Cease, Desist & Rebirth
After around another 5 months of silence, I’m here again to say to those who are still around to this day another status update. Everything I said in the last update post still stands and honestly hasn’t gotten much better. It has led me to think that my old approaches regarding things in life, may they be about my interpersonal relationships or my passions will no longer work, though I suppose it’s already a step in the right direction to realizing all of these at long last. I seriously look back at what I was doing a year ago, eagerly working towards the conclusion of Website Releases II, and wonder where that enthusiasm has gone. For some reason, it’s only gotten more difficult to continue down that very path I’ve carved for myself since the beginning of LEAF.
Nevertheless, my passion for music is something I will never, ever give up, regardless of the circumstances surrounding it. If it’s so difficult now, ever more so than it has been then and before, I’m going to simply find new ways to tackle it down. One of the many things I never accepted back then was that I needed help to do this. I can only do so much by myself, but when I look back at it all, I never would’ve gotten this far if not for the support of my closest friends and the audience on the internet who, by simply giving me a listen and finding enjoyment in it do a lot more than they think to help me pursue my passion.
After all, what is an art form if there is no audience to appreciate it?
To those of you who are reading this post, I thank you. It tells me that there are people out there who are willing to give my art form a chance for appreciation, and maybe one day shine as bright as it did before.
And with that, onwards to the status update. 🙂
With more and more consideration for the future, I decided to finally do something to LEAF XCEED Music Division that would have its name making sense (finally!): from an artist name, I’m converting LEAF XCEED Music Division into a label. That would mean that artists will release music under the LEAF XCEED Music Division label under their own aliases. I say “artists” but really, it’s just me so far, but I sincerely hope in the future I find people who would be interested in joining my label. This is not to say all the current discography under the LEAF XCEED Music Division artist name will be disregarded; they will remain intact, but future releases will be under different names, if not for the special exceptions of albums meant only to be released under the LEAF XCEED Music Division moniker.
This inadvertently implies that LEAF XCEED Music Division will be “split”. That is, in fact, the actual case 😄 A problem I saw was that if one looks at the content of both Website Releases, the genres are too varied. You have video game power metal here, classical there and chiptune out of nowhere. I was initially going to solve this through albums that centered around a genre, but what if one were to classify the artist as a whole?
That’s why I decided that LEAF XCEED Music Division will now be split into two, genre-wise: the guitar-oriented compositions and the classical compositions. The new artist names will be DualBlade and Arc Lumina, respectively; DualBlade being a reference to an ultimate weapon in the Lufia franchise and Arc Lumina referring to synthesized and controlled light, for all the sounds are created through sampling and sound synthesis.
I have uploaded a sample of finished and concept works for DualBlade’s debut album on SoundCloud, which can be found here:
Arc Lumina has yet to have a logo (if it’ll have one) and a sampler, since I haven’t done much with regards to it. Both artists will be added to the current label page on Last.fm of LEAF XCEED Music Division, still being worked on. The brackets are there because Last.fm wouldn’t accept a single name as both an artist and a label.
In total, these are the current planned artists under the LEAF XCEED Music Division label:
- LEAF XCEED Music Division
- Arc Lumina
- Ramon Nario
- Ronin Amaro
I’m hoping I can add more artists to this roster, cause dammit, that’s all me XDD Maybe someday.
Anyhow, there you have it. This is just to show that there has been progress regardless of how small in terms of LEAF XCEED, and that maybe when a finished product comes in the future, that the people who’ll come across it will enjoy it 🙂
See you in the next post (whenever that may be).