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Morning: New electronic track 

I've been working with occasional dance producers, contributing vocals from existing songs or occasionally writing lyrics and melodies. The producers have been from all over the world; Hungry, South America, Greece, Italy....

This track is "Morning" by producer Vinicio Olivier, based in Santiago, Dominican Republic. I wrote and recorded vocals especially for this track. Check out the result here...

Earthlings: A New Project 


It appears I haven't written a blog for a long time. About a week ago, I fell over and hurt my arm quite badly. Not broken but solidly strained and bruised. It's much better but it's still sensitive to turning in certain directions or picking stuff up or playing B flat on guitar really stings for some reason. While waiting impatiently for it to heal, I was thinking it was well past time that I started writing about what I'm up to again. Last year I didn't really want to talk about things, but I feel like I've got things to talk about now. Its a project with a different approach to any I've seen around. Not to say its better, but it is, at the least, a bit different.

Since 2012's "Tiny Crooked Orchestra" project, I've followed a similar pattern of regularly releasing songs once a month or more (mostly), self-produced at home in my very small home studio. The "home" that the studio has occupied as changed several times, been in different houses and countries. But still within the same bounds and with the same intent of my initial idea.

2015 will add a new variable to the pattern, an extra level of complexity just to push the boundaries a little. During the project "Earthlings", I will be aiming to continue releasing a song a month, but by the end of the year I aim for it to be a congruent body of work, something like a concept album, with musical, lyrical and atmospheric themes running throughout the project. This will, of course, require a lot more planning and pre-thought, and to that end I'll be using the song structure which I talked about a while ago (and I'm sure will talk about again), and adapting the same structure to help with the flow of the entire album. I've been working hard to draw ideas together and currently most of the songs are in place, in various states of existence, though of course may be open to change as the year progresses. The list looks like this (compared to the basic structure)
1st song, Earthlings, is of course out and about already so listen to it above. More to come soon x

Gravity Remix 

I've been experimenting with ideas for my new material and while I was doing that I created this little remix for Gravity

New EP deepseabigcitysmallroom 

We've returned to Australia having spent the last 8 months roaming around in New York, so I have put all the songs I recorded and released from my East Harlem apartment on an EP called "deepseabigcitysmallroom" which is available for free download from Bandcamp (hit Buy Now and enter $0 to start free download) or pay what you want for it. Please give it a listen!!

NEW SONG: The Escape Artist 

Check out my newest song "The Escape Artist"

Home Recording Forum 

I talk a lot about music recording at home in my blog. From using my voice recorder to put ideas down through to microphone technique and Pro tools. Its all scattered amongst my song releases, music downloads and photos here. Recently, I've had conversations with friends more integral to the internal philosphy of DIY music and Home Recording in general...

Can a songwriter be an effective music producer for his own project? Is a self-producer the ultimate music wanker? The internet is drowning in a heaving sea of mediocre music recorded badly and some would say that its killing (or already killed) the music industry.

I think the answer is not a straight forward "yes or no" but more about what your musical and career goals are. If you're aim is to be a huge Top 40 artist then maybe not. Take a look at the music charts, how many in the top 50 are home recordings?? ANY?? At the moment of writing this I can say firmly, no. Sure there may be some examples of this happening, but if your goal is to compete with major labels, with big budget recordings and promotion schedules, then home recording is probably not the path to take. Audio engineers and music producers are highly skilled and while their industry is taking an on-going battering lately, they are still the top of the game.

In many respects, being a DIY music producer is operating outside of the concept of an 'industry'. Creating a sound unique to your own music and vision (that would probably not get traction with record labels anyway). Get that music out there and start building an audience of people who may be jaded by the posturing and predictability of the pop music industry. This is where home recording belongs and where the quirks and limitations associated with lower budgets can become part of the beauty. Of course there's still a learning curve and there's still financial outlay. There are still benefits to working with producers or mix engineers or mastering engineers. But the rules are yours to make up as you go along, your path becomes part of your unique identity as an artist.


New Song!! 

Check out my latest song, called "A SONG" here. Download it from Bandcamp for FREE or pay what you want xx