So it’s a hot winter morning in Florida and I’m hanging out at the motel pool. It makes me think that when I’m away from home for a long time I always tend to contemplate everything we’re doing and I usually start to see things in a different light.
When our first album Lightspeed got released I felt a huge sense of accomplishment: I wrote at least 25 songs for it and after all the knitpicking and hard work, we created an album that I’m to this day still extremely proud of. Every single note is a result of putting heart and soul in it and it’s an indescribable feeling whenever people experience the same when they listen to it.
Lightspeed did amazing things for us: we toured more than 15 different countries, went to China, Japan, Indonesia, heard our own music on the radio and tv, sold out shows, toured with some of our childhood heroes, did Holland’s two most wellknown festivals… It felt like all of the dreams I had as a kid came true in a split-second and I’ll forever tell everyone how grateful I am.
Then the moment when you start writing the second album and realize it should actually be at least as good (or better) than the first one. It is widely known by everybody in the music business and it can paralyze you if you find yourself thinking too much about it. Lots of bands and artists have choked on it.
I started writing again and compared every new idea to our older songs; it’s easy to throw away a song if it seems not good enough. I actually didn’t necessarily feel other people’s pressure so much, but just felt the bar that I raised a little higher for myself. For example, I wanted every single melody to be really strong, emotional and memorable. And every lyric to be clear but still intriguing.
In the whole process I’ve been at places where I cursed my own perfectionism and self-discipline. There were weeks when I was working like a mad professor, trying out a million things and actually not seeing any other people for a long time. There are days when creativity doesn’t give you what you’re hoping for, and all the while you see the clock ticking towards a deadline.
Imagine how big of a relief it is when pieces finally fall into place and I actually started finishing songs that I thought were very good. I listened to it a hundred times in a row, raised my hands up in the air and even shed some tears at times when my own words cut through me like a knife.
Sometimes words and melodies form in your mind and they can end up being decent; at other times things seem to form in your subconscience and they can end up great. But when every bone in your body immediately tells you that it’s not good but great, to me that’s magical.
On the moment I’m writing this we finished recording the whole second album and only have 3 days of mixing left in Plush Studios in Orlando. Our amazing producer James Paul Wisner once again proved that there’s noone in the world that understands our music like he does. Recording the first album I learned so much of him: I spent every second looking over his shoulder and I can tell that it shows in our new songs.
There’s no feeling like the one that says: mission complete. The album comes out April 6th. It would mean a lot if you’d purchase it and you’d feel a part of the excitement that I do now.
See you soon!