Monthly Archives: March 2010

DIY Do or Die part six: That worked?!?

So, in short, the plan worked.  I sold out of the limited edition in 18 days.  By setting it up and pricing it the way I did I’m now in the black on the whole new CD, which of course doesn’t factor in all the hours I’ll be putting in packaging and mailing the damn things, but at least I know I won’t lose the farm on it.  I’m sure some douchebag will read this and go “Good!  I don’t mind stealing it now!”, but since I already explained how I wanted it to work I just felt I should be honest in saying “Yeah, it did.  Aren’t I smart?  Or something.”

I’ve talked here and there about never being complacent in creating art, and this CD, for me, is really the totality of that.  It’s for all intents and purposes actually a “serious” CD for me, dealing with a lot of things in my past it took me a long time to get grips on, mainly my alcoholism (which I’m working on- 12 days sober as of writing this).  It’s ridiculously fitting that the last song on the CD is the one I’m actually freaked out the most by, and that it coincidentally ends up being a hopeful swansong to my longstanding relationship with booze.

I’ve listened to the new CD innumerable times and I’m really proud of it, and the response to it from my friends who kindly previewed it and gave me feedback was of positive confusion (and meant as a compliment– they didn’t see it coming:)).  I released a bunch of tracks to DJs today and the response (and demand) has been much more positive than I expected.

You don’t make music for anyone but yourself, or at least I don’t, but it’s of course nice that people appreciate what you do.

Part of me hopes this shuts a few of my naysayers up that I can’t just make “funny songs” (which is fucking ridiculous if you actually have listened to a lot of my stuff– the titles notwithstanding, I have a lot more “serious” songs than I get credit for, but whatever).  If it doesn’t it’s not going to really affect me one way or another, because I now have a lot more confidence in what I can do as an artist.  Does that mean I’m going to turn into fucking Coldplay?  Hell no.  I have many, many bad ideas yet to unleash on the electronic scene, but at the same time I don’t feel any obligation to act one way. 

I feel bad for an artist who feels they can’t express a thought other than one they’re “known for”.  Maybe that’s a confine of popularity and not wanting to disappoint, but to me it’s self-censorship, and that’s completely against how my head works.  If an artist wants to be fearless they need to confront what’s expected of them and not rest on their laurels.  Be what you are, not what they want you to be.  Screw the opinions, as most of those people are too afraid to even TRY to accomplish what many of us try and do.

I’ll probably do a few more updates on the actual release when it’s ACTUALLY released– right now the master is at Sooperdooper and will be sent to replication soon, but I’m cool leaving it here for right now.

The official release date is April 13th.  I’m really looking forward to it.

Now on to the new EP, the Causticles CD I’m working on with Brian from The Gothsicles, and the live DVD for Kinetik in May.  Thanks for sticking around.

Samples are here:

http://vampirefreaks.com/caustic

http://www.reverbnation.com/causticmusic

http://www.myspace.com/causticmusic

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BREAKING NEWS! Matt Fanale gives up drinking

BREAKING NEWS March 17th, 2010 12:00PM EST

Popular/only jizzcore artist Caustic, aka Matt Fanale, has announced today that he stopped drinking alcohol as of March 13, 2010. “After 18 years of making an ass of myself I feel it’s time to let another generation have their chance to systematically destroy their livers and embarrass those who love them. And also have a lot of fun.”

Fanale, who will be releasing his new CD “…And You Will Know Me By The Trail of Vomit” in early April, has long been known as “That guy who drank all the band beer. Seriously, he couldn’t leave one freakin’ bottle for me?!”

Class action lawsuits are pending from the beer and liquor industries against Fanale, citing millions in potential lost revenues and scores of layoffs if he continues with his planned cessation. At least six bars in his hometown of Madison, WI have already closed, citing “inevitable bankruptcy” due to the imbibing stoppage.

Tavern League of Wisconsin President Rob Swearingen immediately released an official statement earlier this morning, stating “Thanks for f–king it up for all of us, Fanale. Enjoy soda, you prick.”

Globally the announcement has been treated similarly. Several death threats have been reported from the Mexican tequila industry and German Chancellor Andrea Merkel spoke on behalf of Jagermeister, comparing Fanale to Hitler and then stating “It’s a fair comparison for what he’s doing to us. Really.”

Montreal’s Kinetik Festival was luckily spared in the onslaught, as they were able to markedly reduce their beer order for the festival in time. Beer sponsor Boreale did report several suicides within upper management due to the announcement, however.

Fanale’s only statement in response to the massive criticism and chaos was “It’s fine. I’m used to disappointing people.”

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Be like Fanale and quit drinking. If this proves harder than you thought, get a hand with Alcohol rehabs.

DIY Do or Die part five: The Releasening

So first off apologies to the few of you who were reading this and wanted an update on the new CD.  What was meant as a “quick and dirty let’s-just-get-it-out” CD turned into a “holy shit a lot of life crap happens and I wasn’t able to finish it until a few weeks ago”.

With that said “…AND YOU WILL KNOW ME BY THE TRAIL OF VOMIT” is done and currently being mastered by Ben Arp (aka C/A/T, Captive Six, and owner of Crunch Pod, my label).  I’m self-releasing this one for $5 a pop with hand drawn art in a plastic sleeve.  This is for a several reasons (some of which were mentioned in the earlier posts regarding the CD):

1) I wanted to try a more DIY aesthetic on it and literally do almost all of it LITERALLY myself, hence the hand drawn art (and laid out- no graphic design programs were used).  Even though this will be a professionally replicated CD like you could buy in any store (hell, it’ll have a barcode), it was done in the spirit of the indie releases I used to love finding at small record stores.

2) Shipping is much cheaper when you aren’t sending full-sized jewel cases.  This makes it easier for me to sell the CDs cheaper to fans.

3) I wanted to produce and release a CD, including all the incidentals like extras for the limited edition, printing costs, etc, for as low an amount as I could while still supplying the quality I wanted to.  Everything for this CD is costing around $1050.00 (usually replicating 1000 CDs costs $1200-1400, and this includes EVERYTHING not related to the replication), and since putting the presale up on Sunday (meaning 4 days ago) I’m about 3 CDs away from already breaking even.  I’m not saying that to brag (as pleased as I am with that fact), I’m saying that to show there are ways to do this that won’t destroy you financially and, obviously, if you can build a fanbase of people who are willing to support you.

4) I wanted to give Crunch Pod a reprieve from having to release a weirder-than-normal Caustic cd and not tie up money at the label so we can get other stuff out.

And the extra fun part for me is that very few people have heard ANYTHING on the disc.  Why do I like this?  Because it means people will still be awesome and buy music without having to hear every fucking note thirty times.  That makes me happy.  So there.

Speaking of happy, I’m actually pretty damn happy with this CD.  When I sent it to a select group of friends I got similar reactions along the lines of “this isn’t a typical Caustic CD…but is.”  It’s more personal in many ways and stylistically I tried to push myself in some different directions.  It’s not as much a 4/4 stompfest (although there are a few tracks like that) and I enjoyed going for more sparseness on certain tracks than I feel I’m known for.

Also, I’m scared to release it in some ways.  I was terrified until I got the feedback from my pals assuring me it didn’t totally suck, and to me that fear makes the CD a success regardless of anything, because it demonstrates that I didn’t fall back on the same bullshit.  I want to be scared creatively, as even if the whole track (or CD) isn’t successful I know I learned something and can use it later.  I don’t ever want to put out the same CD twice, or half-ass one.  I want to force myself to fight my natural proclivity to say “eh, that’s good enough.”  I need to know I won’t settle, and hopefully that’ll show through to those who listen to it.

Anyway, here’s the link to order it.  It’ll be out in April. 

 http://www.facebook.com/causticmusic#!/note.php?note_id=361600854192&id=36781326564&ref=mf

CAUSTIC
…AND YOU WILL KNOW ME BY THE TRAIL OF VOMIT

The Saint of Fuck-Ups
Piss and Vinegar
I to Id/Id to I [idiot]
Meat Market Carnivore
Chewing Glass at the Zoo (Caustic vs The Vomit Arsonist)
Altered Ego 1
Bad Habits
Appetite for Distraction
Bueno Excellente
Shrapnel Condition
Fail Better
My Crutch (w/Dan Clark of The Dark Clan)