Hello, from Zack Wilson's author!

TheFuture15TheFuture15 Unsigned
edited April 2012 in The Rock Band Network
Hello everyone,
Just joined up here at the official forums after spending the majority of my time over at the RBN forums. I figured I'd drop in and say thanks to all the folks that paid for Zack Wilson's music...hopefully you enjoyed it!

Being a part of this process has been really cool for me - I think what the guys at Harmonix are doing is a really major step in the game industry for building a platform that not only allows community driven content, but allows them to actually make money on it. :)

If you haven't checked out any of Zack's songs, I'd encourage you to at least download the demo and try them out. Zack is my older cousin, and has been a "starving musician" for most of his adult life. Me on the other hand, I'm a musician too but I'm actually a game designer for my real job - so I jumped at the chance to help Zack out and get some of his tracks onto RBN. His musical ability and creativity has always blown me away (he typically performs all the parts of all the songs by himself without any digital recording help -- all analog), so I wanted to help him out. I built a website for him as well - zwilson.com.

So far I've got 2 songs approved and up in the store, one approved and on the song page but not in the game yet, one in peer review (sitting at 50% approved for a while now), and I just started authoring a new one as well. I try to do HD capture of all the songs while they're in development so I can get quick feedback, so if you want to check them out without even booting up your 360, here they are:

Another California Song:
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3o1vDAst8g
Song page: http://www.rockband.com/songs/UGC_5000561
My first attempt at authoring and one of the first songs to get approved in RBN. I'm really happy to finish it but I kind of wish I could go back and make more changes now that I've spent a few months learning more about the process. This one has a pretty wicked duel guitar guitar solo, and the main lick throughout the song is pretty unique too.

Ox:
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvO4IkxIH9A
Song page: http://www.rockband.com/songs/UGC_5000853
This one is really chill and I actually picked it because of how easy it would be to author. :) The chorus is really fun to sing and play, but the rest of the song is nice and simple. It gets stuck in your head pretty easily. (I. Could. Be. Strong. As. An. Ox!)

Moonshine Hollar:
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlLymkm185E
Song page: http://www.rockband.com/songs/UGC_5001564
This is one of the most unique songs I've ever heard and I was really happy to author it. It's pretty short, really fast paced, with these really crazy and hilarious lyrics. It's a lot of fun, and most all of the peer reviewers have agreed. I can't wait for this to go live! (I priced it at 80 MSP too.)

Rearview Mirror:
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzNxX4BkAJI
Song page: http://www.rockband.com/songs/UGC_5002067
This one has kind of stalled in peer review since RBN went live, but this is one of my favorite songs musically. It's got two killer guitar solos (I wish there were more!), the bass and drums are pretty fun too.
UPDATE: It's live now!

Piece of Chocolate:
Instruments: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPVk9OTIM_c
Venue: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DljKzj3Elpc
I just started authoring this one two days ago, don't have masters yet, so the vid is pretty rough still. But due to the really unique style and beat, I think this one is going to be pretty epic personally.

Lastly, I wrote a blog a few months back about the process of getting the music in that may interest some folks. You can check it out here:
http://sportsgamedesign.blogspot.com/2009/12/how-i-got-my-own-song-into-rock-band-2.html

So anyway, this is a really long intro - but I figured I'd give you guys a behind the scenes look. Again, would love to hear your thoughts on Zack's music, or the charts, or any other feedback or questions you may have!

Comments

  • ShiningIdealShiningIdeal Rising Star
    edited March 2010
    Thanks for posting - I dig his music quite a bit - he was one of the first people I bought without knowing from RBN and its really cool that it is a family experience thing. I've been doing some work for a few friends in a similar thing.
  • broncosfan06broncosfan06 Debbie Downer
    edited March 2010
    ive gotten all 3 songs up so far i love um i would love to see more coming, its a great unique sound.....fun charts too, great job, cant wait for rearview mirror
  • barnabyjones786barnabyjones786 Opening Act
    edited March 2010
    Ox is by far my favorite RBN song i would pay like 7 more times if i could!
  • dmbdawdmbdaw Road Warrior
    edited March 2010
    Another California Song was my first RBN buy. I'm gonna check out his other songs. Thanks to you for bringing Zach to RB!
  • CaptainKickerCaptainKicker Road Warrior
    edited March 2010
    If i had access to RBN (That's why it sucks to live in Denmark) i would buy theese songs. They look so awesome.
  • ASPRonASPRon Opening Act
    edited March 2010
    Zack Wilson is amazing ! The Future thank you for the great music !
  • TheFuture15TheFuture15 Unsigned
    edited March 2010
    Thanks everyone for the kind words! I am looking forward to continuing to build more songs - it's a lot of fun.

    I am still trying to figure out what is holding up Moonshine Hollar - it's marked as approved but there's still no page for it on the XBL Marketplace.
  • dmbdawdmbdaw Road Warrior
    edited March 2010
    TheFuture15;3567664 said:
    Thanks everyone for the kind words! I am looking forward to continuing to build more songs - it's a lot of fun.

    I am still trying to figure out what is holding up Moonshine Hollar - it's marked as approved but there's still no page for it on the XBL Marketplace.
    Yeah I noticed that. It is in the store but shows as 0 points and won't let me download.
  • TheFuture15TheFuture15 Unsigned
    edited March 2010
    dmbdaw;3568237 said:
    Yeah I noticed that. It is in the store but shows as 0 points and won't let me download.
    Same for me. I've got an email off to some HMX people to see what's going on. Bummer!
  • barnabyjones786barnabyjones786 Opening Act
    edited March 2010
    i need moonshine hollar...
  • WebdanzerWebdanzer Unsigned
    edited March 2010
    TheFuture15;3568676 said:
    Same for me. I've got an email off to some HMX people to see what's going on. Bummer!
    Hi,

    I noticed that the song was rated as 'family friendly' and the lyrics are really not, so maybe it was pulled because of that?
  • ethicalpaulethicalpaul Opening Act
    edited March 2010
    No, all the songs mistakenly had "family friendly" for a time.
  • dmbdawdmbdaw Road Warrior
    edited March 2010
    Still has the same status as yesterday. Any update?
  • TheFuture15TheFuture15 Unsigned
    edited March 2010
    Argh - nope. Still stuck in purgatory.
  • ThatAuthoringGroupThatAuthoringGroup Numero Uno Super **** Fanboy #1
    edited March 2010
    I wants moonshine :(
  • dmbdawdmbdaw Road Warrior
    edited March 2010
    Hoping to see this fixed. I'm really digging Zach's music. Didn't I see somewhere he comes out of Nashville?
  • TheFuture15TheFuture15 Unsigned
    edited March 2010
    dmbdaw;3571016 said:
    Hoping to see this fixed. I'm really digging Zach's music. Didn't I see somewhere he comes out of Nashville?
    Yep, we're all from the Nashville area. He's played with a ton of different bands that have gone nowhere. :) So now he just does stuff solo.

    If you have some free time, he did this little parody video called "Interview with an a$$hole" a few years back really kind of making fun of the typical Nashville musician - it actually got him a tryout on Last Comic Standing because of how stupid it was (which he no-showed for because he didn't have any comedic material):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2A4gONFKSY
  • dmbdawdmbdaw Road Warrior
    edited March 2010
    Cool! I live in Nashville! If Zach did some gigs here I would totally go check him out! Does he have a solo album out yet? RBN has really got me checking out his music.
  • TheFuture15TheFuture15 Unsigned
    edited March 2010
    I just checked, and Moonshine Hollar is now live!!!!11!1!1

    I also have the high score.
  • dmbdawdmbdaw Road Warrior
    edited March 2010
    Got all his tracks...so far. Looking forward to more stuff. Does he have a facebook page? I'd become a fan.
  • SkodeSkode Headliner
    edited March 2010
    The first two tracks really didnt interest me... then Moonshine Holler appeared and if honest i really love the sound of the preview and the tier for guitar - as if to further fuel my temptation its only gone and turned out to be half the price of the songs i wasnt even interested in from the same artist :eek:.

    Its already been earmarked for download when i next grab some points which will be whenever Atomic and Bodies both appear to download on the game music store.
  • TheFuture15TheFuture15 Unsigned
    edited March 2010
    Skode;3573575 said:
    The first two tracks really didnt interest me... then Moonshine Holler appeared and if honest i really love the sound of the preview and the tier for guitar - as if to further fuel my temptation its only gone and turned out to be half the price of the songs i wasnt even interested in from the same artist :eek:.

    Its already been earmarked for download when i next grab some points which will be whenever Atomic and Bodies both appear to download on the game music store.
    That's pretty cool! Moonshine is definitely very different - not something you hear often. :)
  • CaptainKickerCaptainKicker Road Warrior
    edited March 2010
    Bought the songs yesterday and they are amazing. My friends was like; "Oh it seems easy and who is that guy", and i said; "Well he's a talented guy, and i heard some of he's songs and he seems okay".

    We played them, and everyone was amazed. They loved the songs and charts, and left a 5 star rating on all'of em.

    Thanks, the songs are awesome. Hope for more in the future.

    You can now say that he have 4 danish fans ;-)
  • TheFuture15TheFuture15 Unsigned
    edited March 2010
    CaptainKicker;3576470 said:
    Bought the songs yesterday and they are amazing. My friends was like; "Oh it seems easy and who is that guy", and i said; "Well he's a talented guy, and i heard some of he's songs and he seems okay".

    We played them, and everyone was amazed. They loved the songs and charts, and left a 5 star rating on all'of em.

    Thanks, the songs are awesome. Hope for more in the future.

    You can now say that he have 4 danish fans ;-)
    Killer post - looking forward to sending this on to Zack. It's pretty cool to think how widespread his music can go now because of RBN. Thanks for the support!
  • espherespher Road Warrior
    edited March 2010
    I'm still unsold on Another California Song and Ox, but I picked up Moonshine Hollar when it dropped. It was certainly worth the purchase.

    The one thing I did notice and that I can appreciate is that all three of Zack's tracks are pretty distinct. It's definitely something I like about the music. I imagine I'll pick up the other two in the near future. :)
  • TheFuture15TheFuture15 Unsigned
    edited April 2010
    It's an epic day in Zack Wilson RBN history...Rearview Mirror (4th song by Zack) is now officially live!

    http://www.rockband.com/songs/UGC_5002067
  • dmbdawdmbdaw Road Warrior
    edited April 2010
    Picked it up. My favorite of his so far!
  • PankrazzoPankrazzo Road Warrior
    edited April 2010
    dmbdaw;3615043 said:
    Picked it up. My favorite of his so far!
    This. Already FC'd it on guitar & bass, awesome solo :)
  • dmbdawdmbdaw Road Warrior
    edited April 2010
    My favs in order:

    1. REARVIEW MIRROR
    2. ANOTHER CALIFORNIA SONG
    3. OX
    4. MOONSHINE HOLLAR
  • jimburyjimbury Road Warrior
    edited April 2010
    just bought moonshine hollar, good fun to play and a great song, am about to dive back into the store for the others but thought i'd stop in and congratulate you on a job well done.
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