NEWS & UPDATES
DECEMBER 31, 2015 - HAPPY NEW YEAR AND A FIRST LOOK AT 2016
First of all, I wish you all a happy, epic beyond reason new year. Let us hope for less pain, more fun in 2016. This year will be a very busy one for me in means of producing art and stuff.
So, let's see...
- If all goes well, you will be hearing Maegi's Tales From the King's Court this year after a three year (by the time it is out) production journey.
- Shadows Bear No Names will come out in February. The ISBN registration, etc, is already complete. I am working on the final marketing and publication details.
- The second book to follow Shadows Bear No Names, Balance of Power will be out this year as well. My plan is to release it in summer as writing is now my main profession. Yes, I quit my job. Crazy, right? Maybe.
- I am willing to release a third book in December 2016 if all goes well.
- Me and Rod are working on re-editing and fixing the issues of Demise of Hopes, the novella of Skies Fall, and we will make it available as a free e-book later this year.
- We are starting to work on a new gaming project with a few friends. We will see what will happen.
- I will be involved in Metal Nation Radio more.
- Another idea is in the works. Cannot tell much about this at the moment as it is still on the drawing table.
Well, all in all, what is there to wish but a joyful 2016 for the whole planet.
NOVEMBER 2, 2015 - ALBUM, BOOK AND WEBSITE UPDATES
I've told you the updates will be scarce. That doesn't mean the machine isn't running at full gear though. So, let's begin!
Maegi: The recordings are 90% done. I'm halfway done with vocals and hoping to wrap it up for mix at the end of this month. Then Alp Turaç will handle the mix. In late January, the mastering will be handled. The release is a bit more tricky. I will try to find a label first and if that is not the case, then I will press the CD, which would mean a few months delay. I will let you know of developments. So far, so good! The album has 12 tracks and I am proud of the outcome so far.
Book: The search for an agency continues. My hosting company failed me big time and lost 1 month worth of emails. I have no way of recovering those back and it included agency dialogue. There is a chance that I had a step forward in one of those dialogues and it may be lost without me or the agency knowing it. I am trying to recover from that but it takes time. If things don't change, I will release the book somewhere in February. If an agency responds, then it is a different thing. Besides Shadows Bear No Names, I am working on the second book and another separate idea for the time being. The hosting company? Well, emails are safe with another service now and so will be the website. Sorry, some failures are unforgivable.
New Website: The new website design and its updates were completed in October. November is the coding month and we are hoping to publish the beta site somewhere in December. It will be a hub of everything "Oganalp", featuring all my work - music, books and other stuff. I hope you will like it.
That's all! See you next time!
AUGUST 26, 2015 - MORE UPDATES ON MAEGI, BOOK AND THE WEBSITE
Yet another update! I know the updates here are a bit scarce but it is because of the website interface that went haywire. I'm fed up with bad web interfaces and decided to re-design the website from scratch and work with a good coding team to create something completely of my own. Therefore, the website updates will be a bit rare for the time being, until we are done with the new design. Well, design is already done but the coding part will take some time. It will be good, I promise.
Maegi recordings are going on as planned. Drums, bass, rhythm and lead guitars are complete. I've started working on my solos as well as my guests'. September will all be about clean and acoustic guitars, completing the solos and laying some vocal ideas. It is fair to assume mix won't be starting anytime sooner than mid or late November. The initial campaign at IndieGoGo suggested a late February release and that may yet be achieved. However, if things need more time, I will give them more time. As some of you may know, I have a daytime job and I'm doing all these artistic activities in my spare time, which is not enough to say the least. I remember my promise of Joe Nevolo's drum recording videos. The videos are here for about a month now but I have to do some audio tweaking because of a L/R - mono sound issue originating from the video. Therefore, I need some extra spare time to fix that with the audio files I have. Long and painful process.
Book stuff is also going good. As you know, me and my editor decided to polish the book more and then try to find an agency and a publisher. Well, the polishing is done and two nights ago, I've started to contact with agents. We will see how things will progress. This is a slooooow process, sadly but it's worth it. So, a bit more time. I'm already working on the follow up while my search for representation continues. I think I will try up until February 2016 and then release the book if things don't work out. If they do, well, that's a bridge we'll cross when we get there.
All in all, if you want more frequent updates, you can follow my facebook and twitter accounts or use ask.fm for your questions.
JULY 09, 2015 - MAEGI & BOOK UPDATES
BOOK UPDATE: In about a week, I will be done with my revisions on Shadows Bear No Names. What is next? Well, you are expecting a release date, I know. However, me and my editor, Allison Williams have decided to try something else. I will not publish the book as an indie release but will search for an agent and publisher because we trust in this book(s). I have been working hard on this book for over two years now and I am willing to try and get the best out of it. If all else fails, I can always self-publish it.
JUNE 26, 2015 - GARY WEHRKAMP OF SHADOW GALLERY AND MAEGI II
A longtime friend and a tremendously talented artist; Gary Wehrkamp of Shadow Gallery will be lending some of his extraordinary guitar talent to Maegi II: Tales from the King's Court. My collaboration with Gary is not something new. The first time he lend us his talent was while we were recording Dreamtone's Sojourn in 2005 (release date was 2006) as our story narrator. Then, in 2007, Gary helped us with a great solo on D&IM's Neverland album, Reversing Time (release date was 2008).
Well, I am very happy to have him on board once more and I am dead sure he will make my jaw drop with his epic guitar thing. Yay!
JUNE 12, 2015 - TWO NOTES AUDIO ENGINEERINGThe nice people at Two Notes Audio Engineering were kind enough to send me their Wall of Sound cabinet simulator. You will be hearing some chops where I use the simulator on the upcoming album. Cheers!
MAY 31, 2015 - BOOK UPDATE
"So, May is over and there is still no book?" I hear you say. True. Two reasons for this;
First one is that, me and my editor, Allison Williams decided to polish the book a bit more and aim a bit higher rather than rushing it for May. Since I don't have any obligation towards any publisher, I decided to work on the book more as this is the first of many and I am creating a whole setting from scratch. Interesting things may happen. I cannot tell you anything yet, because nothing is specific at the moment but I will update the process in a few weeks.
Second is that, I had to focus on Maegi's drum edits through May. I had several issues with my personal life and work and those really hindered my progress. Hence, the drum edits, which should've been done in two weeks tops, took 30 days. Therefore, the book polishing had to wait. Now that I am done with the edits and sent the files to Mike LePond, I can start working on my final touches. It shouldn't take any more than two weeks or so but I will not jinx it, as May was full of surprises. I even broke a tooth out of the blue!
APRIL 2, 2015 - MIKE LEPOND OF SYMPHONY X AND MAEGI
Yep, you read it right. Mr. Mike LePond, an all-time favorite bass player of mine will help me create Tales from the King's Court. We will have Mr. LePond record his work in June. I just sent him the edited drums of Mr. Nevolo and expecting some killer bass lines!
If you don't know what I mean, check his solo work, Silent Assassins and get ready to have your mind blown!
April 2, 2015 - WRITING AND DJ'ING AT METAL NATION RADIO
I am now writing reviews and stuff at www.metalnationradio.ca and DJ'ing at Metal Nation Radio whenever my internet allows. No scheduled shows, sorry, because my internet connection has packet loss issues and it sucks to leave a show right in the middle. Don't forget to check MNR out!
FeBRuary 6, 2015 - JOE NEVOLO OF SHADOW GALLERY AND MAEGI
Everyone who knows me... well, knows how much of a huge Shadow Gallery fan I am. In the past, I had the honor and chance to work with Gary Wehrkamp and Mike Baker (RIP). Now, drummer Joe Nevolo is helping me to create Maegi II: Tales From the King's Court! Let me tell you, his drumming is epic and has already added some great value to the tunes! Keep an eye here for some footage soon!
Fourth Studio Update for Tales from the King's Court - June 7, 2015.