Welcome to THE BOILER ROOM, the virtual music vault where you can get your hands on all of Baron Zero: final tracks, originals, demos at various stages of completion, killer remixes, raw ideas, live recordings and cover versions, everything is here.
Grab it while you can, share it as you see fit, praise it or forget it. You have been warned !
PS: one word on the name before you rush to the music. The BOILER ROOM is named as a tribute to my previous home-recording studio in Singapore, where things could get quite hot sometime (and I'm not only talking about some seriously funky basslines).
And of course this particular BOILER ROOM was itself the echo of another one, where I spent the longest night of my life (if you don't already know more about this particular episode in my life, you can find more somewhere in this blog).
The day is November 26, 2008 and I'm sitting in the Taj Mahal hotel as the terror attack which would claim the lives of 164 people is about to begin. As the first gunshots explode a few meters away, I start running in the opposite direction. Only to find myself injured and quickly unable to walk anymore.
Hopping on one leg, I manage to find a place to hide from the shootings. As I remain there the whole night, unaware that a few floors above parts of the hotel are already in flames, I can only think of 2 things: that my 2 year old son will never have memories of his father and that no one will ever hear the songs I have kept in me for so long.
In the early morning, as I finally find my way out of the smoking building into the light of another day, l promise myself these steps will be the first ones towards something different. In many ways recovering from the operation on my leg is the easiest part. This night has planted a seed inside my soul that nothing can root out, forcing me to face the dreams I let slip away long ago. What if the life I have built for myself stood in the way of these dreams ?
Reinvention has been a long time coming, marked by the adoption of a little Indian baby, a move back to Europe and several jobs. And weighted down by more breakdowns and relapses than I care to remember. But the songs are finally here to be heard. Full of a devil may care attitude which cannot quite conceal the fact that something is broken deep inside, the cracks and the scars which we all share.
And knowing full well that since we all have to go down someday, we might as well go down in style.
Thanks for deciding to part with some of your hard earned cash and buy some of BARON ZERO's music. You certainly earned yourself tons of good karma for this life and the next !
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Call it the wonders of the digital age ! Today I had the opportunity to spend 30 minutes on Skype talking to world class producer from LA; no name at that stage but suffice to say that he developed and produced a band which went on to sell more than 60 million albums worldwide and played a key role in inventing nu metal along the way.
Although the conversation was (too) short, he gave me unvaluable insight on my songs but also inspirations as to which musical directions I could be taking in the future. And he also pretty much invited me to come to LA next January to work with him on a few songs.
Which got me to think seriously about what is the price I'd be ready to put on my dreams.
Flying to LA and producing these tracks would probably cost me at least 30,000 $ for recording (including studio time and musicians) and mixing. Quite a lot of money especially when you don't really have it.
But also quite cheap for having a shot at your dreams. And let's be honnest, going into a LA studio to record some of my songs and having the chance to work with an A-list producer would go down as one of the highlights of my life ... whatever happens afterwards.
I guess you can say it is time to put the money where my mouth is. But I might have to sell the car first !
As an "ex-future markeeter", I often tend to take a few things for granted.
Like what is a brand, why does it matter and what it means for band.
Here is a simple but accurate reminder which could be used in marketing schools.
A few years ago I happened to be in Manilla ahead of a concert by BOYCE AVENUE. I was taken aback to see the amount of frenzy their venue generated with Philippinos.
These guys started by doing covers of other artists on YouTube (they even covered every song of the new Coldplay album before it was on sales - meaning they came on top of the YouTube search everytime someone was looking for it) and have now reached a few mind blowing landmarks including becaming the third ever artist to reach one billion views on YouTube and selling over 5 million digital song downloads !
Here's their cover of TRACY CHAPMAN's "Fast Car" featuring Kina Grannis.
After working flat out for a couple of days, I have finally nailed down the guitars solo for BARON ZERO's latest track "Firebird".
And to celebrate, here Mr. Page himself playing the incredible solo of "Heartbreaker" at Earl's Court 1975.