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She Left a Note

I’ve been in something of a hibernation when it comes to my music making- It’s not that I’ve stopped, I have been working away on things and keeping lots of small projects on the burner, I guess I’ve just had to step back on the throttle, compared to my normal pace.  Having little people in your life just forces you to slow down and just do what you can in the moments you get.  While it really has been a difficult thing for me to get used to, I think it has also been a real blessing.  I’ve had to say no to a lot of things and most of them I haven’t missed.  It has also given me a whole lot of clarity on the things I do miss, the things I do want to say, the people I do want to work for.  So in the tiny cracks between work and child rearing, I’m sorting my creative mind.

One of the things I’ve really wanted to get out into the world is this remix I did of Luke Howard & Janos Bruneel‘s song ‘She Left a Note‘.  I loved this song the minute I got their album Open Road, so it was an absolute joy to explore a remix of it.

I also had a bit of fun creating a small visual to go with it.

 

 

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The Ripcord- Brand new single from osh10

I launched a brand new song just over a week ago.  It’s the 3rd and final single to be released ahead of my new album.  I also released a video to accompany the song.  I did all of the direction and editing duties myself this time.   Juggling a newborn baby I needed to keep the concept and details of the single simple but still make it visually interesting.  I had a lot of fun with it and despite a lot of constraints on my time, I found the process a whole lot easier and more efficient than previous videos.

This album contains a lot more pop sensibilities than previous work and I’ve really enjoyed the freedom (and the restriction) that comes with a 3 minute music punch. Hope you enjoy it!

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crowdfunding is scary!

3 days ago I launched a crowdfunding campaign on pozible.  I’d spent the weekend earlier filming, editing and uploading the video and all of the written parts of the campaign, I also spent a large part of that weekend trying not to talk myself out of it going ahead with it.  Putting yourself out there with a target for everyone to see and watch the progress (or lack of progress whichever the case may be) is terrifying.  When you have applied for a grant or a prize or a competition and you don’t receive the support, or get shortlisted or win- it’s only you and a letter saying ‘the response and depth of talent was overwhelming, unfortunately this time…..’ etc etc.  It’s not so public!  For the most part the indie music career is a case of perception being reality.  The fact that you have only sold 3 copies of your single on itunes can become a ‘yep sales are ticking over, I’d definitely like to see some more, but it’s nice that people are supporting the music’.   You can hide for the most part behind unflagging optimism and telling people what you and them, want to hear- that it’s all worth the monumental effort you are putting in. They can click like on a link that they never actually clicked through and you can pretend they watched it and it made a difference to their day.

I love making music, When I get bogged down in bills, I think ‘I need to stop, think of all the things I could do with this money that I’m killing myself to work for’ and then handing this cash straight over to various components and personnel involved in realising my songs. But then I get a comment from someone I have never met, who came across my music by accident and really loves a particular song,  somehow makes the toiling side of creation worthwhile, or touring Japan, where the music scene is deeply entrenched (as is Australia) in a pay to play scene, I meet people who love music as much as I do- who just want to hear the breadth of what people have out there and again, it keeps you going, taps you into a world that you feel like might be draining you dry financially, but means something important beyond the dollars.  I get to create music- not just play and write it, but realise it in a physical form that gets sent out into the world- I’m really lucky!

So I didn’t talk myself out of the campaign- I posted it and into day 4, after posting it to my entire facebook and twiiter world, I have just 3 magnificent supporters and I’m 9% of the way.  I’m terrified-   Now I’ve got 56 more days of refreshing my pozible page and wondering how I can convince anyone else that $1 would actually mean a massive change for me.  If all of my followers and friends on facebook pledged $1 I’d be over 50% funded- that’s huge and every single one of them would then have a copy of my next song as well. It’s a great feeling to crowd fund others- I just received the new album from Nat Bartsch that I pledged towards in a pozible campaign- for me it was a no-brainer, she writes beautiful music, she needs some support to make the new album happen, I get to help her do that while receiving music that I would want to buy regardless- how can that be a bad thing? I’ve got pledges on other albums and I truly hope that my teensy contribution helps to get each of them over the line.

It’s a tough game, I know full well it’s not all about me, there are a billion ways that money can be spent, there are so many people who desperately need support. I’m not sure what the solution is other than to keep going, to remember that there are people out there to whom your craft makes a big difference.  To remember that for better or worse the compulsion to create is in your being and you’re never going to part with it, so you just need to push through and enjoy the adventure regardless of what path it might lead you down. I figure, If I don’t make my target, at least I won’t be wondering what if and seriously, it’s not the end of the world,  I’ll still be making music no matter what.

So I’ve decided I’m going to try my best not to look at my pozible page this weekend- I’m going to play the piano and sing instead- for the love of it, for fun, for free.  Have a great weekend and thanks for indulging my overthinking mind today and If I can encourage you to jump on any of the crowdfunding platforms- kickstarter, pozible etc and completely make a difference for someone’s creative project.

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Music Video- This Lonely Room

I posted the soundcloud link for This Lonely Room a few days ago because with my last single, I released both the audio and the video at the same time and I got such overwhelming feedback on the video ( I suspect mainly because of the whole crazy cat obsession in it), which was wonderful- but no one mentioned the song at all and the music is why I do it, it is what I spend the majority of my time and energy on, so I found it really strange that the very thing I was trying to promote got swept to the side.

Making videos is definitely a fun thing, but the experience taught me how visual people are- that as soon as you put an image with something it sticks, the two seem to become quite inseparable.  When I write music, I have strong visuals in my head, I know what the characters look like and when I listen to music, I love that we can put our own visuals to a soundtrack.  It was a tough choice to create a video for this particular track, because it is a dark, brooding, building song- but I didn’t want the video to be too angsty and so we decided to take a cue from the likes of Dario Argento and David Lynch, Joss Whedon or even Quentin Tarantino- who can turn a very serious dark moment into something a bit absurd- in the case of my video we went for lo-fi special fx and gore.  It’s a video that doesn’t take itself too seriously, even though I don’t think of the song itself as a joke.

I hope you enjoy the video- but would also love it if you took time to close your eyes and listen to the song in it’s own right.  Above all- thank you for your time to do either, We live in such a fast paced world and I appreciate you supporting me so much!

The song is out on itunes now.

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This Lonely Room- Preview listen of the Brand New Single

I’ve got a brand new song out on Monday, but I’m really proud of this one so I thought I’d give you all a listen before the official release.

Standby for the video too- out on Monday at 9am!

Presenting- This Lonely Room:

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Japan Tour 2012- footage

Here’s a little bit of a video I’ve put together of my shenanigans of September 2012 in wondrous Japan.

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meowing your way!

On August 16th I’ll be releasing my brand new single out into the world.  It is called Feline and I can’t wait to share it!  The initial idea for the song came about from watching the wily tactics our beautiful cat Figaro (and cats in general) use to coerce you into doing their bidding.

As I sit here typing Miss Figaro is asleep and snoring on my lap, so I thought while I am being used as her personal sofa I would share my favourite youtube cat video (of which there are MANY!) Ninja Cat!  Do you have a favourite? Please share the link.

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Musicoz Awards

Well I thought I was just going to be going to work as per usual tomorrow- but it seems I’ll be getting on a plane and heading to the red carpet of the Sydney Opera House as a finalist in this year’s MusicOz Awards.

It’s an expensive undertaking to fly up there at short notice (as everything in being a musician seems to be hard on my bank balance!)  but I think win or lose- sometimes you need to take opportunities such as this to stop and acknowledge the hard work that you have put into creating a song and let it be celebrated by yourself, your peers and the industry.  All too often we have already moved onto recording the next song while the previous one is just finding it’s way out into the world- so tomorrow night, I’ll pop on a frock, enjoy a little bit more sunshine than we currently have in Melbourne- (although Melbourne in your defence you really have turned it on today!) and celebrating the diversity and depth of Australia’s unsigned talent.

You can watch the awards live and then on repeat right here:

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Improvised sets on Joy FM

I can’t believe it’s the middle of May.  I guess we say it every year- but really, 2012 does seem to be flying along quicker than most.  I guess that’s in part because I’m so busy.

In April I visited the studios of Joy FM in Melbourne and did a live to air performance for House of Jack– one of the only shows I’ve come across that plays not only the trip-hop pioneers like Lamb and Portishead, but independently released and little heard exponents of the genre and beyond.  I am really grateful for the support of this show and it was so much fun to play.

I choose to assemble a whole bunch of electronic sounds that I’ve been working on for an upcoming instrumental album and do an improvised performance using them.  It will give you a good indication of the direction of the album.

Along with my performance (which you can download for free!) you can also listen and download performances by  Nat GrantTodd Anderson-Kunert and James Annesley.

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Big Love for Adelaide

Well I’m back home after a whirlwind few days in the city of churches. I can now say with absolute certainty that it is certainly not all about churches in this fine South Australian capital- they sure now how to throw one hell of a festival- or 3.

On Wednesday night I headed after an afternoon of wandering around to get my bearings (I am the worst navigator you will possibly ever meet) I headed out to a pop up bar, down an alley way called Arcade Lane to catch the first round of bands for Fuse Festival. I finally got to see a fellow Melbournian who I had heard a lot about but who had seemed to elude me when it came to a live show, so it was lovely to finally see Kristina Militiadou, particularly in such a gorgeous venue, with incredible balmy Summer weather.  Thursday was spent chatting with other bands and sitting in on conference topics before a bit of a chat with Seb on The Range: Radio Adelaide   you can stream the interview right HERE!    Seb also started the show with a new track that I also have a crush on: Genisis by Grimes: Really beautiful…. have a listen-

Then it was time for my showcase!  Super excited by the venue- Cuckoo Bar Big congrats to Phil & Sarah for creating such a stylish forum for electronic music.  I would highly recommend a visit if you are in town!

So my showcase was an absolute blast, really had a great time and have to say an enormous thank you to the people who made it down to watch.  Some super brilliant new friends to be made (That would be you Brent, Sam & Elizabeth xox) and just all round good vibes.

If you couldn’t make it down- Here’s one of my songs captured live by Spoz and his youtube channel is wonderful for getting a glimpse of some of the other great bands that were on show (I’m glad he shot Hawks of Alba, cause I wanted to catch them and they were playing too close to my slot at another venue) Spoz’s blog has a lot of footage for music in Adelaide albeit with heavily weighted to non electronic/electro music – but absolutely worth a peruse, if only for the volume of music he manages to take photos and footage of.

Final night was Fringe Festival Opening Night- complete with parade. Honestly Adelaide you really do have amazing energy and I am so very fond of you! I’m going to come back soon and I’ll be sure to bring friends with me.

XOXO

Thanks to everyone who made the trip so amazing!

XO

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