J. Marsden

Mini West Coast Tour

 

In early July I'll be heading to Seattle and Eugene to play some shows, and visit some family.  Really it's for a family reunion, but I figured I'd take some extra time to fly into Seattle, see some friends and family, play a few shows, and then head down to Eugene where I'll play some private shows and one long public event!  Dates are on my calendar and will be updated as I get all of the info set in stone.  I juuuuuusssst set up the whole thing, so the final details are still in flux.  However, all the booking is done, I have flights, and I'm preparing my guitar rig to be able to fly with me.  I'm beyond excited for this as It's the first time I've not only flow for a gig, but also traveled anywhere besides the midwest to play a show!!  I'll be returning home on July 14th and will be playing a coming home/end of tour gig at Bos Meadery on July 15th.

Getting everything together took a bit of time and work, and a lot of getting turned down.  Fortunately I'm only working part time until next week, so I had the extra time to put into this project.  I also am very fortunate to get my booking e-mails out just in time to get the last few gigs I could.  I thought 3 months out would be ok, but most places were looking for 4-5, plus I've never been to town, so it was hard to find a place without a solid line up, and I didn't hear back from too many area musicians about playing with me.  However after enough persistence I found a Seattle Songwriter group, and was offered help from a friend of a friend in a cool local band.  I swear, it's always, always important to meet new people and network, it generally pays off in the long run!  

Now I just want to get a new song written and prepare a kick ass set for the tour... 

 

I'm Back

 

Well, after a whirlwind of moving to Michigan for a job and relationship in November last year, and struggling to make it all work, I have recently landed back in Wisconsin....  The last half of this year has been nuts since putting out Gravity, getting a new job, and planning/executing the move, and then everything else after that...  I'm now just getting settled and back into the swing of things. 

One of my goals this year is to share more of my journey and personal story through this blog, and now that i've started to figure everything out after this mess, I intend to start delivering.  Much of my personal life ends up making it into my music, however this will be a direct way for you to connect with my day to day life and weird shit that ends up happening to me, both good and bad.

Let's keep it real 2018, much more to come soon...

 

Indiegogo Thank You!

 

At the beginning of June, thanks to around 50 backers, I was able to meet my goal of $3000 to finish "Gravity"!  I've been busy at work ever since and after two long years I have finally finished the album!!  About two weeks ago I had the CD pressed and have been slowly but surely getting copies out to my all of the backers prior to the CD release as promised.  

I can't express how thankful I am and how amazing it is to have such support from my fans, friends, and family.  THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!  The full realization of this success hasn't really sunk in yet, and is starting to show itself as I'm able to personally hand out CD's and tell people how grateful I truly am.  The feedback on the album so far has been incredible, and I can't wait to officially release it to the public on 8/24/17 at the Frequency!  

Here are the amazing people that made a dream of mine possible.  Without you this project wouldn't have happened and you deserve major credit!

Chelsea Roque, Joe Loetscher, Cam Shimniok, Roy Marsden, Judy Baker, Dave and Val Simpson, Karen Wheelock, Jeremiah Marsden, Patricia Worick, Justin Swenson, Kathryn Kyker, Sarah Fisher, Shane McNamara, Matt Lowrey, Mark Furst, Sam Myers, Eric Stover, Woody Shelton, Caleb Hopwood, Martin Vire, Ralph Bowden, Jim Roof, Will Steven, Becca Bowden, Brian Zimmerman, Stephanie Miller-Lamb, Rob Zibell, Jen German, Cathy Baker, Gretchen Haraldson, Kim Freeman, Hannah and Max Liptack, Brian Hatfield, Gisela Alt, Joe Yaeger, Travis Mancl, Mark Fairchild, Bill Whitford, Dan Grimes, Sierra Marx, Chandon Kunz, Al Bagwell, Mike Conners, Michelle Braun, Dick Bauhs, Paul Gilbertson, Zach Short, Kayla Driscoll, and Robin Wahle.

 

 

 

"Gravity" CD Release Party!

J. Marsden at Sosonic's Listening Room w/ Julia McConahay!

J. Marsden's Big Wide Country Acoustic Roundup

Vocal Recording!!!

 

Today I've finished up all of the vocal recording and I'm confident that I've recorded some of my best work yet!  I seriously can't wait to put this album out, but we still have a bit of work left.  Here's what's next:

-Misc. Percussion Recording

-Misc. Synth Recording during mixing to fill out the sound and give more production value

-Interlude Soundscapes (oh yes, I'll be submerging the listener with some audio imagery!)

-Vocal Harmonies (We'll probably fill out some parts to make them more epic, but have to get to that in production!)

-Mixing (this should take about a month or so and should be done by mid June)

-Mastering (this should only take a week or two and should be done before July!)

-Album Artwork (this is in the works right now)

-Duplication and Merchandise

-Distribution and Indiegogo order fulfillment

-CD Release prep and party!!  (shooting for Aug. 24th!)

 

 

Indiegogo Campaign to Fund "Gravity"

 

The day is here, take a look for yourself!

 

Bass Tracking

 

Oh yeah!  I'm getting on a roll with this album now!  I've also decided on an album title...  it shall be named "Gravity"!  So, over the last week Jared and I have gone through and edited all of the drums and today we're finishing up the Bass recording.  I was fortunate to borrow a very nice American Jazz Bass and it's sounding amazing!  Tomorrow we'll begin vocals and should be finishing up by the end of the month...  This is the final week before I launch the Indiegogo campaign, things are getting exciting!!

 

Drum Tracking!

 

Alright, so I'm back on track with recording my new album!  I just went to Audio for the Arts with my drummer/engineer, Jared Norton, and today we finished up tracking the drums!  We've got a great overall room sound with some totally solid takes thanks to Jared's hard work.  We had spent the last month and a half reviewing the songs and collaboratively working on the drum parts and it finally came to fruition yesterday and today!  Up next will be bass guitar and then vocals, all the while I'll be working on putting together a crowdfunding campaign through Indiegogo, so stay tuned as this month is packed full of work!