'Projects II'


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Individual Song Breakdowns

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About the EP

       I began composing 'Projects II' inadvertently back in April of 2014 during the commencement of a writing streak that lasted the better part of a year. I first initiated a tune ("Time's Up") on a plane ride. Moving ahead, I wrote what'd become "Roughhouse" while on the Rockstar Mayhem Festival that summer. Then, after releasing 'Projects' in September of that same year, I woke up the next morning with the vision of a burning notebook; the beginning notes of PII came to me shortly after. This is all the inspiration that I needed, and in less than two weeks I had composed the remaining three tracks ("Time's Up" and "Roughhouse" fit in with the general aesthetic of PII and were distinguished from the other material I was writing at the time, so I decided their home would be this EP).

       I recorded the drums in March of 2015 and sent the tracks to my friend/associate Justin Bonfini for editing and (light) sample blending. I then had another buddy of mine, Patrick Campbell, create some analog synth patches to complement the synth parts I wrote for three of the tunes. It took some time, for the mental scar that 'Projects' left was deep, but I eventually convinced Adam Edgemont to come back on-board to track guitars and mix. But first: BASS! While tracking the drums for Intervals in July of 2015, I met the mighty Cameron McLellan for the first time. I was not privy to his bass performance on 'The Shape of Colour' until I heard playback with his parts on top of the drums I had tracked just moments prior. I HAD to ask this guy to play on PII. He tracked everything in January of 2016 and Adam recorded guitars shortly after. The final bits of keys and sax were handled by Gabriel Riccio and Jeff Siegfried, respectively. Once everything was mixed, I took it to Taylor Larson, another longtime pal and associate, for mastering.

Credits

 · Travis Orbin - Drum set
 · Adam Edgemont - Guitars
 · Cameron McLellan - Bass
 · Gabriel Riccio - Keyboards on 5
 · Jeff Siegfried - Saxophone on 5
 · Music composed by Travis Orbin
 · Additional guitar arrangements on 1-5 by Adam Edgemont
 · Guitar solo on 4 by Adam Edgemont
 · Additional bass guitar arrangements on 1-5 by Cameron McLellan
 · Additional keyboard arrangements on 5 by Gabriel Riccio
 · Synth Production by Patrick Campbell of Epilog Sound Studios
 · Produced by Travis Orbin
 · Drums engineered by Travis Orbin of Woodshed Studios
 · Drum editing and mixing by Justin Bonfini
 · Guitars engineered by Adam Edgemont at his home studio
 · Bass engineered by Anthony Kalabretta
 · Keyboard and saxophone engineered by Gabriel Riccio at his home studio
 · Mixed by Adam Edgemont
 · Cover art by Travis Orbin
 · Mastered by Taylor Larson of Oceanic Studios

       Thank you to my fans, friends, associates, and family; especially my parents for their support and my neighbors for putting up with all of the racket. Also, thank you to my endorsements: Pearl Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, Remo drumheads, Vic Firth drumsticks and E-Pad! Practice Pads.

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Projects II Gear List:

All songs:
· 12"/16" Reference Pure tom­-toms with Remo Vintage Emperor clear batters/Ambassador clear resonants
· 20" Reference Pure bass drum with Remo Powerstroke III coated batter/Ebony Powerstroke III ported resonant

Snares:
· "Buttery Follicles" — 7"x14" stainless steel
· "Roughhouse" & "Time's Up" — 6.5"x14" Pearl Reference brass
· "Demassify" — 4"x14" Pearl maple piccolo
· "Whaddya Want from Me?" — 6.5"x14" Pearl Sensitone Elite brass
· All snares feature Controlled Sound X heads

Cymbals (from left to right, player's perspective):
· "Buttery Follicles" — 20" K Heavy Ride, 19" K Dark Crash Thin, custom hi­hats (14" K Constantinople bottom (top) / 14" K Custom High Definition bottom (bottom)), regular 'stack' (14" A Custom EFX / 16" FX Oriental China "Trash"), 13" A Custom Mastersound Hi­Hats, 18" K Dark Crash Thin, 19" K China
· "Roughhouse" — 21" A Custom ReZo Ride, 19" A Custom Crash, 14" A Custom Mastersound Hi­Hats, regular 'stack', 13" A Custom Mastersound Hi­Hats, 17" A Custom Crash, 19" K China
· "Time's Up" — 20" K Heavy Ride, 19" A Custom Crash, 14" A Custom Mastersound Hi-Hats, 8" A Custom Splash (then, from the bridge and on: regular 'stack'), 13" A Custom Mastersound Hi­Hats, 18" A Custom Crash, 18" A Custom China
· "Demassify" — 20" K Heavy Ride, 19" K Dark Crash Thin, custom hi­hats, regular 'stack', 13" A Custom Mastersound Hi­Hats, 18" A Custom Crash, 19" K China "Whaddya Want from Me?" — 20" K Heavy Ride, 19" A Custom Crash, 14" A Custom Mastersound Hi­Hats, 8" A Custom Splash, 13" A Custom Mastersound Hi­Hats, 17" A Custom Crash, 19" K China

Sticks:
· Vic Firth SRH2/Hammers


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