Johnny's Scrap

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Johnny's Scrap

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This is a drummer’s record, make no mistake… but as well it is i hope an example of my musical influences, tastes, tendencies, fantasies, experiences and experiments... thrown together; blended, stirred and spread out across the stereo field/frequency spectrum. I’ve tried to avoid letting “drumistic” ideas rule every song, but… well, rhythm is what i mainly do. It is also sculpted by the tools i have at my disposal: an electric guitar, a bass, a MIDI keyboard, easily available software sounds, this particular electronic drum kit... and access to a friend’s space down in the country (thanks Jim) to record some actual acoustic drums. A lot of this music first started out in GarageBand around 5 years ago while i was recovering from Kidney transplant surgery (thanks doesn’t begin to cover it, Freddy) but all of it is the result of many late nights, early mornings, and obsessive tries and retries to Get It Right, so to speak; following a whim or an idea, a concept or a mutated unreasonable hunch...

Recently the desire to work on my own music again grabbed me after getting into recording and production over the last 3-4 years. Tracking, mixing, learning the ins and outs of audio software, getting a bit of equipment... not to mention the space and time here at my petite and lovely JMC Studio in Mile End… to the extent that… wait, where was i? Ah yes, making music. I got inspired. Pick up the guitar, the bass, lay down a groove... put on the headphones and start throwing things together. It really can’t be called “song writing” in any traditional sense; most of this material came out of what I’m calling song construction. Literally building- putting pieces together; recording, looping, trying stuff, making noise, adding, subtracting… At some point i start to hear things that make sense, after which i follow my instincts- my collected musical experiences… and, well, they have led me to this here scrap collection. And i like it. Listening to it makes me happy, i hope it might for anyone else.

...and it was really fun (and all consuming) to create.

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