A One-Man-Band's DIY Production Journal.

Archive for December, 2008


Everything is almost in place… It’s just a matter of time… and marketing now.

-I now own “Trackburner Records” as an official legal business
-Artwork has been finalized
-First batch of 100 CDs have been pressed
-Currently waiting for album artwork booklet printouts serviced by Uprinting.com
-Tracks for “face:the.music” have been copyrighted
-I’ve signed on to TuneCore.com to get the album on to iTunes, which should be ready in about 3 weeks

Once the final finished product is in my hands… I can go about setting up for this damn concert/record release party.


Album Artwork

And here we have it: the new album cover for face:the.music.

What Roz came up with took me by surprise. It’s simple, yet abstract at the same time. On the drive to the shoot locations, we listened to a rough mix of the album and I discussed with her “I’m looking for something that captures the entire essence of the record, musically I mean. Since there’s a lot of different genres I play…”

Cut to two weeks later, she presents this to me and says “I like it… It’s gritty,” like some of life’s situations. It’s got both a rock and a hip-hop feel. Thanks Roz, it’s awesome.

Almost There

So, the mastering process is now finished and today Roz and I will be finalizing the artwork design.

I’m trying to come up with the initial cost of duplication… How many hard copies do I really need? I’m hoping to make most of my sales electronically through services like iTunes or MySpace, but also I plan to have copies readily available during next month’s concert. I’m guessing around 300 to 400 copies might be enough. All of that, CD duplication, printing on the CD and printing I the artwork/casing might end up costing me around $300… Not bad… and I’ll sell the CD for $10, maybe $5 for the first 2 weeks… I’ll be able to raise enough money for this concert.

Taking Shape

Let me just start by taking a moment to recognize a dear family member of mine who passed away last week: my uncle / my father’s best friend / and father of fellow artists and entrepreneurs such as DJ Ren the Vinyl Archaeologist, Anthem Salgado, Leonard Salgado of Lion & Rooster and E.Dot Fresco of The Backpackers.

Rest in peace, Tito Tony.

As we slowly try to get back into the groove of things, this week I will be final mixing and mastering face:the.music. Early last week, I met with Roz to review the album artwork, and I am very pleased with what she came up with. The new cover will debut here next week, with the CD release to hopefully follow the week after.


Saturday afternoon marked the final day of recording for the new album… I’m really excited that everything is finally coming together. Saturday evening, I met with creative designer Rozlilia Friend of The Branding Iron design company for the photoshoot for the album artwork. A new cd cover is in the works…

So all this week, I will be mastering all the tracks, and the album should be ready for the presses by this Saturday.

The recording may be done, but the journey isn’t done yet… Concert planning, finding/training session players, and distribution are still on the road ahead, but nothing is as important as reaching other people’s ears…

This is gonna be fun…