Spring Tour 2016

After the ‘Ghosts’ EP launch I really wanted to get this show on the literal road, so I began organising our first ever tour. When people think of tours, they think of a whole band piling into a van with all their instruments and playing a gig in a different city every night, meeting groupies and getting drunk. That’s the dream, but we’re still a very new band so our tour was much more low-key. Our 6 gigs have been spread out over 4 weeks, and for the most part we haven’t been able to get the whole band at…

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This week I decided to start work on some new songs. I scheduled it in to my diary like anything else, right there between ‘call dentist’ and ‘buy milk.’ I was almost surprised when music didn’t flow out of me as soon as I sat down at the piano. I always thought that life moved, more or less, in a straight line. Sure, the line’s kind of fuzzy and there are lots of stops and starts, but ultimately we move forward. Obviously we have no way of seeing our path before we begin, but I guess I assumed that by a…

Writing the Ghosts EP #2 – Express Yourself!

Now I’ve written that title I’ll have NWA stuck in my head all day. Now you can too! Let’s all be unproductive together. So. Lyrics. Lyrics are hard. There’s a hefty set of basic criteria  – they should be easy to relate to, they should be meaningful to you (otherwise you’ll probably struggle to perform them convincingly) but they also shouldn’t reveal so much about yourself that nobody can look you in the eye after your set. Some things should remain a mystery. While I was writing my latest EP I struggled quite a bit with lyrics, and spent a lot…

Writing the Ghosts EP #1 – Modify, combine, create

Lately I’ve been getting ready to release Molly Anna’s debut EP. It’s been a long time in the pipeline and I’m really excited about the launch, but the thing I’ve liked most about writing these songs is the creative process itself, not just the finished product. Everybody creates in different ways. Some people can just sit and write a song from start to finish – there was a great singer on my MA course who would just sit down at the piano and in a few hours she’d have 3 songs written. Dolly Parton reportedly writes at least a song…

‘What makes you so f***king special?’

I guess I’m what you’d call a ‘semi-professional’ musician. I make money from performing and writing music, but in order to pay the rent I do temp work on the side. I actually like the office work – it’s good to have something steady and stress-free to work on. I never have to take that work home with me which leaves me a lot of time to work on musical things. However the fact I’m not a full time musician often makes me feel crap. I work hard, but the fact is not many people are willing to pay for music…