song-a-day one thousand... and beyond
Hi! My name is Jonathan Mann, and I've been writing, recording, producing and uploading a song a day since January 1st, 2009. On September 28th, 2011 I'll be reaching my 1000th song a day song.
Ultimately, though, there's been one crucial aspect of the creative process that's been missing: Collaboration. I have a ton of really talented musical friends, many of whom I play music with regularly, but they all have jobs and, you know, lives! Because of the blisteringly fast pace of one song (with a video) every single day, it has been virtually impossible to bring other musicians into my process.
With all that in mind, and to celebrate 1000 days of Song-A-Day, I'm going to invite all the musicians I know to come help me shape and create 30 songs in 30 days for the month of June. We'll have a live stream set up so you'll be able to watch as the creative process unfolds over each 24 hour period. At the end of the month, you'll be able to vote for your 10 favorite songs, and the tracks with the most votes will end up on the 1st official Song A Day album which will be released on September 28th!
the more the merrier
In addition to all the musicians who will be coming and going (including the guys from my band: Nic Kaelin, Sam Douglass, Norman Famous, David Douglas and Eric Yeargan) there will be 4 core team members who will be with me all-day every-day, helping me with the nuts and bolts of recording, arranging and producing. They are as follows:
Nick Krill and Thomas Hughes (of The Spinto Band) will travel to Berkeley from their homes in Delaware. Nick is an amazing guitar player and a great recording engineer. Thomas is a wonderful multi-instrumentalist; with whom I have a long history of collaboration. My friend Matt Payne (of the Glowing Stars) is also a multi-instrumentalist and a wonderful producer and arranger. Liam McCormick (of The Family Crest) is going to write string arrangements for the songs.
The four fellows above make up a large part of the cost of this project, as the goal is to offset the loss they'll incur from taking a full month off of their regular gigs. They are very talented guys and they deserve to be compensated for their time.
Another chunk of the money will go towards mixing and mastering the album. I'm extremely excited that Jeff Lipton, of Peerless Mastering, has agreed to master the finished product. He's worked on albums by truly great musicians and bands such as The Magnetic Fields, Spoon and Andrew Bird.
Finally, some of the money will be used to rent gear like mics, and pre-amps and towards paying travel expenses both large (plane, train tickets) and small (gas, bus money).