MMXIII

In this year I will be going to London, Paris, and Amsterdam. I will release “Land of Secrets” under a label. I will tour Europe in the summer. And most importantly, I’ll be making and doing really cool things. That is a short list of seemingly monumental activities, but in reality it’s the every day effort that changes your life around.

Consistency is key? Alright then; what’s stopping you getting a little better at something every single day? What about those days when you feel like you’ve progressed far? What about those weeks when you’ve felt like that and things add up nicely?

I have no resolution for 2013, I was doing what I intended to do in 2012. The only difference is the action. The only difference is the cleanest slate and the cleanest mind to go with it.

I welcome 2013; I will bathe in the fires of my own passion.

Paul Ozz 2012 Team!

Greetings!

I’ve just got back from being on tour with AUROCH hence no posts in a while, but here we are, and there you are reading this post.

So; so far I have quite a few people working on this next album with me. I have Allan Heppner from Lethal Halo, Doomsday Machine, and several other projects, that will be helping me out with the drum arrangements. I will also have long time friend Ben Terry who will be a co-producer once more for me.

A very cool up and coming and genuinely awesome guy Aman Brar will handle mixing duties on this one, and of course Daniel Reyes as the artist for all of the artwork.

I am hoping to go through Keith Merrow for the mastering of the album, and last but not least a very slick and jawesome bass player called Shareef Cliff Addo from the band Aviations out east in Boston; to help with all bass duties. That’s the list so far.

Currently I am thinking out the song titles and arrangements for the album; as it isn’t fully written yet, but let me tell ya there are some RIFFS on this one. It is a very accurate description of me at my current musical state as well as a large evolution from my first album “Fear the Angels”. I’ll be done writing soon, and then after that going through the producers opinion of the songs to bring the final arrangements into light and from there we get recording.

The general idea for the release date will be end of 2012 but that might change depending on availability, time money etc. Hopefully there will be some cool demos out there soon though as I really want to start showing all of you folk what in the devil I’ve been doing for the last couple of years – even before I was done Fear the Angels.

Cheers!
P

Finding “Moments”

Over the last few months I have been writing constantly for my next musical creation and album entitled firstly in Bulgarian and secondly in English as “Wrathful Anubis”. Firstly in Bulgarian as the concept is conveniently leaning towards a radio transmission being discovered by Bulgarian authorities from space first before anyone else into the epic entity of my album and secondly in English because who in their right western mind would buy an album strictly done in another language.

But to get back to the point I’m trying to make.

Over the last few months I have written a total of about 46 minutes of music; giving me the notion that I might have about 20 minutes of good solid material and about 26 minutes of leftovers. People in the genre of progressive music, especially metal, like to have very very long songs that are beautifully written etc. but I find are completely lacking in what I call “Moments”.

Moments in music are the parts of a melody or song that force you to feel, sometimes uncontrollably, because it resonates with you inside. Either on an emotional or subconscious level it gives meaning and has power and value. And as such the writing time for my second album is going to have to be expanded upon: I am hoping to be done writing by the end of the summer and to be going through not one but two producers to give the album a modern and relevant edge and style. I have my team ready; so I just need to finish writing really.

But, coming back to the topic of moments, their importance is paramount to a great release and a poor release from a failing sinking project. If you can’t write a great moment in your music and in your songs, you won’t have a memorable song, and therefore a memorable album, and then your career takes a nosedive or doesn’t even start properly and you’re left feeling kind of upset. You can practice 12 hours a day and have the best gear and even tour but if you can’t write a decent tune worth your salt then what’s going on there?

I’ve summed it up to a balance of personality. Of social life and wealth of the bank account and of belief systems of self and of spirituality. In my case? I have no belief in god or in the idea that there is a creator that is omnipotent simply because I know that humans are too ignorant and unknowing to realize the implications of such a being as well as are extremely egocentric about it – but this isn’t a blast at religion.

Basically; you have to believe that success will come to you. And that if you’re truly a musician who wants to make people feel and to be happy and to feel the power that you’re outputting through your music; you should do it. You shouldn’t waste time. You should just go for it as hard and as much as you can; because why wouldn’t you? What’s stopping you from being the best person you can be?

Yourself.

Is your boss an ass that won’t give you a raise? Get a new boss. Is inter-band drama destroying the prospects of success? Get new band members; or a new band depending on the situation. Do you need a band to dictate your schedule for you? Or do you want to set your own schedule for success. Time constraints? There isn’t such a thing – it’s just how hard you’re willing to push yourself. Complaining that you don’t have enough time in the day is a cop out to yourself and to your life. So suck it up buttercup and accept your future reality that you will be successful if you choose to be.

So really what do “moments” in music come down to? The feeling. The pure ecstasy and joy of creating something which makes people cry or laugh or feel strong again. That is what I am trying to do. I don’t want to make an album that is throwaway or meaningless or childish; I want to tell a story, and I want it to be heard and appreciated. And the only way to do that is to make something that people will listen to and appreciate.

I hope that my post has given you something to think about.