Taken from the info booklet in works (exclusive images).  Three other albums are in queue pending copyrights for two of them right now.

View from train to Malaysia from Thailand.


Ckwal – Prequel (Working Title)

This is the prequel to Ckwal’s debut album. Tracks mostly created after SKMillion’s first DJ style mix done while living in Erbil, Iraq (Summer 2013). The job teaching in Iraq only lasted a month and I continued to Bangkok, Thailand via an inspiring one night stay in Doha, Qatar. On the trip to Iraq I visited Jordan as well and the Dead Sea, but before those few months I was volunteering/working at a few festivals like Spring Awakening and the first ever (and only to this date) EDC Chicago at the Chicagoland Speedway. I was a victim of a hit and run in Bangkok after teaching while on break and eventually went home. I haven’t returned to teaching English since then. While recovering life wasn’t the same. I recorded some tracks staying in Ongkharak during the months I lived in Thailand between the end of July and sometime after Halloween. I got to visit Chiang Mai and on the trip home I had a long layover in Delhi airport where I was inspired by artwork and the strangest jetlag. I fell asleep in the airport listening to No More Hell To Pay by Stryper because I was worried about some spiritual place I had never been to before. I was unconscious for some unknown time in a Bangkok city hospital and still to this day don’t know exactly what happened to me. In the airport one particular photo I took from a digital camera became inspiration for the imagery on lyric booklet. It was initially published in the blog which is now http://ckwal.us . After listening to many more famous DJ mixes while exercising in the gym and walking around town for hours to podcasts collecting my favorites, I eventually started mixing regularly on my own.

These songs in new album collection were of transition periods I’m mentioning, including some tracks that were available on SoundCloud posted EPs: Love to Boston EP (LTBEP), iT EP and Halloween EP. Although known as SKMillion then, I hear myself changing styles and still notice the world I walked into out of the hospital that has been different ever since. So besides habits and other rituals I had as regular things in albums from S. Korea and Taiwan, changes in new spiritual awareness (like a curse and blessing of possible superpowers). Most of the other stuff I was dealing with in external ways has changed too. One night I remember being on the balcony of my hotel hearing dogs barking viciously everywhere and the echoes were chilling. It was the same time Wolfgang Gartner’s Hounds of Hell tour was beginning, so I feared I was no longer in the real world because it was not a safe place. I hope to return to Thailand and find more closure because I left in a hurry from pain (inconvenient for getting around to find a new job in the city), worry and budget concerns.

Red Nose (4:57)
Desert House AKA Phonez (6:55)
Hula (4:16)
Jet (4:33)
Turn (3:10)
SL (7:45)
Reinvented the Alarm (5:17)
V (3:30)
Take Any (Extended Mix) [13:34]
The Big Top (6:46)

Train tracks between trails after Old School Forest Preserve in Libertyville, Illinois.