This month I feature on the Musicians Friend website in an article about home studio recording and what you need to get going in your home studio. You can click HERE for a direct link to the article and to find out what I said, as well as pick up some other pointers from more clever musicians. The Hub is a great tool for people of any musical capability and I love what they offer.
We are also about to head off to Ireland tomorrow for the first leg of our tour and we are all very excited, my wife and band member Janet Bamford is from Belfast and is looking forward to a visit home for the first time in a while. We are all hoping that this is a great start to our jaunt about the UK, Ireland and beyond. If you would like to find out more about the first gig, you can visit an event page on Facebook by clicking HERE. If you are in Belfast and at a loose end just go to the page to find the venue and what not.
The reason I decided to get straight into working with another group of musicians, when I finished my album with Jeremy Spencer, is that I think that is the future of sustainability in the modern industry. Everyone has the power in their hands if they use it wisely. What I learnt from working with Jeremy is you should always try and do something that inspires you. When Sara mentioned this whole thing and we decided to go for it, I thought it would be a good chance for us to raise profile, but also to mix it up in the songwriting stakes and to really have fun. We hope that translates to the stage and if you do come along, please feedback on the gig on here, on Facebook or on your own blog. No matter your thoughts we want to hear them. Its been a tough couple of weeks after a really painful procedure on my neck has left me house bound wondering if I could pick up a guitar before Saturday. Its lead to some interesting choices that should certainly entertain Janet if nothing else.
If you are not Belfast way, then I will take a photo and make you feel you were there. Plus we are attempting to fund our project with kickstarter and there are some amazing rewards for supporting us.
Have a great weekend everyone and in light of the devastating news about Peaches Geldof, try and see some beauty in it. If its spending time with people you love, just do it with gratitude that you are here and you are living. I wasted so many years and when I see someone that young pass away, I get extremely angry with my addiction and what it cost me.
Sorry for getting all deep there for a second but at least I am still here to make amends for my past and to tell everyone go have FUN!!!
I will, Cheers, Andy x