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Yes, I love baritone ukulele, specifically the Kala KA-B baritone ukulele wot I bought recently. I’ve been playing it so much lately that it’s starting to feel weird whenever I pick up my Martin acoustic guitar now! I managed to snag myself a rather nice hard case for my uke for £28 off ebay the other day – it arrived this morning
Other than playing a lot of ukulele, I’ve also been recording and gigging a lot. I played a show in Mansfield the other weekend, that was a lot of fun, and I got a great reception – so much so that I’m playing at the venue (the Intake Club) again in a week. I’ve also got a show on the 8th in Long Eaton, and then lots of Nottingham shows booked for May. Oh, and of course there’s my Glastonbudget festival appearance then too, which I can’t wait for! Check out the ‘shows’ page on my site for more info on my gigs.
Recording wise, I am working on material for the new album, it’s all very early stages, but I’ve got so much material ready I just wanted to start getting stuff down, even though another release is a long way off yet! Here’s a video of me recording some bass for a track called ‘Remember Me’:
And as many of you already know, I’m releasing a cover of Katy Perry’s hit single ‘Hot n Cold’ as a digital download this month, via iTunes, my website & Amazon MP3. More details on that to follow, but for now you can watch the music video here:
Lastly, I posted a video blog to Youtube today, where I talk in depth about some of the stuff I have mentioned here, as well as my September tour and a few other things. ‘Ave a gander at that here:
So my website just got some rare candy and has now leveled up!
Yes people, I now have this fancy, automatically updated news feed right on the home page. Thanks to some user suggestions (those mainly being from Fee Tunes – cheers!) I’ve de-cluttered the home page quite a bit, leaving only the most relevant and up to date content. I realise I was trying to cram too much in before. Now you can just see what I’m up to and listen to my album – the rest of my content is left for you to explore elsewhere on the site, rather than having it shoved in your face the moment you type www.marcreeves.co.uk into your browser
There are some minor tweaks elsewhere – including some subtler changes to the nav bar, which I think you’ll all appreciate I’ve also got tweet buttons around the site now, as well as the facebook ‘like’ buttons, so all you tweeters out there can tweet to your hearts content!
Obviously anytime any major renovations to the site take place there’s going to be some needed tweaking here and there, as I learn what/what doesn’t work – so expect thing to maybe change a bit over the coming weeks.
Any suggestions? Anything you want changed or like/don’t like? drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or head over to my Facebook page and post on the wall
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.
Hey everyone – nearly time for Christmas! I for one am rather excited, I have bought lots of cool presents for people, which I can’t wait to give to them! Plus I’m also getting a new acoustic, a LOVELY Martin DXK2AE:
|My new guitar – click picture to see it in all its glory!|
My first bit of news today is that I’ve changed my website store from Bigcartel to Bandcamp. Why, you ask? Well, Bandcamp I feel gives me that extra bit of flexibility, plus no limitations (Bigcartel is crippled unless you want to pay 10$ or more a month, which I feel is a bit extortionate.) The new shop can be found at http://marcreeves.bandcamp.com/ , this URL for the shop will soon be changed to www.musicstore.marcreeves.co.uk to help streamline the whole navigation process.
I’ve also updated a few bits and bobs on the website, so check it out at www.marcreeves.co.uk . I’ve added Facebook ‘like’ buttons to most of the pages, to make the place feel more homely for you FB nuts out there!
That’s pretty much it, other I’m now on the bill for tonight’s Christmas Acoustic Rooms show at the Rescue Rooms, Nottingham.
I hope you all have a brilliant Christmas and New Year!
All the best,
PS. I almost forgot to add, I’m offering anyone who signs up to my mailing a list a 20% discount code off my album! Also if you can post this info on your facebook, blog, website etc, then you can get an extra 10% off! These codes can be redeemed at my online store ONLY, on both CD’s and downloads. You will be sent the code by email once you have subscribed to my mailing list, or once you have provided proof (in the form of a screenshot or link to the post) of the info you have shared.
This offer will only be available until February 1st 2011, so get your vouchers now!