1. o2 Academy Islington

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    Thanks to all those that came down last Saturday to my show at the Academy 2.
    Been super busy with recordings and gig bookings recently but will aim to put more up here more regularly.

    Peace

    x

     


  2. WHY BUY?

    I’m confused.

    As artists, specifically musicians, should we now in 2015 just put songs on every medium? Why not right? Chuck it up on Spotify, iTunes etc. That way everyone can hear it right? Instant reach, more chance of more hits, more fans….you may not make more than 0.1p for a track streaming on spotify or 30p (after 3 months) with iTunes but down the road you’ll have more fans at gigs right?

    And you might get spotted by a selfless independent label who’s ruthlessly searching for the next best thing. We all know they’re trawling through soundcloud right now.

    2013. Streaming on the increase and download sales fall.

    2014. Most people have Spotify who have just seen a 43% increase in people signing up for premium accounts (9.99 for unlimited listening including being able to make offline playlists).

    Talent ultimately wins through though right? As long as you keep at it, one day one of your songs will get heard by the right person.

    2015 Tidal launches. Fanfare of celebrity musicians launch artist streaming site for artists. More revenue for artists right?
    No sign of. Yet.

    I’m angry.

    But I’ll get over it. It’s the seventeen year old in school who’s just written his first song. Maybe streaming will help him though…he’s automatically gotta massive potential fan base at school. My concern was that if he then he leaves school and tries to get out an tour/play some shows outside of where he’s from, he’d give it up earlier than he would have done 5 years ago, cos how can he sustain it? No-one’s buying CDs…he can’t fathom making 50 t shirts just yet and he’s almost paying the promoters to play the shows, let alone the other way round.

    I’m not making music to make money but the next few years look bleak for independent artists.

    Let’s focus on getting signed.

    x

     


  3. ‘Hampstead Heath’

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    Good evening campers!

    This is a preview of my brand spanking new track, ‘Hampstead Heath’

    Haven’t always found London the easiest place to live and this song is about taking a moment amongst a sometimes overwhelming city.

    Had a lot of fun recording this (cello, guitar and vocal were all recorded on the original track, using a phone and one rode mic).

    Enjoy it and keep supporting local music x


  4. ‘Breakdown’


  5. ‘January 11th’


  6. NEW MUSIC

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  7. Last show of 2014

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    It will be a cracker.  I’ll be opening for a good mate’s of mine band called The Moscow Trip.
    Chuck me an email and I’ll hold you a ticket.

    Excited to get out and play again- last 3 months have been writing lyrics and working in the studio

    Other than that, I should have some additional news next week x

    O and check out this video of a new track…


  8. Autumn is here

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    And everything’s changing. We’ve moved flat, it’s got pretty chilly and work’s got busy.

    Enjoyed the tour thoroughly, as did Olivia, who’s since flown back across the Atlantic. Met some lovely people across the way and hope to be visiting them soon (am starting to book shows again). In other news, I’m also getting back in the studio.

    I’ve been doing a bit of collaborating for a couple of projects but need to settle down and get disciplined with studio time again since we’ve moved (find it hard to sit back in front of a laptop after being in front of it for much of the day).


  9. ‘Long Live The British Summer’ Tour

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    The fun starts tomorrow! Been great having Olivia over from the states- she’s been a great sport since I’ve needed to work during the day. Had two great rehearsals the past two evenings and we’re eager for tomorrow night’s first show.

    Most of my updates are done on Facebook so for those that do check this tonight, I’m happy to share the first secret gig is at the lovely Tigerlilly, in Leigh on Sea, Essex.


  10. Live music (17/8)

    Old Queens HeadThe summer is upon us (i.e. here in North London we’ve had two days of above 25C) and I for one am excited. The last 18 months of learning to record has been a slog- an incredible opportunity- but a slog all the same, and I am very much looking forward to the new itinirery of rehearse, travel, play, rehearse, travel, play.

    Four shows confirmed at this point and they are all at stellar venues, run by promoters that I have played with before and love music.

    The Troubadour, Earl’s Court 13th August
    Jam Cafe, Nottingham, 14th August
    The Chinnerys, Southend, 15th August (with drummer)
    The Globe, 
    wBrighton, 26th August

    [You’ll notice these blog posts are getting longer] Would love to see you at a show and to introduce Olivia Holguin (USA) who’ll be joining me at all the above shows save the final one before she whisks back off to New York. I’ll also be trying out some new material and using my new loop pedal. Meanwhile, get yourself excited by downloading Matt Gresham’s great track ‘Live Music’ by clicking on the picture. Much love and see you soon, Dan x