It was raining and cold in January 2008. A Monday morning, when I went to the airport to catch my flight to LAX. That’s right, 14 hours in an airplane with hundreds of people I have never seen before and probably won’t ever see again. I probably have to mention at this point that I’m from Switzerland, Europe, hence the long flight.
The preparation for this trip was humongous. I couldn’t wait to see the city of angels with my own eyes. Before I left, every single person I told about my plans told me the exact same thing, “you’re gonna wanna stay there, and probably never even come back”. Well, with that stuck in my mind, I picked up my rental and drove onto the I-405 north towards North Hollywood. I stayed there for about a week at a guest house, until I could find my own place. I finally rented an apartment in Hollywood close to a cafe called Solar de Cahuenga, where I regularly had breakfast back then. So, now we’re at the point in the story where I should tell you that I didn’t just go to Los Angeles to relax, I applied at SAE Institute for a course called audio engineering program. The program took off quite fast and sure was demanding. But I wanted to do this and I studied because I wanted to.
The weeks passed by as quickly as the letters in this post. I couldn’t believe we’re already have way through with this program, which by the way was a 9 month course. I had to take a lot of tests and learned to work on different consoles, but it was always fun. I didn’t really have time to write songs, and unfortunately didn’t have time to record any of my music, even though I had the nicest rooms and equipment to hand. Which in the aftermath, I was kinda sad about.
I saw a lot of new things and had great experiences in Cali. All in all, it was marvelous! I met tons of new people and was very sad when the day arrived when I had to leave again. But the day came somewhere in October and I had to settle in again. It was then, that I just knew I wanted to make music, I wanted to live a life that was actually worth something to me. So I started looking for ways to make money off of my music, because let’s face it, there is no life without money these days. I quickly understood, I had to get a day job as a system administrator, which is what I originally studied, to get through the day. So the months passed, me working at a boring day job again and playing guitar at home, but sadly nothing changed.
In the summer of 2009, I founded my own label/recording studio and named it jectified records. After that I started buying equipment to fulfill my destiny, and by now I actually have released several singles by myself. I chose the name Tempting Tone for my own music mostly because it just appealed to me. I’m also lead singer and bass player in a band called Sneaky Saints and we’ve just released our debut album “Losing Your Mind”. Plus I collaborate in a couple of other projects with friends, such as State of Remorse.
I have done more modern stuff, with new elements, more Pop/Top40 kind of songs recently. And I really wanna make a whole album, but since then I decided to put together a mixtape with the songs I have made in the past couple of months. They range from hard rock to pop and I’m sure you’ll find them very rich in variety. The mixtape, named First Draft, is in the works, it’s in the mastering state and will be released soon. Now since I know you can’t wait to hear all of the songs on the mixtape I wanna give you the single for FREE right here, have a listen and decide for yourself. Honestly, I have no idea how long the freebie will be available, because I have gotten some criticism about it. People keep telling me: “NO, do not give away your music for free, people don’t appreciate music anymore, ….blablabla”. Whatever, after all, it is MY music, I do what the hell I wanna do with it. SO GET ON THE LIST AND GET IT NOW!
Just remember, no track on the mixtape is alike, after all it IS called a mixtape, so if you don’t like the single, get the mixtape anyway, you might like any or even all of the other tracks.
Leave a comment, ask questions or criticize. I will do my best to reply to all of them.
I am very happy that you’re here, and wanted to thank you in advance for reading this and basically for coming along!