More Metal in 2017 and Reflecting on 2016

Here we are in the beginning of 2017, a time when we make goals for the new year. It’s also a time of reflecting back on 2016, admiring our successes while assessing things we could have done better.

On that note, I want to share my 2017 goals with you, both musically and some personal. I’m writing this out to hold myself accountable to you, and also encourage you to write down the things you want to accomplish this new year.

Metal Music Goals for 2017

I have a few music projects in mind for this year. One of which I’ve been working on for a while and hope to release early in 2017.

  • Heavy Metal Workout II will be my 3rd studio album and I hope to release this by March. I’ve got most of the album recorded and putting the finishing touches on it. This album will be branded a little better than my prior two albums. In fact, I had to logo created about a month ago.
  • I plan to release a single track by mid-2017. This will be my first release with vocals, and will be in the melodic metal genre.
  • I will be working diligently on a concept album throughout this year. I don’t want to commit to having this completed by the end of 2017 though. I have some songs written for it (which those will be re-recorded completely with new tunings, amps and such). I will be hiring a real drummer and will more than likely go to a professional studio to record the vocal tracks. I can do the guitars and bass in my home studio. I can’t release the name of the album quite yet as I am in the process of copywriting the name. More to come on this.

Life Goals for 2017

Music isn’t the only item on my plate for this new year. There’s a few other goals I have.

  • Become fluent in Thai language. I’ve been studying Thai seriously for a little over a year now. I’m also learning to read and write Thai. I plan to dig deeper this year, beyond the mere basics. With that, I will be more ingrained in the overall Thai culture.
  • Get leaner while maintaining my current muscle size and strength. Most of you know one of my passions in weight training. This has been the foundation of my life since my mid-teens. Of course my album Heavy Metal Workout probably gave that a way.
  • Travel to a place I’ve never been. It’s only been since my late 30’s that I started traveling beyond the southern states (I’m 41 now). There’s so much to see out there and I have the itch. We’re thinking of Lake Tahoe the first part of the year, and towards next Christmas, New York City (oddly enough, I’ve only driven through NYC but have never stayed there). And I have had the greatest times traveling with my love and my best friend! 
  • Read more. History, culture, books on internet marketing, autobiographies (especially those of musicians).
  • Learn more about marketing and branding. This is essential and necessary for small-time recording artists such as myself. The days of trying to land a major record deal are gone. I have to be a musician and business owner!
  • I plan to learn more about brewing beer as I’d like to have my own someday.

Reflecting Back on 2016

Now let’s take a quick peek  at 2016. Looking back, it was a pretty decent year for music releases.

  • Heavy Metal Workout – In February of 2016, I released my 2nd studio album Heavy Metal Workout. This is the first in what may be a series of heavy metal workout music (as I mentioned earlier, I’m working on HMW II now).
  • Christmas Presence – I released my first single track in November of 2016. Christmas Presence is in the Christmas rock and metal genre.
  • I was granted the opportunity to play a live guitar solo at Coppertail Brewing in Tampa late in the year. This was for a charity benefit sponsored by Replay Guitar Exchange.
  • I got to meet Chris Broderick (Act of Defiance, formerly with Megadeth, Jag Panzer) last year as well, at an event held at Replay Guitar Exchange.

Now I have to take a step back and look at things I could have done differently. Like many guitar players, I’m guilty at spending way too much time going back and forth with gear and guitar tones (this will only make sense to other guitar players). I should’ve spent more time writing and recording new music!

Many of us could sit here for hours looking at things we could have changed or done differently. But there’s no point in beating ourselves up about the past. We learn, and move forward. And at some point, you have to say good enough is perfection.

I hope you had an awesome New Years and Christmas! Now let’s conquer 2017 together!

Keep it Metal,



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