So, whack might be a way that people describe me for doing this, but I’m wanting to release a longer length version of my EP, ‘Made in a Day’ on cassette tape! Well, actually, I’m thinking of doing my entire discography on tape, it’s just that MIAD seemed the most appropriate to begin with! Most of my disco-graphy, including Made in a Day, currently don’t even have a CD release. I love downloads, but sometimes you just want something sexy to hold and a nice, intricate booklet to pour through as you listen to the album. I know I do!
The EP itself is a queercore/riot grrrl collection of songs that I wrote and recorded in the comfort of my studio, fueled by coffee and the perverted desire to talk about my feelings and experiences whilst hitting a guitar.
If you’d like to have a listen, you can check out the EP version on my bandcamp page: ‘Made In a Day’ on my Bandcamp page!
It’ll be a small scale release, but it’ll be professionally produced and printed. I only need around £100 (about $160) to make this happen, but I *am* rather poor at the moment (and in general).
So please, if you can, take the time to have a look, and even make a donation. Or if you can’t / don’t want to, but still want to help, please help share the link below! And without further ado, you can help out here!
This is the first of a number of posts following some of the many thoughts, feelings and experiences that I had during Nine Worlds geekfest 2014. Today’s subject is Plectra (or plectrums/picks), as it’s a possibly well-known fact that I have a huge love/hate relationship with them.
Things have been really gearing up over the past few days in the lead up to Nine Worlds 2014. I took up acoustic guitar again, ready to take to the stage with as full a sound as I can get out of one instrument and my voice. In the process I broke a nail (specifically, my right thumbnail. Repeatedly) and developed calluses that anyone touching my fingers would notice. Excellent stuff. Also painful. there was blood.
I’m writing this update without my glasses at the moment, as I’m re-dying my hair. You just know shit got serious when I recolour my hair for a gig. Continue reading
Yes, I am in my pyjamas. My PJs welcome you to my life in the studio. They are also the perfect disguise with which to discuss the release of my debut album, obviously.
If you’re an artist, you might know the feeling of regret that comes at the end of a difficult year. So many wonderful ideas and so little that (comparatively) comes out of it. Don’t get me wrong, I did quite a few amazing things in 2013, but compared to the three years that preceded it, I definitely feel this was the worst in terms of productivity.
So this New Years Eve, I’d been quietly celebrating with two of my dearest friends. Nothing loud or raucous; I really needed a quiet one in this year. And of course, there is discussion of New Year’s resolutions. Continue reading
With the impending release of Arcadia City Blues, I wanted to spend a little time talking about Dr. Carmilla’s future.
At the beginning of December, I wasn’t sure when my I was next going to return to recording. There’s a huge backlog of work to be done on the Dr. C continuity. Lots of careful planning, writing and practice. I’ve been doing the Dr. Carmilla project for over 4 years now and there are plenty of songs that need working on to fit them into some sort of sensible order.
Least not, I need to get back into the swing of things with the studio before I turn my attention to re-recording Ageha and Zouka. Continue reading
Being an artist working in a variety of media, some of the greatest hurdles for me involve finding the time to really get to know the plethora of tools I work with. Testing out new tools is an important part of my professional growth… But it can also be a huge pain in the ass. Being a practicing artist, I don’t really get much spare time to sit around learning all the ins-and-outs of every tool I’d like to try. Finding a good balance between learning and practice is essential for, y’know, actually completing anything. Continue reading