using Ableton Live. Synths used were my Mothman VST series which you can download using the link in the header, as well as Ableton’s drum rack and Simpler. Footage for the video were taken from The Howling, and a VHS NASA documentary about Mercury. Thanks for watching. New album coming soon!
I wrote my mothman plugins some time ago, so they are 32 bit only. However they work fine using jbridge, a 32/64 bit VST bridge which you can get here https://jstuff.wordpress.com/jbridge/. I use the jbridge on both mac and pc and it works great and is not that expensive.