Still, with me traveling the Middle and Far East and with this project requiring us to work together without actually being in the same room, the last twelve months were an intense period in our band's history. We had a few rocky moments to overcome, especially in the very beginning of the project. But all in all, up until the end of 2016, 'The World Is Mine' was a surprisingly productive endeavor. I finished recording five songs under the weirdest circumstances next to traveling 13 countries and documenting all of this in exhaustive posts on this blog. Meanwhile, Ali and Jan worked on the tracks SAND and CHAINS during two studio sessions with our producer Toby in the late summer and early fall. They sent some thoughts and ideas which we then tossed and turned in lengthy discussions over the course of several months. The process took forever and we didn't manage to create a presentable result. Me having limited internet access more often than not, and the guys being busy with other musical projects, hadn't helped either.
Then, in November, I spent almost two weeks in Bangkok where I wanted to re-record all the songs as properly as possible. Unfortunately we hadn't worked hard enough on providing 'The World Is Mine' with a proper financial budget. Originally we had planned to do an elaborate crowdfunding campaign right after having published the first song and blog contents. But in the end we didn't manage to produce all the materials in time and the whole thing never went live. Thus the money for a studio or rehearsal room in Bangkok had to come out of my travel budget. And since studio and rehearsal rooms are about as scarce in Thailand's capital as they are in any major city in Germany, the only way you will find a halfway-decent location is if you know some local people. Luckily I had a friend there who recommended this cultural center called Brownstone.
Sadly I couldn't afford to rent their studio, so I made most of my recordings in their big rehearsal room. It was not isolated and faced a busy street. Thus all my guitar and vocal tracks featured a rather unpleasant amount of ambient noise, including cars and Tuk Tuks and motorbikes and street vendors. A major upside, however, was that I could record some tracks with the studio's Fender Telecaster electric guitar. During my last session I had to make due with the guitar only having four strings and going out of tune. Still it allowed me to add an important sound layer to CHAINS and SKY / OCEAN. Because of these shortcomings my recordings continued to lack the quality I had hoped to provide for our release. But of course these issues could be fixed by re-recording the guitars and vocals with better gear in a proper studio room. Understandably this is one of the things that will make us want to do a proper production when I'm back in Hamburg. And it's one of the things that made us underline this release's preliminary nature by naming it "An EP in progress".