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2000 Years Ahead 

“2000 Years Ahead” album is out now 

Second studio album · Digital Om Productions

   

Dear friends, fans, and colleagues!

Today, my second studio album is released. It’s the result of my work throughout the whole last year and an important milestone in my music career.

I don’t want to pat myself on the back, so I’ll just put this quote here:

“A really sterling amazing album, well done. You have just slammed an injection of something fresh and unique with musical moments, I love it and I’ll 100% support this!”
John 00 Fleming

During the last two weeks, I shared all tracks previews one by one and I hope you enjoy it. Below are all nine previews all together, and a magic button:

   

... or buy a CD copy on Psyshop

   

Special thanks to: Nishan for professional management; to Marc for the excellent track we’ve made together; to Drasko, Jovan and Ivan for the opportunity to remixing your track; to Bart for the top-notch mastering; to Ryche for the vivid artwork. You guys rock!

    

Read also: Album behind the scenes: from drafts to finish

   
2017   2000 Years Ahead   Release

Album behind the scenes: from drafts to finish 

Since I posted my second album production announcement followed by the album is complete videos, people keep asking me when it will be released, why it took me so long to make it, how I’ll call it, what inspired me, and more questions.

Come closer my friends, make yourself comfortable and grab a cup of tea as I’m going to answer these questions and share some thoughts behind the creation of the album.

   

   

Why album

In this fast-paced world, singles and EPs are the most common releases format. Well, no surprise: consisting of only one or two tracks, artists can make several such releases per yer and keep the buzz going. I’ve released a couple of singles this year too.

Albums, on the other hand, are counter-productive on that matter: they take much more time and efforts to make, both physically and mentally. But I guess I’m an old-fashioned guy because albums are very special to me, it’s like an exam, a milestone that showcases artist’s progress.

   

My debut album titled “Chronicles Of The Universe” was released in 2014, two years later after the very first release. It’s a musical story dedicated to our Solar System with each track representing a planet, and this album summed up my current taste and skills at the time.

    

Chronicles Of The Universe
JOOF Recordings, 2014

   

So around October 2015, having numerous releases after the first album, I thought it’s time to make a new album.

The first step is always the hardest

In the new album, I wanted to create more tech-driven, robotic, and futuristic feeling. Being always fascinated by science fiction, I came to my favorite novels, films, and concept arts in searching for inspiration:

Some inspiration for the album

So I started to work on the first track which later will be called “The Dream Of Electric Sheep”. Here is how one of the first drafts was sound like:

   

It was shit. Seriously, it has a poor sound design, lack of drive, and not satisfied quality. Perhaps, for someone it would be okay, but I didn’t wish to agree on just “okay”. I replaced the main lead, but still it wasn’t good enough:

    

Don’t do shit

   

It was so disappointing so I was about to abandon this idea entirely. I realized that I wasn’t ready yet — I wanted to make something fresh whilst my current skills held me back. But then something interesting happened.

The unexpected side of help

   

Now we have to go back in time for the three months before I started working on the album. On August 2015, I launched the advice section where I answer the questions people send me.

    

Introducing “Advice”

   

Turned out, the advice blog that suppose to help other people, helped a lot to me too.

Every time I answer a question, it forces me to dig deeper, to learn something new. Because knowing things is not the same as understand things and being able to clearly explain it to the others. To my own surprise, throughout the past year I’ve learned a lot of new things about sound design, mixdown, and other aspects of production simply by helping other people. How cool is that?

Going back to “The Dream Of Electric Sheep”, here is how it sounds now:

Back on track

Slowly but surely, the album progressed pretty well. But despite that I’ve improved my sound quality, one thing keep bothered me: the musical parts.

At some point I just opened all my drafts, played it back, and realized that some of the tracks I’ve made were too cheesy. To give an example, here is another track from the new album, it called “Machinery”:

I asked myself: “Does it matched the concept of a technological, aggressive, and futuristic sound like I wanted to make it in the first place?” Clearly, the answers were “no”.

I had to take a break to figure out where should I go musically. One month later, that track turned into this:

Yet still, having all those aggressive and futuristic sounds, I wanted also to have some atmospheric and euphoric build-ups. That’s how “Arrival” was born:

Coming soon

That’s it folks, I hope I answered your questions. Oh yes, and here is the cover artwork:

Title 2000 Years Ahead
Tracks 9
Playtime 67 minutes
Release on CDs January 11, 2017
Release on Beatport January 16, 2017
   
2016   2000 Years Ahead   Behind the scenes

The new album is complete! 

Half year ago I announced my second album production. And today, I’m totally delighted to say that the album is complete!

It’s a full-length album with eight previously unreleased brand new tracks and one remix. The album will be released on my home label, Digital Om Productions, in early 2017 — in few months from now. And just in few weeks I’ll start sharing the album’s title, cover artworks, and course audio previews.

Being an introvert person I hate doing public appearances, but for this occasion I’ve recorded a video announcement with short teaser:

   
2016   2000 Years Ahead   Behind the scenes