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#26 - nmathreeofive (02/26/2014) [-]
I've played guitar for 7 years now, bass for the last 2, and currently play bass in a band. I would really like to continue making music in college (high school senior right now, in last semester) but i realize that there's so little chance of making a career out of it. It sucks because I've devoted a ******** of time into music, but it's most likely not going to help me at all. That being said, my band has a really rough (like 24 grit sandpaper rough) demo up on bandcamp, and if you guys would listen to it that would be nice. strangeways561.bandcamp.com/album/first-draft-demo
User avatar #87 to #26 - meganinja (02/26/2014) [-]
Alright I've got a few things to say about this. Btw a lot of this is about the first song, as I didn't realize there were more.

1) I don't like a good bit of what your drummer is doing. Not that he (or she) is bad, but he seems to want to be the center of attention where he shouldn't be, such as the intro and such.

2) I can't really hear the vocals at all. I don't know if that's what you're going for, but your vocals literally aren't adding anything to the music but a small amount. All I'm hearing is drums, a bit of guitar/bass, and a teeny bit of vocals.

3) I'm noticing that your guitar is being much more melodic, while the drums and vocals are trying to make it more metaly. This sounds good at some points, but at other points it's making it quite dissonant.

It doesn't sound that bad. I can tell it's amateur. The main thing is your vocalist needs to be heard easier. It needs work, but it's not bad.
User avatar #89 to #87 - nmathreeofive (02/26/2014) [-]
as i've pointed out in other comments the vocals didnt come in very well because we dont have a real PA ,just a small guitar amp hat we plugged a mic into also we only used a portable recorder during a practice to make this demo, which is also why the drums sound so loud, because we practiced in a small, uncarpeted room.
User avatar #90 to #89 - meganinja (02/26/2014) [-]
Well get that fixed up and that's a lot of the problem gone. The only other thing I can see is that your style is strange. It isn't bad. However, it's unique in that you're trying to be a mix of things. Not sure how well that will go over.
User avatar #83 to #26 - dubnineninedubs (02/26/2014) [-]
Listened to Mountains and the music sounds good but the actual quality needs work, i know you said it's rough, but try making the drum a lot less and the singing a lot more, also try finding a way to record the sound in a nice padded room with a slightly hightech mic, should improve the sound.
User avatar #84 to #83 - nmathreeofive (02/26/2014) [-]
oh yeah i know that the levels in this demo are **** outta whack, we could only practice in our drummers living room and we dont have a real PA just a small combo amp that we plugged a mic into, as soon as we find a studio that will record us for free or cheap we'll be putting out an updated version with more tracks, even some acoustic stuff. but glad you liked the music.
User avatar #69 to #26 - narcoschmolo (02/26/2014) [-]
Dude, you could make a carreer out of this. A lot of radio stations are trying to make sure they have at least 1 local band's song every hour or 2, so just try to email some radio stations in your area that generally fit your genre. And if that doesn't work, you could continue on like the Arctic Monkeys did first (as far as I'm aware) - through the internet. Music videos, making your page known and whatnot. And if for whatever reason, you can't continue with your band, then you could always become a guitar teacher/tutor. If you happened to go through college for it, you could definitely make a career out of that. Just trying to give some options. You do whatever you please, and hopefully you're successful in whatever endeavor you choose. Either way, best of luck to you. When you guys make an EP/Album, I promise you you'll have at least two random people on this thread that will buy it.
User avatar #72 to #69 - nmathreeofive (02/26/2014) [-]
Well the current lineup is 3 high school seniors and 1 college freshman. The drummer and guitarist are going to different colleges in the same state, and I'll be going to the same college as our vocalist, so we'll be starting a new project, which we can actually get recorded in good quality because the college has a recording studio and label that's free for students to use and distribute with. We'll still be playing shows whenever we're all back in town
User avatar #75 to #72 - narcoschmolo (02/26/2014) [-]
Then there ya go. Just ask all of your bandmates to tell their classmates about said project, and you'd have quite a large fanbase to begin with. If you work towards making yourself known, you will be known. The talent is there. You can totally make a carreer out of this. Also, where would these gigs occur?
User avatar #79 to #75 - nmathreeofive (02/26/2014) [-]
We're in Boca Raton Florida. But there aren't any venues in the city. The closest venues are at least 30 minutes north or south. But if we get enough of a fanbase a statewide/east coast tour wouldn't be out of the question
User avatar #91 to #79 - narcoschmolo (02/26/2014) [-]
Oh wow, I don't live anywhere near Florida. Regardless, I'll try and support you guys through any means I can. You guys deserve an exponentially larger fanbase than you have now, and hopefully you'll make it there.
User avatar #52 to #26 - datsheriff (02/26/2014) [-]
I'm really digging this, man. Are there any plans on making an EP out of it? If so, I'd really like to get in on it- It sounds hella awesome.
User avatar #53 to #52 - nmathreeofive (02/26/2014) [-]
We are planning on making an EP once we can find a studio than can record us on the cheap. We recorded this on a portable zoom handheld recorder during practice one day and decided to put it up on bandcamp. If you want to keep up with us, our facebook page is www.facebook.com/strangewaysfl
User avatar #47 to #26 - shonapope (02/26/2014) [-]
pretty good man, keep it up!
I miss bands like this, the local music scene where I live has completely gone to **** .
#46 to #26 - nativeboy (02/26/2014) [-]
Even 24 grain sandpaper eventually smooths with enough swipes.
#49 to #46 - nmathreeofive (02/26/2014) [-]
that was such a nice comment,here have this gif of a dog in zero gravity
that was such a nice comment,here have this gif of a dog in zero gravity
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