Billy R. Preston
- Owner - Wolf River Music, Aspenbeat Recording Artist
Billy R. Preston began writing songs and playing guitar at age 14 and professionally since 1995. A great ear for balance in the overall mix of quality studio recordings. Founding member of two independent record labels (Hourglass Records - Austin, TX and Wolf River Music - Provo, UT) and two indie bands (dizzybloom and memoryfield) Currently signed as a recording artist to Aspenbeat Records and working hard to make a mark in the music industry in as many ways as possible. Honest to a fault but always polite and helpful to other aspiring musicians.
- music producer, music promotion, music production, music writing, arrangement, music production / mastering, music performance, music composition, music curation, music reviews
- indie rock, indie pop, rock, classic rock, indie, alternative rock, indie folk, psychedelic rock, acoustic, alternative folk, brit-pop
- Provo, Utah
I hear potential here. The melody is memorable and the chord progression is thoughtful and not just the typical type heard way too often. This is obviously a home recording and that's okay at this point. The white noise is a bit distracting but again, understandable at this level of recording quality. You seem to have a good command over your vocal intonation and the guitar playing seems adequate and solid. So I would encourage you to seek out a professional studio and seek the guidance of a good engineer who can help you get the warm guitar and vocal sound you need to make this a pleasurable listen. Good luck with your career and your music. It's competitive out there so make sure you never release anything to the general public until it's professionally ready. These home recordings are functional as demos but always make sure you put out high-quality finished and polished songs because with the nature of the Internet, these demos will ALWAYS be around somewhere. Good start!
Hey I really enjoyed that and the video was professional and well done. You've done a great job there. Would love to see someone in your age group "bring back rock and roll". That's the music of my generation and I'm glad to see the younger age groups still getting into it. I will share this with my modest Twitter network, but just a word of caution... My group has attempted a total of three Kickstarter campaigns in the past few years and we failed on all three. We got closer each time but ultimately failed to reach the funding goals in the end. I found Twitter to be the least effective of the social media platforms but others have said it worked for them. Facebook seemed to work a little better but only amongst people who really knew us well and had personal relationships with us. Focus on those people who know you best at the beginning of your campaign and that will have a more positive impact on those who don't really know you at all but still see your campaign. People are just psychologically hardwired to want to back something that appears to be succeeding already. Most people aren't leaders, they're sheep and they will follow the rest of the herd. That's just how it is. So get your numbers up with friends and family first before you start spending ad money on the masses. Thank you for sending your material to me.
Very entertaining and well done in many ways. The vocals are obviously abnormal in their delivery and that's what's appealing about them. Certainly they are not meant to be pretty or soothing. My favorite part was the section between about 2:42 and 2:52, as there is a certain intensity about them at that point that was wanted in the song. Other than a few keyboard flourishes here and there the rest of the music is adequate and mixed well although not terribly daring or adventurous. The focal point is the vocals and nothing else really detracts from that. It works well in that way as the spotlight can only be on so much at any given time. The listener will naturally be drawn into the overall (good) strangeness of the vocals which are the focus here. The video works well, obviously, with the song and the twist at the end was unexpected and nicely played. I was entertained and in that regard you have succeeded where so many others fail. Thank you again for continuing to send your work this direction. Hope to see more of your work and your music soon in a film or television soundtrack.
I appreciate the simple ambience and the overall clarity of the drum sound. Because of the nature of this genre I also understand why the beat never really changed but I also noted the offbeat(s) that kept it interesting and quirky. The other sounds swirling around changed just often enough to keep my interest for the entire four minutes and added to a feeling of nothing ever resolving, as if the sound could just continue on and on into perpetuity. Excellent soundtrack/mood music and the video fit in with this motif very well. I am a fan of ambient music, such as Portishead, and when it's done really well the music can serve so many purposes, i.e. film scores, and you seem to have your finger on that pulse. Excellent mix and sounded professional and clean. I would continue to pursue this niche of the music industry (ambient/soundtrack music) as I think you may be able to find many who are in need of this darker, more down-tempo genre of music. Thank you for sending to me.
This was a helpful way to get introduced into the platform. The video was quick and to the point. Editing seemed appropriate and not overly detail-oriented. Just enough info. Thanks. I will share this on Twitter. Most people won't understand Fluence and all that it has to offer until they really get in and check it out for themselves, or ask someone else to explain it to them. But the video is probably good enough to pique the interest of inquisitive people.