Just received the following email from Reuben Halsey, creator of the “Into the Light” radio show with regards to album’s and if they should be replaced by shorter EP size releases. At the end of the post, let us know your thoughts.
I’ve been working on a new album for a while now and recently I have begun to question whether or not the album format is relevant and worthwhile anymore. Last year The Prodigy mentioned in an interview with NME that they were planning to stop making full length albums altogether. In their view, making an album is such a long process – it means going away for as long as 5 years to record and produce a large collection of tracks, leaving fans without new music to enjoy during that time.
Times have changed and the world is much more fast paced now. People want things instantly or they get distracted and move onto other interests. Maybe going away for a few years to write an album is an old style of working that no longer applies today and it needs an update. Perhaps it’s better to instead release 4-5 track EPs on a more regular basis and drop the whole album idea completely. That way fans have new music to listen to more often, without the huge waits. It would keep things fresh and more current. I also think it might be better for the artist. Sometimes when we’ve been working on one project for a long time we get tired of it. The end can seem so far away that it’s daunting. With bite sized EPs the end is in sight and we can get excited about the creative process as well as get the music out there and move onto the next project.
I would love to hear from you about this. Does the album experience still matter and is it worth waiting for? Or is it better to have new music coming at you more often? If I told you that finishing my current album might take another year (or more) but that that if I split it up into smaller EPs I could have a release out this summer what would you prefer?
I hope you’ve all been keeping well and happy since we last talked. Just to let you know that my Chillout radio show ‘Into the Light’ is returning to Digitally Imported starting with Episode 112 from this Friday at 1pm EST. All new episodes will air there twice per month, every other Friday. Here’s a link to the DI.fm page for it:
With the latest Undiscovered Scenery episode, Mario Trunz has teamed up with DJ Seroton to present nearly two hours of chillout and downtempo music featuring tracks from Moby, Hans Zimmer, ATB and Arcadian Forest friend Reuben Halsey.
Mario, one of our regularly featured DJ’s, hosts a monthly radio show featuring the best in dream and ibiza style chill out, ambient and downtempo music. Started in the summer of 2013, Undiscovered Scenery airs on the first Saturday of the month at 8pm EST(Sun 1:00 GMT) on puredanceradio.co.uk and on the first Sunday of the month at 11am EST (15:00 GMT) on psyradio.com.ua.
Now…it’s time to sit back, listen and relax!
Artist: Mario Trunz featuring guestmix from DJ Seroton
Title: Undiscovered Scenery Vol 9 Apr 2014 Duration: 114:52 min Published: 12 Apr 2014
Hour 1 – Mario Trunz
Dennis Sheperd & Cold Blue feat. Ana Criado – Fallen Angel (Zetandel & Seven24 Ice Mix) [CDR]
Evocativ – The Lovers [Absys Records]
Lexis – Monolith [Bandcamp]
Noa Assembly – Into the Fire (Extended Mix) [Songbird]
I bring you this quick update to let you know that my website has had a major overhaul and that the old mailing list has been replaced with a newer, more easy to manage one. I kindly ask that you might pop over to www.reubenhalsey.com and join the new list on the right hand side of the screen. That way you will continue to receive updates and stay in the loop with everything that’s going on. The rework of the site is to go hand in hand with the re-launch of Into the light (woohooo!)
I still have some things to work out regarding the show but I can tell you that Episode 101 is almost ready to release. In the mean time the previous 10 episodes are live and streamable on the site and they work on your computer or your phone.
This year I’ll have more time for music and I’ll be bringing a lot more content to you in the form of shows, tunes, news and downloads.
Thanks and keep chilling (unless you’re in North America, in which case, stay warm. What the heck, polar vortex?),