Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Video of Week., Misc.

The video of the week is "Mescaline Alley."  This is one of The Human's more recent songs recorded in his home studio, with AC Myles providing some searing lead guitar work.  The Human loves 60's trippy music and this is just one of those tracks. The accompaning video further highlights and elevates the mood.  So take a trip down Mescaline Alley.  At the end, there is a dumpster and by it, a big wooden door.  Go on in.  That's where the party is.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gAewUXgH8c



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A few pics of Kings Canyon National Park. One of The Human's favorite places.  He was just there with family and friends.


Dusk. Gettin ready for some eats.


Sunlight Through the Sequoia's


Bridge across Kings River.  Up further is Sheep's Creek
Campsite.


Grizzly Falls


Our national parks are treasures protected due to legislation spurred 
on by Teddy Roosevelt with the urging of John Muir.  Without these
protections all the Redwoods and beauty would be long gone.








Friday, June 15, 2018

TGIF Miscellaneous

Happy Weekend.

Going camping up in Kings Canyon National Park. 3 hour drive from Clovis, CA. Love it there.

Kings River flows by campsite.  Big Redwoods. Beautiful Mountains. People come from all over the world. Still use a tent and good air mattress.  Too many people with generators now..the new generation...they are running and spoiling the ambiance of nature.  Rookies.


View From Campsite
That's Kings River
Yep Trout.

Campsites all along here.

Typical set-up


Good fishing and good hiking


Put up new video to go with Blowin in the wind.


Peace

Everyone have a wonderful weekend.




Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Video of the Week. June 2018


This week's featured video is "Standing in the Shadows." It is from The Human's first CD, "The Real Stuff," released in 2006.

With 6 CD's released of almost entirely original music, spanning a 12 year period, The Human is often asked what is his personal favorite is.  It doesn't take him long to answer with "Standing in the Shadows."  Most don't know that there was a CD prior to the Real Stuff.  It was recorded in Porterville, CA in 2005. The studio had a big board and used analog tape.  3 songs came from the Porterville sessions and actually made it onto The Real Stuff CD in 2006. They were simply remixed and remastered.  The quality of the Porterville sessions were not up to what the Human wanted, especially when it came to the drums.  So the tapes were ultimately taken to Fast Traxx in Fresno and dumped into Pro-Tools and drums were upgraded. In the case of Standing in the Shadows, a sax was added during one of the solo parts that wasn't there before. Now, what makes Standing in the Shadows even more interesting is that is almost was never recorded. It was the last song attempted from these sessions. None of the band had even heard the song. The Human had a rough copy of it he did from his own studio. He played it at the studio for the guys and then the basic track was cut in one take.  So, magic definately happened, the song is somewhat of a miracle.  The engineer brought in Joanne Stephens to put harmonies and back-up vocals on the track. Her work further elevated the song.  Remixed and remastered at Fast Traxx in Fresno, you have the final version of Standing in the Shadows.  It's a powerful, emotional song about being stuck in a bad relationship for way too long.  Thus the title, "Standing in the Shadows."  Human calls it his rock anthem. The video and pictures go pretty well with the track to add to its impact and feel.  So, from 2006, The Real Stuff, please check out, "Standing in the Shadow's.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6vedmYpTv4


The Human remembers this pic well. Why?
Because they are playing Standing in the Shadows.



6 CD's from 2006-2017
99% original songs.


Get Humanized.



Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Music, Philosophy. Random Musings.

How does a relatively obscure artist that lives in a quiet town in the Central Valley of California manage to sell quite a bit of music domestically and internationally?

Nothing happens overnight.  Lots of work goes into all the songs.  Attention to detail. Attention to the small things that go into a track. Shakers, harmonies, balance. Emphasis on quality. Emphasis on uniqueness.

Good lyrics.  Lyrics that tell stories people can relate too. Things they have done. Things they have thought about doing.  Things that make them smile. No cheesy lyrics. No fluff. No songs clearly put out that are shallow and superficial that an 8th grader could write.  Human songs and lyrics come from living through interesting times. Listening to tons of music over the years. Going through many life experiences. It all surfaces one way or another in the music.

Marketing, Persistence. Consistency. I take no one or nothing for granted. I promote my music on many different sites. I take no site for granted. Even on sites where I get little response, I promote it there. You know why? Many still read it. They may choose for whatever reason not to comment, but they read it.  You can't sell shit if you don't take time to promote it.  I take no fan for granted. Anyone that takes the time to make a comment on my music, I thank them personally.  They are fans. They are the ones that buy and download the music. They deserve respect. They spread the word.

Unique rhythm guitar and style. While The Human is not an A List guitar player especially lead, his rhythm style makes and helps define his songs. Many have told him this. There is no Human Project without his rhythm guitar work, lyrics, and production and arrangement of each song.  It is unique, a big reason for sales of his music.

Nothing really happens overnight.  Unless you are lucky. Have a big label to back you, that throws marketing muscle behind you.  Have management. (can be shaky)  The Human has not played live in years (that's another blog lol) While this would certainly help promote and spread his music, he still manages to sell.  He compensates by paying attention to everything he has written about here.

So here we are. 6 CD's released from 2006-2017.  This has only happened because the music is noticed.  That is a driving force to continue on.  So, thanks to the fans for taking time to listen. Appreciate.  Purchase.  In one way or another, efforts will be made to keep da Human Project stuff flowing your way.

Peace


The Human was nominated by an artist from Louisiana soon after the release
of The Real Stuff in 2006.  Award was granted soon after.


The Human 2017.










Sunday, June 10, 2018

Blowin in the Wind

For some reason I decided to listen to Bob Dylan's "Blowin in the Wind," the other day. I was struck by the lyrics and even moved by them.  Much of what he is writing about in 1962, well... its still "blowin in the wind today." Even worse.  Not a very good commentary on progress of our world as a civilization and as a people.  Wars. Hate. Intolerance. Much driven by religion. A paradox? Yeah.

I took a crack at the song. It is rough around the edges, has blemishes and imperfections.  But I just wanted to do it. I am printing the lyrics below.  In the year 2018, things should not still....be "blowin in the wind." My version can be found here on my podomatic show today.
Peace.

https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/thehumanproject/episodes/2018-06-10T04_31_03-07_00


How many roads must a man walk down
Before you call him a man?
Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
Before she sleeps in the sand?
Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannon balls fly
Before they're forever banned?
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind,
The answer is blowin' in the wind.
How many times must a man look up
Before he can see the sky?
Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
Before he can hear people cry?
Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
That too many people have died?
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind,
The answer is blowin' in the wind.
How many years can a mountain exist
Before it's washed to the sea?
Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
Before they're allowed to be free?
Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head,
Pretending he just doesn't see?
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind,
The answer is blowin' in the wind.

Bob Dylan



Saturday, June 9, 2018

First CD The Real Stuff

Most of you know The Human Played in bands during high school from 1967-1969.  The Anonymous Five, Trans Love Airway, and Black Earth. All these bands were excellent. Often times they were paired with bigger older groups.  They opened for The Commonwealth in Hanford in 1967. The Commonwealth was fronted by Tom Johnston who went on to Doobie Brother fame.  After High School. Loyd went off to college and the music from a playing standpoint was over for him. Oh he still listened to plenty, but no more giggin. So from approxiamately 1969-2004 The Human was inactive and not playing. This is a 45 year period.  In 2004 he met some guys in his neighborhood and he was invited to jam with them. This this started the ball rolling toward him playing again. He met a few key players. He purchased a Boss BR 1600 that had 8 tracks and a drum machine and he started writing using this. He had no idea of the songs were anygood or not. His guitar chops were, to say the least...rusty.  In a few months time he had written Jimmy's Juke Joint, Ridin This Train, Red Vette Roll, Standing in the Shadows, Working Too Hard, Hi Fallutin Momma and Headin for Tennessee.
So he decided to roll the dice and go into a recording studio with them.  Some of the guys he had been jamming with he took with him.  The sessions that went down in 2006 became The Real Stuff.
He sent it to Gateway Mastering in Portland, Maine and Adam Ayan mastered it and it has a nice warm sound. Once this CD was put into distribution channels The Human was in for a surprise, because it hit pretty big in Europe, especially Be Goode Records in Bern, Switzerland.  So, The Human was off and running temporarily at least.  He took some gigs at Stanford and some local gigs. but chemistry with some band members caused this temporary roll to grind to a halt from a playing live perspective.  But understand that The Real Stuff is an excellent CD. Raw, and da good Human lyrics and driving beats. It also would catapult him forward to the next one, Human Project II, Humanize in 2008 that he will discuss in a future blog.

Track Listing:

Hi Fallutin Momma
Ridin This Train
Headin For Tennessee
Stormy Night In Texas
Jimmy's Juke Joint
Workin Too Hard
Standing in the Shadows
Red Vette Roll

All of these tracks are available at spotify, ITunes and all distribution sites. The physical CD is available at CDBaby.  If you know the human at all he will send you one signed for $20.00. There are not many copies of The Real Stuff left. It is becoming a collectors item.



The Real Stuff 2006


Link to The Real Stuff Physical CD.
https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/humanrocks2

The Human has a really good core fan base. They dig his style and lyrics that tell good stories. No cheesy lyrics..its real music. Over time fans world-wide will sniff out good music like they did The Human.  His fans are the best.

http://www.humanrocks.net






Thursday, June 7, 2018

Friday Thang TGIF

The Human getting serious about Friday's. It all started while he was in college.  Classes all week, bustin ass, then when Friday would roll around it would be about cold beer and rock and roll. Lots of both. This continued on through college and even after. Fridays are Fridays. Time to celebrate and party with some cold ones and good music and The Human had plenty. It's one of the reasons he got the nickname, "The Human."  So its only natural that he would write a song all about this and call it........"Friday Thang."  The lyrics tell the story big time. He also made a youtube video that goes with it pretty well too.  So see what Fridays used to be all about back in the day.  Is it that way today? Nah. Don't think so.  For a variety of reasons.  But check out Friday Thang video. The song is available for download at almost all major music distribution sites.

Friday Thang
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AllVE-WhER8

Friday Thang
Words and Music by The Human. From Last Train Out, 2011.

The Human                          Vocals and Guitar
Dwayne Janzen                    Lead Guitar
John Dees                             Bass
Tom Scott                             Keyboards
Chuck Hernandez                 Drums

Recorded at Cobalt Studio. Fresno, CA 2011.

Produced by The Human and Rafael Carmony.



The Human Project
Real Music.




Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Video of the Week

Taliban Man

The Human has started to put up what he calls a YouTube "Video of the Week."  Of course it will feature one of his songs. Last week he put up "Politics."  This week the video is based on his song "Taliban Man." written in and around 2009.  The song gives a bit of visual history surrounding the Afghan war and The Taliban.  This was a hard track for the Human to release.  He keeps it low key as he can. He does have some fear of reprisals in some form because of it.  He points the mindset of The Taliban. He points out some of our involvement in Vietnam, there are parallels. Then he points out our effort there and why this also takes on a Vietnam like aura.  The poignant last line sums it all up.
"And Taliban Man just sits and waits. Just like the Cong he filled with hate." 17 years there. We just keep sending our men and women over despite and campaign or political rhetoric you might here.
Our youth and students, not sure they can point out Afghanistan on a map. Not sure they understand the politics surrounding the war. The Geo-Political history of the region. Might help. Yes I taught all that.

Friends and fans of The Human Project, Enjoy Taliban Man from Best of the Human Project 2010.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8eGe6hp4QcM

This track was recorded on a Boss BR 1600 digital recorder in his home studio. The Human Plays all the instruments.


The Human taught High School history and government from 1975-1995.


The Human Project


6 CD's Released.
2006-2017
Get on board The Human Project Train.
Real Music.


Peace









Monday, June 4, 2018

Top Downloads for May 2018.

Top 5 Downloads for May 2018

Not much change in the top downloads for the month of May. 46 different Human Project Tracks were downloaded, and The Human wrote 44 of them. Highway 58 did climb to the number 2 spot and Running from the Shotgun from "Last Train Out," 2011 made it up to #3. High Anxiety kept a firm grip on #1, a spot it rarely relinquishes. Overall another good month of download sales. Human Project fans are the best, an international fan base and they recognize a lot of hard work goes into the songs.

Top Five Downloads

High Anxiety                                Human Project II, Humanized 2008
Highway 58                                  Humanize 2017
Running From the Shotgun          Last Train Out 2011
Requiem For Washington            Last Train Out 2011
Bad Luck                                      Best of The Human Project 2010


The Human has released 6 CD's from 2006-2017.

The Real Stuff                              2006
Human Project II, Humanized     2008
Best of The Human Project          2010
Last Train Out                              2011
Human's Last Stand                      2014
Humanize                                      2017

His songs are on almost all music distribution sites. Below is link to his website.


Currently
The Human has been working on recording a "cover song," at Pyramid Studio in Fresno. Most of you know that he rarely does covers, in fact out of 6 CD's only 2 covers.  This one is a Rolling Stones song from "Between The Buttons, 1967" mostly written by Keith Richards called "Connection,"  but the version he is working on is patterned more after the Montrose version from Paper Money in 1974.  He always loved that version and preliminary reports indicate that his version of just frickin outstanding or he would not be messing with it. Stay tuned for updates.




http://www.humanrocks.net

The Human Project
Real Music
No Cheesy lyrics
Old School Feel
Get yo boogie on.









Friday, June 1, 2018

History of the Human Project



This is a cool YouTube Video kinda outlining a visual history of The Human Project.  It really started in about 2005.  "The Human," got the nickname in is early 20's. He was a live wire, always had good music. Knew all the lyrics. A force of nature when it came to partying and cranking up tunes.  So late one night, one of his friends called him THE Human and it stuck.  When he goes into a recording studio no matter who he takes in,  the result is called The Human Project. He writes all the songs, produces, or co-produces, finances and markets all of it.  100% of his success comes from you. The fans.  It's a damn cool story.


History of The Human Project

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OAlz5U198k




The Human
6 CD's released.
2006-2017.
A small army of cool fans.  
It's a damn good time.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Politics


Politics


The Human originally wrote this song in around 2012 or so. Just as today, gridlock, bickering, partisanship, and a lack of compromise dominated.  He recorded it and it landed on his 2014 CD, Human's Last Stand.  In 2017 things were getting even worse, so he re-recorded it in his home studio with AC Myles providing lead guitar work. It is a sparser and rawer version, which the Human believes is a superior one to the original.

The lyrics are poignant and even biting.  Here are a couple of excerpts.

"Can't talk about no politics, or ideology. Can't talk about religion, I think thats plain to see. Can't find no equilibrium, ain't no compromise in sight. It's bitter, bitter, bitter. Everyone things they are right.

"You know there's drought and famine. Floods and lots of quakes, But man's too busy fightin, spreadin all his hate. I pray for all our children. I pray it's not too late. We're all in this together. We shouldn't hesistate."

Politics. YouTube.
The Human




The Human
6 CD's from 2006-2017.
99% original music.

A small little army of fans world-wide who are jumping on
The Humanized Train.




Peace




Friday, May 25, 2018

Mescaline Alley


Mescaline was part of the 60's drug culture. Many called it LSD's little brother.  It is derived from the cactus plant (peyote) while LSD is created in a "lab" environment.  The 60's drug or counter culture was interesting and much good music came from it.  It was laced into the fabric of the time, like it or not.  The Human was in high school during this time, and played in very good rock bands from 67-69.  While he did not indulge in these mind-trips, he found the entire scene fascinating and the music awesome.  It is only natural that some of these experiences from this period would get incorporated into his music today, just as many things from this time are. The key to the uniqueness of his music is so much exposure to so music music over decades that he has shaped and made his own.


This brings us to" Mescaline Alley."  A tale of a man with an extremely good buzz ending up walking down a fascinating alley that leads him an isolated big wooden door next to a dumpster. Inside?  A trippy scene of music and lights beyond his wildest imagination.  So, take a listen. Take a trip down "Mescaline Alley."

Video Link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gAewUXgH8c

Mescaline Alley was recorded on a Boss BR-1600 digital recorder.
The Human Plays the following on this track.
Acoustic Guitar
Bass
Fender Strat Rhythm
Conga's
Percussion
All Vocals

His friend AC Myles put down The searing Lead Guitar part using The Human's Strat.

From 2006-2017 The Human has released 6 CD's of almost entirely original music.  His music is real and unique and that is what endears his small little army of fans to it.  

You can be a big help by liking videos and even subscribing.

The Human's Website

http://www.humanrocks.net



Peace



Sunday, May 13, 2018

High Anxiety


High Anxiety is from Human Project II, Humanized recorded over a 8 month stretch in 2008.  The Human worked with Dana Long in Visalia, and this cd is a result of their collaboration, persistence and hard ass work.  Dana Long added so much to the quality of the CD from Drums to lead guitar work. There are some stellar tracks on here and one is High Anxiety, one of the Human's top downloads every month.  The final product was sent to Sterling Sound In NYC and mastered by Steve Fallone.  This is a quality CD. Steve Fallone included it in his list of clients for that year.



Dana Long and The Human
2008.
Making of Human Project II, Humanized.


Here is a link to new video that features High Anxiety.




The Physical CD can be purchased at CDbaby.


Thanks for supporting Human Project Music.  No big advertising budgets. No big label.  Just the fans who spread the word.  The best fans. Love and Peace.



Thursday, May 10, 2018

Fans and Miscellaneous


Thanks for a strong response to another one of Human's Shows on Podomatic featuring his music.
He rarely does shows of his music exclusively, but does on occasion.

The Human has hosted Human's show for over 8 years. He plays a variety of music from his personal collection of music.  He has listeners from all over the world. Below is the link if you wanna get in on the party.

http://thehumanproject.podomatic.com/


Many people from all over the world download The Human's music.  Some go the extra mile and buy the physical CD.  Below are some pics of loyal Human Project fans.  Some dug the music so much they wanted a T shirt too.  So......they got one and got themselves Humanized.


Eros
Torino, Italy

           
Jan
Teplice Czech Republic
Greetings from Czech Rep. Thanks for the message from you .Let me congratulate you for your unique blues-rock music style which combine of the seventies music with decent southern-rock flavor. When I listen Fast Train track from your last cd it´s like J.J.Cale was standing in front of me. Jan 


Mario
Castelnuovo, Belbo
Northern Italy


The Human has released 6 CD's from 2006-2017.  99% of the tracks are original compostions. His fan base has steadily grown over the years.  He can be found on most all music distribution sites.



Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Commentary on Human Project Podcast

This blog provides commentary on the current Human Project podcast of some of  Human's songs.
These tracks for the most part, are not his top sellers. He just did a show on those recently. These are just some tracks he thought the fans might like, especially the inside info on each of the tracks.

Link to podcast is below.

https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/thehumanproject/episodes/2018-05-07T13_55_28-07_00

The Songs:

Running From The Shotgun:
Inside info: There are 2 versions of this song.  One recorded in 2010 that is pretty much live in the studio.  Minimal dubbing.  This version is the one on the Podcast. While a little rough around the edges, it has a more live and organic feel to it.  The other version is on "Last Train Out," 2011.  This is studio version. Neither version met my expectations because I felt and still feel its a great song.  Kid gets sucked in by hot Jehovah girl and the song tells the rest of the story.  This version you hear features Human Project regular Dwayne Janzen on lead guitar, and Tom Scott on keyboards. The drummer and bass player  I had never used and did not get the chemistry I liked with them. This is one reason these sessions got cut short with just 4 tracks.  They all went on Best of The Human Project.  It's the only place you can get them.

Recorded at Fast Traxx Studio Fresno, CA 2010
Produced by The Human
Bill Sayre Engineer.

Hardwork Blues
This track also from same session as "Shotgun."  The band did pretty well getting locked in on this one and ultimately I felt pretty good about this track. Dwayne Janzen and Tom Scott did their thing and The Human's rhythm guitar drives the track.
Song is about a guy's desire to "do anything" to get the girl. Even if it means to stop drinkin that hootch and work on her daddy's farm. Mercy.

Both of These Tracks were recorded at Fast Traxx Studio Fresno, CA
Produced by The Human
Bill Sayre Engineer.
2010

Standing in the Shadows
Basic Tracks recorded at The Sound Garden Studio in Porterville, California on analog tape.
This song almost "never happened," It was the last song we did in the session.  The band had not even heard it before. I had a little scratch version I did recorded onto a disc.  I played it for them.  They listened a few times, then we went out and cut the track you hear. Real live vibe.  Worse, Dwayne Janzen, lead guitar player had tore up his shoulder skiing.  His left arm was still in a sling. Still he gritted it out and laid down a scorching  lead track.  On a Saturday morning Jo Anna Stephens came in and put the killer harmony vocals down. Make sure to listen to her at the end of the song.  She had been invited to record in Nashville.  The saga of this song is not over.  In the end, I did not like the sound of the drums and the track lacked vitality I wanted. So...I took the master tapes to Fresno to Fast Traxx and transferred this track to pro tools.  Bill Sayre then used drum programs to fatten the drum sound.  I brought Nate Ketner in to lay a sax solo on the second break.  Then it was re-mixed.
And...Standing in The Shadows was finally finished. I consider it one of my most powerful songs.
It's on 2006, The Real Stuff.
Produced by The Human
Engineer Bill Sayre

Workin Too Hard
The first song I ever wrote after coming back from over a 35 year lay-off from music.  I had played in rock bands in High School all 4 years.  Good ones in the late 60's.  Then, put guitar down and off to college and life. I got a Strat in 2005 and Boss BR 1600 recorder and started foolin around. Workin Too Hard is first I came up with. I met some cool dudes along the way...good players. We recorded Working Too Hard at the Fast Traxx sessions on a Saturday in 2006.  Lots of cold beer was flowing.  This was a great version of The Human Project with Dwayne Janzen on Lead, Ron Greeley on Drums, Brian Beale on Bass and myself. Tom Scott was brought in to lay down keys and Nate Ketner put the sax down. All the songs from this session just kicked ass, including Jimmy"s Juke Joint, Red Vette Roll, and Hi Fallutin Momma. This CD got me a gig at Stanford homecoming.  People dug it. Put me on the map.
The Human..Producer
Bill Sayre Engineer
Fast Traxx 2006

Juke Joint Showdown
I had done Human Project II, Humanized with Dana Long at his studio in Visalia, CA in 2008.  A couple of years later I attempted to start another CD with him. He got a little studio and the basic framework for Juke Joint Showdown was laid down. It was John Dee's on Bass. Dana on Drums, and me..The Human on rhythm guitar. Then Dana had personal problems.  Sessions were shut down. I finally got him to transfer the track to a disc and I took it to Cobalt Studio in Fresno to finish the track.  Richie Blue plays the lead part. I put all the harmonies in at the end.  But Dana Long's drumming on this track is killer.  Drives the track. Song ends up being powerful rocker and tells a good story, like most of The Human's songs do. This version is on Human's Last Stand 2014.
Finished at Cobalt Studio, Fresno, CA 2011.
Rafael Carmony Engineer
The Human Producer


Lookin For My Freak Flag
This track was from the Human's Last Stand sessions at Fast Traxx in Fresno 2014.  I took an approach in recording this CD that I would not bring a band in, but patch it together kinda like I did with Human Project II, Humanized 2008.  This project was a struggle from start to finish, bringing in people and getting them in synch with the track.  Lookin For My Freak Flag came from these sessions. Bill Sayre plays drums and Dave Wallace did a good job on the keyboards.  My friend, AC Myles, fresh off a tour of Europe with John Nemeth, came in and laid down the absolutely killer lead track.  Song is about guy who just stopped partying and stopped having fun. One day he decided bleep this. Went lookin for his freak flag.  :)  He did put it back on.
Fast Traxx 2014
Bill Sayre Engineer
The Human Producer.

The Stripper
Another song from 2014 Fast Traxx sessions.  Track was pieced together.  The Human Plays the acoustic guitar and bass. Bill Sayre drums. Dwayne Janzen brought in to lay lead track down. That's it.  Song did not achieve expectations The Human had for it, but none the less a decent track.
Lyrics are self explanatory. Mercy
Fast Traxx 2014
Bill Sayre Engineer
The Human Producer

18 Wheels
This track, incredibly enough, was recorded in Human's Home Studio on Boss BR 1600 recorder.  The Human plays all instruments. He took the recorder to Tom Scott's house and had him lay down what turned out to be a raging keyboard solo and killer keyboard backing.  This Track was put on 2014 Human's Last Stand.  It sometimes pops into the top downloaded tracks.  Of course, its about Truckers.
The Human Producer, Engineer.

Are You Sure Hank Done it This Way?
One of the few covers the Human has done. Did this track on a whim in home studio on Boss BR 1600. Brought in ex-student David Brown to put down mandolin track. This was a "just for fun," track that is not for sale anywhere.  He just wanted to share it with fans.

Blues State of Mind
Recorded at home on Boss BR 1600.  This is a cool little diddy The Human wrote.  He had AC Myles come over and put some lead guitar down, and The Human tosses in some tasty harmonica.  A short but sweet little jam.  Not for sale either, although The Human has thought about it.


Many of these tracks are not ever in the top sales or downloads of  Human's Music. He just did a prior show with those. He just hand picked these for fun to share with you..the fans.  Who are in his mind...The best on the Planet.



\\
Best of The Human Project, 2010.




Peace and Thanks to the Fans.
The best.












Sunday, May 6, 2018

Maximus Studio, Fresno, CA

I visited Maximus Studio in Fresno yesterday. My old friend Rafael Carmony moved from his studio, Colbalt to Maximus.  Maximus is as close as you will ever get to a big time LA type studio. Huge. Several studio's and rooms. One big room for big bands etc that ties in to most all of them. Killer boards. Killer pre-amps. Lounge. All that.  I worked with Rafael on my 3rd CD, "Last Train Out," that I released in 2011.  He wanted me to see the new digs. So, it's possible I might go in and put a track or 2 down in there one day. And..good to see Rafael as well.  I thought I would share some pics with you.


Main Board. Through window big room to set up in.


Big Room.


Nice piano. Just noodling. 



Board


The Human and Rafael Carmony




"Last Train Out," 2011.
Requiem For Washington on this one.


The Human has released 6 CD's from 2006-2017.


Friday, May 4, 2018

New Single

The Human has released a new single, "Keep it To Yourself."  It is a sparse stripped down track with a cool groove to it.  He got his friend AC Myles to lay down a cool lead guitar track that helps establish the ambiance The Human wanted.  Sometimes, when you get to groovin and catch a little buzz...it's better to "Keep It To Yourself."  That in a nutshell is what the track is all about.  It can be downloaded from all major distribution sites, although it may not yet be uploaded to all of them yet.


Link to "Keep it To Yourself.
https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/thehumanproject5


A couple day's ago on "Human's Show," on Podomatic, The Human featured his top 6 download sales for the month of April, 2018.  This show had over 325 downloads world-wide and has proved to be one of his most popular shows ever. If you missed it, here is the link for you to check it out.

Human's Show. Human Project Top 6 Downloads for April 2018.
https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/thehumanproject/episodes/2018-05-02T05_57_34-07_00





The Human
6 CD's released from 2006-2017.
99% all original songs.

Get Humanized.


Human Project Fans are the best. Very knowledgeable about music. Discerning. And dig real
music like The Human makes.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

April Download Sales and More

A good month for Human Project download sales for April after March was off just a little.

A total of 46 songs were downloaded. 44 or them were written by The Human. (Loyd Vandergriff)
Especially gratifying is how many different countries are involved in listening and downloading world-wide. 15 different countries and the USA.  People world-wide are finding Human Project Music and listening to it. 

The Top Downloads for April were:

High Anxiety                                     Human Project II, Humanized
Fast Train                                           Humanize
Requiem For Washington                  Last Train Out
Bar Room Meltdown                         Humanize
Norwegian Wood                               Human's Last Stand
Got Myself In Trouble                       Humanize

The Human just made a YouTube video that goes over the downloads for April and also explains how he markets his music and promotes it. Informative for new artists and even older ones as well.

LINK
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8SWqqpLVws&t=18s

If you haven't followed The Human on youtube, subscribe to his channel. Some good stuff there.

He fly's hot and heavy under the mainstream radar but gets noticed by the people who count. His fans. They are knowledgeable and discerning when it comes to music.  The Human brings it for them.



The Human

http://www.humanrocks.net


PEACE

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

New You Tube



The Human just put up a new You Tube Video to go with a song he recently wrote called,
"Keep It To Yourself."  Its a sparse litty diddy done in his home studio. He played all instruments, but had his friend AC Myles come over to put down a lead guitar track. AC never disappoints with this as you will see when you listen.  The song is about getting a little relaxed at home by whatever means you feel necessary, and then making the case that often times its just better to stay home and groove to the tunes instead of going out.   Especially if you have a good analog vinyl record collection, and bad ass turn table and speakers. The Human tries to create an ambiance with the track, hopefully he was successful.  He might offer this track for sale on spotify, Itunes and other distribution sites. Stay tuned for that.


Keep it To Yourself.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2g9GxXI6ER8

The Human has released 6 CD's from 2006-2017, almost all original music.

http://www.humanrocks.net


He bubbles up under the radar of the mainstream artists, but has the best fans who take the time to listen the lyrics and dig the grooves.  They are special.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

March Downloads, Misc

Hey Human Project Fans.

March was a good download for Human Project Music.  It is interesting that there was a pretty significant change in the top 5, with some of the old stand-by's dropping out and some different songs working their way in. What's even more interesting is 4 of the 5 were all from Human Project II, Humanized, Released in 2008.  The Human has always felt that this was one of his best CD's. It was recorded in Visalia, CA working with Dana Long.  Dana plays drums on all the tracks and some guitar as well.  This disc was sent off to Sterling Sound in NYC where is was mastered by Steve Fallone.  He worked on Keith Richard's most recent release as well as many other high profile artists.
So Human Project II, Humanized has a big time sound to it. The songs are great as well.

Here is the Link to Human Project II, Humanized. It can also be found on all sites like Spotify and ITunes.

https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/humanprojectii

The Top 5 For March were:

1).  Deep River                 From Human Project II, Humanized. 2008.

2).  My V8 Ford                From Human Project II, Humanized. 2008.

3).  Bad Momma               From Human Project II, Humanized. 2008.

4).  Bar Room Meltdown  From Humanize 2017.

5).  Drive, Drive, Drive    From Human Project II, Humanized. 2008.

Over 40 different Human Project Tracks were downloaded, all written by The Human.

Top Download sites were:

Itunes Match   Switerland

Apple Music   Canada

Apple Music   Japan

Spotify            USA and international as well.

Amazon Premium Services

The Human writes all his own material and helps co-produce as well. He fly's hot and heavy under the mainstream radar. Plays live very rarely. (lives in cover band town) And rely's on his fans to get the word out about his music.

Thanks friends and fans for supporting Human Project Music.

The Human Project
http://www.humanrocks.net




Saturday, March 24, 2018

Human's Show. Misc.


Many of you know I have been hosting a show on Podomatic for over 8 years now called, "Human's Show."  I play stuff from my personal CD Collection.  I play alot of my music too.  It has grown in popularity world-wide over the years.  Here is the link if you want to sign up and follow me. Love to have you.

https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/thehumanproject

Got a great letter from a fan in the Czech Republic.


Hi Loyd, 

Greetings from Czech Rep.Thanks for the message from you.Let me congratulate you
for your unique blues-rock music style which combine of the seventies music with decent
southern-rock flavor.When I listen Fast Train track from your last cd it´s like J.J.Cale was
standing in front of me.

Like a former radio manager I try to present your music in my country because your
name is absolutely unknown artist in my country but your music is very pleasant
surprising for the people who had a chance to listen your music.

Please if you have some quaility video live performance please be so kind and 
send it to me, I could present you in our established music clubs for your
possible European tour someday.

Let me wish you many achievements in your musical career and much vitality
to you and to your family.I will look forward to your new music and to our personal
meeting someday.

your friend in Czech Rep.

Jan


This shows that Human Project music is reaching across the continents to all kinds of places where people love good real music.   


Appreciate all my fans world-wide.  My music has been a grassroots effort and word of mouth thing where people tell someone else about it and share it.  I appreciate those that are a part of such a cool thing.


The Human
6 CD's Released
2006-2017

Get Humanized.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Updates. Promo's. Misc.

Hey Human Project Fans.  Time is flying and spring is here. We have had a dry year in the Central Valley of California after an extremely good winter in 2017 that went along way towards getting us out of the drought, but not good this winter. Luckily there have been some late storms roll in to get much needed snow in the mountains.  I took this pic of the Sierra's that are the backdrop to where I live in Clovis, CA 



Sierra's Just Outside Clovis, CA
March 2018


I made a little promo of Bar Room Meltdown from my most recent CD "Humanize."  The song was recorded close to live in studio and is one of the hardest rockin tracks on the CD.  So I had fun just making a teaser for you to see.  Here is following link to check it out.  There is YouTube of entire song on my channel,  but not using this little program that is very cool for promo's. Just wanted to share it.



Music sales have been strong. That is because of the cool fans I have that appreciate real music with good lyrics.  I keep keepin on because of the fans.


The Human Project is the brainchild of singer-songwriter Loyd Vandergriff, who got the nickname "The Human," in his younger days. He has always loved music and has been influenced by so many artists along the way.  He has incorporated many styles into his songs and the result is some bluesy rock and southern rock that his fans simply call....Human Rock.  His songs tell vivid stories and get you pattin those feet and snappin those fingers when listening to it.


Video of Week., Misc.

The video of the week is "Mescaline Alley."  This is one of The Human's more recent songs recorded in his home studio, with AC...