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So yesterday I went to the Black Cherry Lounge (formerly ‘The Rig’) at Rock City in Nottingham. Why was I there? Well, several weeks beforehand LeftLion magazine announced via The Nusic podcast that they were going to be doing something special there. For the December issue of their magazine they wanted to take a photo of the entire Nottingham music scene (or thereabouts, anyway) to use as the cover picture. To do this they had hired out Rock City for an evening. Considering LeftLion are a not-for-profit community organization I found this pretty incredible.
The idea was fun, brought creatively minded people together and also helped to create press/social media buzz about Nottingham (yet some people still weren’t pleased – more on that later!) So there I was, stood in the Black Cherry Lounge with a group number, waiting for it to be called so I could take my place within the photoshoot going on in the main stage area of Rock City. I swear everywhere I looked all evening there were familiar faces. Gerry Trimble, Long Dead Signal, Gallery 47, Delta Sun, The Golden Troubadours/Oldboy, the Nusic team, Nina Smith, Motormouf, Royal Gala members, Breadchasers, Baby Godzilla, Poddingham Paul, Liam Bailey, Mr Roo Inns, Roger, Bainy & Andy from Notts live – yeah, I could be here all night – you get the picture!
Once the photoshoot kicked off we all stood there for half an hour or so whilst everybody tried to organise themselves amongst the chaos. There were so many people there it was hard to get everyone in the picture, so ‘take a step back’ got called out a fair bit! There were some issues with taller people blocking others, but seeing as the photo was taken from above at an angle I think it should turn out OK.
Whilst this was going off there were two hipster/indie kid types behind me, presumably from some band too awesome for a mere mortal such as myself to have heard of. I wish I knew who these guys were so I could name & shame them (although I’m too nice to do that anyway) as these guys were some of the BIGGEST PRICKS I have ever come across in my life. They spent the entire shoot whining about ‘how shit‘ it was, saying over and over ‘this is a TERRIBLE idea’ etc in mocking, whiny voices. I was so tempted to say to them ‘well if it’s so shit, why the fuck are you here??‘ Granted, the organisation of the whole event wasn’t perfect – but why would it be? They should appreciate that lots of people had worked fucking hard, in their SPARE TIME to make it happen. I’d like to see them do better anyway – although considering at one point they said ‘we’re the only ones here who are going to make it anyway‘ (yes, they really did say that) they probably thought they were masters of the fucking universe or something.
Anyway, despite that dampener on the evening there was only one other disappointment for me. After the shoot there was an after party in the Black Cherry Lounge – only about 50 odd people stuck around for it, out of 400 odd people. Way to miss an excellent networking opportunity, Nottingham! Seriously, this is one thing that disappoints me about the Notts music scene – you get an amazing opportunity like that, and people don’t make the most of it. Still, those of us that stuck around had a laugh and a banter and all was good. Motormouf and an eclectic array of other musicians all entertained us with a freestyle jam on the mini stage there too, which was cool.
So yeah, all in all a fantastic evening, only marred slightly by some people’s attitudes. I would like to say a HUUUUUUGE thanks to LeftLion (and Nusic too, and Parisa from Basement Forte) for organizing the whole thing – I am very grateful for such an awesome opportunity. I await the December magazine in anticipation!
The Kala Sessions. A result of frustration and the need to unwind.
So from Friday 19th March – Sat 20th I was holed up in my bedroom making music. It feels like I haven’t done that in a while. I mean after making my album Perfectly Fine I was pretty tired of recording and mixing. I’ve still been doing it as I’ve been writing a lot of new music lately, and I’m slowly working on another album – but these two days were different. I sat down and wrote, recorded, mixed and mastered two songs in two days. The album has just been bits here and there so far. This time however I was in a total creative zone where for those 48 hours the music just totally took over. I haven’t enjoyed that feeling in a while – just being impulsive and making some music, without really any purpose or taking into account the outcome. I just did it for the there and then, and it really helped take my mind off things.
You see, long story short, I’d had a bad week. For those of you who don’t know, I’m doing a degree in music technology. Last week I got my marks back from a big sound to picture (creating sound effects and a score for film trailers) module and they were a major shock. Apparently I had handed in the video files in the wrong format (ie the audio and video files were sepearate, but that was because there were two different audio mixes.)
Yes, the educational system does not like it when things aren’t submitted correctly. Even when you’ve quite clearly done the work, spent countless hours on it, & the evidence of that is plain to see. Nevertheless, the wrong-formatting led to me being passed on the whole module because it was technically ‘late’ (if you don’t hand things in on time in uni land, you can only get a pass.) Even though in reality it wasn’t late at all.
What good is an educational system that treats people who work extremely hard in this way? Deadlines are there to ensure work is done on time – and if it is but there’s a technical hitch then surely leniency should be allowed? I mean really, does everyone just have to blindly follow the rules even when it’s obvious my kind of mistake was clearly not why they were put there in the first place?
I don’t know, I’ve worked so hard on this course, and this mark could potentially change my whole grade for the year as it’s worth like 15% of our overall mark. Gutted would be an understatement
Aaaaaaaaaanyway, the point is my frustration led me saying to myself fuck it, I’m gonna spend a bit of time enjoying myself being creative, and forget about my uni work while I can.
So after finishing these tracks I wondered what to do with them. Do I hold them back for the next album? I mean these songs were just a bit of spontaneous fun, do I really want to take them further in that respect?
Well the answer was no, so I’ve just decided to put them out as a free download.
Just a little background info on these recordings for those interested. Waiting for You was recorded totally live with just me and my Kala KA-B Baritone Ukulele. I Want Out was recorded by recording my ukulele first, and then overdubbing my vocals. The organ was also overdubbed as unfortunately i’m lacking in the the ability to play guitar and organ simulatenously Oh and the bass again for the same reason.
For you tech-heads it was recorded with an Audio Technica AT2020 LDC microphone and a Takstar & Red 5 Audio SDC mics, through a Echo Layla 3G audio interface into Pro Tools 9. All the mixing & mastering was done in Pro Tools also.
I did not hit her, I DID NAAAATT!!!!! Oh hi there…person reading this!
Yes, many of you will have not understood that, and I risked sounding like a complete nutter. Maybe I am. Maybe I have just spent too much time watching this film: