Look this way!

Still hard at work on releasing singles. Today I released the third in this series. This song is a new one “Look This Way” and the “B” side is a reworking of “Tell Me”, which was released in January of 2014 as part of my original song-a-day project. It felt a lot like these two songs belonged together. I like the way they turned out. So, check em out!

Onward and upward I go. On to the next release.

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There is no truth, there is only love…

Six years ago today, I released my very first album. It was a culmination of all my experiences to that date. I felt the need to put my life on hold to record these songs that, in some cases, had been kicking around in my head since childhood. I was helped by my former bandmates and good friends. I worked feverishly. I sacrificed a lot of sanity and life to make this real. In the end, I loved that I could make it happen, but it was just the first step into a larger world of music for me.

What I started six years ago continues to this day. Those first twelve songs kicked off my life of songwriting. 800+ songs later, I am still writing and recording. I’m on my way to 1000. But I like to take a look back every once in a while.

So, when I realized the anniversary of my first album was coming up, I decided to revisit it. I pulled out the original tracks and remixed and mastered the entire album. After recording so many songs since this album came out, the primitive way I recorded a lot of this stuck out to me. I still feel that this album should be a proud moment for me. So, I cleaned it up a bit, but tried to preserve it as much as possible.

So, without further explanation or excuses, here’s the album.

In The Heart Of The Sun by Somnistatic

There is no truth, there is only love…

Every step gets me closer…

Hello hello hello again.

I’ve been working at getting my whole discography uploaded to everywhere music is a thing. At the same time, I’ve decided that some of my favorite songs from my projects should get a spotlight. So, I’m releasing “singles” online with a “b”side song to go with it. My first one was “(I Just Want To) Make You Smile” heard here:

It was paired with a brand new song called “Sorry To Know”. This is the path I’m on for the foreseeable future. The next one to come out will be my song “Every Step”. Way back in 2014 I wrote that as part of my 365 Song Project. I ended up changing some of the sounds and re-recording a lot of the parts for it. It also has a “B” side. Something a bit more punk inspired.

The next single should be out in a few days! Keep your eyes peeled!

I hope you all like it and keep following along. There’s much more to come!

Matt

Every step

The Sun is Shining…

Well, I’ve been hard at work. Several irons in the fire, so to speak. I’m ramping up to release my first single in a few days. I bounce back and forth between wanting to just use my own name vs. the band name I’ve used on and off for over a decade. This time around, I’ve decided to go with the band name. “Somnistatic” it is! This single (actually a double because there’s a “B” side) was originally part of my 366 song project. The track showed some serious promise, but as is the nature of that project, it suffered from the lack of available time to do it justice. So, now it’s reworked, revamped and remixed and it deserves it’s own release. So, I’m pretty happy with how it turned out and I’m excited to see it’s release!

I hope you enjoy it!

Matt

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Long time, no post…

It’s been quite a while since my last post. I have to get back to posting more.

Since my last post, I’ve done quite a few things, although I haven’t accomplished the goals I set at the beginning of the year. Here’s what’s happened so far:

800 Days: 

I put out a 6 song E.P. called 800 Days. It put my total released songs up to 800 songs now. It turned out pretty good! Check it out here:

Dying Days:

This album has stalled basically. I still need to find a way to get the money together to get it made. The album is finished, but I’d need to get roughly $2000 to release it physically. That may be doable soon, but, it’s on hold for now.

T-Shirts! Coffee cups! Ect!

I launched an online merch store for t-shirts and bathmats and whatnots. I’m working on more and more designs. You can check it out here if you’re interested:

https://somnistatic.threadless.com/

Live shows:

Well, I haven’t performed live as much as I would like. But I did do some livestreams on YouTube and I played at ZuZu’s again. That was a really fun show! I hope to get some bookings in the near future. I’ve been emailing and emailing and searching and searching for gigs. Something will turn up.

31 Days of Beatles:

One project I did this year was really fun for me. I covered a different Beatles song every day of July this year. It turned out pretty good and I got a lot of good response. You can check that out here:

Current events:

I’m currently working on getting my discography on spotify and itunes and all those other hives of scum and villainy. It’s a slow process though. Uploading and tagging hundreds of songs takes time. But, it’s happening!

I’m working on trying to get song placements and licensing. I’ve written and recorded a bunch of new songs/instrumentals trying to get them placed. Other than that, I’m working on an E.P. of new songs. It should be a nice bookend to the summer.

So, to sum up, I haven’t accomplished most of what I set out to do this year, but I’ve got a lot of great things to show for my efforts this year. I’m still working hard. That’s all I can do for sure. I’m gonna keep rolling along. I feel like I’m building up steam. So, I’ve got that going for me, which is nice.

Tata till next time!

Matt

New Year, New Goals…

Well, 2017 is upon us. After a (well deserved, in my opinion) break from making music, I’m jumping back into it.

I’m looking at releasing two albums this year, one (the first) will be an album taken from my 366 Song Project, but re-recorded and professionally finished. It will be called “Dying Days” and will be released on Vinyl, CD, Digital and streaming. It will be available on all the major outlets for purchase. The next step is for me to raise the cash to get it produced. So, I’ll be starting a GoFundMe campaign to get it done. There will be some fun perks in exchange for support. I’ve lined up a two-time Grammy award winning engineer to mix the album for me. It will sound amazing!

The second album (probably released around autumn) will be called “High Tide”. I don’t have anything lined up for that one though. So, we’ll see how the first album turns out.

The other goal I have for 2017 is to start playing live shows again. I’m going to get out and play again and really rock it out. In addition to playing venues, I’ll be doing “virtual concerts” periodically throughout the year on YouTube. I hope ya’ll can catch the shows!

As an addendum, I’ve tallied up the total number of songs I’ve written and released, the total is 794… just 6 songs short of an even 800. That doesn’t sit right with me. So, in the next few weeks, I’m going to record a 6 song EP and release it so I can ease my mild OCD… but then again, that puts me a mere 200 songs away from an even 1000. I’ll tackle that at some point too, I’m sure.

Anyway, Happy New Year everyone! And stay in touch…

Matt

The good times never end… Song 366!

Well, the year is over. I successfully completed my 366 Song Project! It seems like a lifetime ago since I started, but it feels good to accomplish something of value. I feel good going into 2017. I’m going to release two albums and try to perform live as much as possible. Hell, I may even put a band together. The sky’s the limit… until I perfect the warp drive… then there is no limit. Happy 2017 to ya’ll! See ya next year!

Song 366: “Good Times”

Where do you go when you’ve worn out your welcome
How does it feel to be unknown
I’m sure I wouldn’t know

The good times never end

Why should I wonder out loud
Why should the wind carry my voice
I’m sure no one’s listening

Sometimes it feels like I’m dying
Other days the good times never end
At least I can pretend

The good times never end

Why should I care if I’m falling
The wind feels good on my face
I’m sure I’ll be caught soon

Sometimes it feels like I’m dying
Other days the good times never end
At least I can pretend

Be glad you’re here
Count the seconds down
Be thankful that you made it out alive

Sometimes it feels like I’m dying
Other days the good times never end
At least I can pretend

The good times never end

credits

from December – 2016, track released December 31, 2016
Written, recorded and performed by Matthew Sams