July 11th, 2011Music
Here it is!
My new single, Milk and Water is now available as a pay what you like one-track download on Bandcamp.
This will be the last release for a while. Thank you everyone who’s come to any of my gigs over the last 2 years and all of you who’ve bought my music or listened to it online.
Extra thanks to some special people who’ve given me the best advice I could ever ask for. I hope I can live up to their and my own expectations.
After the next few shows I’ll be focusing entirely on what I’m here for in the first place – music. So please bear with me while I work hard quietly away from you.
I promise you’ll get to hear it all eventually! Peace, I’m out.Tags: Milk And Water
Argh! So much has happened since I did a proper blog I don’t know where to start. With a list of course!
- In October 2010 I had the start of my first ever tattoo. It was finished in February 2011 and is one of the best things I’ve ever done. I love it and I am so grateful to the artist Henry Hate. He is like the Juliette Binoche character from Chocolat but for tattoos. I went in with an idea and came out with my soul on my skin.
- I did my first ever solo tour of the UK. Unfortunately I didn’t manage to book any Wales gigs this time round but I’m hoping to soon enough. I went to Bristol, Cambridge, Glasgow and Ayr. The Scottish gigs were with tour buddy Dave Hughes who is like a cross between Shane MacGowan and Macaulay Culkin and knows more about Bruce Springsteen than anyone I know. I had tonnes of fun and adventures along the way. The new set-up using a small 80s keyboard rather than my big full-size one works much better (even though it does leave me with nothing to hide behind!).
- I have new hair. It is short-ish and blonde. I adore it. The best hairdresser I’ve ever had did it. You can find her on Twitter. If I ever get a world tour, Sapphire is coming with me to do my hair.
- I finally got to the Out Of This World exhibition at the British Library. It is fantastic. The only frustrating thing is not being able to touch and smell the original copies of these wonderful books. I will be going back again before it finishes.
- My favourite wannbe-rollergirl’s boyfriend arranged an incredible birthday surprise treasure hunt for her around the National Galleries and Trafalgar Square. Her closest friends all dressed up as characters from her two favourite stories: Alice In Wonderland and Mary Poppins. It caused a bit of a ruckus when security tried to chuck us out though and we ended up being chased by around 7 security guards. It all ended in a tea party. I was the Cheshire Cat, obvs.
- The Very Exciting Thing I am doing is now underway. I still can’t say much about it but as soon as I can I will let you know. At the moment it is just in the research stages.
- I booked my first holiday for about 5 years: In October I’ll be visiting one of my best friends in Bangkok then we’re also going to Bali too! I almost fainted when I read the confirmation emails. I have been ordered I’m not allowed to do any work at all while I’m there. I might have to sneak some online time to dispel any withdrawal symptoms!
- The new single Milk and Water is almost ready. It has been a labour of love.
- The artist development programme I created for Drake Music has finally been given a little bit of money for the first session. I’m really looking forward to it although it means more work for me!
- Lots of changes have happened that make me think East London might not be the place for me soon, I love it here and of course my heart will always belong to London but I’m thinking more and more about moving away. I won’t be going too far and I’m sure you’ll read about this in the forthcoming year.
- And FINALLY I am planning my next party. It won’t be until the autumn and will have a very different feel as well as be a more ‘exclusive’ event. More to follow!
So all in all a transforming few months. Not sure what’s next, which is (as you know) how I like it. Exciting times. #followthesignsTags: Dave Hughes, Hackney, Henry Hate, holiday, Lairy Poppins, Lists, Milk And Water, performing, science fiction, tattoo, The Angel
May 29th, 2011Music
All my music is produced at home. My set-up is very basic and I have limited knowledge about sound engineering. This suits me fine (for now) as I am not rich and I prefer minimal/rough sounds. It also gives me the opportunity to learn more and to retain complete creative control over the final tracks.
I’d like to share a story with you about some work I’ve been doing recently on the new single Milk And Water:
The lovely Simon Askew (well-known BBC producer and engineer) has very kindly been offering me some advice about production. In April I sent him links to The Angel EP and also a rough draft of the new single.
Many people have listened to The Angel and I’ve had a lot of great feedback but nobody has said this:
“…The first thing is both that mix and the Angel EP is all in mono! Is this deliberate? If so I think it’s wrong!”
No Simon, no. This was not deliberate.
Full disclosure: I didn’t actually know.
Through several weeks of email exchanges I rewired and panned and sweated and screamed, and continued to hate the massive gaps in my music technology expertise.
Finally ready to export the track to send a new version to Simon, I noticed a small drop-down box giving the options to export in mono, stereo split or stereo interleaved.
That’s right folks, a small drop-down box in the middle of my screen. I had seen this menu on everything I’ve ever mixed for the past 2 years and at no point had I thought: “I wonder what that’s for…”
Seriously. I am an idiot.
Like The Beatles, my recordings up until now have been in mono. This has the potential to go down in history as one of those hilarious early music making stories. Or perhaps not. Maybe I could pretend I intended it that way and release my own boxset.
Me and The Beatles in Mono.
[please note the new single will be in stereo, like I'm a normal person]Tags: electronic, Milk And Water, Simon Askew