I know it’s been a while since our last post, but both Dennis and I have both been sick with this whole super flu that’s been going around. As I (Alexx) write this, I am bundled up in about 6 blankets and am completely immobile. I feel bad because Dennis had to set up and film a lot of today’s video by himself as I’ve been laid up. However, tomorrow I will (sick or dead) be filming this video if it’s the last thing I do. In addition to filming the video this month, we will also be rehearsing up a storm for our next show at Viper Room (it’ll be our first show in several months as we have been busy recording and filming videos). We are excited to be playing with Aeges and Franky Perez on March 29th. You can get your tickets here! More updates soon on our progress with everything! Also, we will be adding stickers and buttons to our merch page, so stayed tuned for that as well!
Hi all! Apologies for the break in Batfarm blogging (how about that for alliteration?), but it’s actually because I’ve been writing for a plethora of other publications (I know, I’m sorry…I cheated). In addition to doing social media/marketing at GHS Strings, I’m now also covering social media for Roswell Pro Audio, and I’ve started writing for Music Connection, Guitar Girl and Bass Musician Magazine. It’s all been a super positive experience, and I’ve gotten to interview a ton of great artists (such as Mike Orlando of Adrenaline Mob, Jason Krause of Kid Rock, Justin Aufdemkampe of Miss May I, and more) and see a lot of cool shows, including Alana Davis’s at Hotel Cafe recently (be on the lookout for my review, coming soon!). As far as Batfarm is concerned, Dennis and I have been hard at work conceptualizing a video for what will be our first single, “Get Out.” Because we’re Batfarm, and we love a challenge (even if it kills us), we’re learning the Adobe Creative Suite so that we can create an animated video. We can’t say much more than that, so be patient young grasshoppers. We’re hoping to have that done in a few weeks. We’ll also be scheduling a single release show in the next month or two so that a) you can hear the new song and b) say hi to us. I know, we’ve been holed up too much in the studio, and we miss all you guys. Til then, keep checking back! We will also have some new merch up on our store in a few days! Rock on!
This year’s NAMM was an extraordinarily fun and productive one. It also marks my (Alexx) 1 year anniversary with GHS Strings as their social media/marketing manager. As always, it was great fun catching up with old friends, making new ones, and of course scoping out all the new gear the show has to offer (whenever I had a free minute of course. Who am I kidding? I really didn’t see much of anything aside from the GHS booth). In particular, I was very impressed by Lace Pickups, who I was introduced by Brian Klemm of Suburban Legends. I am hoping to finagle one of their glitter-gold glam pickups for my glitter-gold Airline guitar because it’s (duh) a match made in heaven, so cross your fingers that my powers of persuasion will work on them. We also had some great demos at the GHS booth from Doyle Dykes, Stu Hamm, Tengger Cavalry, Johnny Zostant and Rob Leines, and I had a blast hanging with my good friends Dan Corey, Dan Hegarty, Anabel Dflux, and Calling Kings (who we’ve played a number of shows with) at the Schecter Party on NAMM Saturday, which featured performances by Silvertomb (included members from Type O Negative and Agnostic Front) and Ice-T’s Body Count (I had no idea he had a thrash metal band–f’n awesome!). Dennis and I did the usual Hilton hangs a majority of the nights, and even caught some of our buddies in Love and a .38 play (we played with them for their EP release party last year). Side note: It’s completely irrelevant, but my hotel was absolutely bitchin’, and had a king-sized bed, and a very ostentatious bunk bed. Anabel, our Batfarm photographer was my roomie for the show, and like the good friend that I am, I took the bed.
We’re excited to announce that we will be doing yet another photo shoot with our absolute favorite photographer, Anabel Dflux in the next few days. Anabel has been Batfarm’s resident photog of sorts, and nearly every live or promotional photo that we’ve ever posted has been snapped at one point or another by Anabel. I actually interviewed her a little while ago about her experience for GHS Strings’s website. It’s a great article for aspiring photographers, especially if you’re really interested in concert photography particularly. Definitely check it out, and also be sure to stay tuned for new photos!
Well, “Get Out” is FINALLY finished (or at least we hope. We said that last time, haha). I re-tracked all the original vocals and harmonies we had on there, and added some more sass. We also brought in my good buddy, Rob Johnson, who I work with in Sensitive Robot to track some lower harmonies since poor Dennis was sick and had laryngitis. Rob killed it as always; he’s a harmony machine!
This weekend, we’ll be heading back to the studio to mix and hopefully put this song to bed. After that’s done, we’ll get the promo machine rolling so we can release this bad boy in February! We think you all will really dig it! If not, well…you can “get out”. Wocka, wocka!
Happy New Year everyone! We started off our 2019 at our favorite place, Ultimate Studios (where I happen to be right at this moment, because where else would I be?) Dennis recorded drums here last night, and I’m about to hop in the vocal booth in a minute. We’re completely re-recording our song, “Get Out” because Dennis, Charlie and I are perfectionists and gluttons for punishment, ha ha. In all seriousness though, we never want to let anything out of the gate unless we’re 100 percent sold on it, and we just weren’t getting what we wanted with the last version. All good though! We’re going to make it killer and bat-tastic as always. After vocals, I may be re-tracking some outro guitars because I have a crazy awesome Rocker 32 amp from Orange on loan, and I may just want to take it for a spin. Who knows?! We’ll keep you guys updated throughout the week on the progress of “Get Out”. Hope you’re all recovering nicely from your NYE hangovers. Rock on.
Dennis and I were just saying to each other how busy this past December was. If you happen to reside in LA, then you know that the industry pretty much closes up shop until the first week of January. Well, not for Batfarm! The Christmas song and video pretty much consumed our lives for the entirety of December, but it was also an incredible experience that showed us that we can do just about anything we set our minds to. For two people who know very little about videography and set building, I think we did a pretty damn good job if I may say so myself. In addition to that, we also flew in our friend, Keith Brinkley to do some bass on several tracks. Rock ‘n’ roll doesn’t take a holiday, people! Hope you all had a Merry Christmas!
Well, it took us nearly 3 weeks to record the song and shoot the video, but it’s finally here! “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas is now officially available on iTunes and all other online media platforms, and the video is now on Youtube! There’s laughs, action, drama…and even some Christmas magic! If you want to see a Christmas set that would make Bing Crosby proud, then you need to check out the video now! Also, be sure to have yourself a Merry Little Christmas (wah wah)!
This week, we flew our longtime friend, Keith Brinkley in from San Jose to track bass on 3 of our new songs. Keith is a total badass and played in a number of bands with Dennis when he lived in the Bay area. As expected, Keith absolutely crushed it and provided some much needed low end awesomeness to our new tunes “Sorry, Not Sorry”, “Can’t Get it Right”, and “End Transmission”.
In addition to that, we filmed our music video for “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”. It’s been a very interesting learning process to say the very least. Dennis and I just purchased a Panasonic GH5 camera and some Litebox soft boxes, and we filmed, lighted, acted in and edited the video entirely by ourselves (actually, I lied. Charlie Waymire, helped a ton with the editing too, and showed us how to do color correction. He’s super talented and we hate him). We’re trying to be 100 percent self-sufficient /self contained in this day and age of DIY, because we’re tired of paying for things to be done wrong, and frankly…we’re poor. How do you think we stay so thin?
The most fun, aside from the recording process of course, was building our Christmas set. We painted Dennis’s entire living room, decorated the set with Christmas stuff, and completely constructed a badass fireplace from scratch using a cardboard box, paint, parchment paper and Christmas lights. Thank you Youtube! At the end of the day, we probably could have purchased an actual working fireplace with the amount of time, money and effort we put into building that damn thing, but hey…we’re richer in experience. All I know is that shit is staying up year round now. Anyhow, we can’t wait for you guys to see it; it was way too much fun to do!
The holidays are here, and Batfarm are doing what we do best: working! We’re excited to announce that we have completed our version of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”. We went more for a classic approach (inspired more by the original Meet Me in St. Louis “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” versus any of the other “not as cool” versions). As per usual, we recorded part of the tune at Batfarm Studios (a.k.a. Dennis’s bedroom), and then we tracked vocals at Ultimate Studios with Charlie Waymire. We think Judy Garland would be proud.
Up next on the agenda is filming a Batfarm Christmas music video to accompany the song, and it will pay homage to the cheesy 60’s/70’s Christmas specials of yore. We are slowly but surely beefing up our arts and crafts kit and keeping Joann’s Fabrics afloat with all of our ridiculous set building and shenanigans.