The actual vinyl arrived from Europe this week via post. The sleeves arrived from Portland, Oregon in Early May via post. The plastic baggies arrived from South Montreal in March via post. I picked up the brown recycled envelopes yesterday via my bike. The photos were developed yesterday and picked up via bike.
It’s been almost 9 years since I have released a solo album. My debut, ‘…One Kind of Dead End‘, was released in August of 2006 and featured many different rappers and a few scattered short instrumental pieces around the rap songs. I guess I am looking at my new album, ‘Layers of Silence‘, as my truly first full length experience. It’s completely instrumental and the only guest is my dear friend Michael Feuerstack who added instrumentation to a few tracks but was also a sorta musical advisor and let me play early mixes for him and in turn he threw suggestions back to me, in which I gladly accepted (Thanks MF).
I began working on this album in late 2012 when Kid Koala invited me to come along with him to the National Music Centre in Calgary. Eric had a residence there and needed a small crew to help him set up and run his wonderful Space Cadet Headphone Concert! Side note, he invited me on stage for a song to play a 30 year old drum machine with him and Money Mark! What the hell! Anyway, we also had some time to explore the keyboard museum and record pretty much any one of the amazing machines in the building! The plan wasn’t even to record for my solo record…the plan was to set up my portable recording studio and tickle keyboards, twist knobs, wire things together and bang on drums machines for as many hours as I could to gather up as much random noise as possible. It was definitely random and it was fun.
In 2013 I started working on solo songs and using parts from this recording session along with a million other sounds previously collected (and waiting to be chopped). Soon after I had to take a break and focus on the second Triune Gods album so most of what had been started went to that album and what didn’t fit was put aside for my solo album.
This seems to have been a pattern with my music. Since my debut in ’06, it’s not like I stopped making music but rather I was working on so many other peoples music and also spending so much of my time trying to run the label. Let’s see… The main albums I worked in those years, either with beats, mixing, or recording were: Bleubird ‘RIP USA’, Filkoe ‘Lost Zoo Keys’, Sontiago ‘Steel Yourself’, Heliodrome ‘La Lumiere’, Triune Gods ‘Seven Days’, Deadly Stare 7″ (and about 12 un-released songs), and some other randoms.
After some test press complications, the album is finally set to drop May 26, 2015. My pals Luana Records in Switzerland are helping me co-release this, along with my label, Endemik Music. There will be 200 vinyl and eventually digital. No CD, no cassette and no tshirt.
Pre-order the LP now and save a few bucks and make me smile. Europe/UK:Luana Records North America/World:End Shoppe
The mighty Hermitofthewoods wrote a beautiful description of the album for me:
Layers of Silence, the new instrumental release from Montreal’s Scott Da Ros (Triune Gods/Deadly Stare) is a beautifully kinetic tour-de-force. As drums rumble and crash in daring acrobatic syncopations, sounds are drawn from the four corners of the world to drive them ever forward. There is a perpetual sense of movement, an infectious anticipation, like a supersonic jet with a plush interior, soaring across the landscape with Da Ros at the helm. There is no in-flight movie, only a wild beat-driven soundtrack that soaks up the flavours of everywhere it has been. Once it has travelled around the world and gathered its passengers, it angles toward space, rocketing to the stars.
Here is the first video teaser for the album created by my good friends in Japan, Daiki Kato and Yosuke Otani.
Early 2013 I came up with an idea for a video for my good friend Michael Feuerstack. A grant was written and all was forgotten for a few months. Late Summer in 2013 the grant came through! I teamed up with another friend AJ Korkidakis to get this video made! We tweaked the original script for a couple months and finally were able to shoot in March of 2014. This was a lot of fun and we had help from so many great people who I give lots of thanks to!! Full credits are on the video page: here
The song Scorekeeper is from Michael Feuerstack‘s album Tambourine Death Bed released on Forward Music Group.
“Set in a timeless, neutral Montreal gymnasium, the “Scorekeeper” video revolves around a semi-fictional representation of the street game of “wall ball”. Feuerstack himself plays a lonesome ex-champ, who has moved on to a new phase in his life as an undervalued referee. The song’s visual representation is by turns literal and wildly interpretive – at once comical, sad and a little bit surreal. Look for appearances from some of Feuerstack’s real life musical and wall ball collaborators.”
While on tour in Japan this spring we spent a day in Osaka with our friend and super talented film maker, Naoto Amazutsumi, to shoot a video for our next single, Causing Terror, from “≠ Three Cornered World“.
It was a beautiful day in spent in a nice park and in an old abandoned building. Naoto and crew also came to a few of our shows and shot some live footage and backstage hangouts and cut them into the video.
On release day bleubird and myself were flying across the Pacific meet up with Sibitt and Yosuke and Daiki from the label to begin our Japanese tour on April 26th! The tour was a lot of fun and we met many great news people and fans along the way. Tour dtaes are below.
April 27: Tokyo at Gallery COMMON
April 28: Nagano at PORKY
April 29: Niigata at Golden Pigs
May 02: Gifu at Ants
May 03: Nagoya at Vio
May 04: Himeji at Fab-space
May 05: Kyoto at UrBANGUILD
May 06: Osaka at CONPASS
May 09: Shizuoka at Freakyshow
May 10: Tokyo at SuperDeluxe
After a year of using their site the JFL ComedyPro team were able to decide exactly what they wanted their site to be and focus on so this year I was able to revamp a few things including the design. They had found their visual identity after last year’s site was created so I was able to include that identity into this new site.
I also brought along a programming friend, Denis Goguen, to help set up the new database to accept all the applicants for the Pitch Your Project series. BTW, if you have some ideas for TV or web series, you should pitch it to them – peep here: http://comedypro.hahaha.com/pitch-your-project