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Hey guys! So I released the intro track from my new album coming September 21st (10th anniversary on Newgrounds and releasing music), inspired by Stranger Things's soundtrack and a song @Seprix made for the AIM Contest, so I hope you enjoy it!
For only $5 or more a month on my Patreon, I just released another video a week early before public access! It's a sneak preview of the music video shoot, a behind the scenes look, and I talk about my journey reflecting on the past 10 years of my career! I mention @TomFulp 's impact on my career and how it flung me forward as well, that was early in my career.
Expect a 10th Anniversary post every week for the next month up till the album's release! Hopefully in the next few weeks I'll have the music video done for the single!
Here's the song: http://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/700508
About my new album's release date and a free track from it.....if you want to find out things like that a week early, donate to my Patreon to get early access to my stuff before the public eye sees it! Your support really helps me. Over the past 10 years, I've had a lot of amazing support on Newgrounds and other places, you'll see more awesome 10th anniversary videos/posts from me this and next month.
If you feel like waiting a week for a free track from my new album, wait it out. But if you're feeling curious...Patreon, my man (or woman)! I'm going to release a behind the scenes video soon from my music video shoot, but only released publicly a week after i upload it. Patreon donaters get early access to all my content!
Here's my Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/realfaction
So I thought while you all are waiting for the behind the scenes video of the music video shoot and regarding me talking about my new album, I thought I'd share some of my favorite artists (NG and non-NG) and talk about my Patreon real quick.
Early Access to My Content
For $5 (or more), you'll get early access to content before I ever post it anywhere! Like music, videos, etc. I just released an exclusive set of photos from the music video shoot only on Patreon. I was kinda bummed when my supporters wenyt from $30 to $11 in a matter of days, some were declined payments for some odd reason, others might be fake, not sure. So I thought I'd step up my game!
My Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/realfaction
Besides that, I'm trying to get my old job back. If I don't, to make money I'll be livestreaming games and maybe my music production process.
In celebration of my 10 years of making music (and soon to be 10 years on Newgrounds on this account next month), I'm going to list some of my major influences and favorite artists in general from Newgrounds, and those who aren't on NG.
Back in the day, up till now (the past 10 years), artists like @Bad-Man-Incorporated have really inspired me. I remember way back in the day, listening to a lot of metal in the Audio Portal, as well as @MetalJonus, @ParagonX9, @Helix6, @F-777, @kr1z , @b0unc3, @Father-Of-Death, @Back-From-Purgatory, @Fierra (Formerly known as DJ Brixx), @Phyrnna, @MaestroRage, @Ockeroid, @RobSoundtrack, @Hikari, @Animattronic, @Xenogenocide, @Bafana, @ForgottenDawn, mainly these awesome talented artists have inspired my music throughout the ages, and I thank them all for that. Theey are some of my favorite musicians here.
In general though, some of my other favorite artists that I love (besides the ones i already listed above which definitely add to this list) to support and follow are @Sabtastic, @Piper, @SeafoamPanda, @MindChamber, @JohnnyUtah, @TomFulp, @Oney, @DeathInk, @SamGreen, @Kel-chan, @MrSmash64, @Nikki-Chi, @Flashgitz, @ClockCrew, @StrawberryClock, @coolboyman, @BlackSen, and @Egoraptor back when he was active on here. That's just some of them, but that's all I can think of for now.
This list in it's entirety would be huge...buuut, I'm going to cut to my main influences for Real Faction and Piercing Lazer.
For Piercing Lazer, my influences ever since 2007 have always been 30 Seconds to Mars (first two albums), Mindless Self Indulgence, Celldweller, Rush, and Slipknot. But there's many more now, like Deftones, Linkin Park (old stuff), P.O.D., The Birthday Massacre, Korn, Katatonia, Breaking Benjamin, etc.
For Real Faction...I do a lot of experimental stuff, LOTS of different genres, so...it's pretty broad, I love many styles of music. But, I'll try to keep the list short and not tell all of my influences. Celldweller is a big one, inspired me to start. Really, all the influences above for my metal and rock stuff, but for my other styles....The Prodigy is a big one, one of my early influences, shows in my new album too, Parliament, George Clinton's stuff in general, Daft Punk, Deadmau5, Knife Party, Pendulum, video game music like from Bomberman 64 and Bomberman Hero, Guns 'n' Roses, Boys Noize, Girl Talk, Dark New Day, TM Revolution (awesome J-Techno Rock), Hans Zimmer (movie composer guy), John Williams (Star Wars music composer), Armin Van Buuren, and more I can't think of.
Whew...long post eh? My new single and new album will be released in the near future, hopefully in the next month! But if you want it earlier, maybe donate to my Patreon? :) Love you guys, thank you for all these awesome years on Newgrounds, and many more to come! <3
I have announced the winners of the A.I.M. Contest: http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/1412517
You can also get the full album for FREE here with the winners:
Also, @Hanorotu is holding his "Artist of the Month" contest on his online radio show "The Weekly Rapture", shoot him a message for more details, but send him a song of yours to enter the contest, he needs more entries! :)
It's a lot of work but the contest is done, I posted a new podcast entry on my current situation and music updates, so go check that out: http://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/696474
Not much else to say, but be on the look out for my upcoming remix contest! See ya guys!
Full Interview: http://www.spreaker.com/user/exit92radio/weekly-rapture-ep-12-w-realfaction-1000-
Today I was on @hanorotu 's radio show, "The Weekly Rapture. I announced new details about my album and talked about stuff and previewed my new single coming this week. If you missed out, here's a few highlights! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PiYIIT5tDs
Wanna see the album cover I made for it? (with my logo from @Animattronic)
The album should be dropping sometime next month, hopefully.
Pretty much what the title said. Expect a big announcement this week, with something special.
"Look at Dat Shit!" - @MindChamber
Listen to the new song I made about his crazy experience driving in a hurricane and laughing about it. The dude has balls, major kudos. Also made some pixel art of him.
Original Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Gn2wc0szHM
I'm working on a new series, and I've got new music out! Also, news about contests such as the Art-Inspired Music Contest, my Remix Contest in August, and the current updated status of the NGADM.
J.K.T.V. is Back! (and Backstory of JKTV)
Before I go into a bit of a backstory, here's the trailer (the final title has been decided by Sean and I to be J.K.T.V. XD): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OlQL9Xrg1ro
Here's a backstory if you are curious of my childhood and seeing old footage of me, otherwise, move along to the next topic.
In my older Real Faction days, I used to post stuff about JKTV here and there, my old show. This series is going to continue where the Not JKTV Movie Trailer left off (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIYpRClDgPg). In 2012, we were going to finish the whole series with the movie, but everyone got busy. J.K. is my nickname, and J.K.T.V. started when I was 13 years of age (2005). I have some of the original episodes uploaded online, showing me from 11 years ago, such as this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ie4v1ikhNMU
Yes, I was pretty awkward. The show used to be kinda boring and I just filmed stuff like home videos, with occassional sketch comedy. Part reality, part scripted. But the earlier episodes where mostly just me filming what my friends and I were doing, whatever it was. To see how it's evolved, here's a 15 minute video (if you have the patience or want to skip around, mostly shows me and the guys from 2009-2012 my late highschool years basically (not sure if 2012 though):https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrNqV8kPMiI
Earliest age you'll see me there is like...16 or 17 I think?
J.K.T.V. turned into more of a story sometimes, specifically the last season, "Not J.K.T.V." and the cancelled movie (I'm using the footage for the new series I haven't used yet). The story? Besides the real life stuff, the plot I wrote revolved around my evil "clone" twin that I created, "Kyle"; a "cooler" version of me, who always wore sunglasses and had an Australian accent, because the story is, when I created him, I sold him for money to Australian scientists. Kylr originated in 2006, I think, when I was like...14? Maybe when I was 13. You'll see him in the 15 minute video and the movie trailer up there.
I wrote Kyle as the "villain", who started off as my "little brother" not yet revealed as a clone of me. But, when I wouldn't let him make videos with me, he wanted to get me back somehow, make his own show called KJTV, Kyle Jenkins (his full name) Television. I roleplayed as him in real life, because I thought it would be funny to hang out with my friends as a character. They not only played along, they loved it and thought it was hilarious, treating "Kyle" like a popular prince, to be funny. It was fun. So I was a roleplayer, still am sometimes.
I eventually created Jack Serious as a new character who I want to replace Kyle with in this series at one point very soon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3cKlg_ijNw
Essentially, Jack is my newest live action character from 2012, and is J.K.T.V. related. He's basically a parody of PSA's from the 80's and 90's, as well as vintage action heroes. He's over-the-top and a bit too...serious. What I want to do with this series is include the takedown of Kyle and KJTV, spoof news reports, and write more sketch comedy in general, improve on the franchise. It will include SOME animation in some parts too. This series will include new characters/friends too, I hope.
The series is 11 years old now, and been on hiatus for 4 years. I didn't think it would come back until I got in touch with Sean recently (an original cast member) and we wanted to bring it back. I'm psyched. I'll keep you posted about it.
I just uploaded a theme for a client, go check out Hope's Horizon, and Over that I made with my sister's band Pennyworth. My next song will be from my next RF record, and samples a voicemail of my worried dad...teehee.
Hope's Horizon: http://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/694054
I also made a remix of a funny video MindChamber is in: http://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/694684
Firstly, the Art-Inspired Music Contest ends THIS SUNDAY! So, be sure to finish your submissions and finish them then! I might excuse a day later, we'll see. PLEASE read the rules before you submit, I've had a handful of people not read them...sigh.
Secondly, you might have heard the NGADM is no more, but if you look in the "No More NGADM" thread, and Audio Forum more, you'll see Step has officially appointed me as the new lead director/organizer of the contest, which is a MAJOR honor to me! Thank you all so much, I didn't think I had this much respect in the community, so I'm shocked! I'm really happy to hold it next year, so it WON'T be this year, sadly. Gives us time to retool.
I'll keep you posted, soon I'm going to make a couple schedule changes, but I want to put them to a community vote first. I want this contest to be less stressful, less pressure, but just as challenging, and works with most people's schedules.
That's all for now!
Well, I decided that I am going to keep posting free stuff, just not make it downloadable. But, anything I upload can be bought for download for $1 on my BandCamp page. I want to keep making content for you guys. Thank you for all of your support! Especially, @TomFulp .
BIG ANNOUNCEMENT #2
I am still shocked about this....but I'm the new leader of the Newgrounds Audio Deathmatch (NGADM) Tournament...holy crap. @Step has given me this major honor to run it. Sadly, it won't be this year, but it WILL be next year in April! :)
Visit the official nomination thread to share your voice on who would be good helpers/judges: http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/1411520
I Made a Song with My Sister's Band
My step-sister, Kaci, and her boyfriend, Hunter, are Pennyworth, a band I made a song with that I just released. It's here on Newgrounds and on YouTube. Check it out. There's gonna be a remix contest here soon, more details below.
If you want to see behind the scenes footage of us, here ya go:
Next month, in the middle of the month of August, shortly after the winners are announced for the Art-Inspired Music Contest (a week after the deadline hopefully), I will be hosting a remix contest, releasing stems/elements of that song I just showed you I made with Pennyworth. The "Over" Remix Contest. I haven't had a remix contest since 2012, so this will be interesting. It will also mean the world to Kaci and Hunter. I love those guys.
2 more weeks till the deadline for the Art-Inspired Music Contest. You ready?
P.S.: I have a girlfriend now...and it's the person who has been my best friend for 4 years...>////> *jumps up and down excitedly with a girlish scream*. And....I made a new version of my user icon (originally drawn by the long gone @SplendidDevil) so I added something and zoomed in on it a little. It fits my current style more, whatcha think?
Below at the bottom is a video, but if you want a short version, here it is.
UPDATE: I'm going back to commissions for now, so if you want a song, check out my website for prices. Or pledge to my patreon if you want as low as a dollar or $5: http://www.patreon.com/realfaction
My Site: http://www.flareheartstudio.com
Follow-up Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyU4t4x8iKY&feature=youtu.be
This is more of a rant, because I will not lie, I'm depressed. For years, my life has been a struggle with finding jobs and getting money, all because the people in this town will not hire someone like me who has Asbergers Syndrome and Anxiety Disorder. I feel discriminated and rejected. They are the reason I'm not getting anywhere.
But, part of it is me....most jobs I've struggled to function normally doing normal things anyone else can do that I can't even do right. It's majorly embarassing. But I had like 2 or 3 managers in my entire life who actually worked with me and my mental disorders, and I did pretty damn good until managers changed. This city has never given me a chance outside of that. For 3 1/2 years I have lived alone with the financial support of my parents.
I've seriously considered going on Disability. I don't know what to do anymore, but all of this is making me feel so powerless when I try so hard. And i guess a lot of people can't contribute to my Patreon so....I'm screwed. Me and my parents are financially struggling and guess what? $1000 car repair. Guess what? Can't ever see anyone or do fun things, have to be in this miserable house alone all the time.
I'm sorry if this post offends you because it's negative, not everything is peachy. This is what I face every day and have for years. My music isn't getting me by really, I've tried applying everywhere too. This town has great resources, but assholes live here and people who won't hire someone like me. I'm trapped here. I am miserable, that is the truth. So you may not see much from me for a while until something changes.
With that said, I'll still be judging the AIM contest and working on a few secret projects as I have. But on my facebook, youtube, etc., I won't be very active. There won't be anything extra anymore. I don't have the energy anymore. As long as I live in this town, I'm not going to get anywhere, so I'm going to see if I can move in with someone somewhere else where I actually have a chance for a change. I'm sick of this place anyway. Catcha all soon...