And just like that, Spring has sprung! Time to shake off those Winter shackles and get out into the world, plan some parties, grab tickets to a few festivals and plan the summer sojourn…
Back in your box!
Anyhow, now I have everyone suitably depressed, onto all things music.
I’ve finally got myself back onto the release schedule after stumbling around March last year (my previously last release…what was happening around then??). I have a ready store of great tracks to get out, and am back onto my monthly release program, with a Fine Tune Records release on the last Friday of every month. And that kicked off with a release on Friday 27 August of Tech? No, Jazz!
Out on all digital download and streaming platforms, but hit me up on the BandCamp link above for the most artist-friendly destination. September’s release is in the pipeline for release on 24 September.
Meanwhile my Release-A-Week (R.A.W.) exclusive to BandCamp is tracking (sic) well, with RAW33 and RAW34 out today…which is just as well considering we’re in week 35 of 2021! Get them all on BandCamp.
And in lieu of any gigs or parties, it’s time once more for a Pottz full-length live set. Keep an eye on the socials for a Spring Party this month.
Wow! That’s half of 2021 blown away already! And what to show for it??
Well, my R.A.W. (Release A Week) tracks are going well (yes, that IS an irritating gif!). I have 2 tracks that will go out this week which will pretty much have me up to date with a weekly release to BandCamp – where you can stream or download all this music:
And as for gigs….well?
The best thing about COVID and resulting lockdowns is that I am spared the angst of not being able to get any live gigs…cos no-one has them. I still feel for all those in the industry who depend on gigs, not just for their financial well being, but also mental well being.
And so it’s streaming that is left. Followers will have seen my daily (weekdays that is) streaming practice that I have kicked off – Every Day I Stream 😜! This is a live feed of my creative process in practice. I have been trialling a new way of creating music where I take an initial spark of an idea (which would have been formed sometimes months ago in 30 minute early morning creative ‘splurges’), then jam in live real-time and see what emerges. Sometimes they work well and other times…? Well, let’s say that othertimes the exercise is less productive…
Here’s a recent one called ‘Micro Mouse‘ which (imho) went well. I had shedloads of funs…which is the main thing! Watch out for this release coming out in a week or so on BandCamp.
Tune in daily via Facebook, Twitch or YouTube. I’ll also be lining up to do some more Pottz shows with a full line-up…stay tuned.
And so, that’s it for ‘halfway through 2021’.
As my music coach (Mike Monday) is known to say – ‘Onwards and Upwards’
Look, it’s not 2020, but it’s a close second…Sydney is at least starting to get some momentum. I still really feel for the poor punters down in Melbourne and also those in Sydney who had gigs canned at the last minute when we had BBQ man saga! (Minor COVID outbreak for the non-Aussies).
So, I had my first paid gig of 2021….Whoot! An intimate little affair with close friends and family and a few welcome prancers. Still, I had a ball playing at a great event that I think will get some serious momentum going forward, and one that really picked up (soon after I finished😒) . For those who still don’t believe I work, here’s the proof:
Apart from that, I’m cranking out my Release a Week – Project RAW for 2021, and you can grab all the new music on BandCamp right here:
The eagle-eyed amongst you will have noticed the 2 gaps between RAW 18 and 21….yeah, I know! They’re coming soon…need to catch up after being laid low with gastro and a trip to visit friends and family in New Zealand (no connection!).
Also I am trying to move my whole creative focus to the live space….as I have always done. So these days, I do a live online jam of tracks I am working on, to work out what I will do with the tracks (or what the tracks will do with me). Here’s an example from this weeks creation…some acidy, trancey techno (you can see I am ALL over the genre-classifications).
And that’s about about it for now. Hopefully we’ll have some gigs to report…soon!
Here we are, 1 quarter into 2021! And what to show for it all?
Well, the weekly Band Camp releases are going well. Catch them all here.
If you sign up as a supporter (or you already are), you can get all my tracks as free downloads (well, almost free (the best BandCamp lets me do is a 95% discount on $1…5c ain’t bad?)
12 tracks in and plenty more coming.
So, it’s time to get some live feed action happening again.
So….I’ll be kicking off a weekly live jam of the most recent track (or an earlier one, if the latest doesn’t quite cut it), every Monday, as part of my On Track weekly show that will kick off 5th April…keep an eye on the socials for those invites. Then the last Monday of every month, I will do a 1hr live show of the tracks from that month (plus a few old favourites). Yes, it’s Pottz ‘n Pans coming back, but this time only once a month (last Monday).
And then it’s still the never-ending battle to try get some live gigs. Yeah, me and the rest of Australia/Sydney. It’s a battle under normal circumstance to get some live opportunities, and even more so now that COVID has decimated the gig scene. I completely get that the old regulars will (and should) get first bites at the cherry…hopefully soon I’ll get some opportunities to have a play.
Otherwise I’m just gonna throw my own party…watch this space around July!!!
So, you’ve probably seen my weekly social posts over the last few weeks (every Friday), where I am putting out a Release AWeek (RAW) to BandCamp?
Well, supporters get access to download all those releases, 52 for 2021, for FREE! Almost, the biggest discount code I can attach is 95%, so 5c is pretty much free?
Sign up as a supporter here and you’ll not only get a free download mix of some reason tracks I’ve picked out, but you’ll also get the download code to get the discount on all my BandCamp releases this year. AND…when any of these releases make it through to official release with full mastering, you’ll get the new fresh master…totally Free! They’re starting to build up already so come along to BandCamp and have a listen…
There’s not a helluva lot good to say about 2020, but it sure is going to be a low bar to soar over in 2021!
Usually with my end of year Musical Notes post, I do a bit of a Report Card on how I’ve done in my musical goals in the previous year….well not this year. Like most things, the annual report has been cancelled due to lack of interest!
The ONE thing I did stick to in terms of goals was my daily SPLURGING that I described in my June 1 Post – I Jammed the Machine! As a result I have ~250 new musical ideas stored away in my ‘Sketchbook’ ready to be discovered whenever I want to complete some more music. As a creative tool, doing this daily habit has been an absolute gamechanger in the music production process…thanks https://mikemonday.com/!
I also usually come out in my December posts with my next year’s goals…not this year. I’m just going to let 2020 die with a whimper and have a quiet think about what I want to try achieve in 2021…all will be revealed during January.
Well, that’s a bit how 2020 has felt musically. Yes, there’s been a ton of other pressure we’ve been dealing with, but for me in the in the music space….nada! (I am lucky enough not to depend on music income. I know many others have suffered hugely here.)
Usually the biggest pressure driving me is trying to get gigs to play my music out at clubs and festivals – it’s a never-ending mission to have a promoter take a chance on a newcomer, and also one who is a pain in the arse arriving with, instead of a simple USB stick, a shed load of gear to play…LIVE. But, there are no gigs FOR ANYONE! So, that pressure was cancelled for 2020!
Then, like in 2019 when I signed up to take my music to Burning Man, I had the pressure of trying to work out how to not only survive 8 days in the Nevada Desert, but also get enough gear there for my live act and play 4 sets (one of them my first ever 3hr straight live set!). That pressure was also cancelled for 2020!
I also usually spend 2 months of the year in a new country and do “20 Tracks in 20 (days)” – where I produce a new track AND do a live jam stream of the results every day for 2 months. Check out my YouTube Channel for the Series 1 & 2 from Berlin in 2018, and Series 3 & 4 from Sicily in 2019. That pressure was also cancelled from 2020!
Talk about cancel culture!!
So with all that pressure cancelled, it feels like all the diamonds that previously resulted, just haven’t quite been there for 2020.
Still, I’ve had a fairly steady stream of new music I’ve completed, I’ve been honing my live act with plenty of live streams and also had a few releases out – the latest is available now on all the usual digital outlets – Manly Organic:
Ok, ok, guilty as charged! Classic click-bait heading.
Well at least for the 1st 3 weeks of October, I had to put the music game on hold to make sure that the income stream gig was working.
What? You mean you don’t make a living out of music???
No, unfortunately…I have to do some stock trading stuff on the side to keep me in the way I have become accustomed, and needed to do a whole backend systems rejig to keep it working.
Soooo….there is no new music this month. I do have 4 tracks that are really close to done, and I was going to rush them through for the end of the month, but decided just to have a coasting month end.
I did spend a fair amount of free time playing around with my live set so it wasn’t a complete lost month, and have not incorporated some cool new effects into the set using my new controller toys – the Midifighter 3D, and the Midifighter Twister. Here’s a little snippet of them in action:
That was while rehearsing for my 2nd for the month live show – Pottz n Pans. Catch the last one here:
Is that track finished? …it’s a question that I am regularly asking myself and a question producers all around the world are asking the same.
And the answer depends on what the music “is finished for”? Every month I finish a bunch of tracks because they are complete enough that they have revealed their true form. What’s that mean?
Is the music ready for release? No, I don’t even know yet whether I will release it.
Is the music ready to play Live? No, that decision, whether I think the track will work live is also yet to be taken.
Is the music ready to let other people hear it? Yeah, why not? So often I put my work-in-progress music out to the public and tracks I am not sure about, get great feedback…and vice versa. …and that’s why for over 7 years now, I have published virtually every piece of music I write on SoundCloud.
So catch the latest Audio Antics from September over on SoundCloud:
5 new tracks which, who knows, may even end up in my next live set, or an up coming release….once I “finish them” just a little bit more.