Did you know that I’ve been recording music under the Robby Suavé moniker for 20 years now? Whether that’s good or not, I don’t know, but it’s true. It’s been a while since I’ve thought very deeply about my humble musical beginnings (or even middles), let alone written about them. But yes, it’s been 20 years, so let’s get into it. I’ll break this into parts so that you’re more likely to read all this stuff. Today, I’ll cover the first 3 years of me: 2001-2003.Continue reading “Robby Suavé Is 20 Years Old!”
So…Somniphobia, that acoustic album I made. It’s been out for a month already. It’s time to go over some stats some thoughts, and some fun audio clips!Continue reading “Looking Back on Somniphobia”
“Eff It” began its life in 2013. I’ll admit it now that the guitar riffs were inspired by Wayne Static’s “Assassins of Youth” and maybe a bit of Marilyn Manson’s “No Reflection” too. I think I was learning how to play “Assassins of Youth” at the time. And then a few days later I was working on some original material, and that style of playing was still stuck in my hands or something.
So the riff was first. It’s not especially complex, but it’s a tad out of my usual style. I played it and played it until I could make up words on the fly while strumming the power chords. And that’s when it happened… Continue reading “The Making of the Best Song Ever, “Eff It””
Almost everybody that I think listened to it said they liked it. That’s awesome. It could just be my imagination, but it seems like my audience has changed a bit over the last year. If anything it has grown, but it’s different. It concerns me a little, but I’ll roll with it.
Another thing I’ve noticed is that it’s getting next to no plays on streaming services. Decent hits come up on “Pretty Little Ditty,” “XXX 666,” and “Everyone I Know Is an Alcoholic,” but yeah, nothing on “Kill the Buffalo.” Why? I have no effing idea. I mean, it’s easily as good, if not better, than all these other apparently more liked songs in my catalog. Interesting.
Maybe when the music video comes out, it’ll get more traction. Or maybe when it’s bundled along with my next album, it’ll be appreciated a little more. I don’t know. It doesn’t matter. I like it.
Next week, there will probably be a new Jam Session. Be ready.
While we’re waiting for Boobs, Butts, and Feets to finally come out, I’ve been testing the waters to see how random people might feel about it by shopping “Everyone I Know Is an Alcoholic” around. I’ve submitted it to podcasts, posted about it on message boards, and most recently, I paid to have it reviewed via SoundOut. I didn’t even know that was a thing you could do, and since it wasn’t too expensive, I jumped on it.
Forty-seven people listened to it and wrote a short review. I got the results today. Over the years, I’ve read plenty of mini-reviews here and there. I don’t think I read a single negative review about it…before today.
I knew they weren’t going to all be nice; I figured they’d all be average scores with average opinions. You know, like a 4-6 rating range. It turns out I was right on that, but it’s crazy just how many people apparently loved it and how many people hated it. Continue reading ““Fans” Review “Everyone I Know Is an Alcoholic””
Since the last time I posted, I haven’t made any major progress with the album, but when you’re talking about an album that was technically finished almost 8 years ago to begin with, there’s going to be a time when there’s just not that much left to do. I’m still making minute changes, but mostly what I’ve been doing is listening to the album over and over again in my car and at work, making notes to changes I want to make. Then I get home, I’ll make those changes, render out new audio files to listen to, and the cycle continues.
I’ve detailed most of what I’ve been doing in the previous entries of Bringing Back Boobs, Butts, and Feets. If you haven’t already read those, feel free to. This post isn’t really going to be about releasing the album officially; it’s going to be about why I’m doing it. Continue reading “Bringing Back Boobs, Butts, and Feets, Pt. 4”
Recently I played live in the presence of my fellow work employees, marking the first time I’ve played in front of anyone before. I’ll guess there were about 100 people lingering around the parking lot, but as for how many were actually paying any attention to what was coming out of my PA speakers, I have no estimate. If you were there, you didn’t really have a choice but to hear it, but yeah, I don’t know how many people were actively listening. Admittedly, nobody was there to listen to me and my guitar make grating sounds, but no one seemed to care, at least from my perspective. Maybe that’s just as well though, because I had a heck of a time on the stage…I mean sidewalk. Continue reading “Robby Suavé Live: Take 1”
Remember a long time ago when I would ask people to give me song ideas, and then I’d record 60 second songs, and post them on message boards? Probably not. I did it from time to time in 2004-2006 probably. Back then I wasn’t doing it for any reason than just for fun. Revisiting it so many years later, a few days ago, I want to do it some more.
If you’d like to join in on the fun, there’s a thread on the Rock Band forums here. As of typing this, only one person has given me an idea for a song. The topic was dealing with the fact that at launch, Rock Band 4 will not support online multiplayer. The funny thing is that I didn’t even know that, and as a big Rock Band fan, that news blew my mind. So instead of going the ultra lo-fi route I did back in the day, I spent a little more time with the production of the song. The end result is “The Pain That Never Ends.” Thank you calloy for your interest. It clocks in at just under 60 seconds, but in some ways, it’s better than my 5+ minute long opuses. The guitar and vocal recordings are rather acceptable given how impromptu they were. Reception has been pretty good. One forum member said it reminded them of Ministry. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love Ministry, so I take that as a compliment, but I don’t see the comparison. Something funny about that though is that one of the first bits of feedback I ever got about any of my music was that I sounded like “low budget Ministry,” so I’m getting better! I’ve evolved from low budget Ministry to just Ministry. Ha. Yeah… Continue reading “Song-o-Matic”
Hopefully, if you’re reading this, you’ve likely listened to my new album. If you haven’t listened to it, or if you want to listen to it again, see this post. You can listen to it for free! You have no excuses! Then you can be on the same page as everyone else. After you’ve listened to the songs a time or two, please take the time to complete this poll. Just pick your top 3 favorite songs on the album. I feel like there ended up being a pretty big variety of songs on the album, and I want to know what songs people are leaning towards. Also, if you want to write a review of some sort, do it in the comment section below.
So Heat Stroke has launched digitally fairly smoothly. As of right now, it’s still not available on iHeartRadio and there’s a typo in one of the song titles on iTunes, but other than that, yeah, it’s out there. I do realize it’s been available for barely 24 hours, but even with all the promotion I was doing, hardly anyone has listened to it. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if Seady007 is the only one who has listened to it. He is awesome and even paid for Heat Stroke on Bandcamp. Can you believe it? He contacted me on Twitter and told me he liked it and was worth the money he gave me for it. So that makes me feel pretty good. Another cool thing is that yesterday set the record for the most traffic on robbysuave.com. At least in the last year or so. <tangent> That reminds me: I was trying to think of what robbysuave.com looked like before the current version. Since I couldn’t remember, I went to the Wayback Machine, and judging by that, I have NEVER had any kind of site built since I got the domain in 2005! Ten years! I’ve just had a handful of splash pages, but some of them are actually kind of cool. </tangent> Continue reading “What’s Next?”