I believe that every true artist has his or her own touch that will transcend style, genres, and textures altogether. If you gave every artist the same tool set, I think they would each come up with something unique.
Please is my attempt at using the tools I have available to me to create my own style of pop music. This isn't to say that it sounds like the pop music most of the world is listening to, it just means I'm trying to make my style clean, short, punchy - in a word, accessible.
For Please I bring in genres I am comfortable with and try and mix them with what I am doing, but most of the album is just me sitting down, writing songs and trying to keep the main goal of the album in mind.
People who have heard Tape will recognize my personality being present in my music, and new listeners - I hope - will find it a pleasant surprise. However, with Tape and my work with Zach Johnston as We Will Build under my belt, I am more comfortable with my voice and my ability to sing (or the lack thereof). This means both my voice and the lyrics themselves are more naked. Remember, pop is in mind. I don't use as many metaphors and - for the most part - I mean exactly what I say. I would like to have everyone able to understand most of my lyrics. This is why they are simple.
All and all I think Please is my most solid album to date. The four months I spent writing, recording, and producing it have been some of the most musically invigorating in my life. It is a very personal album to me and I hope you can relate to parts of it and at least enjoy the rest. I will continue to write music as I try and build a satisfying life I can be proud of. It gives my restless soul peace.
released April 28, 2007
Please is dedicated to Zach Johnston, my best friend and We Will Build partner. Zach (Shiz) not only shares my vision of a purposeful life and gives me the most constructive feedback I could ask for, but he also shares his drive with me when I run out. When I'm not kicking my own ass, Shiz is. It's safe to say that if it weren't for him I wouldn't be living half of my life. Thanks pal.
I'd also like to thank Alex Schenck for making the monotonous day-to-day things bearable, Estee Schwartz for revitalizing my creativity and making me feel warm, Michelle Vita-Sipe for being my forever-friend and keeping me somewhat stable, and Laurie Kody for believing in me and wanting to help me save the world.
There are some people that gave me a lot of support without realizing it. James atXepher.net
gave me free hosting with unlimited space and bandwidth back when I was still in the 11th grade. Without this outlet, my music never would have been heard by anyone and I wouldn't have had the feedback I did that kept me going all these years. Xepher shares my belief that one of the purposes of the internet is to support free art and free information, and he has done more in that vein than he will ever realize. Conor and Nathaniel at I Guess I'm Floating wrote an article (this one) that made me believe that other people also might someday think I make great music. I have a fire in me that gives me drive, but that can only take a man so far. When complete strangers that write about music all the time call your work "amazing", it keeps you going when you give up on yourself.
Also, Freesound is an online Creative Commons released sample library that provided me with some bird sound effects for The Glory Of Green and a few snippets here and there. I mean to make more use of this vast resource in the future. Xepher, Freesound, and Creative Commons are projects with a purpose I can support, and I'd like to thank all of them and for helping to bring free shareable art to the new world.
Lastly, my family has raised me to be the man I am and still lets me use their out of tune piano. We are all pure of heart.
Thanks for listening, and I hope you enjoy listening to Please as much as I enjoyed making it.
Your biggest fan,