Ochestration & Strings.
Growing up with MTV Unplugged and VH1 Storytellers left such an impression on me. 90's songs like Oasis's "Wonderwall", Green Day's "Good Riddance", and Goo Goo Dolls "Iris" are the soundtrack of my adolescence. They all included big string arrangements that added to a cinematic feel. A dream of mine has always been to include a string section at my shows and on recordings. Finally, the time has come.
By putting my education to good use, Mitch Davis and I prepared parts for Cello, Viola and Violin.
On "Brave New World" and "Golden"
The the book ends of the record.
Ammon Chung (Viola) & Robert Seely (Violin) tracked over Jason's Bladh's cello part. And all at once, these songs came alive.
I think, in a small way, I finally know what it's like for a director of a movie to show up to the scoring stage for the first time. My eyes watered with amazement listening back. As if your imagination gives way to reality. Stepping outside yourself to hear a song with fresh ears. Surpassing every expectation you had.