One. Over the next four months I'm going to be playing bass for Laurence Jones, a blues guitarist from Shipston-on-Stour. He's got an album out, 'Thunder In The Sky' which is 'blues rock with a modern twist', to quote Laurence himself. Whatever genre it is, it's pretty darn good. We've got gigs up and down the country till January, so it should be fun ting.
Two. My singer-songwriter-friend-woman-drummer-keyboard-player Hannah Stacey and I are currently in the process of starting up a four-piece (five-piece? six? who knows) funk band, to augment our lovely bass-keys groove funk duo (or what is sometimes a trio, with the addition of guitarist Paddy Johnston).
Three. I'm currently writing the music for an animated short by Adam Wells. At the very least you've got to check out his showreel - got some real pro-looking visuals going on. I absolutely love his style. More on this as it develops.
Four. Indie-folk extravaganza Paddy Johnston & the Love Explosion will be entering the studio in the next few months to record a proper full band EP. This is exciting because the current recordings (one of which is below) don't actually feature the current live band (including me) and these new ones obviously will. Yay and woop and stuff.
Five. I'm going to be starting up a bass guitar tuition website of sorts. I'll be starting with a focus on audio examples and exercises - useful drum tracks and the like. I know, this sort of thing has been done before and there are a million and one tuition websites out there. But there are always things that can be done better. Speaking of teaching, check out my hilarious new logo.
Also I have a new learning-to-play-guitar mantra. It goes like this: stop reading tabs you idiot. Okay, that's probably a bit unfair. Tabs aren't inherently bad things, but there are two problems I have with them (well there are more but two that I'm going to bring up now). One, they promote listening laziness. Essentially, the best way to become a better, more natural live musician is to learn music by ear. Two, 99.9% (this is an approximation) of tabs are not written by professional musicians. Thus, they are often wrong or just badly presented, and you have to use your ears to figure what's going on in the song anyway! Argh. That was quite brief and I'll definitely be coming back to tab and it's pros and cons (mostly it's cons) in a future post.
Six. I'm currently writing tracks with Alex Davies (well he's writing them and I'm adding bass and other noises to them). They are a kind of mellow indie rock. This is still very much in the writing and preparing stages, but expect an EP of some sort along with a full live act soon.
Seven. Most recently I recently met with the wonderful Edie Lobo to work on covers for some upcoming gigs. She also needs a cellist. Any takers? Everyone needs a cellist god dammit. Check out one of her tunes below.
Right. If I have missed something that you know about or are involved in then well...uh...this is awkward. But seriously though there are other projects I'm working on but they aren't really worth talking about till things develop a bit more.
Ciao and ting.