Broken, Perfect (Album) – I can’t believe it’s finally over

A huge thanks to all the people I roped into this project: we did it. 🙂 Robert sent me the final versions of all the masters for “Broken, Perfect” last week, and I uploaded all of them on Soundcloud on Friday. Here’s the link! https://soundcloud.com/samayaformusic/albums

My friend Maira (an amazing graphic designer) designed the cover, and captured the heart of what I was trying to convey incredibly well. Thank you!

I can’t believe it’s done. Strange mixture of emotions, relief (we made it to the finish line), happiness (OMG, I’ve released my second album!!), but also a very real sense of loss (what’s the point of my life now??). A part of me almost feels shell shocked, because we’ve been pounding the pavement so hard for a while to get the album done. I think this is what empty nest syndrome must feel like. 🙂

The next project is our show at Brick and Mortar on August 6th (Sunday). The date is coming up really fast; I feel like this crazy year’s been speeding by.

Wish me luck on everything else to come, and hope you all had an amazing weekend!image1

ReverbNation Charts – Ranked # 3!

We are now number 3 on the ReverbNation Indie charts for San Francisco, CA! Really grateful to everyone’s help in getting there. www.reverbnation.com/samaya2

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve watched our rank climb in the charts. I was stuck at 20something for a while. “Impossible” got a chance to be featured under Crowd Picks on ReverbNation last week, and we shot up to number 3 for the San Francisco Indie charts within a week. I haven’t had a lot of traction on other media channels like YouTube and Soundcloud, so it felt so good to see that a larger number people actually liked the music I was making.

Impossible: New Song Release!

After months of holding out for the right moment, I decided to release Impossible on Soundcloud and Reverbnation: https://www.reverbnation.com/samaya2/song/23787717-impossible-produced-by-max-savage

It feels cathartic to finally let this one go. 🙂 I hope you’re all doing wonderfully well on this epic and beautiful day, and have an amazing weekend! 🙂

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Official Start to Recording Vocals!

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It’s started again, I’m back in the studio this year. The picture above features voice teacher, keys player and producer extraordinaire, Robert Robinson, in a room with one of the best sound systems I have ever come into contact with. Everything sounded amazing in there. We finished recording vocals for two songs. My voice started to fray a little after 1.5 hours of singing, so we’re going to work on the 3rd in the first set this weekend. I’ve been plagued by allergies for the last couple of months for the first time in my life, which has thrown some interesting curve balls my way. 🙂 Wish me luck!

Marian Hill

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I discovered one of my favourite bands a couple of months ago, Marian Hill. I went to watch Marian Hill and Jack Garratt play last Friday, and the show was amazing. Marian Hill, in particular, was great. The crowd was very inclusive and friendly, and the lead singer’s grandmother and aunt were in the audience right in front of us. It was a lot of fun to meet the band’s relatives and friends. The band members were also really friendly and took the time to speak to people at the show.

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All in all it was a wonderful evening.

Love and Gratitude

A few minutes ago my mood was not quite at its best, but it only took a second to remember how grateful I am for all the love I have in my life, and for all the opportunities I’ve had. I’m back on track to start another sunny day, though I’m not excited about driving to work through the crazy traffic and construction in the city. Can’t have everything. 🙂

I’ve spent some time working on a new song idea over the past couple of days. It’s been a while, as I’ve been heavily focused on producing my second album, so it felt great to work on a new song. Looking forward to working on more new material over the next few months.

Deep Blue Stems Ready!

We finished creating all the stems for Deep Blue today. The song sounds really different from what I had envisioned when I first started writing it 20 years ago as a child, or even when I finished writing it a few months ago. I love the direction Robert’s given it. Only one more song left, and the album’s done!

Happy Lunar New Year, and for those who don’t celebrate it, I hope you have something else to celebrate today! 🙂