Writing and Recording a Second Album
June 12, 2021
Hello! Sho here. I’m excited to announce that I’ve started work on my second album! Over this past year, I haven’t been very active in my life as a musician - I didn’t post much on social media, and I didn’t do very many performances either. However, I didn’t stop creating - I made sure to record the melodies and chord patterns I liked in some way so I can work on them later. Now that I have finally graduated high school, the time has come to start building on those ideas.
Interestingly, in a year where I didn’t play ukulele as much, I started writing guitar riffs instead. If you don’t know, my brother Shin Humphries (link to his Instagram here) is an avid guitarist, and like me has always been a fan of rock music. My guess is that instead of being inspired by what I could play, instead I started to be inspired by what I was hearing around me. While I’ve just started to flesh out these ideas, there’s two that I think will probably end up on the album. While the riffs themselves rock out, I probably will flesh them out with more lofi styled beats - I really like the feeling of the driving rock rhythm combined with a more mellow electronic sound.
I also plan to flesh out some of the ukulele songs I have been playing - “Rising Hope”, “One Day”, and “Star for You”. I’m not quite sure what I’m gonna do for all of them, but perhaps collaboration is what will bring what I want out of those pieces!
Finally, the last song is actually one that I wrote from pre-arranged chord and drum loops from Cymatics. I started hearing a melody on top of it, so I went ahead and wrote that out in midi. I’m now writing lyrics to it - I’m pretty new to that, so I’ll definitely have more to write about it as I go!
That gives me six songs to make a nice EP with. I’ll keep you all updated on how that’s going, and some things that have helped me as well as details on the songs!
Signing off for now,