I am writing this letter, not only to shed some light on what I have been up to the past few months, even years, but to also give you clarity on Archis and when it will be released.
It’s been a long road for me in this music industry. Some of you have known me for a while, and I feel like I’ve gotten to know a lot you as well. I feel like I’ve ridden the waves, up and down, steady and strong sometimes, and others, tumbling off into the abyss.
On a good note, I would like to say that I am grateful to the people who stood by me. I have changed, and so have my record labels, tours, and adventures as a musician; however, my management team has not. In all of my wandering and hesitant decision making, I am thankful to say, that I have had a small, but strong team always beside me at my lowest points as well as when we felt on top of the world. So for that, Mike and Amanda, thank you very much. I love you guys.
I am also happy to announce, that my team has grown. I have recently just signed to a new record label, of which I couldn’t be more excited about. I met with them recently and they all -big surprise here- are genuine music lovers. I feel like that’s a hard thing to find with people who work in the business and are good at their jobs. They’ve listened to the 6 song Archis self titled EP, and, I feel, all share my love for it. They will be releasing this EP in….. January of 2015.
I freaked out a little when I heard the release date too. I know I told you all that I would be releasing our EP in June of this year, and then June turned into July and July to August and now January.
Let me quickly explain why this is so. I did not misinform you on purpose. I was set to tour in June and July, and being that at that time, having been dropped from my third label, Universal Republic, I spent all my savings into making an EP, a piece of art that I loved with no rules and no boundaries. When self releasing an album, it is not necessarily wise to just push it out at any given time. It’s kind of like dropping off your kid at Kindergarden without his lunch box, pens, paper, binders, etc. (I’ll try to explain this as best I can, because I’ve never been very good at the business side of anything. I just like writing songs.) When self releasing an album, it’s important to try to release it around something else, like a tour for example. So after sitting down with my manager, we decided that it would be the best thing to release the Archis EP around the tour. We hoped it would be the best way to get the word out.
Right as June hit, Mike gave me a call as I was out on tour and said that a label was showing interest in Archis and that it might be a good idea to wait a couple weeks on the physical release. I was honestly quite shocked. I never thought a label would be very interested in Archis. We’re not a …money making band. We’re not a guaranteed radio band by any means either. I mean, all of our songs meet the 5 minute mark. But here was a well grounded label, wanting to fly out to a show in Florida and have a meeting.
So they did. We spoke about music over burgers and fries, and I kept telling myself, “Don’t get excited. Don’t expect anything.”
Ok. So I’m a little jaded. I’m trying, okay?
It turned out though that this label actually did want to sign Archis, and so I flew to LA to meet the staff and fell in love with not only their passion and work ethic and impressive roster, but with their genuine love for the Archis EP. Everyone I met on staff was talking about the songs, the lyrics, visions for music videos, etc.
So let’s move to the present. Today.
They think it is best, instead of just pushing out the EP right now, to set up a plan for it and do it the right way. They want to help me write music video treatments to help tell the story of the EP. They want to build photos for the album artwork. They want to make a beautiful vinyl set, complete with exclusive photos and lyric sheets. They want to help with a live show set for LA unlike any show I’ve ever done before. However, this will all take a lot of time. They told me that I can rush it out now, or let them build the “team” for Archis, and release the actual EP in early January of next year. (It’s only four months guys!) I chose to build the team, and I hope that you can understand why and support it and hopefully get as excited as I am.
However, I won’t leave you hanging untill January. We are in the process of making videos now to be released before then, with one set to be released in September so you will be able to hear the new music! Joseph Trapanese, the other member and producer of Archis, and myself, are very proud of this and cannot wait to share our story with you all. Thank you for your support and patience. When we created Archis, we decided we wanted to make music for ourselves, music that we are proud of, music that takes us on a journey. We hope you will come on that journey with us.
With much love.