The idea for A Collection of Imperfection has been bouncing around in my head since I started writing songs with an acoustic guitar about two years ago. Inspired by the D.I.Y. punk and folk punk scene and various weird and wonderful singer-songwriter friends and musicians I wanted to see if I could take the first four songs I wrote that stayed in my set-rotation, and turn them into an imperfect but listenable EP that I could be proud of and that would successfully demonstrate my ideas (overly-wordy run-on). The theme is in the name: "Imperfection", and I wanted to collect my earliest songs because they are just that. They are simple, often just two or three chords, are too long, and are fairly repetitive. Excluding the very rough sounding, reverbless "Dishfish, man", this was my first attempt at recording, mixing, and mastering and am happy with the result. I am very excited to apply the skills I learned during this process to new projects in the future. Similarly, the album artwork is a drawing I did while working a late evening at a gas station last Summer and while it's not the product of a well-trained, practiced, or read artist; I fell in love with it and its imperfect persistence.
A big BIG thank you to my friends and family who have listened to me talk and workshop the EP for virtually the whole two-year period. Thank you to all of the musicians, promoters and artists who have helped and supported me and who I have shared spaces and stages with over the years including Jacob Wiley, the amazing drummer from the band that started all this, and Frankie Wood, (A.K.A. The Violet Drive) who has taken me with him on many a show and whose solo work has had a large impact on my own (overly-wordy run-on #2). Special thanks to my partner Danielle "DJ" Maki whose help has been invaluable and who took some amazing photos for the "liner notes", and to Des Magee, Shannon Pearson, Owen Swenor, William Preston, and Luke Webster who helped me workshop, produce, mix, and write the EP.
As usual, criticism is welcome, and a donation (via Bandcamp* at the top of this page) would be appreciated for the free download! Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Everything written, performed, recorded, mixed, etc. by Kostyn.
*Bandcamp is amazing, I cannot explain how much I love the service they provide to musicians, music fans, podcasters, poets, labels and people in the world of auditory art and entertainment in general. If you say that you will pay $1 or more when you go to download the EP and make a fan account (free & easy) you can follow all of your favourite artists on here and other fans to find music you love. There is also a search function where you can find artists by location or very specific genre (the app is great for this). I could go on forever about Bandcamp but you can read more on the site if you wish, and you can view my fan profile here to see what I mean: bandcamp.com/Kostyn
(obviously, no one told me/paid me to say this). Because of all of the reasons listed above, and the "name your price" feature, Bandcamp is fantastic for artists, and I cannot encourage enough you to explore the site more.