An Update. Progress on many fronts. Happy. My second album which has yet to find a name is being mastered by Mr Forbes Williams. It has been a somewhat protracted process to get it to this stage, and well, yes – pretty excited. My instrumental improvisations can be crazy complex, but this vocal based album is minimalist in approach – Space and Surges. It has an intensity of emotion that has led to the decision to cull a number of tracks given that an earlier version seemed somewhat too relentless and exhausting for a complete listen.
Wanting to share a taster. This track might not yet make it, but is representative of the albums flavour.
A wee bit of context: Sometimes life is hard, despite giving all the love we can muster – knock backs can diminish our spirit. Attempting to find strength to carry on in the hope that the tide will turn, hence the title – The Tide.
I had the pleasure last night of hearing the incredible Nick Knox perform at Queens. A couple of local filmmakers are making a documentary on Nick, so the performance was filmed. It’s been a few years since I saw Nick play. I was astonished at what I was hearing – Nick’s music is thrilling, strange and utterly unique. Imagine Rammstein’s tour bus, with a troupe of Tibetan throat singers on board, crashing into the middle of a Bach recital and you can begin to imagine the sound. Nick was performing as part of Queens Got Talent night, organized by the indomitable Tahu. It’s great to see Queens turning into a real creative hub…I’ve seen Hector build Chicks in Port Chalmers into a national treasure of a music venue and now he’s gone one step further by creating a really vibrant little alcove in Dunedin’s creative scene. Good beer and…
Got the news two weeks ago, Ollie Lucks & Max Bellamy two accomplished local filmmakers were successful in their application for a BBC Knowledge Grant: to make a documentary about my music, life and story.
Very very excited & a little nervous. It could be an amazing leap forward for me, with wide exposure for my work.
Many parts of my journey have been excruciatingly sad & how candid to be about my struggles on camera is still something I am carefully deliberating, but overall am super stoked.
With the rough cut due in August, and the finished in October there is some time pressure.
The opportunity to share my music & story, working with two very talented friends, with exposure on such a prestigious media organization has a little ‘pinch me, I’m dreaming’ sensation about it, but am just going to ride it.
To all the amazing support & encouragement from so many friends and admirers – Thank You.
I have a few competencies in this world, playing with the design and format of websites is not one of them…… however feeling the need to have a better portal to present my work to the world I am in the initial stages of an attempt.