A Time For Reflection

Tomorrow is my 35th birthday.

Halfway to 70! A tad dramatic maybe, but then I’ve always had an affinity for melodrama. While it may not be as significant a milestone as 30 or 40; it still feels like a definitive marker in my life for me. Personally its the point in which I feel I can no longer consider myself ‘young’ any more. A sobering thought in some ways; but in other respects I can’t say I have felt young in years – going bald at 22, becoming a father at 24, and increasingly gaining weight and becoming more unhealthy and depressed in the intervening years put paid to any feelings of youthful exuberance.

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Building The Band

As hoped for last week, the band practice was successful and I now find myself with a kick ass rhythm section! Its by far the most important part of the band so I didn’t want to rush getting the right people. My long standing partnership with Chas Bacon has sadly come to an end as he is relocating to Edinburgh for a job opportunity. I’m sad to see him go, but all things happen for a reason and I’m very pleased with who I’ve secured in his place.

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September Update

Apologies for the unimaginative title but sometimes its best to go with the simplest option!

So, since my EP has been out in the wild I’ve started to turn my attentions to the live performance side of things. Last week I played at the Bristol Fringe alongside two other talented chaps; Giles Norman and Drew Bryant. The event was a songwriters night hosted by Bristol record label Jelli Records, so it was nice to get on their radar a bit. I got to play two sets of three songs, and talk about the stories behind them in between. The Fringe is a really lovely, intimate venue and I am thinking it would be perfect for my EP launch party.

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Dancing By The Side Of The Road

Well, here we are on 1st September 2017 – my very first EP as a solo artist is out in the wild!

Its been a very rocky road but its finally done. My sincerest thanks to anyone and everyone who played on and produced the record. You’ve been a part of this starting phase in my solo career and I won’t forget it. Also a massive thank you to the people who pre-ordered the EP – I wasn’t going to bother with going down the pre-order route as it seemed a little pointless (and maybe arrogant!) while I’m an extremely unknown artist; but you boosted my confidence and helped me improve elements of this project. I am in the process of recording a brand new song featuring violinist Mike Dennis and the vocal talents of my wonderful sister Melissa Reynolds, and I will be making it available for free to everyone who pre-ordered when its ready.

This long, sometimes frustrating three year period of my musical life is finally done and I am looking forward to getting out there and playing as many live shows as I can in support of the EP. That doesn’t mean my mind isn’t already turning to the next chapter though – I have plenty of new songs to record and play!

The next phase is already starting. Watch this space, I’ll be sharing more news soon.

Why Being Surrounded By Musicians Can Be A Problem

I know, I know – click bait title right?

In truth, I want to talk about perspective, specifically the perspective I have with regards to my own music. Its been well established on this blog (and in several of my songs) by now that I, like many other songwriters, have a very love/hate relationship with my music. Some days I can happily listen to my EP or play my songs at a gig and feel a real sense of enthusiasm, pride and accomplishment. Other times I wince at every little imperfection in my recorded vocals, or get frustrated at a slightly out of time guitar track that most other people wouldn’t even notice.

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Taking This Show On The Road

EP is done. Music video will soon be done. Website is done. Social media presence is small but established. The groundwork is in place – I guess its time to start gigging!

I must admit that I’m having some trouble securing a venue for my EP launch – the local Bristol venues that I’ve got in mind (and have played before) are not responding to my emails. I understand that they are busy; but I’ve never had a problem in past years. I guess persistence (but not harassment!) will be the key.

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An Overwhelming Undertaking

I have to say, its really lovely to be able to make progress!

It has become very clear that finishing the EP was the main roadblock to me kicking off this whole solo venture. Now that it is in the bag there are so many things to be done and its a nice feeling to be able to finally just get on with it. That being said; I would be lying if I said I wasn’t feeling very daunted by just how many aspects to being an independent, self-contained musician there are.

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