I’ve been incredibly busy as of late, and if you follow my posts you may have noticed that I haven’t updated in a while. 2015 began with a rocky start, a handful of dreams and lot of rather big decisions to make in a short amount of time. In a series of blog posts, I’ll attempt to catch y’all up on my news: The good, the bad and the ugly.
Let’s face it, the so called ‘Music Industry’ has a lot to answer for. Not just for me, but for most of us. this is not the blog post that I deserve to write, but empirically the one that I need to write.
With the run up to the cassette release of the extended (full album) version of recent EP, Made in a Day, I’ve been getting quite into hoarding old, non-functioning personal tape players – AKA. The humble Walkman – and doing my best to repair them.
Today has been a really interesting day! Asked Oxfam music if they had any personal cassette players kicking around and was shocked and surprised to discover that they has this absolute beauty stashed away in the back, broken, unused and unloved.
For those who don’t recognise it, this is a Sony Walkman. Specifically, THE original walkman.
I decided that I had to get it, and took it home gleefully. Several hours later of fiddling, transplanting and a lot of figuring out what was wrong with it, I now have it up and running smoothly!
Old tech is gorgeous, and I feel really privileged to own this piece of history and to put it to good use (what, you want me to let it rot away in a display cabinet? No thanks)!
The next thing I need to do now is complete my funding campaign so I can put my own releases into my ears and dance around in an epic display of childhood wish-fulfilment!
The moral? Sometimes you realise that you have super powers. Turns out that one of mine is bringing the dead back to life 😛
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!
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