15th Anniversary - 11/11/12
sellmeyoursoul was born in a basement apartment in what was likely the only slum in a lovely neighborhood in Brookline Massachusetts in the last days of 1997. The room had exposed pipes overhead and a penchant for flooding if the storm drains got backed up. I didn't realize at the time that the tinkering I was doing was going to become a major part of my life. With projects like this, it's hard to draw the line for the moment of inception. My band, We Burn Witches, had broken up for the final time less than a year earlier and I still had just over a semester left in college so I turned down an offer to join what would ultimately become My Magnificent Machine. None the less, I was still writing songs, because that's how I process my life.

Was the moment of birth, when I started holding the boom box to the speakers of my stereo, which were placed next to my amp, so I could record bass and guitar at the same time? If so, then SMYS was born that summer but I like to think the thing that made SMYS (still called Stickfigure for another year or so) was the introduction of computers. I got an old 486 with a dying 8 bit sound card that fall. It wasn't until around Thanksgiving break (if memory serves) that I got a "borrowed" version of Soundforge working. That allowed me to sample drums off of tapes and CDs and actually write full songs. That was how the first couple of SMYS songs were written, although they were totally redone about six months later when I got my hands on Pro Tools and my first keyboard. That changed everything.

So it's official, sellmeyoursoul is 15. In that spirit, I will be releasing a remastered version of 2003's Nerve Damage shortly. I'm also trying to put together a special pressing of the last physical disks from that period, complete with bonus material. More news on that in the coming months. Stockholm Syndrome is on schedule to be released around the end of the year. I think I have the final mix, but I just need to live with it for a little bit to be absolutely sure that this is the best sounding record I've done. Once that's out, along with recording new material, I also plan on doing an anniversary remaster of 2001's Blue Light.

This is all complicated by the fact that I'm in the middle of moving. I'll break the studio down this week and move it next weekend. I'm not sure when everything will be fully reassembled, but it will probably be a week or two. Not to mention setting up the rest of my space. I may go silent again for a bit (like that is anything new).

So, here's to 15 more years of music. Thanks for listening!



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