Bunch of new tunes out there

Whew – the year is almost over.  My last music post on this site was August.

Well there’s a bunch of music I’ve put out since then which is all available for free download on SoundCloud.  SO get yourself over there and get yourself some.

September had a couple of new tracks – I am Nobody is a slow, deep slightly groovy number and 24 hour House is a bit more classic house.  Catch them here:

October kicks off with a track I wrote for the 2nd edition launch of a great magazine called YOKE Magazine, by a very talented woman Cynthia Sciberras.  Get it here.  Plus a few tracks playing with a number of influences.  Get them here:

5 new tracks in November. Check out my rework of It Don’t Mean a Thing.  That and the others are all here:

And of course you can go further back in time once you’re on my SoundCloud.  Let me know what you think…

Steve Pottz is available for Live Gigs

The time is right to be getting out and playing my music live.  I have built up a large repertoire of original tracks, all of which I perform live.   This is no ‘just press play’ live set, but resembles more a live jazz jam, with improvised keyboard lines and on-the-fly composing and arranging, resulting in a new, fresh sound every gig.

A sample of my live set can be viewed here:

Also, to hear additional original tracks, I have put together a collection of my more loungey tracks in a playlist here.

Of course, you can just browse any of my music on SoundCloud.

Email me for any booking interest.

Nano Studio for On-the-road Producing on iPad


I thought I’d make a note of my recent experience using Nano Studio while on the road.

At the beginning of the month I found myself holed up in a cabin in the Colorado mountains after crashing out on my snowboard and busting a rib.  I probably brought it on myself as I was complaining about how I was going to be able to keep up my target music production and have 2 weeks snowboarding.

So, there I was, with only an iPad on hand.  So I gave Nano Studio a whirl and was very pleasantly surprised by how versatile it is.  And it only costs $15 (that’s 4 coffees in Sydney).  An extra 5.49 gets you the additional 8 instruments for a total of 16.

Each instrument slot can be filled with either a 4×4 pad instrument (TRG-16), or a synth (Eden Synth).  Both of these can use samples, which come with the app, or you can load your own in via a computer interface or even just record your only on the fly.  The Eden synth can also use oscillator based synthesis or a mix. There’s no audio sequencing per se, but you can get quite creative using the TRG-16 and recording long phrases into each pad.  In my track below, the shaker was a modified salt cellar and the high percussion was an empty paper towel roll.

There’s a pile of effects you can add at various different points in the routing, and a serious amount of automation that can be recorded and sequenced.

I’m not going to do the functionality justice in this post, check it out here for the full blurb.

My results are the track Snow’din below.  I extracted wav stems to Cubase just for doing a mixdown (although the master straight from Nano Studio was pretty good).  I also extracted the midi parts to see how that worked (it’s seamless) for future reference, as I think I will be using this tool more in the future as a sketch pad, then extracting to Cubase or Ableton when back in the studio.



YOKE Magazine Launch Party

My very talented friend, Cynthia Sciberras, has just launched YOKE Magazine (“A print magazine believing in the power of creativity and unity to inspire transformation.”)

Get the magazine now. It’s beautiful.

And I had the privilege of playing some tunes at the launch party.  I had great fun chilling out my normal live set to be more suitable for sundowners on a Sydney terrace.

Also, I wrote 3 new tracks for the occasion, all with a jazzy vibe – much piano abounds.  I’ll have studio mixes of those 3 tracks out by the end of January, so watch this space.  In the meantime, here’s a little taster of the new tunes from the YOKE Magazine launch.

Highlights from the 1st Live Set

After many weeks of preparation, I got my first live set delivered in early December.  Much thanks to the online community for all the assistance in getting things working, most notably the great advice you can get from Tom Cosm.

This was a rather humble beginning, but marks quite a milestone for the Steve Pottz live shows.  Much has been learnt along the way and I have a very clear idea about what will be coming out in 2014…watch this space.