Where’s the album already?

… You might ask, as I do myself every single day. Turns out making records is not as easy as it sounds, who knew? In the last update I mentioned Alex (sound engineer) who started mixing the album in October. Things dragged in December and January and Alex left to¬†tour with his band in the last month or so. Musicians go on tour, who knew? Alex is now back and will commence working on the mix WHEN his new computer arrives. Kill me ūüôā

Meanwhile, my dear friend Richard is (still) editing the majestic new music video for one of the tracks from the new album. Obviously, we won’t be able to release the music video if the song is not mixed and mastered yet. Having said that, I still haven’t seen a single second from the edits, but Richard is being optimistic and said “it’s really worth the wait” (his words).
The music video should be done by the end of March. <– See what I did there¬†Richard? …. Richard? …. Wake up Richard.

This post is totally not a distraction to make you forget that I still have to finish working on the album cover and artwork. What’s with 2018? Did the government spray some laziness chemicals in the air or something?

Illuminati Confirmed!

Crap, I almost forgot!

My music is now on a new platform called¬†Musicoin. Yes, it’s one of those crypto-currency (digital currency, Bitcoin) thingies; and if you don’t know what Bitcoin is, make sure you include the location of the rock you live under in your mailing address, at least you’ll get the new CD when it’s out; not sure what you’ll do with it though. ūüôā

So, why Musicoin?

Unlike Spotify, or other similar industry giants who are destroying the music industry, Musicoin actually pays the artist 1 $MUSIC by a Pay-Per-Play (PPP) smart contract, and the best part is, you (the listener) don’t pay anything out of your pocket. So, who pays the artist? Miners (Mind you, they’re not human miners). And who pays the miners? Miners solve computational work to mine $MUSIC and they get paid for their work by the Musicoin ecosystem. Pretty smart, eh?

The numbers, what do they mean?

1 $MUSIC is currently worth 2.5 cents, Spotify claims that their average pay per stream is $0.007 which is a flat out lie, the real number is around $0.004 (that’s less than a cent, not even half a cent) which is also the average pay per play for other streaming platforms like Apple or Amazon etc…¬†HINT: If you’re listening on Spotify, you’re not paying the artist, you’re paying the millionaires.

But what do I know?

Here’s my Musicoin page¬†https://musicoin.org/nav/artist/0x89a42ed7a1367…

Go listen to some music and support artists directly.

I hope I’ll be back with better news next time

-Shant

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Ding!

I know I’m doing a lousy job keeping you posted about the progress on the new album, I’ll try to fix that.

The album is currently being mixed by¬†Alex Argento. We had some technical difficulties and had to find a solution, and we have. Alex was not feeling well lately, wishing him a quick recovery, and he’s also busy preparing to tour with his band¬†Icefish.

Meanwhile I’m working with¬†Richard Bastarache¬†on a new music video for one of the tracks from the new album (Carousel of Death). The music video should be out by March if not earlier, with the album release following after that. No hard date, on the album release yet, as pressing LPs take a few weeks.

Slowly but Surely, Cheers!

-Shant

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Hello 2018!

Happy new year to everyone! 2017 was amazing, 2018 will be even better with lots of amazing new music coming your way.

Cheers!

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It’s a Wrap!

Everything went pretty much AMAZING as you can tell from this shot.

Lots of love and thanks to Richard Bastarache and Steph Miramontes Art for their hard work and dedication, and of course credits for this photo and for bringing everyone and everything together goes to my lovely wife Nanor Wazirian.

Special thanks to Alex Robshaw, Lavender May, Noah Gareau and Marky Marc for their performances.

Be prepared, I will bombard you with very cool shots from the video shoot itself in the coming weeks. No spoilers! We’ll keep the best for the video release.

Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @SemanticSat

-Shant

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Last day of shooting

Tomorrow… err… today is the 4th and last day of shooting, yet it’s 3:00am and I’m still awake, when I should be getting enough sleep, cause I’ll be facing the camera in a few hours.

Other than that, well mixing is going.. kind of well, slow, but well… If things go smooth, the music video should be out sometime in January, and the album in March/April.

I’ll post some shots from behind the scenes in a few hours.

Cheers!
Shant

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