The Secret Album

Secret Album

You can now pre-order my debut album by clicking the button below!

Releasing an album has been a lifelong dream of mine so thank you for helping make my dream come true :)

The album costs $5 and will be released on January 22, 2021.

When you pre-order the album, you’ll immediately get access to my first single (i.e. the song I wrote during my Ultralearning Experiment).

You’ll also get access to all the other bonus content that I plan to release over the coming months.

Why is this album secret?

Well, I expect that my music project is going to get pretty weird so I want to keep my music alter-ego completely separate from this Mad Fientist one.

To find out all about this other world of mine (i.e. the one that’s been occupying the majority of my time since quitting my job and the whole reason I wanted to hit FI in the first place), click the button above!

43 comments for “The Secret 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 :)

  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 :(

  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


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