Back in September of 2015 I wrote about founding Underground Aces. Our mission is to create music for the fun of it in any genre that strikes our fancy. In time for Christmas, we’ve released our second song Silent Night in what we’re calling downbeat dubstep.
In addition to Karthryn (vocals), JR (drums & keyboards), and Ana (illustrations), our family has grown to include Jason Groves in Kentucky (mixing engineer) and Sangwook “Sunny” Nam in New Hampshire (mastering engineer). Jason was recommended by my friend and amazing singer Heather Parrish and she was right: he has a great ear and is very easy to work with. I’ve previously worked with Sangwook when he was in California working with the legendary Doug Sax at the Mastering Lab and continue to be impressed by the quality of his work since he founded Jacob’s Well Mastering, his own mastering company on the other coast.
Our project continues to be a lot of fun and we’re gearing up for our next original song!
Over the course of working with this great group of people spread across America and Europe, I’ve learned a new method of writing and recording that takes the fun and combines it with efficiency from a time and financial perspective. Why do I mention this? Because Null Paradox, the interactive rock opera project I’ve been working on for the last several years, has become a bit unwieldy. There’s a lot of good with Null Paradox and we have a lot of plans for 2016 as I’ve written about earlier. But, the time and money needed to accomplish most things has become pretty high when compared to Underground Aces.
Over the Christmas holiday my intention is to reflect on why this is true and how we can incorporate the lessons learned from Underground Aces into Null Paradox.
Here’s the video for Silent Night. Merry Christmas!