It’s no secret that 2020 threw one of the worst possible curve balls the music industry ever had. Hell, it was the worst curve ball most industries have had in a good, long while. Priorities shifted, gaping holes in things like health care and empathy were revealed and we all spent many an hour complaining about life and the state of the world. Throughout all this, though, I never once complained about Omicron. My musical brothers are my blessing and I know why I get up in the morning: to make some fucking awesome music.
Scenarios like 2020 are scary. All the bad stuff comes out. You get angry, frustrated, lonely. When, like me, you’re working from home and going outside sucks anyway, you rapidly see your beloved four walls approaching at breakneck speed. Having an outlet like music is a saviour, though I’m not all that fond of the surrounding process. Particularly the existential crises at 2AM when your significant other is not at home and you’re not quite sure what the point of it all is and tons of lyrics are written because you just can’t do anything else… I swear I’ll tell you that story some other time. Point is, as a vocalist, making music, I get through stuff. And in Philippe, Fokke and Ignace I have found the perfect partners in crime.
End of last year, we got to do a cool thing together. Well, separately, but still together. We recorded our very first song, working with a guy who has a lot of experience with that sort of thing. We are stoked to release this bad boy, but of course, life gets in the way. So right now, Revelations of Man is in limbo between mix and mastering. We’ll get there, even if our patience is a little thin because we haven’t even been in the same room together since March of last year. Trust the process, right? This thing is going to make people aware of our existence. In a good or a bad way, well, we’ll find out. But we’ll be out there and that’s all that matters. As Philippe likes to say: “Omicron is rising”, and I don’t believe something as small as a world-wide pandemic is going to stop that from happening.
That’s all well and good, you say, but what are you doing right now? Well, we’re about five songs into our future EP. We try to “rehearse” in pairs, making sure to wait an appropriate amount of time between sessions. We take the time to have video chats. Even if it’s about nothing at all, it’s good to see everyone’s faces. More of that “getting through stuff”. Once our song is mastered, we’ll release it for your auditory pleasure. Maybe create a video clip if we can find a safe way to do that. In the meantime, we’ll work on that EP thing some more. Maybe record that early summer? It’s ambitious, but it keeps us from slacking off and that’s never a bad thing. Fight to do what you love, and all that.
Anyway, long story short: we’re not waiting for this thing to end. We’re working around it, and working hard. You haven’t seen the last of us yet.
We’ll talk again soon.