Scott Lake 14

Artist Bio

Influences:   This year, my influences will probably be varied. I became a fan of Kings of Leon's last 4 albums (and disappointed in their first couple as I picked them up in thrift shops). So I'll probably go there but seriously need drums to pull anything off like that. I will probably do some DCFC-like songs this year. The War on Drugs - I would love to rip-off some of the mastery of the gauzy two-chord songs this guy has done. Fantastic. Also love Sufjan Stevens Carrie and Lowell/Seven Swans/Michigan kind of beauty.

This is my 12th FAWM. I think. Not entirely sure.

I am up for collabs - I play guitars, bass and keys and sing. Collabs will be with lyricists that have 'safe for work' lyrics.

Some of my collaboration capabilities that are not so common here on FAWM:
I have added B3 to several FAWMer's past offerings - if you don't know what that is, you probably aren't looking for it - which is cool.
Synth leads.
Mandolin (If the song is in G, and I can use my knowledge of two-finger chords!)
Freestyling acoustic piano and singing to lyrics without music.
Other stuff like that.

Here's something you might find useful this FAWM: A zip file containing about 35 .wav files which are song count in numbers and song section call-outs for you to drop in to your DAW on your songs, so you can use them while you record in a different part of your room - at least that's what I do:

Riffage Drum Track - I uploaded three different compressed versions of my attempt to program the drums from Arctic Monkey's "Arabella". You can use them if you like. If it helps you to get a song done this FAWM, add me as a collaborator - (if lyrics of your song are safe for work)


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  • @kaylagonzalez120 Apr 4

    I e-mailed you back! 😀

  • @jmadison  Mar 30

    Hey, thanks for listening to A Curiosity. I guess I didn't know that two basses was unusual. It's just what I thought to do that day. And, I'll take the Pink Floyd reference as a major compliment. They were a phenomenal band.

  • @gemhughs Mar 29

    Scott your offer sounds interesting & I appreciate it... let me know what you need... I'll also email you this message to make sure we connect.

  • @berni1954  Mar 21

    Hi Scott. Thanks for your very moving comment on my "Just one Look in her Eyes" song.

  • @johnstaples  Mar 19

    Hey Scott, thanks for the alerts feed and for the link to that service! That is very cool. I only listed two because that is all FAWM lists here,

  • @kaylagonzalez120 Mar 14

    Yes I got your e-mail! I’m sorry I haven’t responded yet, been super busy. I wanted to take the time to answer you as throughly as you did me. Thank you so much!

  • @zecoop  Mar 14

    Also, I forgot you play organ... I have enjoyed my new 1960 Hammond a ton even though I stink. Not a B3 but good enough for me and definitely delivers the real deal sound. It made it into quite a few songs, including Surf Chase, obviously. 😀

  • @zecoop  Mar 14

    I do say every year that I'm going to keep writing outside of FAWM... And very rarely do. I'm hoping this year is different! I'll definitely keep you in mind if something shows up. 😀

  • @stevenwesleyguiles  Mar 14

    For Fiery Ends I added a distortion plugin on the vocal track to make it more gnarly and ... distorted. 😀

    Plus, I'm using my Shure Sm7 and yelling right up into it. Lips touching the mic the whole time pretty much. On the more "screaming" parts, I leaned back a little bit, but I was still pretty close. Plus I run it through my UA tube preamp. 710 Twinfinity. I use it for pretty much everything.

  • @zecoop  Mar 14

    Wow... thanks so much for listening and commenting. I really was happy with how Surf Chase turned out and it really does have a lot of power in that chorus section's guitars. Even surprised me when that part came into my head. I had three surf songs this year, so I was feeling it, lol.

    Sorry I didn't get to the planned collab with you this year. Having my appendix die in the first week set me back a bit, and FAWM was a bit of a blur.

  • @caterwauler Mar 12

    Thanks for the details. Your pronunciation sounded fluid and effortless.
    "That was at least 20 years ago so it could be that nobody is left living that speaks Huron natively"
    Yes, what a sad idea.
    I wonder if people who speak Klingon or Elvish teach their children the language...

  • @gslade Mar 10

    Ha. That's funny. I actually wrote three sets of profanity free lyrics this year.

  • @gslade Mar 10

    Hey man. I sent it to a guy. Waiting to get it back. Are you down for such endeavors?

  • @matthijs Mar 10

    Thank you for the comment on my song February. I stopped because there's a lot going on in my life at the moment and i am just too tired to make music, but i hope to be making more during 50/90!

  • @man Mar 9

    re: rhyme sceme for "73"... I did a similar thing on "Help Yourself"

    I'd just call it "AABCCB" or something like that. I'd be amazed if I invented it.

  • @blumenkraft  Mar 8

    Hey man, I might get a chance to record that tune to a click this weekend. If I actually do it I'll get back to you. Thanks for the comment. I've listened to a few of your songs here and liking what I'm hearing.

  • @famouspatrick  Mar 8

    Thanks for the thoughtful comment on my song, "Thoughts and Prayers." There are certainly many things to consider about this issue, but I, personally, would be willing to limit my access to weapons if it made the children safe. And I say that as a handgun owner and a concealed carry permit holder. The fact remains that, for our legislators to do nothing in the face of this carnage is cowardly at best. The only positive thing I can say about them is that, at least once they are bought, they stay bought.

  • @man Mar 8

    Thanks for listening to my track "73". Feel free to make that forum post and/or cover the song.

    To be honest, I'm not sure what I was doing with that C major chord under "silent key". I wish I had a good music theoretical explanation for why I threw that into a song that's otherwise in D major, but I really don't recall having any clever thoughts about it... I think my fingers just fell on it, and I just went with it for the sake of the skirmish.

  • @caterwauler Mar 8

    It's an amazing listen -- soulful and moving, and the Huron language is definitely fascinating. I enjoyed getting lost in it.
    Thank you for sharing.

  • @caterwauler Mar 7

    Thank you for listening and commenting.
    Re layers : For the "choirs", I record 6 to 10 layers per vocal section (during fawm, I limit myself to 6). Lead vocals are often doubled.
    Vaerin is a constructed language. It is spoken by the heroes of the fantasy book I'm writing.
    I would love to listen to your song in Huron. Ancient and lost languages fascinate me.

  • @crimulus  Mar 5

    Hey Scott! Thanks for checking out Vapor. I will also come check out your songs, but I wanted to answer your questions:

    I capo right behind the fret wire, and I make sure I pull on the capo levers to make sure it's a good grip (opposite of how you squeeze to take it off). Then I retune the guitar with the capo on.

    For mic'ing, it's just one mic (and a lot of initial futzing) run through an EQ, reverb, and compressor in the DAW. it makes for a great sound, but it also picks up the pick hitting the guitar and other incidental sounds. It's excellent for just a live sound though.

  • @krayzie003  Mar 4

    Thank you for your comment on "Etherials." I don't think I've mastered BIAB but I feel like my musical training has given me the skills needed to use it tastefully. I've only had the full version of the program since December and therefore Im just diving into the wide range of possibilities that it has to offer.

  • @nancyrost  Mar 4

    Sounds good! Helen and I used an mp3 Hoops had mailed us, but I should be getting the wav well before next FAWM and will make sure to dropbox it to you once I have it.

  • @kaylagonzalez120 Mar 4

    Thank you for your advice on ‘My Only Friend’ one of the reasons I really wanted to do FAWM was because I write by myself and wanted others input. I’m gonna shoot you an e-mail about reordering of the lyrics, maybe you wouldn’t mind helping me try a different take on the song?

  • @mdavisto  Mar 4

    You can be. I'm toying with the idea of making this an annual thing, but it sort of requires me to have a crowd-worthy idea every year. Imma have to hang out in the produce isle more often.

  • @johncrossman  Mar 4

    Hi Scott! Thanks for listening to my last fawm song. I plan to come back and hear what you've been up to also. Making my way around....

    I noticed @stnada had a couple avatar/emojis and a few other fawmers by songs or in comments and I have a bunch on my tablet that pop up, so I put them before my titles and I couldn't stop with just one so I did one for each. Annoying but kind of silly fun. 🎸🎧🎤

  • @nancyrost  Mar 4

    Thanks, Scott. Maybe we could use it next year for common drums? It's in 5/8.

  • @aesthetic72  Mar 2

    Hey Scott sorry for the late reply. I would be interested in guitar on counting seconds. I need to to do another vocal take and fix the mix but a guitar would be great. 😀 lemme know if you’re still interested and I’ll share my email addy.

  • @w1n  Mar 1

    Thanks for commenting, be checking out more of your tunes in the coming days.
    No viola tuning, just what Epiphone calls it.

  • @oddbod  Feb 27

    Hi Scott, there is no bass so feel free to add some if you can hear something that works.

  • @jenfoss Feb 27

    Thanks for listening to Habakkuk! And oh my goodness, let me tell ya, I have about 10 songs started and none finished except for 2. 😀 But that's FAWM for ya, do what ya can, I suppose!

  • @berni1954  Feb 26

    Hi Scott - thanks for listening to my Folk-Rap. The instrument in question is a Mandola, not a Ukulele. But you are correct about the fact that the right are on the march everywhere.

    However, Spain seems to be a test bed. Here you can be imprisoned for taking video of a policeman beating up your pals. You can be sent to prison if more than three people are gathered in the street with a political slogan (it gets declared an illegal demonstration). That can mean four friends in a public place - one has a t-shirt in favor of some political issue the Govt don't like. So all four are arrested as an illegal demo.

    There is no separation of powers - the judiciary simply do what the govt tell them to do, etc, etc.

    A police chief who tried to control the violence against citizens attempting to vote has been charged with sedition. Those paramilitary cops who baton charged old ladies and others on October 1st last year got medals and citations.

    And the international community say next to nothing.

  • @solarrainuk  Feb 26

    Thanks Scott, I have it now, nice work! I'll upload it later after I've mastered it to bring the levels up

  • @sph  Feb 26

    Thanks for listening to "Empty spaces" and yes, some hand percussion would be a nice addition. Already hear some bongos in my head 😁

  • @gslade Feb 26

    Yes sir. Had a three year healing process. Ha. Thanks for the support.

  • @srcoops Feb 26

    Thank you for your kind words in regard to My Grandpa.

  • @srcoops Feb 26

    Thank you for your kind words in regard to My Grandpa.

  • @solarrainuk  Feb 25

    Hi Scott, seems I have to request access to that file, so I just did that. Glad you liked the Gyroscope track. The little sequencer with the row of flashing lights is a Monome Grid 128. Didn't use it for that track, but it makes a nice light show!

  • @brendamueller2000 Feb 25

    I posted Before She was Grandma. It sounds great! Thank you!

  • @solarrainuk  Feb 24

    Hi Scott, I know it's getting kind of late but I've managed to get something together here:

    It's 116bpm. Can't remember what key! Don't feel any pressure, but it's there if you want to have a go at it. I left it quite open for additional stuff, and could always add more to it afterwards. Let me know what you think.

  • @brendamueller2000 Feb 24

    That sounds good about adding a line. I understand about getting a tune in the your head and then making the lyrics fit.

  • @dreamscuba  Feb 24

    Thanks for your comments on "Phil Yerbuts". Appreciated.

  • @brendamueller2000 Feb 22

    What about Catherine Blair for grandma's name? That's the name of a famous race horse.

  • @brendamueller2000 Feb 22

    Hey Scott, did you get my email?

  • @repsurepa Feb 20

    Thank you! Yup, quite many hours passed by whil trying to record the violin parts 😁 but I'm glad it seems that it was worth it!

  • @crlntgr Feb 20

    Thank you!!

  • @brendamueller2000 Feb 20

    Hey Scott, I need permission for accessing Google Docs. I've never used it before.

  • @brendamueller2000 Feb 19

    Hey Scott, here's my email: You can give grandma a name if you want to. To me she is just grandma.

  • @solarrainuk  Feb 18

    I haven't forgot about our collab by the way, but I just haven't managed to come up with anything good yet!

  • @solarrainuk  Feb 18

    Thanks Scott!

  • @mdavisto  Feb 18

    Ah. I has slept very little in the last 48 hours. I see now your joke. It is most amusing. 😁

    As to how a doef doef track is crafted, what do you want to know? You're totally welcome to come over and hang out while I do another one. I do live in Limpopo, South Africa, though, so, possibly not in your neighbourhood.

  • @mdavisto  Feb 18

    Thank you for your feedback on Burnout. I didn't do it on my phone, I did it in the full desktop version of FL Studio. If I'd had to do it on my phone, I'd have died.

  • @jacobeverettwallace  Feb 18

    Got your email btw, I really dig the concept. I've got some ideas in my head just haven't had the opportunity to work on them yet.

  • @jibbidy34  Feb 17

    Congratulations Centurion Soldier! You wrote 100 comments for your fellow FAWMers!! You made this place even better. You took your time to listen to other people's songs and you have 100 thank you's from all of them and from me! Here’s your badge. Excellent work and keep busting’ those zongs!!

  • @brendamueller2000 Feb 16

    Hey Scott, yes, go ahead and work your magic with Before She was Grandma. You don't have to do the country thing with it if you don't want to. I also love the blues. Whatever you are hearing in your imagination, make it happen. It will be fun to hear it. Thank you!

  • @jacobeverettwallace  Feb 16

    Sounds cool! Shoot me an email and let's get to work on it. 😀

  • @helene Feb 15

    Awesome, I'll let you know when I have something to send you (shouldn't take too long).

  • @gemhughs Feb 15

    I finished writing my 14th yesterday... I guess I need to start recording... but I seem to be having more fun just listening to all of the tunes others are creating.

  • @mkd  Feb 15

    Hi Scott, thanks for your comment on Hurt Song! Really appreciate it, and especially the FAWMfamily bit!

  • @oddbod  Feb 12

    Oh yes, the folder - I'd completely forgotten about the folder!
    Sorry - brain fried through lack of sleep

  • @oddbod  Feb 12

    Hi Scott, did you send it yet because there’s nothing in my inbox?

  • @postcardhelicopters  Feb 11

    Thanks, Scott. I just wanted to touch base to see if I'd gone out of bounds.

    Ejection seats, huh? Then I guess you're fully equipped to handle Emergency Removal Scenarios should they arise, online or off.

  • @postcardhelicopters  Feb 11

    Hi, Scott --

    Recent events in the forum have highlighted that I've been pushy and rude this year, and I wanted to drop by and apologize for the comments in the "starman" thread.

  • @brendaberezan Feb 10

    Hi Scott, nice to see you here again at FAWM and thanks for taking the time to listen to Hapax. I appreciate your comments.

  • @zecoop  Feb 10

    I've absolutely loved the Lester K for both keyboards and guitar. For me, the extra money for the G didn't add up to the extras which I didn't feel I'd use. Your results may vary. Great pedals though! Thanks for the listen

  • @solarrainuk  Feb 9

    Cheers Scott. Yeah I'm aware of different ways to get 32bit VSTs running, I use jbridge from time to time also, but I now make a point of avoiding anything that's not 64bit. It either causes my system to become unstable or makes things more clunky to use.

  • @solarrainuk  Feb 9

    Yeah I've checked out the Arminator, sounds pretty good from the demos I've heard! Unfortunately, it's only 32bit, so I can't use it on my system. I'm strictly 64bit plugins only these days.

  • @solarrainuk  Feb 9

    Hi Scott, that CS-80 sounding pad is from U-he Repro 5. Very nice soft synth, but quite heavy on CPU!

  • @kraftec Feb 8

    The song has been updated. Thanks for the collab.

  • @gentlemanrocker  Feb 8

    Thanks for your comment on my Song. I‘ll add another Sitar Melody later due to your feedback.

  • @dutch1967 Feb 8

    Hahaha! I think they still have a Leonidas at Schiphol, I try stay away from it. The knowledge of fine chocolaterie in the vicinity doesn’t help with recording as much as you’d think.

    Now you got me craving chocolate!

  • @cheslain  Feb 8

    Thank you for your comment. Unfortunately Finnish doesn't have similar collective nouns. We only use your basic floks and herds an such, nothing like a flamboyance of flamingoes.

  • @ericdistad  Feb 7

    Hey @scottlake - I decided to post this here rather than continue to clutter up the challenge thread. SpaceX is leasing the facilities from NASA:

    (And despite my song about Musk, I'm not a massive fanboy - Musk is a bit weird - but I'm excited to see any forward progress in getting us back to space! 😀 )

  • @kraftec Feb 7

    Hey, could you send me your isolated vocal track for our collab? Thanks

  • @kraftec Feb 6

    Here's the mp3 for the song 😀

  • @kraftec Feb 6

    Hey, if you want to sing for my song you commented on that would be perfect. If you need me to send you anything just tell me. Thanks

  • @karlsburg25  Feb 4

    Hey Scott. Yeah i may well be onto you for some sort of mad/lots of vocal attempt. keep ya posted

  • @sph  Feb 4

    Thanks for listening and recommending @halfwalk

  • @radioovermoscow Feb 4

    Thanks! Got to listen to Missing Persons again sometime. I think I tried years and years ago but it didn't click.

  • @solarrainuk  Feb 3

    Thanks Scott. The dry/wet was all done within the rack via a stereo mixer module that has send/return hooked up to my guitar pedals (el capistan and Hall of Fame 2), and I'm tweaking that and the levels live.

  • @radioovermoscow Feb 2

    Just listened to Tom Sawyer to see what you - and others! - were talking about. Didn't hear it at all, until the two-minute mark - and there it is!

  • @oddbod  Feb 2

    You should have an email from me

  • @solarrainuk  Feb 1

    @scottlake Sounds interesting Scott, I'll look into it once I get this first tune out of the way!

  • @jmadison  Feb 1

    Third year in a row of reading through the bible. Awesome. I started this year too. I'm on track so far.

  • @apertome  Jan 31

    I'm glad to see you around again this year!

  • @solarrainuk  Jan 31

    @scottlake hey Scott. A proper collab would be fun for sure, perhaps you can provide the initial idea, I have a habit of putting far too much at the start. I just need to get settled in first, always get a bit nervous before I get that first track out haha

  • @jacobeverettwallace  Jan 31

    Is there anything you haven't done? haha!

  • @chasingandromeda  Jan 31

    Good to see you back, Scott! Have a great month!

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  • @gerrybhoy  Jan 28

    Hi Scott thanks for the lovely welcome, good luck.

  • @mikedebenham  Jan 28

    G'day Scott. Good to see you back. Hope you're brewing up something fun for us.

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  • @karlsburg25  Jan 22

    just for ideas, Here is my mash up of an old sea shanty song and arctic monkeys riff from AM album. This sort of thing may be good to collab with.

  • @karlsburg25  Jan 22

    Thats just my sort of tune matey!! ideal. Lemme know. I can create drums, although not perfectly

  • @karlsburg25  Jan 22

    Hey matey. Welcome back and looking for possible collabs this year.

  • @zecoop  Jan 22

    I'm committed to using Reaper this year since everyone else in the band are using it but wanted to check out other options at some point. I'll get around to traktion at some point to see if it's for me. 😀

  • @fearlessflight2014  Jan 22

    I'm up for it, I'm just very time poor so no promises!

  • @fearlessflight2014  Jan 21

    Great to see you back here again. Three cheers for FAWM!

  • @piney  Jan 2018

    Yeah I'll be doing FAWM, or at least I'll try! We can play it by ear and see how this FAWM goes! I tend to get overwhelmed. 😮 Wishing you a happy FAWM!

  • @headfirstonly  Jan 2018

    Ha - didn't think of that! Might have a play. 😀