It feels wonderfully weird to finally share this: Almost exactly one year after starting this songwriting and recording project, after countless hours of improvised recording sessions and an intense exchange of ideas in our band chat, we have managed to bring its six tracks to a level that we feel is good enough to publish them as Thank You George's second official release. You can find them on the project's SoundCloud profile, together with an Intro and an Outro, and we are finally inviting all of you to listen, like and share 'The World Is Mine'.
Being a passionate traveler and backpacker, I have always found the inspiration for my music somewhere in between hostels and trains, hammocks and busses, exciting cities and gorgeous beaches. It starts with an idea, a few chords, a theme, a lick, a fragment. They are scattered pieces at first. But then there is a moment when different parts can be joined through a new idea. They become one, they become a song. In the beginning there's only my guitar and my voice. Then my band Thank You George comes into play and we add the sound, the arrangement, the depth, the dynamics, the epic endings.
This is the process which we have been using for almost two years when writing and arranging our material. This is how we created our first studio album "Bleed Towards The Light". And this is the backbone of my new recording project "The World Is Mine".
On 11 May 2016 I embarked upon on a year-long trip through the Middle- and Far East with my girlfriend and travel companion Lea (please follow us via our photo blog on VSCO). Next to enjoying the hell out of my travels I have made it my mission to create songs and themes, samples and fragments, ideas and licks from my experiences. I will record them along the way, publish them on Thank You George's social media profiles and send them home for my band to work on. In Hamburg, our bass player Ali and our drummer Jan will eventually sit down with our producer, Kiezkojote's Toby Lelushko, to add their voices and finalize the songs. The project's objective: to write and arrange enough material for a second release with Thank You George.
As you can imagine I am very excited to see what happens. Please join me in having the highest of expectations!