Tuesday, February 25, 2014

'Steele' plans for 2014 and forward

Current situation: @#$%ing finally making progress on the second album. I've chosen 7 songs as definitely going on it, plus looking at about 5 more. I have either pretty solid base tracks or demos for 5 of the 7 definites, so I'm working on getting those for the rest of the songs now.

For the moment I'm doing all this on my iPad and iPhone using Beatmaker 2, programming the drums and a bass track in MIDI and using Ampkit+ with Inter-App Audio to put in guitar tracks. Turns out the little mic in the Apple earbud phones is good enough to sing scratch vocals into, which is pretty cool.

I figure I'll give myself a lot of lead time, because I don't have much free time these days. My thought is to release the album in early 2016, to go with the 20th anniversary (GAH!!) of the first album release in Japan. So, about 2 years. If I get it done sooner, maybe I'll put it out sooner.

I'm thinking about how to share the progress as I go, in case anyone's interested. Probably post some tracks on Soundcloud, might try to document it on video on YouTube. Will let you know! Stay tuned, thanks for your patience. -J

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Promo from 1996

Had so much fun on the Metal Madman show last night! Thanks to everyone for hanging out!

Here's a bit o' 'Steele' history: this is the tip-in promo sheet from Alfa/Brunette Records that was placed inside Japanese rock magazines like Burrrn! and Rockin' F, announcing the release of the 'Steele' CD in Japan.

Steve and I back in the day! Photo by the always fantastic Ron Akiyama.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

'Steele" CD Showcase TODAY!

Hey there Steele peoples! Today Steve and I will be appearing in the chat room at The Metal Madman Radio Show! It runs 7-10pm Eastern Time.

Rockin DJ John Madman will be playing the entire disc, including the never-heard-before bonus tracks - my original 4-Track demos that started 'Steele' on our way in the biz. We're also giving away 2 copies of the disc, so you might get lucky!

Sorry I haven't been blogging here lately, been pretty busy. Most of the 'Steele' action is happening at the Facebook page, but I'll do my best to keep this updated too. So much to do!

Hope to see you in the chat room tonight... rock on!

Monday, February 21, 2011

New CD Cover Art!

Here's the front cover art for the CD re-boot being released on Z Records on May 3!

It's kind of a handy thing to be a professional illustrator when I need to come up with new album art. I get to do it myself! :)I'll probably be working on it a bit more between now and release but it won't change too much. Perhaps some contrast changes, and I'll definitely be putting some more stuff in the background. This image will actually wrap around to the back where I'll be doing something else fun.

Hope you like it!

Monday, February 07, 2011

STEELE Rides Again!

Here's the hot news: WE'RE PUTTIN' TH' BAND BACK TOGETHER! (Basically.)


Yep, it's official. We're re-releasing the ultra-rare "STEELE" disc worldwide on England's Z Records!

We're re-titling it Tricks Up My Sleeve, doing some sonic remastering and adding a couple of bonus tracks, yet to be determined.

If you like '80s hard rock, I think you'll find this disc worthy. :D