Everchanging

2415 words, 39:47 minutes, three months of vocal recordings, two years of writing, composing and producing.

I poured my heart and soul into this thing and while it was often exhausting and always a challenge,

I don't regret even one second of work that I put into it.

 

These two years made me grow so much, as a musician and a human being as well.

One of the most important things I understood (and the reason why the album is called the way it's called) is that nothing stays forever; everything's changing all the time. The bad times you're in won't last forever, so don't wreck your brain too much. But the good times won't last forever, either.

So enjoy them as much as you possibly can, for they're the beacon of light when your life sucks for a while.

 

I'm just very happy and proud that I made it as far as here and it's a pleasure and a privilege to share all of this with you.

Thank you for listening.

All the pictures I used on the “Everchanging“ Cover. Click on the pictures to read a few words about every picture.

Tracklist:

 

1. parachute (written and produced by Mattis Paul Ackner, vocals by Mattis Paul Ackner and Lizzy Schmid)

2. youth (written and produced by Mattis Paul Ackner, vocals by Mattis Paul Ackner and Lizzy Schmid)

3. life behind the wall (written and produced by Mattis Paul Ackner, vocals by Mattis Paul Ackner)

4. november blues (written and produced by Mattis Paul Ackner)

5. hope (written and produced by Mattis Paul Ackner, vocals by Mattis Paul Ackner)

6. feathers (written and produced by Mattis Paul Ackner, vocals by Mattis Paul Ackner and Lizzy Schmid)

7. california (written and produced by Mattis Paul Ackner, vocals by Mattis Paul Ackner and Lizzy Schmid)

8. currents (written and produced by Mattis Paul Ackner, vocals by Mattis Paul Ackner, electric guitar played and composed by Julian Thieme)

9. mmxvii (written and produced by Mattis Paul Ackner)

10. elephant (written and produced by Mattis Paul Ackner, vocals by Mattis Paul Ackner)

11. rose avenue (written and produced by Mattis Paul Ackner, vocals by Mattis Paul Ackner, speech is a part of “Ulysses“ by Alfred Tennyson)

12. 12 / goosebumps walkaway (written and produced by Mattis Paul Ackner, vocals by Mattis Paul Ackner)

The equipment I used on Everchanging:

 

Hardware:

 

Harley Benton CST-24HB Tortoise Flame, Yamaha P-35, Audient iD14, Maschine Jam, M-Audio Axiom Air Mini 32, Nevaton MC-51, Vovox XLR Cable, Vovox Jack Cable, König & Meyer Music Stand and Tripod.

Beats by Dr.Dre Over Ear Headphones (Studio 2.0. Wireless), Harman Kardon Sound Sticks Wireless, iMac, MacBook Air.

 

Software:

 

Logic Pro X, Native Instruments Komplete (Add-Ons: Strummed Acoustics II, Halcyon Sky, Magnate Hustle).

Last but not least, there are some people who I want to say thank you to:

 

• Markus, my vocal coach, with whom I met (and still meet) once a week to practice the songs and to listen to the vocals I recorded. He always spoke his mind and I really appreciate that. Without him I wouldn't have pushed myself to become better as much as I did. 

• Romin, the sound engineer who convinced me that it was better for me to do this all by myself and to teach my how to do it, rather than having it done by a professional, in this case him. Not only did he pass on a lot of money, but he also gave me plenty of helpful advice. I admire that.

• Lizzy and Julian for driving all the way out to my village where I recorded the album and putting their talent into my work.

Jonas, my stepbrother, for crafting the cover for “Everchanging“ and implementing my ideas just perfectly.

• My aunt Wiebke for proofreading all the lyrics and for her suggestions to improve them.

• My parents and my grandparents, not only for being there when I need them but also for supporting me financially, so that, combined with my side job, I could pay for the equipment for this album.

• All of my friends, who listened to everything I sent them and gave me as much feedback as they could. 

 

And I'm thankful for you, the one who's reading all this. Thank you for your time and thank you for listening to my music.