This was Alex Wilkerson’s first EP, recorded in his bedroom in December, 2015. Originally this EP was released on January 16th 2016 on Alexander’s Bandcamp page. Raw and unmastered, these recordings were Alex’s first push into the music industry. The original release included the liner notes written below.
At some point last fall I was laying in bed thinking about why I wasn’t happy. I hadn’t been happy for a while. I couldn’t understand what I was lacking in my life. I started to think about what makes me happy, what is meaningful to me, what I care most about.
I thought about music.
I missed it.
I had been living for other people, doing things and being things I didn’t want to be.
And I was sick of it.
I spent a week or two thinking about what I needed to do to get back on track, to be myself again.
And then I picked up a Rolling Stone.
I read about a musician who recorded his first couple of songs in college and was starting to become popular.
I can’t remember the article’s name, I can’t remember the guy’s name, I can’t remember what kind of music he played, but one thing stuck with me; it was the way he described his first couple of recordings.
He said they were really just Shots In The Dark.
And I realized that that was what I need to do, record some of the songs I’ve written, get them heard, get them out there into the world.
So I got home for winter break, picked up a USB microphone, and went to work.
The closer it got to my release date the more nervous I became.
I began to realize how complex recording was, how confusing it all could be, how easy it was to mess things up.
I started thinking about the way my songs would be received.
Would they be appreciated?
What if I recorded something wrong and people hated it?
But then I realized something.
I can’t let other people decide this for me.
I can’t rest my opinions of my music on someone else.
I had to quit making excuses.
I had to take the first step or I would never take it.
Without a doubt it is time.
Time to take my first steps.
Thank you for your time and support.
Here are my Shots In The Dark.