Free Time

One of the things about working evenings is you have a lot of free time. As in compared to when you work during the day and then are obliged to go out in the evenings to be social, and do stuff, or whatever it is people do weekday evenings. But when you work those evenings you can’t be social and do stuff. You get a free pass. And what that boils down to is, between the time of waking up (I should add that it’s wonderful being able to sleep in) and going to work, those hours are yours to do with what you will, regardless of pretty much everyone else, week in week out. So, I’ve done two and a half things with my time:

1) Gaming – I really like gaming, like a lot. So it’s nice to have time to get properly invested in a game again.
1.5) Practice – this is only a half because, although I have every intention of practicing guitar, or keyboard, or mixing, or whatever it was, it’s never really happened because of aforementioned gaming… don’t judge me.
2) Being creative – so composing music, storyboarding film scripts, writing short stories. Admittedly a lot of that stuff never really gets completed as intended but I enjoy the creation process. The real crux however is being involved with projects with other people, such as The Blue Blur. Except not that anymore because the project is dead. However, the same bunch of guys are working on a couple of original ideas. The first of which is a game titled “The L.O.S.T.”. As per The Blue Blur my involvement is primarily music based but I may get down and dirty for bug testing or whatever’s required as time progresses. At this point I would normally provide a link to round off my ramblings, however I don’t think a website, or page exists yet, so this is just going to peter…


A Job… an Actual Job?

Apparently I’m employee worthy material.

This strikes me as strange considering working freelance often doesn’t feel like working at all, and my 3 day a week, now ex-employment was in an entirely different field. That’s to say nothing of the fact that 3 years ago, when I finished uni, I applied for well over 200 jobs and got no more than 10 replies. I guess what I’m saying is I don’t feel like that much more of a different person than I did then, but obviously the world thinks otherwise. Wait… is that my point, I’m not sure?

I should stop being contemplative. Here’s the story:

The building I currently work in is shutting down (well supposedly I’ve been told they’ve been saying that for years) and as such I thought I’d use the redistribution of people as an excuse to actually find a role in an industry I know something about. So music/film/production instead of health care. It just so happens that around the same time a job role for Technical Service Coordinator at The Academy of Contemporary Music goes up. And to cut a long and tedious story short, I got the role. Oh, to be gainfully employed! It feels weird… But regardless, in a couple of weeks time I’ll be coordinating services in a technical way. Whatever that means.

However, the role comes with some catches. Mainly it’s evening based, from 4pm to midnight, so it’s pretty much going to kill much of my freelancing stuff. Not that that’s an issue as I’ll still be getting money, but it means I’ll have less need to update this site (not that I updated it regularly).

Anyway, sentimental send off!

Cardboard Carousel

So I mastered an album not too long ago.

The album in question is titled “Rise” and is by an indie folk duo called “Cardboard Carousel”. Assuming my memory is correct (which more often than not it isn’t) I believe the official release date is today, following on from what I can only assume was a successful album launch yesterday!

I haven’t been provided any official links to the material or such, but here’s their website. Go there and do stuff.

How (not) to Make Minimum Wage – A Beginner’s Guide to Busking

Don’t believe anything the title promises. It’s possibly the most click-baity thing I’ve ever written.

I went busking the Saturday just gone. Something I’ve never done before. It was part of a large scale event at Woking park and various musicians were involved to play some music around the outskirts just to make the place seem more lively, or something like that. Regardless, sounded like fun. Get to play some music, might get a little bit of money, and don’t have to worry about whatever legal implications are involved with busking (because I have no idea how any of it works).

Stayed on site for about 3 hours; performed at 3 different locations; in total played about and hour and a half’s worth of music. Made £9.67.

Not quite minimum wage.

I worked it out in fact. The internet (in it’s reliable glory) informs me minimum wage is currently £6.50. That makes one and a half hour’s work £9.75. 8p short… so close.

Songs from the Last Five Years

My first EP arrived yesterday!

Well kind of… I don’t think any word of that previous sentence is accurate, but it has more of an impact compared to specificity. Let me break it down:

“My” – Incorrect as the object in question is in no way wholly mine. And even then it is part of a larger collective number of items all of which belong to Phoenix Chroi as a band.
“First” – This is true in so much as it’s the first record I’ve worked on to be printed and pressed by a proper distribution company. But it’s far from being the first CD I’ve been involved with.
“EP” – I suppose this one is up for debate. When does an EP become an LP? Is it based off of the number of tracks or the total play length? This particular CD has 8 tracks but runs arou- wait… this whole post totally ran away from me almost instantly. Let’s get back to the point.

Phoenix Chroi have their first CD out! It’s called “Songs from the Last Five Years”. I played guitar and keyboards on it and provided a few vocals. I mixed and mastered it. Listen to it here. Purchase it here. The cover photo is also mine.



I’m out.

Soul and the Radio

In my usual capacity for limited foresight I have neglected to mention some freelance work I’m doing tonight!

In Guildford there is a lovely little venue called the Bar des Arts. And at 8pm this evening a lovely gentlemen, who goes by the name BR James, will be performing some lovely piano-y, acoustic-y, soul-y orientated music. Loveliness of which I have been asked to document in photographic form. So if that sounds like something you may enjoy, come take a look. It’s free!

In other news, at 6pm tomorrow Phoenix Chroi will make an appearance on Radio Woking! Though when I say make an appearance what I actually mean is make a staggered entrance, as the various members can’t actually arrive at the station at the appropriate time. Regardless, the situation can be salvaged by the fact that we are there to promote our new EP/album (look out for it over the coming weeks!), and thus random tracks from the release can be played as the members turn up. It’s all a bit of mess but hopefully it won’t be a complete calamity. Tune in!


The Big Gig

Last year the Phoenix Centre held a small festival in Woking Park in collaboration with the Our Big Gig initiative and generally to celebrate local music and artists. To use some terminology that has already been thrown around way too much: This year we’re doing it again! But bigger, and better!

In the spirit thereof I have crafted a short video to help promote the event (featuring aforementioned terminology), which can currently be viewed on the Phoenix Facebook page. What the video, regretably, doesn’t inform you of is also the inclusion of: food and drink stands, as well as local business and art stalls; a songwriting workshop; ‘give it a go’ sessions, covering a host of instruments; and for all the music to be broadcast on Radio Woking.

So if that all sounds like the kind of thing you enjoy, why not come on down to Woking Park on the 19th July? Or better still help fund the project to make sure it all goes as epically and swimmingly as possible!