Just started promoting my EP 'A Year Ago' today. I just wanted to reflect on it a little bit here.
There are a lot of small milestones for me about this project. I've wanted to make an EP since I learned about CD Baby a few years ago. It's a service that distributes music for independent and unsigned performers who don't have a label to do it for them. The idea of having my music on Spotify or iTunes with all the professional musicians I admire was so absurd and wonderful, it became something I really wanted to see happen.
This EP was the first time I've ever published original songs as Stassi. (I published an EP with my college band as well in 2014). I am a highly self-critical person so songwriting has always been a vicious tug-o-war between how I want music to sound and how my words and melodies actually manifest themselves. I've written probably hundreds of songs but have only been able to tolerate about 10 of them (I generally pretend the others don't exist, except for admitting this right now haha).
This EP was my first attempt at recording and mixing using Logic Pro which I only acquired last December. It is a fantastic software, but it is also far more complex than Garagaband (how I've been doing everything for years) which slowed the process down tremendously. Still, learning it has been very fun and satisfying, and has increased the quality of my finished songs significantly.
I will keep my many opinions about the EP to myself because I want to allow you to hear it objectively. I'll post more about each song later, but I want to let you know that I tried to be as honest as I knew how to and I hope you like listening to it.
As for what is coming next, I'm hoping to focus on performing live more often, and hopefully find some musicians to play with (making this EP has been incredibly lonely work). I'm still trying to educate myself on how to improve the quality of my recordings and will continue to upgrade my equipment as quickly as my paychecks will allow. (Fun Fact: I am not great with my money).
Please feel free to reach out to me if you have thoughts on the EP or any questions on how self-publishing process went.