The Album

Secret Album

The album pre-sale has finished.

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    146 comments for “The Album

    1. Gwen @ Fiery Millennials
      October 2, 2020 at 9:35 am

      Something to look forward to at the beginning of the year! I’m tres excited :)

      • The Mad Fientist
        October 2, 2020 at 12:39 pm

        Thanks a lot for pre-ordering, Gwen :)

        Hope you’re doing well!

    2. Randy
      October 2, 2020 at 9:45 am

      Hey congratulations on the album! So do you have a sample snippet? It’s always good to have a little taster…

      • The Mad Fientist
        October 2, 2020 at 12:41 pm

        I had one in the podcast episode initially but then I figured people would be listening at 1.5x or 2x so I took it out. I’ll try to figure out a good way to share a snippet for the next single that’s coming out in December.

        • Stoopy McPheenis
          October 3, 2020 at 8:59 am

          Youtube or Soundcloud

        • Liz
          October 6, 2020 at 10:29 am

          Ha! I think you are overestimating the amount of ppl who listen at high speeds. I listen to podcasts at normal speed. I like to enjoy them and actually process the information. Not all of us are “bro-ductivity cult” followers.

          • The Mad Fientist
            October 7, 2020 at 5:51 am

            I’ve had so many people meet me in real life and say I that I sound different because they’re used to hearing me at 1.5x or 2x :)

            • Scott E
              January 12, 2021 at 10:50 am

              I’m a x2 listening. x1 Sounds like everyone is either drunk, tired or both .

            • Keith
              January 27, 2021 at 10:59 am

              I’m definitely a 2x listener.

        • Mirella
          January 19, 2021 at 10:14 am

          Not me! I listen at normal speed and would love to hear it. :)

    3. Michelle @ FrugalityandFreedom
      October 2, 2020 at 9:51 am

      Awesome stuff, Brandon! I look forward to finding out about your apparently-even-weirder-than-Mad-Fientist alter-ego in the music world.

      • The Mad Fientist
        October 2, 2020 at 12:43 pm

        Haha, thanks Michelle! And yes, Mad Fientist is going to look like a middle-aged librarian compared to what’s going to go on over on the music side of things :)

    4. Nato
      October 2, 2020 at 10:20 am

      Can’t we hear a sample or a free song? I’m interested but it wouldn’t be very frugal of us to spend $5 on music with zero idea of what it sounds like, from a guy we only know as a personal finance scientist.

      For the record, you’ve done a great job at keeping your music identity secret and separate. But why the sudden change now with this crossover link to your music?

      • The Mad Fientist
        October 2, 2020 at 12:44 pm

        I definitely want to keep them separate so I’ll need to figure out a good way to do that. Maybe I’ll send a snippet by email or something for the next single? I’ll try think about a good way to do it…

        • Nato
          October 2, 2020 at 5:36 pm

          Isn’t it too late? I mean everyone buying this album today is doing it to support the famous Mad Fientist, not due to hearing and appreciating your band/music for its own sake. That’s why I’m confused about this move, after such a firm stance prior. Maybe I misunderstood, or I need to hear your latest podcast episode to understand.

    5. Noah
      October 2, 2020 at 10:21 am

      Super stoked to check it out! I have the same desires in retiring early, so I cannot wait to get there.

      • The Mad Fientist
        October 2, 2020 at 12:46 pm

        Take it from me…don’t wait!

        I always blamed my job for stopping me from making progress but really it was a bunch of other things (mostly psychological) that I’ve had to work through after leaving my job.

        Start trying to do it now and then you’ll be in a much better position to take advantage of your increased free time after you hit FI.

        Good luck and send me a link when you release something!

    6. Brittinni
      October 2, 2020 at 1:38 pm

      Congratulations! Thrilled you turned your dream into a reality. An excellent example to us all. Excited to hear your music. Time to celebrate! Cheers, Britt

    7. Andrew Hoelmer
      October 2, 2020 at 1:46 pm

      Congrats on taking a leap and pursuing one of your lifelong goals. As a mediocre guitar player I look forward to the day where financial independence can allow me more time to pursue getting better as a musician. Keep growing!

      • The Mad Fientist
        October 3, 2020 at 5:15 am

        Don’t wait until FI! If you watch TV, you have time for guitar. If you browse Facebook, you have time for guitar. Don’t let your job be an excuse (like I did). Good luck!

    8. Mary Shaw
      October 2, 2020 at 1:56 pm

      Of course I just pre-ordered – Congrats Brandon! You are truly my music production hero even though I’ve never heard your work. I’m working on following in your footsteps and can’t wait to hear your album. Thanks so much for the inspiration :)

      • The Mad Fientist
        October 3, 2020 at 5:16 am

        Thank you so much for pre-ordering!

    9. Rachel McCarthy
      October 2, 2020 at 1:58 pm

      It is worth the five dollars to encourage you and others to pursue your dreams! Well done

      • The Mad Fientist
        October 3, 2020 at 5:16 am

        I REALLY appreciate it, Rachel!!

    10. Matt
      October 2, 2020 at 2:16 pm

      I’m definitely curious to hear the music and also glad to pitch in $5 token support. Your podcast library was my initial rabbit hole into FIRE for which I could not be more grateful. You have a loyal and supportive music fan now too! Congrats and well wishes for this cool new chapter!

      • The Mad Fientist
        October 3, 2020 at 5:16 am

        Thanks so much, Matt!!

    11. BJ
      October 2, 2020 at 2:48 pm

      Awesome! Count me as another who is interested, but waiting to hear a sample first.

    12. Bill @notontwitterhaha
      October 2, 2020 at 4:24 pm

      I’m in for $5 worth of your music – hopefully some backup vocals by your lovely wife?
      Congrats on the project – I’ll listen to it while I’m shoveling snow…

      • The Mad Fientist
        October 3, 2020 at 5:26 am

        Ha, no chance! Thanks for buying though and hope you guys are doing well!

    13. Alastair
      October 2, 2020 at 5:05 pm

      Me three on the sample – keen to support but would love to know what I am buying

      Can you add a soundcloud link to 30s on here to give us a taster?

      Also, some feedback on your latest poddy – the repetitive sound underneath the intro for the first 6 mins got a bit overwhelming and made it difficult to concentrate on what you were saying

      • The Mad Fientist
        October 3, 2020 at 5:29 am

        Yeah, sorry about the intro music. My wife noticed the same thing so I brought down the level a lot but I guess I didn’t bring it down enough (usually the intro is only 30 seconds or so but this intro was much longer so it stood out more).

    14. Luke
      October 2, 2020 at 6:07 pm

      Interested in hearing a sample before spending money, please send a link!

    15. Zach
      October 2, 2020 at 6:39 pm

      Mad respect Brandon!

      Way to go. I’ve been following since the Mad Fientist was launched (shout out to MMM for linking to you). Happy to support this project. Keep up the great work man!

      • The Mad Fientist
        October 3, 2020 at 5:31 am

        Wow, thanks for following for so long and big thanks for the support!!

    16. Nick
      October 3, 2020 at 8:02 am

      I just started listening to the podcast about a month ago and didn’t know you are a musician. I am literally a late thirty-something with the same dream. I really connected with everything you said in your latest episode about struggling with musical goals and it felt like that episode was made for me. Thank you for the great work you do and good luck with the album and future releases. So awesome!

      • The Mad Fientist
        October 7, 2020 at 5:46 am

        Glad it was helpful! Make sure you send me your music when you get some finished :)

    17. saint
      October 3, 2020 at 8:19 am

      Excellent! Glad to see you at this milestone in your path.
      Been with you since mid 2014 – I think first through MMM forums.

      • The Mad Fientist
        October 7, 2020 at 5:46 am

        Wow, thanks for sticking with me for so long!

    18. Matt
      October 3, 2020 at 9:23 pm

      Might want to rethink your launch date: 1.21.21 is way cooler. Best of luck with your musical pursuits!

    19. Ruth
      October 3, 2020 at 9:56 pm

      I thought I would be able to hear the single but I don’t see any link for it :(

      • Eric B
        December 8, 2020 at 12:51 pm

        Yeah, the link to this page said a single was released, but I can’t find it anywhere. I like the Mad Fientist, but I’m not buying an album without hearing at least a 30 second preview :)

        • The Mad Fientist
          December 9, 2020 at 4:21 am

          I’ll be emailing out a clip on Friday so if you’re not already on the email list, join here!

    20. Alien on F.I./R.E.
      October 4, 2020 at 8:15 am

      Bravo Brandon!!!
      Cannot wait to experience what has been cooking in the MadFientist’s lab lately.

    21. Zari
      October 4, 2020 at 7:45 pm

      Congrats on the album! It’s been in the making for a while so congrats on putting in the work and seeing it though.

    22. Gouri
      October 4, 2020 at 9:42 pm

      So thrilled for you; just pre-ordered.
      You’ve given so much high-quality insightful practical digestible wisdom to this community, I’m certain many more readers/listeners will happily show support regardless of music taste.
      Best wishes and looking forward to hearing more of both the journey and the music.

    23. Jared
      October 5, 2020 at 8:30 am

      Hi Brandon,

      I’ve been a longtime listener and I’m glad you are making progress toward your goals. I bought the album and I’m looking forward to hearing what you are working on!

      I’ve been an audio engineer for 20 years and I specialize in helping independent musicians with mixing and mastering. I know the internet is filled with information about recording; some great, some confusing, and some bad. If you run into any road blocks or have questions feel free to reach out.

      Take care,

      • The Mad Fientist
        October 7, 2020 at 5:47 am

        Nice, thanks very much Jared!

    24. Ian
      October 10, 2020 at 4:12 pm

      Hey Mad Fientist.

      Just wanted to say I’ve followed your podcast for a couple of years and have learnt so much from it. I managed to get to FI at the end of last year, so left the office job at the start of the year. Things have been a little bit disrupted (I wasnt planning on being a school teacher for 6 months whilst my girls school was shut!)

      But one of my visions was do something more creative than process emails, sit in meetings and play with spreadsheets. I’d played in bands at school and wanted to get back into it

      I picked up my guitars again and discovered garageband and I’ve been loving making music. I find it has really filled my time, I can can completely lost in playing, recording. I was previously a coder and playing with garageband to me feels a bit like the creative part of coding (without the stressful stuff!)

      Your posts and podcasts on this have been super inspiring. I mean this in the right way but seeing you struggle and succeed has made me realise I can do it to. Ultimately I realised it is quite simple, if I want to make music I just need to sit down and make music. There is some writer I’ve read about that says all you have to do to be a write is just sit at your desk for an hour each day. But as you know it is quite hard to force yourself to do it. I’ve realise whatever I do doesn’t have to be “good”, I don’t have to go on tour, I can just do whatever I like for me.

      Thanks for documenting the journey, be interested to hear what you create

      If you want any guitar parts on your tracks let me know


    25. Mark
      October 19, 2020 at 10:22 pm

      Enjoying your music! Not gonna lie, I did not expect these songs to slap this hard. Nice work :)

      • The Mad Fientist
        October 31, 2020 at 5:53 am

        Haha, thank you! You made my day :)

    26. Lori Ripper
      October 30, 2020 at 12:57 pm

      Can you at least tell us what type of music it is? I have no idea if I am spending $5 on a country album or some type of dubstep.

      • The Mad Fientist
        October 31, 2020 at 5:49 am

        Check out this playlist for similar music but I guess I’d describe it as synth pop/dance punk/indie rock/electropop/etc.

    27. CHGOFIRE
      November 9, 2020 at 7:49 pm

      Just bought the album and listened. Really great work. Love both tracks. Vocals remind me a bit of NIN.

      • The Mad Fientist
        November 10, 2020 at 4:58 am

        I’m really glad you enjoyed them! I love everything Trent Reznor does so that’s a huge compliment :) Thanks a lot for pre-ordering and for the kind words!

    28. Ty
      December 11, 2020 at 9:19 am

      Just listened to the snippet you released on Dec 11 – love it! Got a nice Italo-disco vibe, like the lost classic Take a Chance by Mr. Flagio. Just pre-ordered the album.

      • The Mad Fientist
        December 13, 2020 at 8:48 am

        Nice!! Thanks very much for the pre-order and the flattering comparison :)

    29. Jim sauber
      December 11, 2020 at 10:20 am

      Just listened to your preview. I am not a techno punk fan but hearing and participating in your dream is priceless. Great to hear the results of your hard work and fun! You have delivered hundreds of dollars of knowledge, and tens of thousands in investment returns for me, so I am happy to finally do a little something for you. Thanks for helping me on the track to be financially independent!

      One recommendation: You should be charging more. Haha.

      • The Mad Fientist
        December 13, 2020 at 8:49 am

        Ha, really appreciate it, Jim!

    30. Kelly
      December 11, 2020 at 10:58 am

      Happy to buy; that’s like paying you 10¢ every time I’ve used your blog posts to help explain HSAs and Roth conversion ladders. Congrats and good luck, Brandon!

      • The Mad Fientist
        December 13, 2020 at 8:49 am

        Thanks so much for the support, Kelly!

    31. JT Olmstead
      December 11, 2020 at 11:36 am

      Grateful for the chance to support your work, Brandon! Best of luck and looking forward to hearing the full set!

    32. Janet
      December 11, 2020 at 1:17 pm

      I just pre-ordered…sounds like good background music while I work from home :) It’s my little way to show you support from all the great content that you have provided! The fact that your podcast has no ads is worth more than $5! lol

      • The Mad Fientist
        December 13, 2020 at 8:51 am

        Thanks a lot, Janet! And I agree…albums are way better than ads :)

    33. Andy
      December 11, 2020 at 1:57 pm

      I like the preview that you provided. I don’t usually listen to much synth. music, but I will give it a try. Glad to see you having fun with this project!

      • The Mad Fientist
        December 13, 2020 at 8:53 am

        Thanks very much for pre-ordering and hope you like it!

    34. HH
      December 11, 2020 at 2:38 pm

      Congratulations on pursuing your lifelong dream! I just pre-ordered the album, and I can’t wait to hear more!

      • The Mad Fientist
        December 13, 2020 at 8:53 am

        Nice, thank you!

    35. Steve Cox
      December 11, 2020 at 2:45 pm

      You asked for ideas to thank those that preordered: I’m a big picture guy that gets easily overwhelmed at even the slightest whiff of a detail. I’ve always appreciated the concept of travel hacking, but get turned off by my perceived detail orientation of actually doing it, so I’ve never done it. If you came up with 5 bullet points or actionable items (“get this card at this bank”) or somehow a nice neat package that simplified it, that’d be great. I took one snippet of info from one of your podcasts (“Vanguard funds are all you need”) and ran with it, and I’m up 20% – way better than I’d even dreamed of picking my own stocks – so simple works for me. The pro/subscription version of Mad Fientist is appealing as well. Thanks and what you aired on your minipodcast explaining the music industry was sweet.

      • The Mad Fientist
        December 13, 2020 at 9:00 am

        Thanks, Steve.

        If you haven’t checked out this email series yet, it may be what you’re looking for with regards to travel hacking. The series emails you out a recommended card every ~6 months and is a similar strategy I implemented to obtain over a million miles/points while maintaining an 800+ credit score and good relationships with the banks. The series is currently paused (I wanted to see what happened with COVID and find out how all the different airlines/hotels/banks/etc. survived before recommending anything) but I plan to start it back up again in a few weeks (since the vaccine is looking good) so hopefully you’d get the first email in the series before the end of the year!

    36. Steve in Colorado
      December 11, 2020 at 2:56 pm

      I will buy it based on the great work you have done in the past for the FIRE community.

      • The Mad Fientist
        December 13, 2020 at 9:00 am

        Thanks a lot for the support, Steve!

    37. Kyle
      December 11, 2020 at 3:00 pm

      Looooooong time listener, first time leaving a comment. I retired back in April of ’18 (48 yrs old). I’ve always been a saver not knowing much of what I was doing but by listening to you and reading MMM, when the financial numbers worked out, we pulled the plug on the daily grind and couldn’t be happier.
      Now with Covid, I borrowed a bass guitar from a friend of mine and am learning how to play. It’s a lot of fun.

      Congratulations on completing your first album and I’m happy to spend $5 to help support newbie musicians :-)

      • The Mad Fientist
        December 13, 2020 at 9:01 am

        Congrats on hitting FI, huge thanks for pre-ordering the album, and have fun slapping that bass :)

    38. Bowman
      December 11, 2020 at 3:16 pm

      Congrats on your first album! I’ve been using quarantime to build eurorack modules and work on recording electronic music for the first time, and this is giving me good energy about being able to focus more on it once I can make it to FI. Living the dream!

      • The Mad Fientist
        December 13, 2020 at 9:08 am

        Very cool! I built a passive attenuator Eurorack module (AT-AT-AT) and really enjoyed the process so I can definitely see myself doing more of that in the future.

        I also got the Engineering Pass at last year’s Moogfest so I got to build the Moog Spectravox over two days with the help of Moog engineers and it was incredible.

        What kind of stuff are you building?

        Despite my best efforts to not open the Pandora’s box of Eurorack, I now have a Moog Grandmother, DFAM, and Spectravox so I’m sure my Eurorack problem is only going to increase from here :/

        By the way, don’t wait until FI to work on your music. I did that and it was a mistake (see Good luck!

        • Bowman
          December 14, 2020 at 4:13 pm

          The workshop to build the spectravox sounds so fun! Is that what we’re hearing on the single you released?

          Eurorack doesn’t give the features-per-dollar that standalone synths do, but so far it’s been a really fun way to learn more about electronics and synthesis techniques as I build things, which is worth the extra cost to me! Parts sourcing, building, and putting it to use all become part of the fun.

          My favorite builds so far have been Dreadbox Antiphon (8-sine-oscillator complete voice with spring reverb and sounds like a sci-fi horror film), micro Ornament and Crime (multifunction module that I’m usually using for quantization), and Nonlinear Circuits triple sloth (slow moving chaotic modulation). Next few projects in the pipeline include a couple Mutable Instruments clones and a wavefolder. It would be awesome to see what you end up working on next!

          Thanks for the reminder and motivation to make FI “more time to do the things I’m already prioritizing in my life” rather than “when I get to start my actual life.”

          • The Mad Fientist
            December 16, 2020 at 4:55 am

            The Spectravox makes a few small appearances on the album but not as a vocoder (it’s only 10 bands so the intelligibility isn’t great).

            Wow, you’ve done some really impressive builds! You’ll have to let me know how the wavefolder build turns out because I plan to get a wavefolder module at some point (and I’d prefer to build it myself, if possible).

            My plan is to sell the Moog Grandmother and replace it with the Matriarch (want that stereo analog filter/delay) and then add modules gradually to make the ultimate analog monosynth :)

    39. robinsrene
      December 11, 2020 at 3:32 pm

      Enjoyed the preview track! My default audio intake is typically podcasts, not music. Got a tinge resemblance from New Order late 80’s/early 90’s vibe, so felt oddly nostalgic while slightly futuristic. Looking forward to the rest of the album and the potential FI-related perks that may accompany. Congrats!

      • The Mad Fientist
        December 13, 2020 at 9:09 am

        Wow, that’s a fantastic description/comparison so thank you very much :)

    40. Miki
      December 11, 2020 at 3:53 pm

      Congratulations on the album! Your ultralearning experience inspired me to live the life I want now before reaching FI. I’ll buy any music from you to support your project, even if it were a country music album. lol. But I’m glad to listen to your sample and that it was pretty good!

      • The Mad Fientist
        December 13, 2020 at 9:10 am

        Really glad to hear that and thanks for pre-ordering!

    41. Adam Barr
      December 11, 2020 at 4:14 pm

      Take my money, sir! I pre-ordered the album. I love synth music and I love the Mad Fientist, so this is directly up my alley in every way. Happy to do my part to help you reach your dreams! Looking forward to hearing the full album and seeing what else you create in the future :D

      • The Mad Fientist
        December 13, 2020 at 9:11 am

        Haha, huge thanks for the support!

    42. Jack
      December 12, 2020 at 4:51 am

      Got tonnes of value from you blog/podcast over the years so here’s me showing my apprecation!

      • The Mad Fientist
        December 13, 2020 at 9:12 am

        Really appreciate it :)

    43. Dan
      December 12, 2020 at 5:47 am

      I just preordered the album based on the email snippet. For me music is a great value. There is way more than $5 of happiness here. Thanks for making it. Enthusiasm is contagious. 5 bucks….HA… I got the album “for a song”.

      • The Mad Fientist
        December 13, 2020 at 9:12 am

        Thanks a lot, Dan!

    44. David Flint
      December 12, 2020 at 7:55 am

      Brandon – I’m thrilled that it wasn’t either country or dubstep (Lori Ripper), but I’d have been happy to show some appreciation anyways.
      I am looking forward to your interview with Jacob (is he still a quant?) and video is even a better. Forsooth, he is the most extreme of us all.
      If you have shows stateside, keep us apprised.
      Much love and thanks.

      • The Mad Fientist
        December 13, 2020 at 9:13 am

        Will do and big thanks for pre-ordering!

    45. The Crusher
      December 12, 2020 at 1:20 pm

      Happily just purchased the fruits of your passion project!

      Thank you so much for all the great content that you have provided over the years. I have benefited greatly from all of your thoughtful work. Very happy to be able to support your latest efforts in some small way.

      Merry Xmas!!

      • The Mad Fientist
        December 13, 2020 at 9:14 am

        Really appreciate the support!!

    46. Art
      December 12, 2020 at 6:12 pm

      Pre-ordered, not only because your music preview in your email was bad ass, but also to support your dreams. Let’s be real here, you support so many of our dreams without knowing it.

      • The Mad Fientist
        December 13, 2020 at 9:14 am

        That’s very kind of you, Art :) Thank you!

    47. Greg
      December 13, 2020 at 9:10 am

      The small sample as promised from the latest podcast episode was great – even just a few second here and there lets people know what they’re getting =)

      • The Mad Fientist
        December 13, 2020 at 9:15 am

        Glad you enjoyed it, Greg!

    48. Heather
      December 15, 2020 at 5:09 pm

      I freaking love this! Just preordered and got your two singles. My husband and I have benefitted so much from your podcast and we love seeing what you are up to post-FI. It’s an awesome mix of financial education but also points to the deeper questions about a purposeful life that we’re all searching to answer. We’re eagerly awaiting the rest of the album!

      • The Mad Fientist
        December 16, 2020 at 4:57 am

        Thanks so much for pre-ordering (and for the kind words)!

    49. Patrick
      December 27, 2020 at 10:34 pm

      Hi Brandon, just preordered.
      So happy to be able to give something back to you after all of your contributions to your listeners over the years.
      Also great to be able to contribute to the achievement of a dream – thank you for keeping us updated on your post-FI life, it’s equally as educational as the journey to FI. Good luck in the charts!

    50. Melissa Wong
      December 28, 2020 at 5:17 pm

      In addition to the wonderful FI content you’ve provided over the years, thank you for inspiring us by following your passion and creating this album, Brandon! Glad to be one of your ‘groupies!’

      “As soon as you begin to pursue a dream, your life wakes up and everything has meaning.” — Barbara Sher

    51. Brett
      January 5, 2021 at 1:51 pm

      Looking forward to hearing the album Brandon. I have just started to learn the music recording software ‘Logic’ and it is incredible what a huge array of options you have for sounds and instruments just on the basic version. So I can imagine why you could have procrastinated on getting down to business with that, let alone having all the extra options you have with all the other synths you mention. It is a whole rabbit hole you can disappear into. Good luck with the launch.

    52. Sudha
      January 11, 2021 at 3:37 pm

      It sounds great. I meant to pre-order last year, but life happened.
      Will be doing so shortly. Good luck to you and your continued success.

    53. Doug
      January 15, 2021 at 4:57 pm

      Glad to support you! Your insight, writings, podcast and website tools (laboratory) are invaluable.

    54. Jen
      January 15, 2021 at 4:57 pm

      Congrats Brandon! Happy to support your new adventure. I’ve certainly gotten way more in value out of your blog and podcasts over the years.

    55. Jyll Boudreau
      January 17, 2021 at 8:44 pm

      Love this! Yes, you have (4) pre-orders from me. My son (19 yrs old) is working on his music dream and I will send you a link to his 2nd released single (just this weekend, 1/15).
      Thank you for your podcast and resources.

    56. Eric
      January 18, 2021 at 10:47 am

      Only album I’ve ever ordered without first hearing a preview… I’m inspired by your efforts and hope you hit the charts soon! Maybe the confidence to debut in an Edinburg park will soon be mine too. Congrats Brandon.

    57. Diego
      January 18, 2021 at 3:05 pm

      You have put out some of the best FI analysis around and the graphics are always on point. I love referencing your content to help people understand our own FI journey and how they can do it themselves! Congrats on this new adventure! Happy to support you in this adventure and I’m excited to hear the full album, this seems right up my alley!

    58. T
      January 19, 2021 at 2:56 pm

      Congrats with the album! Listened to your interview on Choose FI. I also think it would be pretty amazing if you hit the charts off your sales on your first album. Keeping my fingers crossed.

      The content that you put out is pretty amazing. But I think the thing that makes me a fan is that you genuinely always come off as a really good person during your interviews. Definitely proved that to me after replying to my email when I wasn’t at my best emotionally working in an Emergency Department in NYC during the peak of Covid.

      Keep doing what your doing. I’ll be listening.


    59. Jeff Underwood
      January 20, 2021 at 5:02 pm

      Hey Brandon, this is so cool that you’re doing this. I sincerely want to follow in your footsteps. Maybe it’s because I’m also an INTJ lover of math and synth music, I’ve always wanted to do exactly what you’re accomplished. I’d love to follow your process at a granular level with software, hardware, how you spent your 5 hours of music production, etc. Will you be posting any type of blog about your music production process? On a side note, an electronic artist you might enjoy with a similar style is Big Black Delta. I love his stuff! I emailed him once and was happy to hear he uses Logic Pro, which I have on my laptop and just need to level up from GarageBand and learn someday.

    60. Genn
      January 21, 2021 at 8:16 pm

      Excited to see you on the Billboard charts! Just finished listening to ChooseFI. Thank you, thank you for all your contributions to the FI community! We’re rooting for you!

    61. Janelle van Meegeren
      January 22, 2021 at 12:02 am

      We can’t wait to hear it! Congrats on achieving your goal of making an album!! ~Janelle & Mike

    62. Mark R
      January 22, 2021 at 5:02 pm

      Downloaded this morn; loaded onto the phone and listened while I was biking over lunch! Great album!

    63. Ryan
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    64. Byron
      January 24, 2021 at 4:46 pm

      Very cool album. Good on you for finishing this and sharing life lessons learned with the rest of us!
      I’ve always enjoyed synth pop, some dub step, techno, and more. This is a cool mix of all that, reminiscent of DM, NIN, jimmy urine, and maybe vnv nation or Kraft week. Lots going on here!

      So proud to get to share virtually in celebrating this achievement! You rock!

    65. Steve R
      January 25, 2021 at 11:15 pm

      My favorite songs are TE, I and PR (Mad Fientist Note: I abbreviated the song titles so that the internet doesn’t link these two projects :) ). I’ve also been wanting to compose music for years but figured I just don’t have time with work and all. Tried Albleton Live 10 years ago and gave up. Thanks to your recommendation to “not wait ’till retirement” to get started on your passion project, I’ve come back to Ableton and started taking an inexpensive online class (taught by a Berklee College of Music instructor). Have managed to compose a couple of simple pieces and the structure of a class has really helped. I’m combining electric violin samples with electronic instruments…having fun now.

    66. Ash Stevenson
      January 27, 2021 at 7:29 am

      Bought for the very reasonable sum of £3.38. Congratulations on getting it out there and I look forward to hearing it! Ash

    67. Noah
      January 27, 2021 at 7:30 am

      This is awesome. Kind of reminds me of a mix between Makeup and Vanity Set and Broken Spindles (more vocals than anything else), some Tangerine Dream. Not that it doesn’t also sound unique, but it is definitely easier to explain my thoughts through comparison than to just try to slot it in a genre. My passion is music is also what has guided me for the last handful of years towards financial independence. I know you have brought this up on the podcast and in some of what you’ve done on the side, but it’s really cool to me to know someone so influential in the community that also has the passion I do. After a 2020 of working two full time jobs, I finally have more time to dedicate to music again, and I’m really looking forward to it. Now, I just have to get past spinning my wheels to get going.

    68. Jackie
      January 27, 2021 at 7:42 am

      Congrats and I’m so happy for you! Just purchased the album and wishing you much success.

    69. Lou
      January 27, 2021 at 8:09 am

      Bought the album. Would love to have lyrics — how about sending them to buyers too as a thank you?

    70. Shawn
      January 27, 2021 at 8:16 am

      Happy to support you because I have enjoyed ad free podcasts and all that I have learned over the last few years. Thank you for everything you do Brandon. Happy you have found your voice in your music and k hope you hit the charts! I really enjoyed your story on ChooseFI of you and your brother performing. I couldn’t keep myself from laughing and still feeling your anxiety of the process. Best wishes!!

    71. Rob and Sam Fatzinger
      January 27, 2021 at 8:21 am

      Just ordered. Looking forward to hearing it.

    72. Faber
      January 27, 2021 at 8:23 am

      Would I have preferred if your life long dream was to put out a salsa album? Yes, but still more than happy to show my appreciation for all your contribution to the FI community. Just purchased the 4 pack special :)

    73. Sputnik
      January 27, 2021 at 8:44 am

      So excited for you and just saw your email that Billboard has been in contact. That’s wonderful! I’ve followed your work for years but always lurking. I wish you all the best and congrats on accomplishing your album goal. Hopefully I’ll join you in the post-FI world soon!

    74. Nathan
      January 27, 2021 at 8:47 am

      Thanks for all you’ve done for this community and for me personally–your financial advice has changed my family’s life! Congrats on meeting one of your biggest goals by creating an album! I’m more than happy to support you here. I just bought 4 albums–let’s get you on the Billboard charts!!!

    75. Bethany
      January 27, 2021 at 10:24 am

      Just ordered your album. Congratulations on your work on your passion. It was nice to hear from you recently on Choose FI. You opened my mind to FIRE and I devoured all of your podcasts. Looking forward to some exposure to a new type of music too! Best of luck.

    76. Keith
      January 27, 2021 at 11:03 am

      Wow, this is really great! And to think you were hesitant to get out there and do it. It really is awesome!

    77. Court @ Modern FImily
      January 27, 2021 at 11:06 am

      Purchased! Congrats Brandon on fulfilling your goals and dreams! I love how you’ve optimized this (along with everything else in your world it seems haha) to encourage the album vs other methods of viewing to try to get to the Billboards :)

    78. Tejas Sadashiv
      January 27, 2021 at 11:36 am

      Congratulations Brandon. Just bought the album. I have thoroughly learnt a lot from your blogs and podcast.

    79. Josh Crawford
      January 27, 2021 at 11:55 am

      Bought it! It was the least I can do for all of the value I’ve gotten from your site and podcast. The biggest benefit my family has had so far is an inexpensive vacation to Hawaii because of CC hacking. Still working on FIRE, but we’re 1/4 of the way there.

    80. Ira W
      January 27, 2021 at 1:19 pm

      Hey man,
      Been listening to your podcast for a few years and I really chewed through your written content as well.
      I expected the digital sound of this album because you’re obviously a nerd like that hahaha but I didn’t expect it to be so heavy. This is a real treat.
      Easiest $5 I’ve ever spent.
      Keep up the great work. You’ve set a high bar for yourself but I look forward to your future releases.
      Also, which tracks feature your voice? I’m finding it hard to discern.

    81. Julian
      January 27, 2021 at 1:33 pm

      Done. I spent summer last year (Jan 2019) listening to your podcasts and got huge value out of them. Good luck! Cheers

    82. Gina DiSalvo
      January 27, 2021 at 1:42 pm

      BEST $5 I have ever spent! <3333333333333333 hard toss up between gunfight and atom smash…shared with all my friends

    83. Pendle Witch
      January 27, 2021 at 2:27 pm

      Just ordered the album.
      Paying it back/forward/roundabout for all the years of FI info!

    84. Sarah Patrick
      January 27, 2021 at 2:39 pm

      $5 is a very small price to pay for the invaluable free content you’ve been offering for years. Congratulations and best of luck!

    85. Brian Fogarty
      January 27, 2021 at 3:15 pm

      I have no idea what it sounds like, but if I can help you a little after all the help you have given me then sign me up.
      I also have 2 T-shirt’s from round 1
      Good luck!

    86. Portugee
      January 27, 2021 at 3:23 pm

      Great project. I just ordered a copy and can’t wait to hear the final tracks.
      I discovered your podcast in 2012 and I am blown away with what I have achieved since then by applying the strategies discussed in your podcast.
      Thanks man, I hope to buy you a beer someday.

    87. Sheila
      January 27, 2021 at 4:24 pm

      I am inspired by your accomplishment, and promise to use this inspiration to push myself out of my comfort zone to tackle a bucket list project. You definitely saved me more than $5 in my lifetime by listening to your podcast. More importantly, I listened on my nightly walks for the year before I “relatively” early retired to get the confidence and the courage. That is worth millions. Here is to you topping the charts!!

    88. Matt
      January 27, 2021 at 5:12 pm

      This isa shockingly good album. I would love to know who your musical influences are. I hear some Mr. Pacman coming through, along with some Maximum Balloon. Soooo Gooood!

    89. Carlos Rendon
      January 27, 2021 at 10:03 pm

      Best of luck with your album. Thanks for the great content.

    90. Mary Murphy
      January 27, 2021 at 10:13 pm

      Done and Done! Album purchased. Thanks for all that you do!

    91. Jon
      January 27, 2021 at 11:25 pm

      Love your work mate,

      Happy to support, Hope you top the charts!

    92. Tim
      January 28, 2021 at 12:39 am

      I got you!!! you have been a great resource for me over the years!! Thank you for all for tax hacking and research you have provided me!

      Cheers to 4 albums and by the way this comment is coming after I listened to it and I have to say you are on to something!! I look forward to the next one!! And a MAD Fientist shirt!!

      Cheers !!

    93. Barry
      January 28, 2021 at 7:29 am

      Thanks for all your wisdom over the years. I’m enjoying FI now and your encouraging content helped all along the way.

    94. Regina
      January 28, 2021 at 4:35 pm

      Happy to support your latest endeavor Brandon. Good luck with topping the chart!

    95. Sophie
      January 29, 2021 at 2:13 pm


      I purchased your album. I’ve been following your blog for a couple of years now and working on my way to FI. Your story has been a great inspiration and I’m glad to support you to pursue your life dream. Can’t wait to hear more about your DJ gig:)

    96. Tyler
      February 5, 2021 at 10:04 pm

      Hi! Been a huge fan for years. As of today 2/5/2021 you disabled the buy button but no explanation. Can we still buy it ? I hope it hit the charts!

    97. Bryce
      August 26, 2021 at 9:45 pm

      This is definitely headphone music or w a system and moment suitable for focus. I’m glad I went back and gave it a second listen.

      Brandon, congrats on making a great album. Moreso, congrats on achieving this. I can totally relate to the struggle you’ve shared and admire your openness about it even more than the end product (which itself I enjoy).

      Great inspiration to challenge myself more than I’ve been. Thank you!

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