A Weekend of Highs and Lows


What a rollercoaster ride of mixed emotions that was. I’ll start with the good stuff because its always nice to have something positive to take away from situations. Friday night was the debut gig for the Matt Reynolds Band, and I had the most fantastic evening.

I don’t really ever organise and promote gigs so this was a big deal personally; and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t experience some stress and headaches making it happen! But it all came together beautifully. At least I thought so…

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Preparing For The First Band Gig


After 18 months of blogging this process and experiencing many ups and downs trying to put a band together, I now have the first gig with other musicians this week! Although the full lineup isn’t complete yet, we are ready and able to get out on the local circuit and dip our toes into the murky water of the originals scene again – my first time since 2012!

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2017 – A Year Of Change

So that’s it then, another year has passed and another begins, full of promise and potential.

If you’ve been following this blog for a while then you’ll know that 2016 was a very tough year for me, as it was for many. It was so dismal that it pushed me to make some serious changes to the way I lived my life in 2017, and I’m very happy to be able to say that those changes largely stuck and allowed me to have a much happier and more productive time of things.

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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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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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