Band Rehearsal: 31/05/17

This band session was not the normal routine. The guitarist of our band doesn’t want to play the end of year gig and things just didn’t work when me and the drummer tried to put something together. In result of this, I decided not to do the end of year gig which made me really upset.

After opening up to Gabby about what was going on, she suggested to just make a new band for the sake of the gig. I decided to ask Sophie Percival if she wanted to join and be a second vocalist, Tom Dunphy to play Bass, Luke Linden-Smith to play Guitar and Gabby Griffith-Mortimer to play the drums. They have all agreed to join and are all pretty excited to get started!

Our first band practice will be on Tuesday 6th June: 1:30-3:00.

Some songs I have already suggested are ‘Hard Times’ by Paramore and ‘Shout At The Moon’ by Mallory Knox.

Freelance: Album Review Status Update

I have now finished reviewing my top 10 albums. This process was pretty lengthy and did take me a while to complete but I did enjoy the process and I am glad I picked this project. Here are the albums listed below that are my top 10:

  1. PVRIS- White Noise
  2. Paramore- Self Titled
  3. Melanie Martinez- Cry Baby
  4. Jessie J- Who You Are
  5. Issues- Self Titled
  6. Bastille- Bad Blood
  7. Tonight Alive- Limitless
  8. Pierce The Veil- Collide With The Sky
  9. Ed Sheeran- Multiply
  10. The Script- Science and Faith

Band Rehearsals: 19/05/17

Before this band rehearsal, we were all informed that we still needed to complete a songwriting task so we focused on that instead of writing material for the up coming end of year gig.

The task was to take an existing poem, re arrange it and make a song out of it. I really wanted to get it all finished and sorted in this lesson so I decided to grab an acoustic guitar and fiddle around with some basic chords and just make a nice acoustic soft song.

After I figured out where I wanted the lyrics to go and how I wanted the guitar to come across, we recorded the guitar first, then my vocals.

After this, Jack recorded the percussion which was some shaker eggs and the cajon.

At this point of the lesson, we ran out of time for Chris to lay down a lead guitar so he will be continuing with that in his own time and have the whole track cleaned up and polished by the time we have our next practice.

Next band session we plan to have some more of our original done that we were working in previously.

Band Rehearsal: 12/05/17

During today’s session we began writing an original song for the end of year gig.

The vibe I was drawn towards was softer just so we can differentiate from the aggressiveness every once in a while.

I wrote the structure idea down and we have already got an intro and know how we want the overall song to sound.

Over the weekend I will be coming up with some ideas for lyrics.

We plan to have a demo recording (rough recording) done by Friday which gives us Wednesday to piece all of our ideas together via Sendspace and Logic.

Cookie Gig// Catch Up: 20/04/17

Cookie Gig: 06/04/17

The Cookie gig went a lot better than I thought! I enjoyed every second up there and considering it was my first time performing at that venue, I thought it went rather well.

The reaction we all got whilst performing was great and they all seemed to really enjoy it. The atmosphere was just a massive hype and everyone did so well!

My strengths were the fact that I actually moved and fully performed on stage. I feel like I am finally coming out of my shell and into this whole new person when I’m on stage.

My weaknesses were probably working myself up to a nervous wreck and not being able to control my vocals. However no one seemed to notice that so that’s okay.

 

Catch Up

Okay! So since the gig I have been ridiculously busy with coursework and maths revision. However I have been writing a few songs and listening to some new music. I’ve made sure I’m not too out of practice and have been fully planning my masterclass, ready for when we all go back to college.

I will post again on Wednesday after band rehearsal to update you all on what we will be working on for the rest of the term.

Guildhall Review

Yesterday, Leicester College music students and students from Peterborough all attended an event at Guildhall Leicester for a ‘rethinkyourmind’ showcase.

The event included three masterclasses that were all from different spectrum’s of the music industry.

  • Tour manager
  • Folk artist/ singer songwriter Lucy Ward who formed her own record label
  • Mark Morriss from The Blue Tones with hit singles and gold albums.

In my opinion the tour manager masterclass didn’t tell me anything I didn’t already know. I also felt like when asked questions, the answers were not realistic to the times we live in now. Therefor I don’t feel like their advice would help in today’s generation of touring.

Obviously it was still interesting to hear some of the stories, I just don’t feel like it helped me to gain any relevant knowledge of today’s music industry of tour managing.

The folk artist masterclass was really interesting! It was so great to listen to someones journey of being so young, signed to a label, and then going to run their own label and managing themselves with help from their family and friends. It was really refreshing to hear about how organic her process was and how much she has control of the visual side of music as well as the actual audio.

She had a really infectious personality and voice that you just wanted to listen to. I really enjoyed her original song ‘Julia’ it was so emotional and beautiful. She has a gorgeous tone to her voice that sent shivers down my spine and is a very talented songwriter.

The last master class was with Mark Morriss of The Blue Tones. He’s very narcissistic but in a humorous way. It was quite cool listening to someone talk about how they got to ‘the top’ of their career. It was also lovely that he gave advice on how to be the best you can be in the industry and that’s simply being the best. Starting off in your street, your town and eventually your county. Although it seems super far fetched, it’s still really encouraging to know it can happen for you, as long as you put the work into it.

Now onto the band performances!

I really enjoyed all of the acts to be honest. They all brought something different to the table. The vibes ranged from funky to slow and emotional.

Overall I had a great experience at the event and will definitely remember it.

 

My 1st Blog Post/My Band

This is my very first blog post…

I’ll start off with what’s going on in my life!

I’m studying at Leicester College doing a Performing Musician Level 3 course!

(+ 3 hours of maths a week = kill me now)

I recently got my own flat and got a Venus flytrap & a cactus (Fluffy & Spike).

I’m also pretty chuffed with the recent progress of my band Cosmic Wave. We have been going busking in Leicester city centre and are currently working with an independent label called Twisted Fate Records. We will be releasing an alternative rock version of Adele’s extremely popular hit called ‘Hello’. We are currently in the studio working on an original song that I wrote called ‘Again’. (Cue inside joke)

I’m really looking forward to see what the future holds for me as a musician.

I’ll be posting pretty much every week, so if you’re reading this now, thank you for taking an interest in my blog and keep your eyes peeled for what’s to come! (Basically my life & bands/artists that I’m into & some reviews here and there)