God I never thought this day would actually come but here it is, a fully completed album of original music. "Fly & Follow" is a conglomerate of songs, ranging back as far my first year in college. Ultimately however, this collection has been either written on, performed on or finished on the back of a 2 and a half year adventure trip across the glove. The trip started back in 2013 with a one-way ticket to India, from there passing through a large chunk of Asia, down to Oceania before swirling and hitting the northern side of South America. I'm broke after it but one of the greatest moves I ever made.
Through bedroom recording, online collaborations the collection was finally finished (not without some ruthless trimming, many songs got the bench on this one). The process was fascinating and I learned so much and why it takes artist so long to release an album. I will say that I did have a mini-breakdown earlier in the year, the pressure I put on myself to reach as high as standard as possible, broke me. In that moment of madness, however, I learned the most :-)
I consider myself a "singer-songwriter", however I believe I don't sound like one at all. What you get from this album is firstly a collection of pop songs, but each song on the album offering a slight genre variation of that, wether, that be Rock, Latin or Electronic. All of them encompass a melodic and vocal riff to help you memorise and sing along, anchored with a strong male vocal. This album is self funded and for the most part, self orchestrated. I am aware of the downfall of trying to do a project like this by yourself objectively and therefore invited many other co-writers, musicians and producers to help improve and enhance each song and I'm glad I did that. I'm already looking forward to the next one and I'll aim to push myself twice as much. Please listen to the previews and if you like what you hear, please help out an original artist and download it :-) Slan, Cian
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