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Rise of a Digital Nation

So there have been many things that I’ve wanted to do. Time never seems to be on my side either. I have so many projects going around that it’s almost overwhelming. BUT that’s okay, because all of these projects are awesome!

Ever since I discovered this website plug.dj I’ve been addicted to it. I’ve been able to play my own music and gained some popularity by creating the Velvet Room lobby and playing my favorite Persona and SMT tunes. Mixing my own in there as well randomly. It has been a blast and I hope to continue to run the lobby! I even have an assistant running it now as well. And if you ever want to drop in and listen to some awesome tunes, feel free to do so! You can see whenever the lobby is open by liking us on FB: https://www.facebook.com/TheVelvetRoomLobby

And of course my main project Sleeping Awake is still around. New music is coming soon. I got some mixed reviews on my Keeping the Blade album. It was very experimental but I loved the sounds and I made some new fans through it so I’m pleased. Like I always do, I just create what I like to hear 😀 And through the Velvet Room Lobby I have found some more people that dig my music so that’ s a huge plus! Makes me smile too. The number of fans on the Sleeping Awake Facebook page has increased significantly. I’m so stoked!

To everyone though: Thank you for all your support and love through everything! I promise I will never sell-out or sell my soul to a record company. I will forever remain on Bandcamp and underground as much as possible. I want to play all the big clubs one day. But I want to do it off hard earned success not because I have some record company pushing my music saying it’s the next best thing. I want fans who truly dig what I put out and not have anyone tell me what is supposed to sound good.

Freedom of writing, music, and speech! The internet is a wonderful thing. We’re the Digital Nation right now people and that leads me to my next update. Everyone that has followed my blog since the beginning probably know about my number 1 favorite band. It’s Machinae Supremacy. And they have a brand new album coming out! Oct. 19th will be the release! And it’s called Rise of a Digital Nation. The album cover is sick too:

Going back to Sleeping Awake. I have a new track uploaded called Subtle Things and it’s pretty much complete probably going to be the intro track for the new album after In The Shadows Volume 4 is released. So that’s two albums coming your way folks! Some more Persona jazz fusion style electronica and another SA official release 😀 So now for that song preview, let me know what you think:

Another teaser here… CLU3 has something coming soon!

Many more updates to come! Thank you for all who diligently check my blog. I should be back in the swing of replying and updating all my social sites soon lol. Check back soon!

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It’s Over 1,000!

I just hit over 1,000 page views, awesome! In other news, I forgot my laptop cord today so I have very limited amount of time on my computer. Does anyone know if I buy another battery for my laptop complete with power cord, will that give me better battery? Because it’s on that leg where it doesn’t want to hold a charge for more than 30 min.

Also, I have some more tracks uploaded and they’re for In The Shadows Volume 4! You should check the setlist and listen to the new ones:

Let me know what you think! The new tracks are: Battle Tactics, Retribution of the Lost, and Yukari’s Theme (Lover Arcana Remix)!


Awesome Art Coming

Some awesome art is on the way, being commissioned by a deviantart artist by the name of: nyarko, his art is quite amazing and I highly recommend that you check it out. Here’s the link to his work: http://nyarko.deviantart.com/

As many know from reading my blog that I am a huge Shin Megami Tensei fan. I love the games in that series. And from playing the Persona ones I have grown to love the music behind not only the Persona games but all of the SMT games as well. It inspired me to make music similar to those games. That’s what spawned my In The Shadows album series. Fused with atmospheric, jazzy, and trip-hop styles. I love making this music showing tribute to the games I like to play. And nyarko has shown amazing talent drawing and painting pictures showing his love for these games too.

Since the ATLUS fans are called The Faithful, I would like to create a whole Shin Megami Tensei collaboration of fan work all geared towards those games. I don’t want it to just stop with my music and nyarko’s art. I want to extend this to something all on it’s own. A site even, dedicated to fans creating fan related material in the SMT world. I want to create graphic novels, music, mythology, and even possibly fan made ideas for future games. Or maybe get it big enough to where if voted upon by the fans, and ATLUS happens to see it, puts some of these ideas into future games. The sky’s the limit and I want to make this happen!

I can’t wait to see what nyarko comes up with and stay tuned for more SMT goodness. Are you an artist? Do you make things inspired by SMT? Get a hold of me, let’s collaborate, or get started creating this fan site/group!


Good Stress and Bad Stress and Awesome News

Posting and updating is even harder now because I have a new job and that’s taking up most of my time and I have no internet and with recent findings… I won’t be getting internet until I get my own place which won’t be for a year probably. Things are good stressful and bullshit stressful right now. How to deal with anxiety? I don’t know right now. It’s really hard. Some things stress me out more at home than they do anywhere else so going to work is almost a godsend in itself. The job I’m doing really isn’t that hard. But it’s a learning experience and it’s a great one. One I hope that by moving up I won’t have to do much school. Which that means less loans to pay back. I like that. The less debt the better.

I’m really just saving towards my own place for me and my girlfriend because things are just way to stressful where we’re at. Having to live with other people besides the one you want to be with causes so much extra unnecessary stress that you don’t need that wrecks your body. Honestly my health is being affected by it.

People talking behind your back. Making you feel like shit. Things like this happen in my situation and you have to suck it up and deal with it or you’re on the street. Taking beatings left and right. But I digress, it could be worse. Such is life. But I’m going to be getting out hopefully very soon with the woman I love and around people I want to be around.

I have in the works, a great thing coming soon! I have someone that might be able to do some amazing album artwork for me for my Shin Megami Tensei inspired albums: In The Shadows. He has extraordinary art and he looks like he should be working for ATLUS, that’s how good he is. Here’s his deviant art to check him out:

http://nyarko.deviantart.com/

So this is semi-confirmed. We’re still writing back and forth on the details, but I for one am excited. I want to see this grow beyond my music. Into amazing fan created material and universe that could get recognized by ATLUS and the world! More people who play games should know about Shin Megami Tensei and how awesome it is. Especially people who are burnt out of Square Enix.

Speaking of In The Shadows, I have added something to Volume 4 setlist on Soundcloud. Take a listen for me and let me know how I’m doing! 😀


After Much Debate

I have finally decided to continue In The Shadows. What started out as a Reincarnation effort, I’ve decided to not do that. But make Volume 4. I tried to remix/extend some of the original songs but they didn’t turn out good and I ended up still liking the original better. So that idea is now scrapped.

With that said I have made some really awesome tracks for ITSV4 and let me say that they may not be super long, but they will definitely put a smile on your face! Some of the most feel good and some of the most ambient stuff I’ve accomplished so far.

There’s also another project that I have on the side called CLU3. It’s mainly for getting that frustration out of not knowing what to make. Once I made a couple of random chaotic songs it actually helped me concentrate on making Persona style songs. You can check out my chaotic side here:

Wondering what happened to Vulture? Well I took his emblem and used it for Sleeping Awake and then I evolved Vulture into CLU3 😉


Nerding Out

Ok so by reading my blog you’ve probably guessed that I’m a huge Persona fan, for crying out loud I make fan music! 😀 Anyways I’m nerding out hardcore right now over a new trailer. Now I’ve known about this for a while. And I’m very very excited for this. I own this already on the Playstation, but, my Shin Megami Tensei collection must be complete! I’m talking about Persona 2: Eternal Punishment on the PSP! Check out the trailer below:

There we go. Now that I’ve nerded out completely. I must now announce another big update. New song that I just uploaded signals a new album release that I feel will be even greater than ITSV3. First I’ll let you listen to the song:

In The Shadows Reincarnation. What it is: New tracks and remixes. All the Persona OSTs have Reincarnation OSTs that do the same thing. So I thought I’d have a go at it. You see when I completed In The Shadows Volume 3 I evolved right at the end. It also didn’t get pushed forward until I saw that the tracks: Never Gonna Give You Up, Give It Up (Your Illusion), and Social Link Me were getting very popular. So here’s to a rebirth of sorts and hopefully a funky fun album! Stay tuned!


It’s ALIVE!

In The Shadows Volume 3 is AVAILABLE! Free Download! Only 85 left! After that I have to wait until the 22nd to have more free downloads 😀

http://sleepingawake.bandcamp.com/album/in-the-shadows-volume-3