I’m due a whole set of updates, and hopefully this is the start of a comprehensive round-up of what I’ve been up to.
At the start of Summer I moved house and coinciding with a couple of bigger jobs upgraded my mix set-up - both in terms of what I’m using and where I’m using it. The big shift is mixing of my laptop which is more powerful than the old G5 installed at House Of Mook.
I changed over from Universal Audio plug-ins to Waves, got a few me toys like Soundtoys’ Decapitator and DMGEquality, but the main advantage is now the ability to mix on the go, and move studios, something I’m already finding quite liberating I’ll be updating the studio gear list shortly but maybe best not to hold your breath.
The photo above is v1.0 of a version of my new, relatively travel friendly mix set-up, which I’ve dubbed 35BPC. A lot more work on it is to follow.
Unfortunately I haven’t kept this blog upto date, which I’d apologise for, but I think the biggest impact it has is on myself!
The reason I’ve been busy all good - house move, some good production work and lots of busy work with the day job at Leeds Metropolitan University. One of the things I have been busy with over the Summer is building their new web presence
In good time I have lots of things to expand on, but for now a summary of what’s kept me busy:
*moving house, and new & improved mix set-up at 35BPC
Wanna Get Drunk and Fool Around is the new EP from Shark Teeth (né Blood Oranges) - 5 tracks we recorded throughout the course of 2011 (produced & mixed by whiskas at House Of Mook). I also play guitar on the track Work & Romance
Soul Circus's new double A-side single “Burn The Map/The Consequence Of Youth" is released on May 14th. Burn The Map was produced at House Of Mook late last year in the same session we recorded their Christmas single “Picture Frames”
More info on the single release is can be found here
A Marker and A Map is the third release I’ve done with Sam Airey, but was recorded at the same time as ‘The Blackout' single from last year. This EP features four tracks veering from stripped down acoustic, to a more filled out sound, as on lead track 'The Unlocking' below - where I also feature on electric guitar
The Unlocking has already been featured heavily on Radio 1, courtesy of Huw Stephens, and there are a couple of launch parties lined up for the coming weeks - where I’ll be repeating my twirly guitar tricks live
I’ve talked a lot on here about Honour Before Glory - my solo project based almost entirely in the studio
A few weeks ago I released The Maison EP - featuring 4 tracks showing different strands of the same song / idea. I think it gives a good demonstration of the different ways I approach recording, and also the variable nature of this project
Last week, another Honour Before Glory track, Monochrome In Sunshine, was featured in the latest series of Skins. Maison had also previously been featured in Hollyoaks at the end of last year.
Back in January I had the absolute pleasure of working on a couple of tracks at House Of Mook with Born With Stripes - definitely one of the most exciting things I’ve had the fortune to work on (apologies for the superlative)
They released the first track - …You Stole The Laces From My Shoes - a couple of weeks ago. The video is below, with a second track to follow soon
First off, an apology - the reason this blog hasn’t been updated much recently is not because I haven’t been busy, but because I have been very busy. As well as recording, I am not lecturing at Leeds Met University and combined with the planning of the forthcoming Live At Leeds The Unconference, a few things have slipped. But no more!
At the start of the year, Kleine Schweine teamed up with me again for the second assault of dictatorially influenced punk rock. This time recorded at Mook, ‘You Can Call Me Albania / Back In The DDR' were again mastered at Hippocratic, and released almost immediately on free download
The last single, ‘Breakfast In Albania' also chalked up a couple of radio plays on Tom Robinson’s BBC Introducing show on 6 Music in January. More recording is planned soon