The Postal Service? Call my band “dropbox”

Finally getting some positive movement on something I’ve wanted to do for maybe 10 years.  Found someone who wants to put their voice to my music, and do it without any real human interaction.

There’s certainly some magic to the typical formula of getting some artists in the same room and letting them create noise together.  I’ve been a part of some cool stuff with that format.  But it doesn’t work so great when you work more than 40 hours a week and are also in school and have friends that don’t play instruments and a wife you desperately want to spend quality time with and dishes to wash and cats to clean up after, etc, etc.  It also doesn’t work so great when all of the preceding stuff doesn’t leave you in a perpetual state of inspiration.  Or when you have reservations about getting in front of a friend or stranger and playing stuff for them that isn’t polished or finished or even good.

So I’ve wanted to try a different route.  Find someone who has some of the same issues that wants to be a part of something.  Send them your noise and say “this is what I got, if you like it, let’s do something, if not, cool.”  And then they work around their own schedule and motivation/inspiration level.  And maybe something cool would come of it.  It’s kind of a low risk, high reward scenario.  Especially since I don’t really care about playing my stuff live or anything like that.  I just want the accomplishment of having finished pieces of music documented in a way that others could hear them if they cared.

I’ve attempted this more or less over the years.  I’ve found people who start off interested, but get distracted or lose their motivation.  I have someone new that is different from the rest.  A friend in another part of the country.  We have different opinions on music, but not completely opposite by any means.  We are both motivated for the same general end goals with this.  And they even bought recording gear.  Financial investment is a good sign.

The first hurdle was figuring out how to even get started.  It’s silly, but for whatever reason I threw all the normal songwriting concepts you’d use when you’re in a traditional band out the window.  I felt like I had to deliver music that was 100% complete minus the vocal track.  Put a lot of pressure on me and a lot of pressure on the other party as if they had to deliver greatness on the first attempt as well.  As silly as it sounds, it seems the tried and true method of having a rough idea and sharing it is the way to go.  It’s way early, but we at least had a mutual breakthrough like “yeah, this could work!”

Don’t know where any of this will go, and it could totally fizzle out.  But if it doesn’t, that’d be pretty rad.  Either way, that’s what’s up.


Jay Ratkowski runs this joint, which is why his name is on the front door. You can find him elsewhere at Google+, Facebook, or Twitter

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Jay Ratkowski runs this joint, which is why his name is on the front door. You can find him elsewhere at Google+, Facebook, or Twitter

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