I thought this would be a good time to drop a quick post to let you all know that I have recently made all my solo recordings “pay what you want” on Bandcamp. This means that you can pay whatever you think the music is worth to you. If you want to grab an album for free you can. If you want to make a contribution you can pay whatever you like. A good guide would be around 50p per track but it is entirely up to you.
I currently have three solo records out there and one EP. Many of you will be familiar with my first record Mandala which I put out in 2010. This was the result of my early experiments with live-looping and the culmination of a good few years tinkering with the technology. There are still CDs of Mandala available via Bandcamp for the bargain price of five pounds. If you want one signed, just let me know when you buy the record!
The Rejectamenta EP followed in 2011 as a teaser for the next album. That was always available as PWYW, so I’m guessing if you’ve been following my music you’ll have that one already! This was followed by The Knowledge Of Things To Come later in the year. This record was a lot more glitchy and in your face than Mandala and was a bit more progressive in the use of live looping as a compositional device. No CDs of that one I’m afraid…
And finally we have the ‘acoustic’ album [un]plugged, recorded on that rare breed of instruments; the acoustic bass guitar. I really like this record and whatever shape the next record takes I can imagine it will be along these lines. I went for a far purer sound his time with fewer bells and whistles sonically to let the sound of the instrument shine through. It was pretty well-received when it came out in 2012.
So there you have it. A whole bunch of music for whatever you want to pay for it. About three and a half hours of bassy goodness to rattle your speakers. If you do feel like making a contribution for the records you can rest assured that it all goes back into making more music. Although it doesn’t cost me much financially to put an album together the way I work, the gear is frankly bloody expensive!
So why have I decided to switch to PWYW on Bandcamp at this stage? you may ask. Well a number of artists that I have a lot of respect for have been using this payment model for a number of years now and it’s something I’ve been meaning to try out. It gives listeners the opportunity to consider the value of the music they listen to and take a punt on something new. All these records are on Spotify too.
So tell your friends that this music is out there. Bandcamp has a plethora of sharing options for you to shout about the music you love so it’s all very easy. And if you do pay something for the music you’ll appear in the ‘supported by’ section directly under the album artwork. If you add a review that’ll pop up too. Bandcamp has become such a fantastic site for artists and fans alike over the last couple of years. In fact I wrote a blog post about the new Fan Pages a little while ago which is worth a quick read if you’re unfamiliar with all the new features. I’m rather proud of how my fan page is coming along!
So go forth people! If you really want to support this music why not buy a CD of Mandala? Christmas will be upon us before you know it! I shall start thinking about the next record. If you have any requests or suggestions, let me know.
Good afternoon folks,
This blog entry is a little late in the day to be honest as these shows were a couple of weeks ago now, but I thought it was about time I dropped a little post about Nina Ferro’s new record Into The Light. And I’ve just been sent the first video from the show to share with you. Perfect timing!
Earlier this year, Nina flew out to Nashville for a month to work on a new record totally from scratch. She met up with fellow Aussie and Nashville resident Sam Hawksley and in the space of one month manages to write and record an entire album’s worth of material.
We were all very excited to hear the new record and the minute I got my copy I knew this was going to be right up my street. We played a show at the 606 not long after Nina’s return and previewed just a few of the new tracks but the official album launch took place at St. James Theatre at the beginning of this month. We had a great lineup including Sam Hawksley (who flew over for the launch), Tim Weller, Grant Windsor and Niamh Mcnally on backing vocals. Over two nights we presented the album in it’s entirety alongside some other original tunes from some of Nina’s back catalogue. The shows went down a storm. Here’s a link to Sebastian Scotney’s review of the first night’s show from the London Jazz Blog.
Nina just sent me this video of us playing Cry Cry Cry at the launch gig. This is the first YouTube video I’ve seen from the shows so it’s a bit of an exclusive!
Nina will be launching the album over in Melbourne on February 1st so if you are reading this from the other side of the planet you haven’t missed your chance! Watch this space for announcements of forthcoming live shows here in the UK. If you haven’t seen Nina Ferro live yet you’re frankly missing out and you’re going to want to get yourself along to a show at the next opportunity! We’ve been lucky enough to have Nina feature on a few shows at Hideaway this year (you can check out some videos from the Aretha Franklin set here). I suspect we’ll be playing the Into The Light set there sometime in the near future too.
You can now get your copy of Into The Light on iTunes or at Nina’s website. Enjoy…
Good morning folks,
Now I realise that I’ve yet to post anything on the blog from the Duckworth Lewis Method tour which ended a couple of weeks ago but I’ve barely been home in between that and the recent Maggie Reilly radio tour in Germany. I shall sort this out soon enough don’t you worry…
We spent a week and a half driving across Germany playing a series of live radio concerts, many of which were also video streamed live over the internet. I did my best to post links to the live streams over on my Facebook page and Twitter so hopefully some of you watched one of the shows. There are a bunch of photos from the first show in Erfurt on the MDR page if you fancy having a look.
So Maggie’s brand new album Heaven Sent is officially out now so you can go and grab yourself a copy. You can order a CD HERE.
The first single from the album is called Juliet. And as if by magic, here’s a video from our Hamburg radio show!
We heading to Finland next week to five shows. Looks like we’re playing some rather lovely venues. Here’s the rundown:
Tuesday 22 Helsinki, Kulttuuritalo
Wednesday 23 Tampere, Tampere-talo
Thursday 24 Lahti, Sibeliustalo
Saturday 26 Oulu, Club Teatria
Sunday 27 Pori, Promenade Theatre
Hopefully see some of you there. Until next time…