Time to make the donuts



We're considering recording again.  No specific plans or album titles or songs yet ... just the desire and will to make it happen.  Which brings up a few interesting questions for you, our kick ass fans ... 

    1) did you like MARC7?
    2) do you dig Start It Over?
    3) what's your dream Maktub recording senario?

I can't tell you that we'll follow your advice but it's fun to consider all of the above with the help of friends. One thing we've learned over the years is less planning is better for us. Well, maybe not less planning but fewer expectations about what's going to happen in the studio and what may come out of a given recording session. I used to use the over-used analogy of "hearding cats" as it relates to recording Maktub but anymore I think of it as juggling a dozen donuts while lying in bed. Pretty much impossible and if you just leave the donuts in the box on the counter it's much better for everyone involved. Unjuggled donuts are delicious in and of themselves.

Consider this: a box of unjuggled Maktub donuts in the recording studio with a MARC8 club yet-to-be-defined. Whet the appetite?

12 comments

  • theZim

    theZim

    3) what's your dream Maktub recording scenario? Well I already talked about this over on the "Talk" page... thanks Daniel! However I just had another idea that kind of goes along with the whole MARC- idea. At least the part about fans getting to be a part of Maktub. What do you think of having a kind of contest type thing where people can submit songs to be recorded by Maktub. That way you get a double bonus, fans can get excited again about the new recording and Maktub will have “worked out material” without having to really “work it out”. Of course all the songs could and should and would be reworked to have that “Maktub” vibe.

    3) what's your dream Maktub recording scenario?

    Well I already talked about this over on the "Talk" page... thanks Daniel!

    However I just had another idea that kind of goes along with the whole MARC- idea. At least the part about fans getting to be a part of Maktub. What do you think of having a kind of contest type thing where people can submit songs to be recorded by Maktub. That way you get a double bonus, fans can get excited again about the new recording and Maktub will have “worked out material” without having to really “work it out”. Of course all the songs could and should and would be reworked to have that “Maktub” vibe.

  • Daniel

    Daniel

    Oooo ... I like that idea. What song leaps to mind?

    Oooo ... I like that idea. What song leaps to mind?

  • Anthony

    Anthony

    1) MARC7 was a cool idea that came along at the right time, but it has its limitations (i.e. needing enough people to believe in the vision to part with the green). With the economy as crappy as it is right now, I don't know if people will be as willing to invest in a recording project again for a non-touring band. But, if they love the music as much as we Maktub heads usually do, I could be proven wrong (and, frankly, that would be great). 2) Start it Over was overall very good. A little derivative in spots, and Reggie's vox were too synthed-up in places, but the energy and vibe were there, and that made up for it. 3) Dream recording scenario would be a live album. No room for a bunch of studio gimmickry, just a snapshot of pure Maktub energy as the fans enjoy it best. Another advantage to that is that it cuts way down on cost (no studio hours for recording, income from the shows can offset mixing/mastering/ manufacturing costs a bit, etc).

    1) MARC7 was a cool idea that came
    along at the right time, but it has its
    limitations (i.e. needing enough people
    to believe in the vision to part with the
    green). With the economy as crappy as it
    is right now, I don't know if people will
    be as willing to invest in a recording
    project again for a non-touring band.
    But, if they love the music as much as we
    Maktub heads usually do, I could be
    proven wrong (and, frankly, that would
    be great).

    2) Start it Over was overall very good. A
    little derivative in spots, and Reggie's vox
    were too synthed-up in places, but the
    energy and vibe were there, and that
    made up for it.

    3) Dream recording scenario would be a
    live album. No room for a bunch of
    studio gimmickry, just a snapshot of
    pure Maktub energy as the fans enjoy it
    best. Another advantage to that is that it
    cuts way down on cost (no studio hours
    for recording, income from the shows
    can offset mixing/mastering/
    manufacturing costs a bit, etc).

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    1) MARC7 was an absolutely brilliant idea that worked flawlessly. Though I agree with Anthony that theres a chance it won't work again, so I think some new angles would be needed to get people to participate. I really like theZim's idea of the fan-songs, though I confess the thought of Maktub being in the studio with clearly defined songs is a bit unnerving to me.(maybe just have one, or two, or half?) 2)I really dug Start it Over; there was a lot more variety and you could tell much of it was spur of the moment and energetic, which is lovely. I actually liked Reggie's use of his Line 6, I thought it worked with the songs quite well. My only real issue was that sometimes all of the textures, effects, and general "noises" in the songs would become over-saturated. None of the songs were bad and I love them all. But having just one or two minimalist/simple tunes (ala "just can't make it without you")would have really helped bring us back down to earth once and a while and put things in perspective. But overall its amazing!!! 3)I love Anthony's idea of a live album. Maybe a double-disc if you guys bring snacks? Otherwise, I'd say just give you an entire studio for 3 weeks with no outlines, deadlines, or any other kind of lines... and lock you inside it with stacks of frittatas. The, just when your about to go insane, release you all and have you pick your favorite songs that you recorded. Sorry for the gigantic post. Thank you for reading! Cheers -Tom PS:Could you do me a favor and harass Reggie to make another solo album already? I've memorized all of "Simplified" 12 times over. I'd love to hear him with just his DL4, a live album of comedy/music would be even better.

    1) MARC7 was an absolutely brilliant idea that worked flawlessly. Though I agree with Anthony that theres a chance it won't work again, so I think some new angles would be needed to get people to participate. I really like theZim's idea of the fan-songs, though I confess the thought of Maktub being in the studio with clearly defined songs is a bit unnerving to me.(maybe just have one, or two, or half?)

    2)I really dug Start it Over; there was a lot more variety and you could tell much of it was spur of the moment and energetic, which is lovely. I actually liked Reggie's use of his Line 6, I thought it worked with the songs quite well.
    My only real issue was that sometimes all of the textures, effects, and general "noises" in the songs would become over-saturated. None of the songs were bad and I love them all. But having just one or two minimalist/simple tunes (ala "just can't make it without you")would have really helped bring us back down to earth once and a while and put things in perspective.
    But overall its amazing!!!

    3)I love Anthony's idea of a live album. Maybe a double-disc if you guys bring snacks? Otherwise, I'd say just give you an entire studio for 3 weeks with no outlines, deadlines, or any other kind of lines... and lock you inside it with stacks of frittatas. The, just when your about to go insane, release you all and have you pick your favorite songs that you recorded.

    Sorry for the gigantic post. Thank you for reading!

    Cheers
    -Tom

    PS:Could you do me a favor and harass Reggie to make another solo album already? I've memorized all of "Simplified" 12 times over. I'd love to hear him with just his DL4, a live album of comedy/music would be even better.

  • Falcatarius

    Falcatarius

    Ewwww, didn't know the 'enter' button didn't work. Sorry about that huge block of text.:( Cheers! -Tom

    Ewwww, didn't know the 'enter' button didn't work. Sorry about that huge block of text.frown Cheers! -Tom

  • S&L

    S&L

    I like the idea of fans submitting lyrics.. I would totally give my heartfelt words to hear them played by my favorite band. Also I would love the idea of seeing a recording of a Music DVD. I love sitting home and replaying my favorite music DVD's and Maktub's would definitely be a HUGE hit. hhhmm lets see the most radical idea I would love to see and ( help ) is seeing what other artists would jam with you.( meaning side by side jammin) Holy cow if the Gorillaz can do it with Ibrahim Ferrer (Buena Vista Social Club)so can Maktub. I am totally in for supporting the band. $$$$$$$ Ciao for now RR

    I like the idea of fans submitting lyrics.. I would totally give my heartfelt words to hear them played by my favorite band.

    Also I would love the idea of seeing a recording of a Music DVD. I love sitting home and replaying my favorite music DVD's and Maktub's would definitely be a HUGE hit.

    hhhmm lets see the most radical idea I would love to see and ( help ) is seeing what other artists would jam with you.( meaning side by side jammin) Holy cow if the Gorillaz can do it with Ibrahim Ferrer (Buena Vista Social Club)so can Maktub.

    I am totally in for supporting the band. $$$$$$$

    Ciao for now

    RR

  • theZim

    theZim

    for the record I would kick down the cash to be part of MARC8, I am kicking myself for not making it happen for MARC7... I vote neh on the Live album idea, already have tons of live Maktub. Well at least not as the focus for MARC8, get back in the Studio!!!...I have never been a big fan of live albums , that's just me. And yes I do have an idea for a song I would submit, it's actually one of my bands :D

    for the record I would kick down the cash to be part of MARC8, I am kicking myself for not making it happen for MARC7... I vote neh on the Live album idea, already have tons of live Maktub. Well at least not as the focus for MARC8, get back in the Studio!!!...I have never been a big fan of live albums , that's just me. And yes I do have an idea for a song I would submit, it's actually one of my bands biggrin

  • Maktub Fan

    Maktub Fan

    What gravitated us all to Maktub? The killer music that THEY wrote.. Record an album completely written by Maktub and let Maktub fans form their OWN bands and write their OWN music... Rock On!

    What gravitated us all to Maktub? The killer music that THEY wrote.. Record an album completely written by Maktub and let Maktub fans
    form their OWN bands and write their OWN music...
    Rock On!

  • Anthony

    Anthony

    Right on, Maktub Fan - let's not use "supporting" Maktub as a ruse for promoting our own musical endeavors. Maktub is plenty talented to bring their own groove, and if they don't, then we know they'll absolutely SMASH a cover ( i.e. "No Quarter").

    Right on, Maktub Fan - let's not use
    "supporting" Maktub as a ruse for
    promoting our own musical endeavors.

    Maktub is plenty talented to bring their own
    groove, and if they don't, then we know
    they'll absolutely SMASH a cover ( i.e. "No
    Quarter").

  • Maktub Fan

    Maktub Fan

    Anthony, This is true! Maktub ROCKED "No Quarter" and "Maktubified" it to the max! What a kick ass version! BAAAM !

    Anthony, This is true! Maktub ROCKED "No Quarter" and "Maktubified" it to the max! What a kick ass version! BAAAM !

  • theZim

    theZim

    Actually the continuation of my original idea was to have Maktub do a cover album of local bands but then I realized that Maktub is not really “local” anymore, with members living in other states and such, and the fan base is bigger than Seattle. I have no problem using other sources to promote my band and music including Maktub. For me a big part of music and being in a band is about community and supporting one another, I love to support Maktub and I appreciate the support they have given. If they decided to take submissions for songs, I would absolutely submit a song from my band. We are good you should check us out, we are called Daybreak. And after all Maktub is one of my favorite bands, I would love to hear one of our songs done by them. It’s possible that I was a fan of Maktub even before Daniel was!?:D

    Actually the continuation of my original idea was to have Maktub do a cover album of local bands but then I realized that Maktub is not really “local” anymore, with members living in other states and such, and the fan base is bigger than Seattle. I have no problem using other sources to promote my band and music including Maktub. For me a big part of music and being in a band is about community and supporting one another, I love to support Maktub and I appreciate the support they have given. If they decided to take submissions for songs, I would absolutely submit a song from my band. We are good you should check us out, we are called Daybreak. And after all Maktub is one of my favorite bands, I would love to hear one of our songs done by them. It’s possible that I was a fan of Maktub even before Daniel was!?biggrin

  • Soldier

    Soldier

    I love the band - Ever since I heard them by accident while coming back from Iraq on deployment in 2004. I have enjoyed every album, including "start it over". MARC-7 is a great idea. MARC-8 will not fail if you marketed "Start it Over" properly, which should have emphasized on this Album how MARC-7 came to life.... Unfortunately, on itunes that may be tough to do and re-approach. Understand the concepts that you are trying to do to gain a different artistic approach. My only recommendation on future recording opportunities is that you have some predictability on approach --- i.e. keep MARC process going. If you are looking and considering different approach to getting material, the only recommendation is that you consider a wiki-pedia type approach where a set of lyrics that you want to sign are first posted and let others play with the lyrics or the melodies to support the lyrics. but what do I know, I am writing to you from Afghanistan, in my 4th deployment since 2002.... I will be returning from Afghanistan to Seattle this summer and go back out next summer, so make up your mind on the next album soon please. Thanks

    I love the band - Ever since I heard them by accident while coming back from Iraq on deployment in 2004. I have enjoyed every album, including "start it over". MARC-7 is a great idea. MARC-8 will not fail if you marketed "Start it Over" properly, which should have emphasized on this Album how MARC-7 came to life.... Unfortunately, on itunes that may be tough to do and re-approach.
    Understand the concepts that you are trying to do to gain a different artistic approach.

    My only recommendation on future recording opportunities is that you have some predictability on approach --- i.e. keep MARC process going. If you are looking and considering different approach to getting material, the only recommendation is that you consider a wiki-pedia type approach where a set of lyrics that you want to sign are first posted and let others play with the lyrics or the melodies to support the lyrics.

    but what do I know, I am writing to you from Afghanistan, in my 4th deployment since 2002.... I will be returning from Afghanistan to Seattle this summer and go back out next summer, so make up your mind on the next album soon please.

    Thanks

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