I see myself as a bastard hybrid between Steve Vai, Brad Paisley and Hans Zimmer. This album was created completely without any regard to any potential listener so it really is the unadulterated transcript of what's going on in my head all day.
The result is a diverse and very heavily orchestrated album, carried primarily by the guitar.
Some info from the making of "A Permanent State Of Transformation":
"A Permanent State Of Transformation" was recorded entirely in John's home studio at pretty much a $0 budget. He played all guitars and bass using the Kemper Profiling Amp, programmed all drums with Superior Drummer 2.0 and used Miroslav Philharmonik for the orchestra sounds. Additional sounds came from the libraries built into Logic Pro 9."
"-I met this guy at NAMM 2012 who sort of talked me into doing recording the new album myself. I had put off recording a new album, despite having most of the material written, due to how expensive it is with renting a studio in LA and I didn't want to do it myself because of the poor quality of guitar emulation out there. I can't exactly mic up an amp in my apartment either. Coincidentally, I found the Kemper people that same day at NAMM and was blown away. I scrambled a bit to get myself a Macbook, an Apogee Duet 2 interface and a couple of M-Audio studio monitors and that was pretty much it."
Short on the songs on "A Permanent State Of Transformation":
1. Prelude In The Key Of Awesome: "-This is definitely my nod and hats off to Hans Zimmer. I had written the lead melody for a pop tune a 100 years ago and thought it would make for a pretty good bombastic kind of intro."
2. Vamanos!: "-Another song that was initially written for a different project that never happened. I liked the riffs so I tried to make it into a straight forward rocker. Vamanos means let's go in Spanish."
3. The Ballad For Santa Monica: "-My ode to the place that I call home for the past 3 years. It's a lovely beach community and my favorite spot in the LA area."
4. Bretnik Is Getting Married: "-Bretnik is a fictitious character I dreamed up. Coming from my love for eastern European folk music, I wanted to do something crazy in odd meter, without sounding like Dream Theater. Anybody who can tap their foot through this one gets a gold star."
5. Olaf The Viking's Trip To Egypt: "-This is another imaginary character. I envision this viking with a burning urge for adventure so he sets to sea and ends up in Egypt. Where he meets Bretnik. Makes no damn sense! :)"
6. The Chase Through The Haunted House: "-I always wondered would it would sound like if Yngwie Malmsteen was chased through a haunted house. This is how I hear it. Counterpoint mayhem!"
7. The Funeral: "-This melody came to me when I was going through some hard times in my life. It's definitely inspired by Chopins Marche Funebre."
8. Business In The Front, Party In The Back: "-My ode to the great chicken pickers of the world. I stole pretty much all of it from Brent Mason and Brad Paisley. See you guys in court!"
9. Till Morsan: "-My mom had a heartattack in May 2011 so I dropped everything and went home to Sweden. Me being me, I brought a guitar and this melody came to me as I was watching over my mom as she came back to life at the hospital. Obviously the most emotional track on this album. The title means To Mom in Swedish."
10. I Woke Up This Morning: "-Possibly the most cliche blue lyric ever, so I figured it was fitting to use for a song that's basically a standard 12 bar blues format that I took some liberties with. And with Nintendo-esque Rhythm changes jazz tucked in for good measures!"
A Permanent State Of Transformation was recorded, played, programmed, engineered and mixed by John Huldt at "My Bedroom" studios in Santa Monica, CA in April/May of 2012.
All music written and arranged by John Huldt.
Mastered by Maor Appelbaum at Maor Appelbaum Mastering - California - U.S.A
Much love and thank you's goes out to: My beautiful wife Ivette for all her love and support. My mom for always believing in me. Till Morsan is for you, mom. Glenn Cornett for his support in making this album a reality. Eric Butz for hooking me up at Apple. Kelly Mead for lending me her bass. Manny Swan for talking me into it. SFLogicninja (Dave Earl), Aaron Mohler and Calle Fäldt for their Logic expertise. Maor Appelbaum for his mastering chops. John Kaye for all the help and support. All my friends and family for their ongoing support in what I do. Thank y'all so much!
John Huldt is a proud endorsee of
Kemper Profiling Amp
T Rex effect pedals
Mad Professor effect pedals
Seymour Duncan pickups
Seth Lee Jones guitars
George El's cables