Fibonacci – With Chris Webb

Greetings Internet Traveller,

Check out this brand new song, Fibonacci! It’s a Pop Punk style tune with fun instrumentation and emotional tension. This song is a creation from when my best friend, Chris, and I locked ourselves in his studio for 3 days straight. It was an experiment of creative spirit and collaboration. Chris is such a brilliant composer, musician, and engineer! It was a pleasure to get to be along side him for so long, to get to learn so much from him, and to get to create this special auditory experience for you.

I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we did making it!!!

Check out more of Chris’ work here: https://soundcloud.com/webberstudios

Song Stream Link: https://soundcloud.com/webberstudios/fibonacci

Thank you.

Nich

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Aaron Barry’s Acoustic Song.

Mr. Webber, of Webber Studios, and I got to record our friend Aaron Barry last week. Aaron Barry is the vocalist and guitar player of Anu Beginning. When we first met Aaron to start with this song all we had to go on in regards to pre-production was an acoustic demo version Aaron recorded himself with just vocals and guitar. When we started recording we decided early on that we were going to pimp the shit out this tune. Here’s the final result with a few days in the hands of Mr. Webber.

Enjoy!

-Nich

Updated Portfolio!

You can now download my entire portfolio for absolutely FREE!
Nearly every song I’ve written, played guitar, bass, or drums on.

Check it out here! (https://theendisnich.com/about/nichs-portfolio/)

Download and Enjoy!

-Nich

A Silent War

Mr. Webber has done it again. Another WSO (Webber Studios Original) track ‘A Silent War‘ featuring vocalist and fellow Hello Amora brethren Troy Thurston. This is a heavy one, be careful!

Download it for free.

-Nich

Choke Fights With Kites

Hello Amora just released a new song Choke Fights With Kites.

For the best possible experience press play on the Soundcloud player below and read along with the lyrics directly underneath. This song has a message that I think we can all learn from. Enjoy!

Don’t forget to download it so you can take it with you anywhere for inspiration!

Lyrics:
Slide face first into sand boxes
This forecast, it calls for splendour
Alarm clock rains on my parade
Locked to this blue collar chain
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Curfews replaced with deadlines, colleagues stand in for my friends
Grounded to evolving seniority, Like a band-aid that came off to quick
Still bleeding, still bleeding
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Stop staring out the window, start climbing the fence
Stop warming up the bench, ohh ….stop staring out the window
Start climbing the fence, So reserved but, too much character for one cubicle
What are we waiting for? WHAT ARE WE WAITING FOR?
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Underdog from swing to swing,
Hide and seek. but whom are we searching for, {but whom are we searching for}
Underdog from swing to swing,
Hide and seek. but why do we hide from ourselves
Tag you’re it…but can you catch me
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Are you running for your life, or running from it
Wuh-oh-ae-oh-ohhh, Youth is a kite flying by
Woe-ay-oh-uh-oh, Carried by the tempest through the storm
Youth is a kite flying by, youth is not a fountain, youth is not a fountain,
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Carried by the tempest,
CARRIED BY THE TEMPEST
Carried through the storm
Get over yourself, get over yourself, you’re missing out
Break out of your shell and play
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Building blocks, the twist and the turns (The twists and the Turns)
We’re scraping our knees as we learn
We will all fall, we crawl, we roll,
We will all grow old, We will all grow old , we will all grow
The wear and the tear, the trick is the treat
Break out of your shell, break out of your seat, get over yourself
A wise mans heart stays young,
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Are you running for your life, or running from it
Wuh-oh-ae-oh-ohhh, Youth is a kite flying by
Woe-ay-oh-uh-oh, Carried by the tempest through the storm
Rolling in the mud, Relax and recreate
Youth is a kite flying by, youth is not a fountain, (Youth is a Kite}
Youth is a kite flying by, youth is not a fountain,
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Discourse, it’s not too late, discourse
It’s never too late, discourse

Thank you so much for listening and reading along. I really hope you enjoyed it.

-Nich

Pathways

Here’s a song that I got to do with my good friends; Goodbye Sky Harbour guitarist, Johnny McMahon, as well as We Are Bravest front man, Jourdan Horban. Johnny approached me with an acoustic demo of this tune back in March and asked me if I could conjure up something interesting and record it at Sundown Studios with him and of course I said, ‘Friggin eh, I will!’.

Sundown Studios is the best place I’ve ever been to record drums. Not because the experience is easy but because it’s so fucking HARD! Jordan V (owner and operator of Sundown) is a stickler for a tight performance and he’s always pushing me to be prepared and to be able to play new and difficult parts on the fly. It’s that whole, ‘Keeping you on your toes!‘ mindset that I just love in high pressure recording situations.

The first version of the song I was given, like I said, was an acoustic demo which meant I had to sit down and really think hard about the parts I wanted to play. When ever you write drums to an already structurally established song it’s important to listen to it over at least 10 times before you even think about what you want to do with it. Pay attention to how the song makes you feel and how your body moves to the song as a passive listener. As a drummer, I believe it’s my job to articulate those subconscious feelings within the song and help you connect the dots by making it easier to lose yourself in the music. We’ll try something a little different and kind of fun; I’ll briefly run you through the thought process of how I came up with each part for the song.
The intro/chorus is self explanatory; Upbeat and happy with volume articulation from switching between the hi-hat and crash to accentuate the end of a phrase. Also notice the double snare roll before the switch. Fun stuff!
The first verse is all about fun. This was a little bit of metal meets punk. You have to pump up the idea of the ‘new part’ so I really thought about it and what really stood out to me was the feeling of attending a metal show, like it should inspire people to be clapping along. So by having the part bare with just kick and flam snares it really opens up and your ears go straight to the snare. The tom fill is just a tasteful way to have an excuse to do a one-handed fill. Turned out great and it’s so fun to play!
Pre-chorus is highlighting the guitar part and leaving lots of room for the vocals to shine through and you already know the story behind the Chorus, so let’s get to….
The second verse was all about dropping that clapping feeling and put the song into 5th gear. Throughout the the second verse it gets more intense as the song goes along until the second pre-chorus.
The second pre chorus I wanted to keep mostly the same so you knew how to feel except for the addition of a nice little triple-it fill to change things up just a bit and a nice big tom hit right before we go back into the chorus!
This time the chorus has changed. I mix up the hi-hat and cymbal hits as well as adding a fast roll half way through to add some closure. At the end of this chorus I also add a floor tom/snare four hit pump into the bridge which doesn’t leave any room for any awkward transitions. It seems pretty seamless to me.
The bridge is all about keeping the pace so I keep the constant driving playing but I crash on my ride to give it a huge full sound. It gives that part in the song a fullness that the rest of the song doesn’t have. Also a fast snare/tom fill which is always fun to play. The next part of the bridge is just accenting the chats and leaving lots of room to inspire you so sing along. When we recorded this part they somehow got me in there singing. So if you listen VERY carefully you’ll be able to hear my derpy voice. Half way through the chants I start a pump up part which consists of a constant kick beat along with hi-hats to get you pumped up for that last chorus to close out the song!
This is the last Chorus and it’s just an accumulation of all the good parts put into one. Listen to it and you’ll understand. The last part of the song is huge a huge RIGHT LEFT RIGHT LEFT to give it a powerful close.
My brain officially hurts from writing all this down. If you took the time to read this I hope you learned a little something and can use it when you write your next song.
Give the song a listen and and let me know what you think!

-Nich

 

Stargazing

My very good friend, Chris Webber of Webber Studios, has released his very first Webber Studios Original song entitled ‘Stargazing‘. Stargazing is just the very first of many songs that Chris plans on releasing, so be stoked for many more amazing tracks in the not-so-distant future. Chris not only records and produces bands in his home studio but he also writes and records his own songs, as the term ‘original‘ would suggest. Webber Studios Original songs are songs that show just how versatile and widespread Chris’ knowledge of each genre can be and at the same time showcasing amazing local vocal talent on each individual track. Stargazing, for example, features Anu Beginning‘s vocalist Aaron Barry.  I’ve had the privilege of being able to be around Webber Studios often enough to hear Stargazing from the very first recorded riff to the final product that you’re hearing today, and I couldn’t be more impressed by the writing process and attention to detail in the mixing and producing of this track. Enough talking, listen to this FREAKING SONG!!!

Be sure to download Stargazing and listen to it on your iTunes and mobile listening devices as well as share it with others! Spread great music!

-Nich

Post Script – You may be familiar with Chris’ work already, as he’s the one who recorded my band Hello Amora.