Archive for July, 2010
Refunds have been made thru PayPal. Lemme know if your transaction is missing. Also, if you have done a bank transfer, contact me with your account details so I can send your money back. If you actually snail-mailed money to me, get in touch so we can work it out. A huge announcement will be made about everything as soon as possible.
STOP THE DONATIONS UNTIL I SAY OTHERWISE! SOMETHING JUST HAPPENED AND UNTIL WE KNOW THE EXACT STATUS OF THIS – DO NOT DONATE! I WILL SHARE INFORMATION AS SOON AS I CAN. (don’t sweat it, I am not stealing your donations or anything)
Update July 24th: I wish I could spill the beans right now, but the important thing is that none of you donate for the time being. Hopefully everything can be explained next week or the week after. All of the money that’s been donated is safe and sound in the PayPal account and will be returned to their owners when the time comes. Keeping them for now is just a precautionary action in case it actually has to come down to donations in the end anyways, but now I doubt it.
Just hang in there. I will explain everything asap.
This Saturday is a day of celebration anyways. Now let’s just hope everything goes as planned and promised.
Update July 23rd: STOP THE DONATIONS UNTIL I SAY OTHERWISE! SOMETHING JUST HAPPENED AND UNTIL WE KNOW THE EXACT STATUS OF THIS – DO NOT DONATE! I WILL SHARE INFORMATION AS SOON AS I CAN. (don’t sweat it, I am not stealing your donations or anything)
Original post: Spread this to all of your friends. Put it on Facebook, MySpace, whatever you see fit. Anything that can help us out in this matter. Before I start this long-ass post off, here are the 2 topics you need to check out if you have no clue as for what this is about.
I don’t wanna waste any more time so let’s get to it. Prepare for quite a rant, Haters, ladies and gentlemen…
First off I wanna say that I didn’t know we had such a strong fanbase. I had this idea a while ago… Would it actually be possible to have fans help out and finance the recording of our coming album since labels obviously can’t put any money into smaller bands these days thanx to the illegal downloading situation with labels not getting paid for the product they put out, as well as the band in question not seeing a dime thanx to non-existing sales? Would people give a shit? Since everyone is used to get everything “for free” over the net these days, would anyone actually care to help out getting the funds for a small band in need of just that to be able to enter the studio and create another record? If this was the only way to be able to get that album done, would it work? I had no idea. I didn’t think so, I guess. I hoped, sure I did, but I didn’t think so. In the end, it’s hard to get something “for free” if there’s no actual product to get, you know…
In less than 12 hours or so people signed up to donate almost 2400 dollars for this cause of recording our 7th studio album. In 24 hours almost 4000 fucken dollars (“fantasy” dollars though – I just wanted to see if this could work if needed. Meaning having people get in touch with me and tell me if they would help out and with how much). With those numbers in front of me I actually started to believe the fact that it could work to finance this recording this way. I am absolutely moved by it and I have no idea whatsoever how I can ever thank you guys for showing that kind of dedication to us and our music. Lemme just say that it’s one of the most precious moments I have experienced when it comes to the business. Maybe we will face the exact same situation again down the road, who knows… Feels amazing to know you guys are there, supporting the band. Again, I can never thank you enough and this band can never thank you enough.
And now it has come down to it having to become a reality.
This is the time when we will see if it’s doable. Will people help out as promised when it came to the fantasy donations?
I will not mention any names, but people from other bands have contacted me, people from some smaller as well as bigger labels have contacted me (as private persons, not label representatives) telling me they will donate a few bucks or more for the cause. People I have never been in contact with have approached me and literally told me they will donate everything from a 100 bucks to 500 bucks just to get this album recorded. It needs to be said again; I can never, ever thank you enough for the support, but let it be known that you will always be remembered for it and I will always be incredibly thankful for it. You guys are phenoms.
So, this will be interesting to see – will the donations stack up to make it possible to record this 7th album? We can only hope. If everyone who fantasy-donated actually go thru with their donations – yes, it will work. I think this would be the first time in history that actual fans actually make it possible for a band to get a new album recorded. If it works – it’s something that should go down in history. It should be considered a groundbreaking move. And it’s all thanx to you, Haters.
We will not be able to actually print this album in physical copies as it looks, the fantasy donations we got offered wouldn’t cover that – coz it’s not cheap to actually professionally print cd’s. There will however be different downloadable versions of the album, in different qualities, making it possible for you to choose what format you want it in. Flac/mp3/whatever. And ofcourse it will come with a complete printable booklet and anything else you could possibly wish for. I also believe that all of you guys who donate (be it 1 dollar or 10 – doesn’t matter) for this cause will have exclusive access to a page where you can get this coming monster. Then it’s up to you if you wanna spread it or keep it to yourselves.
Naturally, the easiest way to do this donation thing is to use PayPal:
Or you can do a bank transfer directly to the TPH account:
For Swedes: Swedbank: 8452-5,913 513 683-7
Foreigners: SE41 8000 0845 2591 3513 6837
Snail mail is also fine as long as you hide the cash well. Send to:
The Project Hate MCMXCIX
Once I know that we have reached the goal of having the whole recording covered I will let you all know and no more donations will be taken. I will also keep you updated with how the donations are stacking up with notes at our official site and the forums. And if I notice that we will not reach the goal needed for this recording, I will naturally send back the money to those who donated. The goal is 5000 US dollars, that’s what the fantasy donations showed could probably be done, and that will cover everything and get this album recorded. This topic will have all the info you need when it comes to this. First post, at the bottom.
Let me finish off with the following, most of it is not news to ya, but I wanna state it again:
This album is something I have worked on more than I have worked on anything in my life. It’s another step up the ladder for me as a musician. This year started off with some changes in the band, which all of you into the band already know of, but hey… We got a bunch of new people in The Hate. First up is new vocalissa Ruby from Portugal – a chick with a voice that literally got me going “I need this kid in the band coz she is fantastic and will bring everything I ever wished for vocal-wise into TPH”. She’s an amazing girl who’s doing fantastic work with our material.
Second, we got one of my absolute closest friends in Vomitory’s drummer Tobben Gustafsson on board. A drummer who is everything I could hope for. A drummer who’s so determined to enhance the material I have written it amazes me. A drummer and a friend who’s so talented and awesome he gets bonus points just for waking up in the morning. He will not only blow you guys away with his playing, he will be laughing while doing it. And I’ll continue to wonder why the fuck I didn’t get this guy to play with TPH 10 years ago, haha… Now, excuse us while we continue to work on this majestic piece of Domination that is our 7th full-length.
It’s you guys who will make this album a reality if everything goes as planned.
On behalf of TPH, I sincerely thank you all – more than I can ever explain.
Update: One of The Haters came up with a cool thing as some kind of reward to all of you who are making this happen. Read the first post on this page, at the bottom and you’ll know what it is about. If you wanna read what the suggestion was and checking the first post isn’t enough – go to page two and scroll down a little.
I just went thru all of the songs (pre-productions) again after not listening to them for a week or 2. I am so satisfied with how it all sounds. Easily (already at this sage) the most intricate and most “luxurious” sounding tunes we have ever had. It’s a step up both performance-wise and sound-wise (since I have gotten myself quite a bunch of new expensive equipment. I can’t wait for you guys to get this when it’s done. If it’s a label or you guys who will make this one recorded is yet to be seen, but it seems like, with only some 10 days left of July, we will be depending on the Haters… We’ll see… Also went thru Ruby‘s pre-prod’s again and her work puts such a smile on my face. This is going to be a monster of an album.
Talking about Ruby, she’s supposed to nail the remaining 2 songs this week and then all of her pre-production work is done and the work with details will start. J will begin looking into his stuff in August and the plan is to start recording everything vocal-wise in August. Tobben is up in September and he sure got his work cut out for him. Can’t wait to hear his playing in these songs. It’s going to be fantastic, for sure. I also went thru the songs to see if I needed to add anything guitar and bass-wise, but at the moment I can’t find anything. Have in mind I have been working with the guitars and bass for quite some time so there are a gazillion of stuff all over the place. Maybe I will find some stuff to add later on, maybe not – either way it sounds absolutely phenomenal and I can easily say I have never played such good bass in my life. Like TPH‘s Anders said when he listened to the stuff: “It sounds like you had fun while putting down the bass”. He’s right. I had a blast, and it shows.
We’ll see how long it takes to complete this album as soon as we know how everything will pan out with labels and whatnot, but it should all be done within a bunch of months. Swanö is ready to take on this beast and he seems really pumped for it too. But it’s quite a bit of work left before we are at that stage, haha… The album title is decided, all the song titles are set (there might be some small changes to these, but they feel awesome as for now) and the running order of the tracks are also worked out already. Anyways, these are the latest news. I’ll be back, come the end of July, with more information as soon as I have something to share.
We are giving the situation until the end of July, after that we’ll see what happens… If it comes down to the Donation Experiment having to become a reality is yet to be seen. And if it actually works we think we are breaking some new ground… But let’s wait until the end of July before we say anything more. Let us just point out that we are moved by the support you guys have showed us in the fantasy donations thing. We have the best album of our career ready to be recorded, trust us on that.
Stay tuned for more updates, as always.