Recordings

New Album Out: Sunny Deo And The Ninth Order’s Mystic String

Hope your new year started off on a good footing.

It’s with great pride that I announce the release of a newalbum that I worked on between the fall of 2014 and May of 2015. It’s called Mystic String and it features a diverse set of 10 songs which run the gamut from Pop to Rock to Jazz to even abit of World Music.

Working on developing the song arrangements with the band and producer as well as recording the drum tracks are certainly two of the greatest highlights in my career so far. I learnt so much more about recording with greater precision and consistency from working with a grammy-nominated producer, Duke Purisima, who presided over the production of this album; and grammy-nominated recording and mixing engineer, Jerry Chua, who designed the sound of this album. Jerry is also a very well respected drummer, thus alot of scrutiny was naturally placed on my performances!

All in all, this album captures some of my best drumming in the studio so far in terms of creative drum parts, versatility with different styles, time, feel, and consistency. I certainly look forward to doing another album with this band and this production team.

Here’s the link to previewing the album online and purchasing it as a digital download:

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/sunnydeoandtheninthorder.

Feel free to give me your feedback on the album!

 

 

 

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Update on Recording Projects: The Black Monolith and The Ninth Order

Hey folks,

Hope your start to 2015 was a great one. If it wasn’t, have faith, keep pushing in your chosen direction, make adjustments if necessary, believe in yourself, and things will get better as the year progresses.

I’m excited to announce that Black Monolith’s first album will be due for completion by end of March. We’ve also just done one gig for an Arts-event which was very well received. We have another gig coming up, an acoustic one, at Lasalle College Of The Arts.

I’m currently in the midst of another recording project for a Pop/Rock outfit called the Ninth Order. The band comprises:

Sunny Deo – Lead Vocals / Principal Songwriter

Kevin Mikhail – Lead Guitars

Sean Rezel – Rhythm Guitars

Bobby Chan – Keyboards

Muhammad Sultan – Bass

Yours truly – Drums, Percussion.

These guys are another great bunch to work with. Its a very relaxed and fun atmosphere – two things you need to make great music.

This project marks the first time that I’m working with an established producer. He’s none other than Mr. Duke Purisima, who’s a 2013 Grammy Nominee for his work on Arun Shenoy’s album, Rumbadoodle. It is a great honour and privilege to work with someone of those credentials, and it gives me both security and confidence in my contributions to the album. His advice helps alot in improving the drum parts and my performances that have been recorded so far have been above even my own expectations.

Watch this space for updates!!!!

New Studio Recording: Tommy Icarus by The Black Monolith

Link: http://theblackmonolith.bandcamp.com/track/tommy-icarus

Here ya go, folks…A new, hot one fresh from the Rock n Roll oven. This is personally one of my favourite tracks to record my drums on and I really like the results. It’s also a song I can connect with deeply on a lyrical level, thanks to the simple yet moving lyrics by lead singer, Zed Tan.

The Black Monolith will be rolling out it’s debut album in April this year. Be sure to watch this space for updates! It’s been a very nice experience working with these guys, and here’s to more.

Enjoy and ROCK ON!

The Black Monolith Album Recording Update

I have been checking my readership stats recently on this blog and it’s rather pleasantly surprising to see that this blog has reached to those far away from where I come from. To these readers, I extend my deep appreciation. Please feel free to leave a comment or two on any of the posts. A Question or an opinion is highly appreciated. 

With that said, I am pleased to update you guys that drum recording sessions for The Black Monolith album is going well. We used TNT recording studio down at Peace Centre on Prinsep Street, SIngapore. That studio has a slightly over 20 year history run by a gentleman who goes by the nickname, “Ah Boy”. I wished I knew his actual name… 

In my first session for this album which was booked yesterday from 10am to 2pm, we managed to lay down 5 drum tracks within the span of 2 and a half hours including settting up the drums, tuning, and getting levels. This has reinforced in me the importance of going into the studio TOTALLY prepared. Studio time costs alot of money, and the people who are hired to do recording sessions on a regular basis are those who can learn the songs quickly, quickly  figure out a part that fits the song, and has enough energy and focus to deliver the take as quickly as possible. 

I look forward to the next recording session next Thursday to record 4 remaining tracks for the album.

UPDATE: BLACK MONOLITH RECORDING PROJECT

Hi all,

Original Post: https://jasoncruzdrums.wordpress.com/2014/03/12/new-studio-recording-project-the-black-monolithth/

Thanks so much once again for stopping by to read my blog.

It gives me great pleasure to report that rehearsals for the Black Monolith recording project have been going great. We have a solid power trio lineup going, the songs are well arranged, and it’s all just going to kick ass. I’m also grateful for the amount of creative space I’m given to stretch out on my chops within the songs and I’m taking every step to ensure that every note I play on the album has a strong reason to be there. I’m also putting in more thought into the construction of my fills – something which is heavily inspired by Neil Peart – than I normally would.

This is going to be an exciting rock album made in Singapore! More details to come!

New Studio Recording Project: The Black Monolith (Hard Rock The Old School Way..)

Hi all,

I hope your week is going well so far. 

Just to update all the good folks who have stopped by to check out my website that I have a new recording project coming and songwriting sessions are underway. This project will tap on my roots as a drummer/musician – straight-ahead Hard Rock. If you like your Rock the way Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Queen, and some of the best 80’s Glam bands like Motley Crue did it, then be sure to look out for this band.

The Black Monolith, as the band is called, and I am not sure if that is the confirmed name, will comprise Damien Ng on lead guitars and he is the principal songwriter, a bassist, a lead vocalist, and yours truly on drums and throwing in my 5 cents worth to the arrangements. I have to say that I really enjoy the stuff that Damien writes – he knows his roots as a Rock musician and he can write great riffs that evoke the vibe of all the classic Rock groups both of us grew up listening to. 

We plan to hit the recording studio in June and may also go out on the road to bring the spirit of old school Hard Rock to the masses the best way we know. This is certainly a perfect time for me to bring back my heavy-hitting chops after more than a year of playing with a lighter touch and restraint on volume, which is also an area of drumming skill I am proud to have improved on and I still work on it.

Stay tuned for more upates!

 

Studio Recording: GAN BEI by Lim Yin Liang, Drums by: Jason Cruz

Studio Recording: GAN BEI by Lim Yin Liang, Drums by: Jason Cruz

This is a track I played drums on for songwriter, Lim Yin Liang, who wrote this after being inspired by a concert we did together in tribute to the classic Shanghai artists of yesteryear.

I used a hybrid kit consisting of:
Soultone Cymbals
Custom Snare Drum made by Pantheon Percussion (makemeadrum.wordpress.com/)
Toms by Pantheon Percussion
Kick Drum by Canopus.

Drums Recorded at: HOME GROUND STUDIO (www.pulseofmusic.com / www.facebook.com/pulseofmusic?fref=ts)

Produced, engineered, and mixed by: Caspar Francis of Caspar Productions (www.casparproductions.com/)

My Website: jasoncruzdrums.wordpress.com.

For enquiries on recording drums for your music project, send an email to: treshombres6@gmail.com