Making a Solo Record Blog pt. 6: It's Harder to Decide the Tracklist Than I Expected

in music •  last year

This week marks the first time that my album can be heard from start to finish. All of the tracks are bounced out as .mp3s, so now I can just replace the files as I make additional mix updates.


Notes. On the bottom half of the page, I scribbled out my first tracklist ideas.

I thought I would easily choose the order of the songs. The beginning and ending song are set in stone, I’ve known that for a while - but the 7-8 tracks in the middle are up for debate, and I’ve got a pool of 12 songs to pick from.

With my other projects, the tracklist has never been hard to figure out. But I think that has a lot to do with the fact that those bands were 2-3 member rock outfits, so the instrumentation and tone (and even dynamics) were largely uniform across the records.


It was easy to come up with the tracklist for this one.

With this album, there’s a lot of variety in style and tone, even though it all ties together into one general sound. The tracklist is much trickier as a result. I’m not really sure how to arrange it…

My plan is to try to listen to a different track order every day or two until I start to figure out the right flow. Then I’ll go back and make all the final tweaks, do the final mixes and masters, and then hopefully should be ready to upload it to digital distribution by early August.

I need at least a month of lead time to make sure all of the major services (Spotify, iTunes, etc) will have the record available on release day. This is super important for promotional purposes, since I need to coordinate blog features around that same time.

This is so exciting! The record feels more real than ever. Only about three months to go before this thing is out in the world.

:-)

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If I can offer a suggestion. Songs 1,3 and 5 should be your strongest, upbeat "hit" songs, then something more chilled at 2 and 4. Then the best of the rest till the finale. Might not end up that way but it will give you a good flow to the album, or at least a starting point

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That's funny cuz that's similar to what I've been thinking! Trying to alternate the hard hitting ones with chill ones. Thank you for the advice, I'll give this a shot with my next tracklist iteration.

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No problem, good luck with the final mixes. Look forward to hearing the complete album.

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All good.

I can only wish you good luck, looking forward to hear what you've been up to. :)

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Thanks so much @greengroove, it's always great to hear from you :-)

Really love that watching machine art. Resteemed brother!

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Thanks so much Andy! I forgot the name of the guy who made that... our bassist's friend, he makes really awesome stuff.

Hey, Matt, I hope that all works out the way you want it to!
I still have the A-side to The Court of Love to finish this year but happy the b-side 4-songs about God is finished......In 30 years a robot named Gnosnoos is going to make it quite popular in the A.I. community....I'm too old with too bad an attitude to give a fuck about selling it though.......
Hey, read the Russians back in the day, too! Moral dilemmas in a Godless universe.........
Keep up the great work!

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Thanks andrew, good luck with finishing your record too! it's a huge journey every time.

Producing music is literally a million small decisions, at least you're almost at the last one. Congrats and I can't wait to hear it!

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you are so right, it's just decision after decision after decision. it never ends!! thank you.

Are you going to post it on steemit? Congrats on almost being done, I love the cover art <3

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Oh of course, I'm really hoping that Steemit Songs will be available for minnows like myself by the time September rolls around. Whatever happens, I'll find a way to make it available for everybody here. Thanks!

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Is steemit songs a service where you can offer your music for download? I think I've heard of it but there's so much action around here!

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Yeah it's launching soon with three artists and then will be made available to more people as it gets developed. @steemsongs is the official account

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Coll thank you, I'm going to read up on this!