There are going to be some changes around here. I little more proactivity. A little more reaching out.
So, this is an update. 2014 was spent working in Scotland. Non-stop for a number of months with the mission of making as much swag as I could, thus enabling me to concentrate on writing. There are several projects that have been niggling away, like little mice, nibbling at the corners of the cheese of my reason - so to speak!
I am currently residing in Italy. A large roomy house in the middle of grape vines... so, I am potentially surrounded by inspiration. I have spent the last god-knows how many years in rented accommodation in Edinburgh, travelling for the winters when the season was slow (and I needed to escape or blow a gasket), returning every spring. For all those years I have lived in shared accommodation, bedsits and rooms. I have lived on top of people, surrounded by noise and I must admit, I found it hard to find time, space and peace of mind to write.
This move initiates great change and offers me time and space to get on down with the words!
However, in the meantime I have been cobbling together some music and spoken word tracks, mainly using my iPad (I would prefer guitar and my drum... but that is coming soon). I've been busy in Garageband since i bought the thing in September. So if you want to hear some of the recent work:
Recently I have been involved in several collaboration with Serbian musician Spleen Erebus. His is a talented musician and his output is frenzied and constant. He recently co-founded
The LP will be made of several quality tracks recorded in Serbia and Italy. These are pretty dark, sparse works, some are pure rant/pomes, with fictional, post-apocalytic elements in there too. This isn't music for the faint hearted.
Spleen induces almost hallucinatory ambiences, capturing mood in an intensifying degree. As for my contribution I will let you folks be the judge of that. It is a body of fine work and I'm proud of the end result.
Spleen Erebus also found some time to compile some videos of work that will feature on the new LP (Which might be called Organ Seer… not sure yet).
You can find the videos here:
THE BEAST MACHINE
STABS AT HOPE