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.

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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.

Band Rehearsal: 10/05/17

During this session we decided to work on the set so that it’s all polished for tomorrows charity gig at The Queen of Bradgate.

However we didn’t want to be over rehearsed so in between practicing the set we also carried on with some other coursework such as freelance projects and instrumental assessment practice.

The first run through was okay but we had a few issues with remembering certain elements to the song. The second run through was so much better and the third was when we know we were definitely ready for the gig.

For our next band rehearsal on Friday it will be mainly focused on creating a new set for the end of year gig.

Band Rehearsal: 26/04/17

This session was the first rehearsal we had done in two weeks due to the easter holidays. We were also scheduled to record one of our original tracks that we started before the holiday.

We thought the first thing and the best thing to do would be to scrub up on our original songs so that we were well rehearsed for the recording session.

After we felt we had gone through the set enough times, we began working on a new song that we started on the last day before the holidays.

I recorded some of the last session on my phone so I went back and listened to it to remember and remind the others what we accomplished because chris couldn’t remember what he did in the ambient section.

The quality of the recording was not the best so it didn’t help and he still doesn’t know what he played. However we are hopefully going to get this sorted for the end of next session.

The recording went well in my eyes, and all the tracks have been recorded, so now we can focus on creating some more material leading up to the end of year gig.

We have a charity gig on the eleventh of this month so all rehearsals from now until then will be focusing on how we can make our performance the best we can!

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.