Submitted by andrewmriv on Thu, 01/30/2014 - 22:33

It feels great to be writing music again! I have gone through a few long periods of writer’s block. I have gone back into my roots re-discovering why I wanted to play music in the first place. I quit So Far Away in 2013 because I was burnt out from the local music scene and all of its drama. I sort of removed myself because I wanted to just have a break from it all in general to focus on other aspects of my life. I will write more about that in the near future.

With a lot more positive and negative experiences happening to me recently, I have found a longing for my musical outlet again and have gotten started on several song ideas. I have only finished one song right now but I am in no rush to get this going as of now.

New Project

I have been in two bands before this. Game-21, and So Far Away. Game-21 was a pure Pop Punk band at the beginning but it started to go a bit into an alternative direction too towards the end. So Far Away was a Power Pop band with Pop Punk influences in it.

This new project will be a mix of those two projects plus more rock and roll influences from all over. In Game-21, I wrote from my experiences. Back then, I was ONLY listening to Pop Punk bands so that was naturally why all of the songs that came out of me sounded that way. This band contained the first songs that I had ever written so they weren’t very polished up.

In So Far Away, I wanted to go more into a Pop direction and attempted to write the catchiest possible songs. I also rushed many of those songs so I feel that the catalog of songs in So Far Away contained a lot of filler songs. I felt that So Far Away was an overall improvement with my musical ability but it didn’t feel as natural since I was attempting to sound a certain way rather than let it be a natural process.

This new project is going to go back to my old plan in Game-21 where I would just write what I wanted to write and not try to sound like anything. Since I am listening to a lot more than just a few Pop Punk bands now, the music should hopefully be a lot better than how Game-21 was back then. My goal is to not try to specifically sound a certain way but to just write about what is on my heart in whatever way it comes out.

So far, I am just working with my former drummer Chris Ray on these songs just like the old days. I want to go back to the days where I wanted to make music that I liked with content that was really personal to my life and my experiences. Writing music is a nice outlet that keeps me out of trouble. As of right now, I am not looking for any others to join this project.

Won’t be Ready for a While

Game-21 came to an end when Chris Ray went away to college. Since I want him to be apart of this project, I will need him to move back before making any big plans to move forward. Until then, we are going to do things the way we used to when we were forming Game-21. I would work on a song as much as possible and then send it to him to come up with drum ideas and make any other suggestions that he may have.

On top of all of that, I am also trying to finish up with school too while also working. Working while going to school is not easy! I am hardly finding time to write since my whole week is booked and my weekend is usually spent at Disneyland.

I also am trying to find time to finally get the Music portion of my site up and running. So much to do and so little time!

Wish me luck on this!