Days in the life of a songwriter 4

well, went to see this little acoustic venue in Hammersmith called the Regal Room last week.

It’s a small but lovely venue on the first floor of the Distiller’s Arms pub in Hammersmith one minute from the tube. It has a piano on stage and caters mainly for aficionados of acoustic varieties of music. The acts on the night were of good quality and it’s free to get in!! Had a quick chat with Tony Moore who has been active in the world of music for a few decades now. Anyway, before I bore everyone to death, I emailed the promoters there and we got ourselves a little gig there on June 16th. It’ll be pretty acoustic, concentrating on myself and some string players.

When I remember the other thing I wanted to mention I’ll get back to you……ahhh.

I have no idea how I could have forgotten to tell you about the following: I was taken along to see Elbow in the most amazing venue I have ever seen a gig in in London!!!!

They normally don’t ‘do’ gigs… Well it was held in the crypt of St Paul’s Cathedral. Absolute Radio had hired the space and the band for a very special gig, launching a series of live gigs with it. Elbow played a lovely set, the nibbles were out there, Ron Wood showed his face and suit and I was there feeling rather blessed. At the opposite end of the crypt one could see Nelson’s tomb and Guy made everyone wave to Nelson. I loved his introductions to the songs. Oh and the PA speakers (geek alert) were made by a company that is known to me only because of where they are based. It’s d&b audio, if I’m not mistaken, (stands for daubert & belz audio) based near Stuttgart.

Right off to bed, I feel better now.


Days in the life of a songwriter 3

time flying again….but anyway, had a busy two weeks. Have added most of the essential Amphibic links on the blogroll here, so the other pages are easy to track down. Also updated the facebook page with a couple of band pics from our gig at the Water Rats.

Yesterday I finally managed to get hold of a radio plugger who a friend had recommended and had an interesting chat. Looks like we could be working together in the future but we need to get a few more things sorted and in place before they can really come on board. Nothing too exciting. Need to get everything working like clockwork online mainly. Twitter and Facebook are coming along, and Soundcloud and LastFm are there as well. Next will be more content on Youtube and I’m waiting to hear from Jari in Finland who has footage of the Water Rats gig on his camera. And also acoustic versions of songs from album number 1 and 2. Think I have mentioned that already.

Last year I signed a little two song deal with a publisher specialising in TV and Film in the US and they got in touch a couple of days ago to double check a little detail which leads me to believe that a first outing for at least one of the songs might be on the horizon. There will be a gig at 93 Feet East on July 4th and I’m trying to catch up with another promoter tonight to see what else we can do. On my list of things is also to meet up with a piano playing mate and see whether we can slot in some piano (which is on the new recordings) for the live gigs soon. Looks like a few people have read some of the first lines here. Will try and put stuff on a bit more regularly in the future now that we have a lot of pages in place. Let’s see shall we?

Days in the life of a songwriter 2

okay, I am still a bit slow with this blog malarky. But I’ll catch up soon enough. We played at the Water Rats in Gray’s Inn Road last Friday 06.05.11 We were supposed to play at 8pm but then discovered that we had been swapped with another band. We finally went on at 8:40 methinks. There were nine of us on stage at times and it was a bit crowded but everything went fantastically well, good thing we’d had a rehearsal at Enterprise studios just 2 days prior. The line up was Jari Salminen on drums, Jenny Wilkinson on viola, Imogen Burman on cello, Antonia Pagulatos and Anastasia Eave on violin. Then there were, Oli Hickie on horn, Joe Carter on trumpet and Zeb Tonkin on trombone who all sounded great from the word go. I did my usual thing of providing the vocals and electric guitar. My old Strat’s first outing in absolute years. I had been warned that the Water Rats had a top end-y type sound and we did our best to counteract that. I turned down the treble on my little vox amp but I think their preference of Beta mics from Shure doesn’t help as they all have extreme presence peaks. We didn’t have everyone there for our sound check but Armando the sound engineer did a really good job I have to say. We collected 9 email addresses from the crowd and managed to have 28 invited guests there. He did not sit back and kept twiddling the knobs. You get 10 quid for 20 people and above that you collect 2 pounds for each guest above 20 which means we made 26 quid for 9 people. Well, we didn’t get the Moet and Chandon did we 😉 Anyway, the people who came seemed to love the songs and the sound so we are looking forward to the coming and hopefully even bigger gigs. Laters folks.