THE 3RD ALBUM - PLEASE WATCH & READ BELOW!
12-track signed CD + Production contribution. £20 or Pay what you think it's worth. Production costs is the primary cog in this process and getting a high quality final product is vital. You're support will be credited on the album sleeve and I will send you a video message thanking you!
12-track signed CD + CD Duplication from demomaster.co.uk. £20 or Pay what you think it's worth. CD Duplication is the final cog in this process and getting a high quality printed product is vital. I've used Demomaster for Momento and Set Adrift and the quality is the best I've encountered. You're support will be credited on the album sleeve and I will send you a video message thanking you!
Reborn, Momento and Set adrift
The past few years have been interesting musically. I've been back and forth with ideas for my 3rd album (2nd solo album).
My debut album 'Reborn' came about when I was looking for a new musical path by adding a little chaos to my relatively calm life. This release allowed me to explore new ideas and concepts, almost pushing me to blood, sweat and tears.
Arranging songs that I grew up with for the 'Momento' EP was really enjoyable. The second album was a collaboration with Daryl Kellie, an awesome guitarist. Together we spent 5-days writing this fingerstyle-folk release on Daryl's narrow boat and in 5 days, followed by recording the complete work within 24 hours, just a fortnight later. This satisfying, stress-free process spurred me on towards the next few singles' Lost at Sea', 'Wicked Game' and 'Mr Writer' and my next album.....
'ANNUAL' - A 12-TRACK CONCEPT ALBUM
Life has moved on, I'm now six years into fatherhood, and life is incredibly busy. Ironically I've recently been searching for calm in my musical journey!! It wasn't until I acquired a ToneWood Amp and Ortega Stage Series Nylon Guitar in late 2018 that enabled me to transport my mind to another place where new material started to emerge.
These mellow pieces have now come to life in a new album I've named 'Annual'. A new year begins and time rushes by, but composing an album with a track for each unit of time, would, I felt, be a novel way of looking at it. At the start of each month, when the new calendar page is turned, an original photograph or piece of art is revealed.
THE INS AND OUTS!
Influences, styles and production
These past few years I've been influenced by the likes of Ludovico Einaudi, Declan Zapala, Maneli Jamal and Will McNicol. And although I won't be emulating their technical and progressive wizardry, the heart of their tracks has inspired me to play within my abilities rather than pushing through new boundaries.
Tunings such as Open C and D and the classic DADGAD are prominent throughout and there will glimpses of folk, classical and fingerstyle.
I'm excited to be teaming up with ToneWood Amp for this release and will be recording the whole thing with this amazing device. I will be recording the majority of 'Annual' at home with my Ortega and ToneWood Amp, along with a few tracks with my Custom Cole Clark Angel 2. I'm aiming to release the album in June and publish a video online once a month.
I'm also stoked to be teaming up with Declan Zapala again who will producing this record. You can hear his magic production on 'Momento' and my latest singles.
and how you can get involved!
I've always found working on a project with a team of people is much more satisfying than going solo. Previously, I have tried using a crowdfunding platform to emulate this team effect, but, to be honest, I really didn't enjoy it. The constant pressure of chasing money left me feeling very deflated and it took away from the fun process of carving out and creating the album. I'm sure most artists don't really enjoy sending out messages to fans reminding them to buy their album! That's why I'm trying a different approach via this page. It's be enjoyable putting this page together and I'm excited to show you all what I've come up with.
Below I've broken down all the elements required to get this project off the ground. This plan of mine is not about the funds; yes thats important, but it's more about the community vibe, which is the part I really enjoyed about my previous crowdfunding experiences. I want people to feel invested in and involved in the creative process.
Please have a look at the items below and if one grabs you, jump onboard! Along with your purchase/support, you'll be credited on the album and invited to a private facebook group, where I'll be live streaming behind the scenes as well as keeping you updated on the album's progress.
If you're a fan of solo guitar music that's more medicine for the mind than it is challenging, then 'Annual' will be a very nice addition to your music collection :-D