Posts Tagged ‘Songwriter’

Ma première année à Montréal…

May 7, 2014

I feel that if this post were only a few weeks late then I could apologise for not having written in a while. But as it’s over a year since my last post it’s probably going to be easier to catch everyone up than to apologise about it!

Over the last year I’ve been up to a myriad of exciting musical endeavours and I’m hoping that come 2015 I’ll have an album for you all.

Around June/July I was really lucky to meet Barry Walsh and Tasso Argyrakos while I was working next door to their tattoo studio, Ink City North. At the time they were organising lots of in-store events and after hearing me practice they asked if I wanted to play a few tunes at their next soirée. I jumped at the opportunity as  I was growing weary of open mic night shenanigans, and so my first proper gig in Montreal was a show at Ink City North supporting reggae legend Vernon Maytone

995188_245401232280926_981327251_nA huge and heartfelt thanks has to also go out to Facteur Malice for the stunning photos she took of me at the show, it’s been nice to have some photographic evidence of me playing solo! ;)

Around the time I met the boys at Ink City North, I also began saving my tips from work and taking some guitar lessons with Mr Tim Dobby. This really helped improve my confidence and it was lovely to have someone other than a YouTube tutorial to direct all my musical questions at! I’m really hoping that you’ll all be able to hear my playing in my upcoming recordings and we’ll agree that my time with Tim was money well spent! ;) You can also listen to Tim’s delightfully pretentious band, Lakes of Canada, by hitting their name.

Between October and Christmas, most of my time was eaten up with my guitar lessons and with work. I dabbled in comedy for a brief time but I managed to get caught in some drama that made the whole thing infinitely less appealing and I refocused on making music my full time gig. However, during my brief flirt with comedy we were lucky enough to make a few good friends, one of them being the talented Kate Connor. After going to support Kate when she performed at The Wiggle Room for their weekly variety show Voix de Ville, I asked producer/co-host/all round comedic individual Paul Ash for a slot on the next show.

1524923_798212373529693_930283759_nVoix de Ville is a variety show with a “monarch of the mountain”  element thrown in for fun! At each show, all the acts are competing for crowd votes in order to win the grand prize of $100 and the honour to return the following week to defend their title. Guys, I won 4 weeks in a row! I really can’t express what a confidence boost that whole Wiggle Room experience was but I had a blast and I met some super awesome people, including everybody’s favourite republican Kitty Vanderbuilt & artist Salgood Sam who drew this awesome sketch of me performing! 1509207_279365172217865_1196964745_n

Still on a high from my run at The Wiggle Room I decided to pursue paid gigs more seriously in and around the city and to peace out open mics for a little while! The first of these was a slot at Bar de Courcelle, allbeit it was the middle of the Canadian winter and it wasn’t the busiest show I’ve ever played, it was a nice foot in the door and a nice reminder that I’ve still got it! ;) Since then I’ve had a couple of slots at Mad Hatters and I have more coming up later this month. (I’ll include a full list of upcoming shows in the side bar).

ALSO! I’m 996700_273240956163620_880675940_nashamed of myself for forgetting, Kayla and I got engaged on Christmas Eve, I suprised her with a beautiful ring made by Meshu which is essentially a map of where we met and all the places we went on our first date. I think she was suitably surprised and as it turned out she was also working on a surprise for me! I’m the proud owner of a Taylor 214-ce and he sounds beautiful and he looks nice and he’s full size. Perfect! If you’d like to see a video of Kayla surprising me you can click here.1013879_322586747895707_3990364219904216166_n

Anyway, back to the chronological order of things! I’ve had a really exciting year, and I feel like I’ve managed to build a wee Canadian fanbase for myself. I was delighted with my recent placing in the Cult MTL Best of Montreal readers poll this month which I feel also proves that I’ve been adopted as an honorary Montrealer by everyone here! ;) I couldn’t ask for a better result than coming 3rd place to Leonard Cohen!

I think that brings us up to date! A year is a long time though, and surely I’ve forgotten to mention some stuff/people along the way! If you feel that you’ve been overlooked lemme know and I’ll apologise profusely!

New Single & B Side

April 7, 2013

Hello friends,

I’m delighted to announce that my new single (Tin Man) and B Side (14) are both finished, mixed, mastered and sounding fabulous!!

I haven’t set a release date in stone yet, however, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who was involved in the process.

Both tracks were recorded at The Depot with Garry Boyle of CP Productions. I’ve been lucky enough to work with Garry before, but it’s always a pleasure and we had a fantastic couple of days arranging these two tunes.

As ever Lewis Rumney was present, filling in as my long suffering one man band! I fear I spend too much time on this blog thanking Lewis for his numerous musical performances, but on this occasion I really feel he has out done himself and it’s worthy of a mention. ;)

Kayla has produced more incredible art work for this release, and I can’t wait for you all to see it! Look out for it littering your facebook and twitter feeds within the next few days! ;)

I was also lucky enough to record these songs as part of Creative Scotland‘s Cash Back for Creativity initiative. This basically means that young artists aged between 18-24 (like me!) are able to record in a professional environment and with a professional sound engineer. I know Lewis and I both enjoyed the change of pace after recording my entire EP in a bedroom! ;)

So thanks again to Garry for the opportunity, and I hope you’re all as keen for this release as I am!


March 28, 2013

Here’s a clip of Lewis and I playing my tune ’14’ at The Roxy 171 in Glasgow.

More Bedroom Demos

February 15, 2013

I’m still plodding along trying to write a song per week. I think I’m starting to get a better grip of Logic Pro, but it’s pretty extensive software and I doubt I’ll ever fully understand it’s capabilities unless I spent the time properly studying it. Basically I’ve decided that sound engineers are amazing amazing people and deserve all my admiration and respect because I’ve tried (and failed miserably) to do their job!

That being said, it’s nice to be able to get my musical ideas out and do a little bit of editing!

My tune from last week ’14’-

I think is the most simple and poignant song I’ve written since this time last year when I wrote my EP. I’m glad to be going back to my roots and simplifying everything. This song just ran out me, I think in the end I actually wrote the whole thing in a day and then recorded it the following morning. I’m pretty chuffed with it if I’m honest!
This weeks tune, ‘The Tin Man’-

This bad boy was a completely different kettle of fish. I can’t say it’s particularly similar to anything else I’ve ever written… Even the lyrics aren’t very ‘me’… But I did write it, and I like it enough. I think I bear a grudge because I found it a really difficult song to write. I didn’t feel like I could find any of myself in it, so I don’t know that I really managed to do it the justice it deserved… You can listen and decide for yourself if you like it. Kayla loves it, and she seems to be my muse so that must count for something! ;)


February 7, 2013

Hello friends!
As well as writing some new original material, I’ve also been trying to add new covers to my YouTube channel.

Here’s what I’ve done so far.

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Bedroom Demos

January 23, 2013

Hello friends!

I got a beautiful audio interface for Christmas and I’ve been trying to get to grips with it and Logic. (It’s all very complicated and I find it really difficult!)

But here’s my first two attempts at recording myself in my bedroom, and I hope you enjoy them.

This is the first one I did, and admittedly I did such a bad job that I had to try and tidy it up after I had posted it. But it’s not a half bad attempt and it’s nice to hear my progress.

This is the latest track I’ve done, and a much better attempt than I Haven’t Slept For Days, although I’m still finding the whole process perplexing to say the least!


My Year in Photos!

January 3, 2013

You love me, you really love me!

November 16, 2012

Ok so, according to my website stats, you all think I’m fucking awesome. A lot of you check in almost daily to read what I’ve been saying and listen to my music. Some of you even Google me. I feel so famous!

But somehow, I still only have 254 ‘likes’ on my facebook page. That’s shit math people!!

Thus! In an effort to engage you/buy your facebook love, I am giving away a FREE download of my track “Your Mother’s House” to everyone who likes my page for the next month!! That’s pretty generous of me- I’m a legend.

Anyone who has already liked my page and feels left out, if you share a link to my page and tag me, I’ll give you a free download too!

Mind. Blown.

Get to work:



November 15, 2012

I play guitar, I don’t know if anyone has noticed.

I’m a singer officially, and I picked up some guitar to help with my songwriting, but I’ve since decided I like guitar much more than singing and I’m trying my best to improve.

I’m not very good, I’m not bad, but I seem to be hopelessly trapped in the limbo between vocalist and guitarist. You know that grey area that Tracy Chapman calls home? There.

I’m definitely better than I was 6 months ago. I know because I now have a favourite guitarist (Freddie King) and I know the names of all the notes on the fretboard. #winning.

It’s still frustrating though. I think learning an instrument must be one of the most privately humiliating experiences there are. We aren’t often exposed to beginners, we hear people once they’ve mastered their instrument. The hours they spend ironically crying whilst stumbling through While My Guitar Gently Weeps are reserved for their ears only, and the occasional neighbour living on the other side of their cardboard walls. I’m talking hypothetically.

Anyway, I’ve resolved to follow in the footsteps of Mr Robert Johnson. For those of you who aren’t familiar with him, he’s the king of Delta Blues. Myth has it that he was pretty mince, but he disappeared for a few months and when he came back he was one of the best guitarists who’s ever lived. It’s plausible he spent those months practising, but it’s far more exciting to invest wholly in the myth that he sold his soul to the devil for his mind numbing guitar abilities.

I reckon at this point my soul is probably worth about $50,000 (I had to knock some money off for misdemeanours). So, assuming that a one on one guitar lesson would cost around $20 per hour. That’s 2500 hours of one on one guitar lessons. Sounds perfect. I think tonight I’ll put my acoustic guitar in open D, march myself to the nearest cross roads, and wait it out for old lucifer to come and make me an offer I can’t refuse.

See you tomorrow when I’m famous bitches!