Sunday, 24 December 2017

Epic History Dance Mix

One of the advantages of working with Sean is that he knows a multitude of other talented people and as he puts it, part of his job is to connect people up who could help each other out. One of the other artists he is currently promoting is a a DJ/Producer called Micky Hansford. He's just done a re-mix of Crystal Waters' Gypsy Woman which Sean has been telling people about. I really liked the original tune and having heard a couple of Micky's other remixes I thought I'd have had a listen - and really liked it.

I had been considering the idea of getting someone to do a dance re-mix of History and asked Sean if he thought Micky might be keen. Sean contacted him straight a way and I had an email back soon after from Micky saying he loved the track and would love to do a remix.

I sent him over multitrack files and await the result!


Friday, 22 December 2017

Live At Cordwallis

Yesterday I took the car down for a routine service at Cordwallis, Heathrow. It was a while you wait service so I took along my acoustic guitar to give me something to do while I waited. Having taken it outside to play through a few things (without annoying the staff) I wandered back in with it to see what progress was being made with the car. One of the girls on spotting the guitar asked with a smile if I was going to 'give them a song' - so I decided to give them one.

I felt a performance of 'Just Got My Life' would probably be right for the occasion and launched into it. The big open showroom made for a nice interesting acoustic environment and a couple of the guys started filming it! Later on one of the guys told me his first thought was 'here we go - another guy who can play a few chords and sing a bit', he wasn't expecting a professional sounding performance! He and everyone else were very complimentary and asked if I minded them putting the video up on their website/social media. Of course I didn't mind - it was a blast!

You can see it here on their Facebook page. Thanks everyone at Cordwallis for the chance to play and the great reception!


Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Meetings

After our successful showcase 'gig' for Nick Tauber and Sean, it was time to meet up to map out the plan to take things forward. Sean has a few favourite pubs and cafes he likes to meet at which I'm rapidly starting to get to know.

The first meeting was a bit of an outline of what we need to do to reach the first goal; that goal being to get a good deal with a decent record label.

Having taken that away and digested it a bit I felt another meeting was necessary to go into a bit more detail about what would need to be done, when and what the results of each stage should be. I met up with him again on Sunday at the same cafe where we first met to go through the detail.

The basic outline is to bring certain people on board with expertise and contacts in various areas such as social media, video production, radio plugging, publicity etc. Each would come in at a particular point in the process and exercise their talents when necessary. Nick Tauber was already keen to work with us and the material in the studio and is lined up to start when he's finished his current projects.

Given that the existing recordings of History and other songs are actually quite good, it may be a mater of just adjusting a few tracks or even just remixing what is already there. I never really considered myself to be a great mixing engineer. I got lucky with my mixes of History and Slave To You and ended up producing recordings that I am still very happy with and have sounded just fine on radio when played next to other similar music. However having someone of Nick's calibre and track record remixing them is certainly going to be an exciting prospect and also an amazing learning experience!

Now satisfied with Sean's plan, I emailed him to ask him to set the wheels in motion...


Friday, 8 December 2017

Never Ending Showcase

Regular blog readers will be aware that on Monday we played a very important showcase to Sean (music manager to numerous household names) and Nick Tauber (record producer of numerous household name artists and records).

It was the first time the five band members had all been in the same room together since the first rehearsal with Mike but we had been rehearsing in groups of three and four since then. We set up and played through the five songs we had planned to perform for Sean and Nick. I don't know what it was about that evening but for the first time we actually sounded like a proper rock band. The songs really came together and sounded good. If nothing else we all felt we were now ready for our first gigs.

When Nick and Sean arrived we played through he same 5 songs again:

  • If You Can't Join Them Beat Them
  • History
  • Under Siege
  • Just Got My Life
  • Never

The final song we did, 'Never' was one written by an old friend of mine (Tristan) and his band "The Scapegoat" - the only one not written by me. It finished off the set nicely and being the only one of the five not already featured in some form on our website, here is the video of the actual live performance.


I think it would be fair to say the performance went rather well. They were very keen on 'History' and felt we had really good songs and were certainly very close to being ready to take to the next step. The short message from Sean the next day boiled down to the paragraph:
"Good session last night. Myself and nick keen to work out a deal quickly so we can start working before Christmas to get you ready to play in Jan and to create an audience for your shows."
We have organised to meet on Monday evening to talk through said deal...


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Incidentally if you want to hear The Scapegoat's version of the song 'Never' on soundcloud, here it is - this is the version I first heard and liked enough to want to do a cover of it.



Music: Nigel Cadzow, Helen Cadzow, Phil McGowan, Tristan Baker;
Lyrics: Tristan Baker

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Re-working A Song

The second rehearsal with Mike took things to a new level. His years of experience both as a professional musician and as a music director meant he was able to make suggestions that really challenged how we had been doing things, both in terms of rehearsing and the actual songs themselves.

It started with his questioning of a G minor chord (following a G major) in the chorus of the song If You Can't (Join Them Beat Them). In his view the G should continue as a Gmaj. The Gm worked for me as it allowed a counter melody of B A# A A# and given the song had existed in it's present form for many years I was reluctant to change it for change's sake, but I was prepared to listen to his reasons - and was glad to have a pair of fresh critical ears offering me a different perspective.

He reasoned that the chorus needed to be less complex and more straight rock. I agreed that choruses in general needed to adhere to this principal however I didn't want to lose the emotional dimension that the counter melody brought to it. Mike suggested a simple riff on lead guitar that brought that emotional dimension back while allowing the Gmaj, and so, having not lost anything of great significance I was prepared to see where the idea led.

Subsequent changes that we tried included dropping the intro riff and starting with the verse chords, a halt in the middle of each verse, Paige playing the floor tom instead of hi-hats in the first half of each verse, heavier drums in the 'jazz sections' the removal of what was known as the 'quiet section' and finishing with a double chorus instead of the traditional outro.

I had to admit, the song was now sounding like a real potential hit and was glad we had indulged Mike's ideas - something I was happy to tell him over a beer afterwards.

I look forward to putting other songs to the same scrutiny - but first we need to focus on being ready to perform a bunch of songs for Nick Tauber next Monday, the legendary record producer who wants to hear us in rehearsal...


Monday, 20 November 2017

Fate Reveals An Interesting Hand

Two days after losing Lorne there are bunch of notifications on the Facebook page from a chap called Mike Gibbons. He appears to have liked a number of posts on the page. It was the first time someone I hadn't specifically invited to like the page had interacted with it but curiously I vaguely recognised the name.

A quick email search revealed a Mike Gibbons had viewed my BandMix ad for a new guitarist, and I realised I had viewed his page and possibly sent him a message via the BandMix website as a potential guitarist. His profile describes him as a:
"Professional session guitarist and Songwriter working in records, TV, and live performance."
He'd also sent me a quick FB message which said "Hey Simon" so I decided to make contact through messenger and pointed out that as he seemed to like what we were doing, and that we needed a guitarist, would he be interested?

What followed was a bunch of phone calls that made clear he was indeed a very good guitarist (via Youtube videos etc), an extremely experienced and knowledgeable musician who's played with numerous household names, a really nice guy and really liked my music - especially History. I went round to see him for quick jam and a beer at a local pub which turned into a great night out ending up with us playing guitar and singing at another one of the local pubs, earning us free beers! Whilst he was very busy with his professional music work and other projects he did agree to come and join us for a rehearsal.

He also took the liberty of contacting an industry friend of his, an Irish chap called Sean who had managed numerous household-name acts including Bon Jovi, David Bowie and Pink Floyd and told him he needed to listen to my work!

The next message which came through said:
"Bit of good news mate, Sean the Irish fella I was telling you about wants to meet you."
We met up the following Saturday at a restaurant in Westfield, Startford. The meeting went well and Sean introduced me to another musician he was working with, a girl called Elsa and suggested we write some songs together. He also suggested I should meet up with a record producer he works with - a chap called Nick Tauber, whose credits include Thin Lizzy, Toyah, Venom, Deep Purple, Marillion, UFO and a very long list of others. He thought Nick's rock production style would suit my music.

We met up with Nick the following Friday, the upshot being that Nick now wants to come to a rehearsal and hear us playing live.

The first rehearsal with Mike nearly didn't happen. He couldn't get up to London from Rochester where he lives. And I had no way to go and pick him up and then get to the rehearsal on time. And then as the final fateful icing on the cake, I was asked at work to take the car and go and pick something up - from - you guessed - it Rochester! I brought Mike back with me and we made the rehearsal. His experienced and professional musicianship was evident from the outset and some really good sounds and new ideas were brewing.

Had a tweak from the chap upstairs brought this all together? Not sure, but at least things seem to be going in the right direction...


Tuesday, 31 October 2017

The Revolving Door

With Lorne now playing lead guitar the ad for another bass player was answered reasonably quickly. A few possibles were whittled down to one chap who I went to visit. Marcel was obviously a good bass player. He had a music degree for which he had studied bass guitar however my experience was that this didn't always mean a great musician.

Marcel tended to specialise in funk and soul but was just as able to thump out a straight rock bass line. Crucially he really got the groove of both History and Slave To You and was able to really make them rock like the original recordings did. Yes he was actually good.

For a short while there it seemed we finally had our five piece line up but nothing ever quite goes to plan. Within days of Marcel joining the band Lorne had taken on a day job sorting out a restaurant who's head chef had just walked out (Lorne happens also to be a top chef) and in an email to me he wrote:
"In terms of band I don’t think I am going to be able to commit to it anymore as my role here as head chef is getting bigger every week (including developing the menus for the other three partner courses and introduction of night Golf!)"
So we lost Lorne just as we'd gained Marcel.

It was sad to lose Lorne who had been a great person to have around and a pretty decent musician too. However it was better to lose him and find a replacement now before we'd started gigging than after taking on serious commitments that we needed to stand by.

So it was back to advertising for a lead guitarist again, and for me to try to cover for it in the meanwhile.


Saturday, 14 October 2017

A Wasted Talent

Part of the process of marketing a new band is getting a website together, writing the bios etc. This has caused me to look back at some of the previous work I did.

A while back I produced an album for a chap called Brad Walker. A couple of years later he played keys on some of my stuff and helped me produce a bunch of my own songs. I recently found myself dusting off and listening back to this album of his that we did together.

Brad Walker's Album, The Man Enclosed is a Smaller Gift
What stands out now is that this album has stood the test of time. I thought it sounded absolutely great at the time. We were so proud of it but on hearing it again, now after a few years, I really think we put together an absolute giant of a record.

At the time we managed to get quite a lot of airplay on a bunch of radio stations in Europe. We made album of the week on a few stations scattered around the UK but being an independent release we didn't have the resources or expertise to push it to the next step.

We only pressed 500 copies of the album and most of those were distributed to radio stations, the band, family and friends, a few record companies and a few other people in the music industry.

I find it astonishing that record companies weren't breaking down the door to sign this guy, but they weren't. Despite his obvious talent, a great record and the brilliant response from the small corner of the broadcasting industry we had managed to reach, silence from the people who could take it further. How good do you have to be?

A few tracks have been put on on Youtube now. They are probably the only place you can now listen to this any of this masterpiece. The song that most radio stations picked up on first was the opening track, "Song For Ankie", however the title track, "The Man Enclosed is a Smaller Gift" was always my favourite - although I am perhaps a bit biased as I played 5 of the 9 guitar tracks on it!

I have not spoken with Brad in a while. I understand he's had some tough times and is now working as an artist and painter in Melbourne.


Sunday, 8 October 2017

Website Launched

The Simon Densley Music website
For a while we've been using this blog site as our temporary official website but no more! Our proper website launches today. (Cue appropriate fanfare).

No more reluctance to give out the website address. We now have a site that proudly shows people who we are and what we are about. Result!

There are details up upcoming gigs as well as information about the band and music, videos/images etc - everything you could want from a band website.

Pay it a visit if you haven't already... www.simondensleymusic.org

There is still information about Simon and the band on this blog but the more detailed stuff will always be found on the main site.


Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Adding a String

The most recent ads for a lead guitarist turned up nothing. The one guy I went to see who was easily up to the task didn't show up at the first rehearsal and then when I phoned him said he couldn't commit due to his day job.

Lorne however, them offered himself. "I was always a shredder first", he said, "I moved to bass for McCree but would enjoy playing lead guitar again." He is a good enough musician and a decent enough guy that his assurance that he can play the necessary parts is good enough for me.

Knowing Lorne can play either part does make finding the fifth member easier given I can take on a bass player or lead guitarist. I decide to advertise primarily for another bass player. We really need someone who can learn the parts and be up to speed in a few weeks - at least with half a dozen songs, because that's when we're planning to start playing gigs. The first responses have started to roll in...

Meanwhile Lorne should be dusting of his six string and putting his 5 string to one side...

Monday, 28 August 2017

Disappointing News

We'd been rehearsing up for a few more weeks now and I felt it was time for the next step. It was time to make a video of a live performance to show potential venues what we would look and sound like on stage.

I organised to take two video cameras into the studio for Monday's rehearsal. I'd booked an extra large room and we would all face the camera as if facing an audience and 'perform' to the camera. Everyone was fired up and ready, down to making sure they would be wearing 'stage gear'.

Nicola on GuitarThe on the Saturday morning, two days before the shoot, a bombshell email came through. Nicola's personal circumstances had changed and she could no longer be part of the band. I was deeply upset and effected by the news. As well as being a great guitar player and someone I had grown to really like, I knew that Nicola would look absolutely great on stage and in the video. I was not only a guitarist down but had to decide what to do about the video shoot two days later.

Communication with Nicola was difficult as she was now embedded in darkest West Wales with no phone signal. I tried to persuade her to change her mind via email, with offers to help with her current situation but it didn't make any difference. There was nothing I could really do to help and she just couldn't do it.

Shot from the live video of Simon Densley and bandDisappointed but with commitments pending I made the decision that we would have to shoot the video as a four piece with me taking on all guitar duties. It was not ideal but it was the best we could do under the circumstances.

There was a bit of a cloud over the rehearsal. Nicola's decision had taken us all by surprise and we were all feeling a bit down. However as had been planned, we spent the final hour filming our performance of two songs: Just Got My Life and If You Can't join Them Beat Them. The performance sounded fairly good and once I had edited the various camera angles into finished videos, they both looked pretty good too.


Thursday, 24 August 2017

A Change Of Bass

We had our five piece and we had been rehearsing two nights a week for a couple of weeks and things were tightening up and coming together. There were still a few things that we seemed to be having trouble with in the groove department though.

A phone call with Andrew on a the Friday in mid August revealed that he was not feeling that it was working out for him as much as he'd like. He realised there were some parts he was not feeling the way they felt on the record and as someone very self-critical he'd prefer to bow out rather than feel uncomfortable not getting it quite right.

Having rehearsals booked for Tuesday and Wednesday the following week and no bass player meant I needed to work fast. A quick email let everyone know, and to ask Nicola if she might be able jump back on bass for a few rehearsals.

Numerous emails to potential bass players on various websites generated nothing. Gumtree had hundreds of ads for bass players wanted and almost none for ones available however it was the Gumtree ad that produced two bites.

Lorne McGregor (Ex McCree) on bass guitarI headed south to visit Lorne on Sunday afternoon. I had instinctively liked him on the phone and we enjoyed the couple of hours jamming together in his lounge room. He played a 5 string bass (which I like) and had played in a successful touring rock band in his native South Africa, signed to Sony and had had songs in the charts there.

The same evening I visited Steve who live 10 minutes away from me. He was also a very good bass player and also played a 5 string bass. I invited both Lorne and Steve to come to the Tuesday evening rehearsal which was now going to be an audition.

Mark was away and Nicola couldn't make it at the last minutes so Paige and I heaped the pressure on both of them in turn. It turned out we maybe heaped a bit too much pressure as both emailed to say it wasn't for them. An email to each of them asking them to reconsider resulted in Steve saying 'No way' but luckily Lorne relenting and agreeing to join us at the full rehearsal the next evening.

I quickly sent Nicola a follow up email asking her to bring her guitar instead of her bass after all. Unfortunately she didn't see the email before she left home. Luckily she also hadn't seen the previous one asking her to bring her bass instead of her guitar.

The rehearsal with Lorne, which also included as dep keyboard player (Joe) that we would use when Mark was away, went very well. Back on track again.


Tuesday, 8 August 2017

The Girls

As is so normal with this sort of thing, 80% of initial enquiries lead to nothing. People seem keen on the phone but don't reply to your emails. Or they seem to really like your songs but on reflection decide it's not really their style.

Fair enough, it's better to weed out such people before investing any serious time in working together with them. It does however mean that what seemed like a rich vein of potential musicians was more like that sound you get when you turn on a tap after the water supply's been switched off. So off I went instead to scour the various musicians available websites.

The girls playing bass and drums - Nicola on bass and Paige on DrumsOut of all the people contacted, the two who turned up for the next rehearsal were both girls. Both in their early twenties, both living hundreds of miles away in Bristol and Cardiff respectively and both profession musicians also working on other projects in London.

I'd seen Paige play on a couple of her YouTube videos where she plays drums to electronic rap music. Not at all like my own music but there was something about her style which I really liked. Nicola played both bass and guitar and as I had a potential lead guitarist lined up I'd asked her to come in on bass.

They were both clearly good enough and if they wanted the gig it was theirs. They both did and so it seemed we were just about there.

The potential lead guitarist turned out to be another false start so I was still a musician down. While trying to decide what to say to Andrew, as I'd still be interested in him playing as a dep bass player, it occurred to me that Nicola could perhaps play lead guitar and Andrew could play bass. A phone call to Nicola confirmed she'd be happy to do this and the 5 piece was formed.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

The First Jam

The ads were now up on the various musician websites and one or two replies had started to trickle in.
"Have you had much live experience?"
"Any recording experience?"
"Do you have any stuff up on Youtube or Soundcloud that I can listen to?"
"Where do you live - can you get to rehearsals?"
"Did you like the tracks I sent you - would you enjoy playing those songs?"
The same set of questions being asked over and over again. You get an idea over the phone if you're going to get along. A quick curt chat suggests probably not. A yak that goes off on mutual interest tangents suggests this is someone you could work with.

Then comes the initial meet up - at least where practical.

The first person I went to see was a bass player called Andrew. One late July evening after work I humped my Roland Jazz Chorus amplifier up an elegant narrow set of stairs to his Hampton Court flat and set it up in his small lounge room. He played my some of his stuff and we jammed on some of mine. Could we work together? Possibly, it was not an exact match but there was some overlap between our styles. He had a couple of ideas that I liked while other requirements clearly weren't his natural playing style.

He was keen though. So keen that he organised a rehearsal with a drummer he knew and invited me along! Keen is good. Organised is good. As long as he's happy that it needs to be me calling the shots, I'm happy for him to organise rehearsals.

Mark 'Wilko' Wilkinson playing KeyboardsAt the same time a mutual friend gives me the number of a keyboard plays who plays in a Pink Floyd cover band. That's a good indicator. Someone who knows their Floyd is a) likely to like my music, b) going to understand and be able to play my music. Mark 'Wilko' Wilkinson, as it turns out is interested but has numerous gigs book with yet another (and his main) band, Asylum Affair, a classic rock covers outfit. He also has his wrist in plaster from a motorcycle accident but it seems he is still able to play in a limited capacity and is still keen if I'm happy to work around these things. I invite him along to the rehearsal as well.

Once all set up and playing it becomes clear that Mark is the most experienced musician of the three of them. They are all good musicians and the songs they have learnt all sound fine but there is something in the groove that is missing. It's hard to put my finger on it but this is now my responsibility so I must decide if it can work or not.

I have other people to see and decide to leave it a day or so for the conclusions to settle in my head. I phone Mark first. "Yes, I'd like to have you on board. Don't worry - we'll get in a dep keyboard player when you have other gigs."

Then the drummer: "Sorry, I don't think our styles overlap enough."

Then Andrew: "I've got another bass player trying out, but I'd like to jam with you again."

It seems whatever happens I now have a bass player and a keyboard player. First two boxes ticked.


Saturday, 1 July 2017

Picking Up Again

The election is over and I've started looking for musicians again to try to get this band thing happening. I have been in contact with a few people I've worked with before but none are able to commit to anything. I have at least got a list of names though of reliable session players.

The question is: Do I put together a session band where everyone is professional but will need to be paid for every rehearsal, or do I put together 'normal band' of keen competent musicians happy to volunteer their time for a common cause?

I decide to speak with people on my list. These are the professionals and if nothing else they might be able to offer advice in addition to possibly playing in the band.

I spoke to a bunch of great musicians - evident from you tube videos as well as amazing lists of who they've played. They included:
Gareth Brown - Drums
Dan Ezard - Bass
Andy Carr  - Bass
John McKenzie - Bass
Richard Coughlan - Bass
Joe Wright - Keys
Sam Grimley – Guitar / Keys

In some cases these were recommended by others on the list. In most cases they were interested to hear the music. In many cases after hearing it they were keen to be part of it. Also in most cases they were quite busy touring/working/recording with other projects and weren't available right away.

I realised that these guys could turn up and play with a minimum of rehearsing and that if push came to shove and I had to put a group together at short notice, I could do so using these or similar people but it wouldn't be like a normal band as I have always known it.

I decided to keep these people in mind but try to put a group together in the meanwhile that I could rehearse and jam with regularly without having to fork out huge sums every time I wanted to get everyone together.

However having a group of dep musicians ready to go as well could prove useful and it might be an idea to have one or two people lines up for each position allowing for things to be a bit fluid if necessary - especially if people have other commitments too.

It was time to start advertising on the many and various musician websites...


Thursday, 4 May 2017

Radio Friendly

Having released History as a single and video, it was important to get a bit of promotion done. I figured that as I was going to be in Australia, it would be a good opportunity try doing a bit of radio promotion there.

Back in March I approached a few promotions companies and found one based in Melbourne (my preferred base) that wanted to work with me. (The funny thing about this sort of promotion is that even though I am paying them to do the work, as their reputation relies heavily of the sorts of artists of products they promote, they wont work with just anyone. They have to believe there is genuine potential in the product  so they don't have egg on their faces promoting a dud product.)

They organised a heap of radio spots for me. I ended up visiting several radio stations in Melbourne and with a schedule to be phoned up by dosens of others for a series of 15 or so minute radio interviews. Each one meant getting History played on air and a whole lot more people hearing the song. There were many small community stations but some had a listening audience of six figures! Either way each one was worth it because the more people who heard the song the better.

A rather good one was with an old friend, Simon Owens who co-hosts the nightline show with Philip Brady on 3AW. I took the guitar in a played a little bit of 'Slave To You' live as well as them playing a good chuck of History on air.




Meanwhile Matt Connolly was busy promoting the video back in the UK.

This was all disrupted by the announcement of a UK general election in June. Matt told me that the producer of the Andrew Marr show loved the song but that now he had to focus of the political fallout from the election rather than worrying about promoting new artists. It was more or less the same across the board.

When I got back to the UK everyone was in election mode and no one was particularly interested in promoting a new artist. The whole thing ground to a halt.


Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Tuning Up For Some TV Spots

Last Wednesday I met up with Matt Connolly, the TV promoter who runs the promotions business Stay Tuned. Having contacted a number of people to try to promote the History video, he was the only one who got back to me.

Having spent some money getting it through the official channels into the various Music TV channels, I was now after someone who could get it in front video programmers at these channels and schedule some air play for it. Matt loved the song and thought the video and song were likely good enough to go to air.

The bonus was that he thought he might be able to get me some live music spots on some of the tv shows that feature live music - Andrew Marr show, Later with Jools Holland etc. However this meant I had to have a band up and ready.

This meant a change of plan. It had been all about getting the video promoted by itself and use the exposure to generate enough interest and sales of the History single to finish and release the album while putting a band together whose calibre would reflect the level of exposure we were getting. However I now needed to put together a band immediately, with only the promise of such exposure. I figured the best place to start was with those who had played on the recording. I had already approached a couple of people who showed various level of interest but the sort of people I wanted were professional musicians and would need to paid - and I didn't have any musch in the way of spare cash.

Matt was keen to start however it meant doing promotion while I was away in Australia. I agreed provided he was prepared to put certain things off until I got back, which he was happy to do.

I had by now built up a list of session musicians who could effectively turn up and play a few songs with only one or two rehearsals. As most TV spots would pay us to play I figured that if Matt had any luck getting us a spot, I'd be able to cover the musician's 'wages' and any shortfall would be covered by the increase sales of History due to the increased exposure.

In the meanwhile I was organising a bit of promotion in Australia and would look to solidify a more permanent band solution after getting back.


Thursday, 2 March 2017

Making History

The History video is finally finished. Here it is...




Luckily while looking for music distributors to get the song out to radio stations I had come across the video distribution company Fastrax and decided to use them to get the video out to the various music video stations. These things have to be done in a formal way - you can't just drop of video DVDs with the tv stations and hope for the best!

Given that it was unlikely anyone would air the video without a bit of encouragement, I asked James, the chap who I dealt with at Fastrax if there was anyone he knew who might be able to help promote the video to the stations we were distributing it to.

He gave me a list of 5 video promoters. I emailed them all and I heard back from just one of them. Matt Connolly from Stay Tuned, loves the song and wants to get involved...


Sunday, 8 January 2017

Mastering The Art

The decision has been made. It's time to get the song History properly released and see if it can sell enough to fund the completion of the album. Given that most people who hear it think it's a great song and that some of those absolutely love it, there's no reason it couldn't sell well if it only had the exposure it needed.

I've got a good mix of the recording I did a few years ago. The first thing now is to

get the song properly mastered. Unfortunately is seems most mastering studios are closed between Christmas and New Year. Eventually I find Red Mastering to do the job.

The next thing to do is get the video finished properly. Looking at the last edit I did I feel it really needs something to raise it up to a more professional looking product. There is still a lot of footage from the original shoot that I didn't use and looking through it I realise some of it actually quite good and should be used.

I now have the use of a good quality camera (through work) that can do time lapse photography, so I decide to go and get interesting footage of clocks which I can run backwards. I decide Big Ben would be good, given it's famous iconic status and also being not to far to reach and also the clock on top of Maple Lodge in the Hamptons, Worcester Park, given it's an area I know well and would like to feature. I organise myself to get there before dusk and dawn respectively and set up. Given the time of year is just after the winter solstice it makes the timing of dusk and dawn quite extreme and also could be confused with each other (seeing as the actual time can be clearly seen) in other months - especially as the footage will be reversed in the final edit. I also get similar footage of my kitchen clock to use possibly as an effect somehow.

Now comes the re editing. Much work to do...