Monday, 26 September 2016

Blues On The Lav

I'm going to be doing a series of live songs in the lav (lavatory), entitled "Blues In The Lav", or maybe "Blues On The Lav"... I don't know yet. The songs will not all be blues, they will all be origional, and who knows maybe I can kill two birds with one stone.

Monday, 19 September 2016

Roland SPD-6

 I'm really not a drummer, but I got a used Roland SPD-6 off Ebay a few months ago to add a bit of live drums to my tracks. I used to program all the drums, but it's more fun to make up loops with this thing by playing them rather than putting dots on a grid in a sequencer:

It's got a few nice kits, loads of useless stuff like guns going off, explosions etc. 

I recorded the drum parts to this track with them.

Old School

I grew up in the Analogue world, as a musician that meant using 4 track porta studios to record half assed songs, and this frequently involved banging my head against a wall more often than not. Using ye olde drum machines was a lot more hassle than putting dots in a grid on a computer. 

 Then the digital age dawned, at first it was great, Myspace was really good. People genuinely found your music, I made some great contacts and found people who supported my music. Plus about 9 years ago I actually put together my first album using Cubase, I called it "TuLK", wich can be downloaded here. TULK
 Move 10 years on I realize the digital dream, is a digital nightmare in some ways. Myspace died, and the sharks came in... people stopped buying music, NME and Melody Maker died, and one or two great bands who we'll never hear off never achieved the success the would have had they not disapeared in a digital swamp. To a certain extent that is all down to the digital world.

 So why am I moaning?, we'll I know it's not all bad... there's still some good music out there, and I don't miss paying £15 in 1995 for "First Rays of the Rising Sun" by Jimi Hendrix thank you very much!... But, i'm REALLY sick of looking at computer screens when I record my music... if I wanted to do that then i'd have gone into IT.

 So over the last few months I've been rummaging around in the attic, and through draws and am putting my old Analogue studio together, because I live in a ANALOGUE world, and I want to make music the way I used to... So here are some pics of what I'm putting together:

My trusty drum machine the Yamaha RX8, not particularly great but has a nice metallic sound which works great for industrial type music ... hence Marilyn Manson had one when he started out. I brought it from Live Music on Lincoln Road in Peterborough in the early 90's. 

Here's my Tascam Portastudio 424 mk3. Used by John Frusciante who recorded his first two solo albums on one, guessing he was making a statement using one of these, but nevertheless it shows what can be done. I did record a track called "Day By Day" on this, which got played about a hundred times on various radio stations across the UK around 2003, so there you go.