So I get a lot of questions about certain things – my recordings in particular. On this page I aim to answer as many of those question as I can.
Where do you get your inspiration for your songs from?
A: Without wanting to sound cliched, nowhere, and everywhere. I take my inspiration from life, and of course the music I listen to. My lyrical style tends to err on the slightly cryptic, I’ve no desire to be intentionally cryptic, but equally I prefer a more indirect writing style, ie rather than telling a particular story or writing about one thing in particular, I prefer to just go wherever my stream of consciousness takes me, and so most of my songs, whilst having a ‘core’ to them, if you will, are more thoughts and ideas about people/subjects/experiences, rather than being directly about people/subjects/experiences etc.
Recording – How? Why? Where? What?
A: I do recording, for the most part, in my home studio. My home studio is also my bedroom (you can see some pictures of it in my 2011 recording diary or on the pictures section on my site.) Occasionally I’ll record some stuff elsewhere, like for drums I often like to record in other studios, as my bedroom isn’t built for recording drums!
All the equipment I have I’ve worked hard and saved up for – I’m not particularly well off, I just choose not to spend as much money on some of the things that other people might. I think everybody generally has some kind of hobby they like spending money on anyway, and mine is recording 🙂
Here is my full list of gear to date:
Quad core Asus P5QL-SE PC w/ Windows 7 64-bit and 4gig ram
Pro Tools 9
Echo Layla 3G audio interface
Alesis Monitor One MKII’s with matching power amp
ART Pro MPA II valve microphone preamplifier
Behringer Eurodesk MX3282A mixing desk (used basically for monitoring signals w/ zero latency when tracking)
Sennheiser HD201 headphones
Tascam Portastudio 424 mkII
Yamaha DD-55 drum machine with Yamaha KP5 kick trigger
Yamaha PSR-550 synthesiser/keyboard
Pro Tools 9 plugins:
All the ones that come with PT9 (obviously)
Waves Ren Maxx bundle
Pultec EQ bundle
DUY Z Room
SPL free ranger
some transient designer I can’t remember the name of
Blue Cat Freq analyser
Audio technica AT2020
Shure unidyne III
MXL R144 ribbon
2x RED12 handmade SDC
Red5 Audio RVK7 drum mic pack
Martin DXK2AE acoustic guitar
Yamaha Pacifica 012V electric guitar
Yamaha Pacifica 012 electric guitar
Faith Saturn 12 string acoustic guitar
Kala KA-B baritone ukulele
Freshman acoustic guitar
Yamaha RBX170 bass guitar
some crappy mandolin
I also have a trace elliot super tramp twin combo valve amplifier & Marshall MG100DFX for my electric guitar, along with these pedals:
Holy Grail reverb
Boss blues driver
Boss CS-2 compressor/sustainer
Boss chorus (can’t remember which one)
Korg pitchblack tuner
Lastly my room also has been acoustically treated, albeit a bit haphazardly (with some DIY acoustic panels I made myself), but it sounds relatively decent 🙂
How long have you been playing guitar? How long have you been singing? How long have you been performing as a solo artist?
A: Of course naturally these answers will quickly become outdated, but currently, at the age of 20, I have been playing guitar for around 10 years (so since I was about 10), singing for as long as I can remember, and performing as a solo artist for around three years.