"Botify the People" explained, pt. 8 – I Owe An Explanation To Myself Now 

I guess I wanted to create one version of ”the perfect album closer” with this track. Slow but steady build to a cathartic release of emotion and power and a quiet haunting outro. For some reason it reminds me of the songs I used to write in my young and reckless post-grunge era maybe twenty years ago. But unlike those songs of old, this song has unwavering determination and knows exactly what it wants to say. 

Obviously as the album closer of a concept album this song needs to tie up loose ends and…

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"Botify the People" explained, pt. 7 – Light the Liars on Fire 

If yesterday I told you about the most painless and fast production experience with ”Plastic”, this song is the exact opposite. It took ages and ages to get right which probably isn’t much of a surprise either as it’s a 7 minute long prog juggernaut. Still, both the arrangement and production took a long time. 

There’s an early version of the track that was released on the latest ”Banding Together” benefit compilation curated by Blow Up Radio that featured some of the arrangement but most notably a more…

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"Botify the People" explained, pt. 6 – Plastic 

This is the last song that I wrote for the album. I initially thought the power pop aspect to it was a bit much at first, but I hardly had to mix the whole thing – it just magically locked into step. And when something just comes together so naturally you don’t mess with that! I’m pretty sure this song required the least mixing which always speaks for the song itself, in my opinion. 

If there’s a tag line for this album it’s probably ”I wish I was as useful to myself as to machines” which is a line from…

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"Botify the People" explained, pt. 5 – Faith in the System 

This song sounds the most like Rage Against the Machine on this record – if you only go by the lyrics. When you listen to the song musically it’s about as much removed from RATM as you could think. It’s a ballad featuring piano and even a glockenspiel solo, but juxtaposition is something I absolutely love love love in music and you’ll find this throughout my back catalogue. I both can not and will not help myself from combining a beautiful ballad like this with lyrics about ”mindfuck” and ”rape”. I even…

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"Botify the People" explained, pt. 4 – Conversations with an Algorithm 

Conversations with an Algorithm is actually what the album was meant to be called before I came up with the term ”botify” (only to later learn I wasn’t the first one at all). This is the second track on the album and I really couldn’t decide whether to release this or ”Scream into the Void” as the second single. I decided against this one for no particular reason. 

This song is about the loneliness social media can make you feel instead of the opposite it’s supposed to be doing. ”All night wide awake in…

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