25-4-2022

Story Song Time

Ive done a handful of these. They are 15-20 minutes long. I place them on my youtube channel or on social. I tell a story or an anecdote, create a little film footage and play a song or two. This one is called "Jungle Perch". It's me and a childhood friend of mine out on the river fishing and spinning yarns. 

 

11-24-2021

Taking it slow in mix-down

Zlaya is working from a semi-permanent studio in a hotel basement in Barcelona that he's recently moved into. I dont have a picture of him or his set up. Thats a bummer really he deserves some attention as his role as a partner in this adventure is crucial. But here are a few more pics of the SONG CREW I recorded with in Studio 150 in Amsterdam back in May instead. So yeah - getting started on mixdown took a while because Z was between work spaces, and now that he's into it its taking a while again coz it just does when you start trying stuff out. I like it this way tho. No deadlines. Do what you can when you can....and get it right is the motto. I just got a rough mix of a song from him today that Im pretty happy with it. Ive also decided to record a different version of it. So...the mixing is part of a circular process not a straight line to the finish...more like a meandering trail with some side-tracks and back-tracks and re-records as new sounds spark new ideas. Focusing on the finish line just takes me outa the process and away from dealing with what comes up as it comes up. And.... Im enjoying the process.... it merges mixing with performing. Getting it right. Everyone in a hurry - fuck that. We got all the time in the world (photo Misha & Madelief)

 

19-8-2021

Shows come and shows go but the music sticks around

A show will come in out of the blue then dissappear into thin air like a bubble bursting the moment it hits the surface. Thats what Covid is like. Ive had 3 or 4 of these tenuous, transient offers come up in the last few weeks. Here one second gone the next. My gig list currently has 3 shows on it - they seem to have survived so far. Im not looking any further into the future than that. Everyone in the business is hedging their bets. So am I. Covid has just intensified things by putting what was already shifty onto even shiftier sands. I learnt long ago that it's best to just focus on the things I can influence, like finishing a song or an album, enjoying the day job, being with family...stuff like that. The latter is a tough call for me because half of my family are locked up away from me in Fortress Australia. Shows come and shows go but all I really want to do is write music and record it so I can hear it back to see what it sounds like. It helps. Thats it..the shows can wait. The picture below reminds me of how we are hard wired for survival. And how the music sticks around

 

 

5-7-2021

Working Musicians

Currently finising off the recordings we did in Studio 150, Bethlehemkerk in April. I always like to let a recording session go dormant for a month or two before coming back to it. Its a kind of litmus test for whats been commited to tape/drive - if I still like it after all that time its worth working further on. If not it isnt. Most of the tracks have been delivered to my mixer/producer Zlaya. All I know at the moment is that we created good energy together in that studio and thats what we have captured in these recordings - the whole team working IN the song together and in the moment. Thats what I hear when I listen to the session bounces. Its good.

 

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