New WAA video

I did this video a couple of months back. I found the footage and it seemed to fit like a glove with the song. The track’s from the WAA album out in a couple of weeks and I really love this song.

Everything’s live and ‘real’ (though separately recorded): the piano was recorded on a Macbook internal mic only at a school and it sounds ace. I did my best Emerson Lake and Palmer on wobbly synth and my best Mark King (with no fingers) on bass. JR did some really nice guitar,too. I really loved doing the ‘aah vocals’ There’s some mellotron (a sample but played live) and an old Casio keyboard I got for 50 p. When I mixed it, it felt like it needed to sound like it was done to tape: squishy and warm and ’70’s dull’.

No idea what JR’s verse and chorus is about, and I’m sure he feels the same about mine. Doesn’t matter, though, coz the end result’s pretty special.

This is Hopeless

A sneaky peek at the WAA single we’re plugging pre album launch.

The track holds a special place in my heart. It was the first track we wrote together, and actually the only one John and I wrote in the same room. The main parts of this started around 7 years ago. John came round to my studio and we, ahem, ‘jammed’ to a beat with glockenspiel, twinkly piano, bass and Mattel drum machine.

Initially we mixed it as an instrumental, but when we started the WAA project we dusted it off and John wrote some words. It’s perhaps the strongest song in the traditional sense we’ve written, and I love the warmth it emits.

I’m not entirely sure what John’s singing about, but I like the general feeling it gives me. I’m proud as anything to have been involved in it.

John did the video for this, too.

We are officially start pushing this next monday, I think, but for now, enjoy.

There’s a remix, too, which I knocked a video up for. The remix is super sexy. John did this as his sprlnr alter-ego. I did a little mixing and mastering on it as well as some BVs. This will be the second track of the free download version of ‘Hopeless’. Really hope you like them both.

Remixers…. come on, then

John and I are hard at work prepping the WAA album in between day job/family/real-life stuff. We’ve been making vids and cutting card…

We’ve been remixing a couple of tracks, too and would love to offer Joe (and Joanne) Public the stems.

So, break a leg, go get and remix! Once you’ve done, share them back

Here’s the stems




8th Nov 2010 Pottering and Jonathon Jeremiah

Well, just been pottering around really. Enjoying the remixing bits… a nice distraction. One of the three has hit a dead end, but other two coming on nicely. the fourth (Jamie Says) seems to have died.. Kyle never got back to me, so I assume he hates it! A deal’s a deal, so I won’t play it to anyone else. The musical ideas I generated round it will go into other stuff I’m sure.Hope to get the rest done this week, then devote some more time to the paperwork of the WAA album.. promo and press lists…WAA stuff coming on: sleeve and card and stickers and duplication. Lots to do. As ever, not enough time to do it in.

Jonathon Jeremiah was on Later last week. It wasn’t a surprise .. I’d heard he signed a deal a few months back and I mailed him to say hi……. he used to live in Leicester and I recorded a batch of songs with him at an old studio I used to run. I must dig the DATs out, but I remember the sessions well. Really lovely lovely songs and voice. Before he booked the studio his sole question was ‘can you do that Verve effect?’. Yes… (he meant a delay, fact fans). The fact I could do ‘that Verve effect’ meant I got the job and we did, well, a few tracks. Theres a song called ‘My Angelino’ which I hope he digs out … sure fire classic: we did some strings using an Akai and a Yamaha SY22…. felt real at the time anyway!

The sessions were always good fun: there was him playing 12 string , 6 string and bass, Andy from another 2 or 3 bands including 60s tastic Broncho Bullfrog playing drums.. and a few others popping in and out. It was a bit of a soap opera time, too: Jonathon’s to-be-girlfriend, Diane was best friends with my soon to be girlfriend ,Naveda, so for a while it was a bit of a close knit muso love-in-commune!

Jonathon did a gig at the Charlotte which was fucking terrible….. the soundcheck was the rehearsal, and it had Rob from indie lovers Perfume on guitar. I did the sound : wish I’d recorded it!

Well done on him signing to Island ( I think well done, but you never know!)

1 11 10 Mastering Jamie Says, some remix action and One Cure for Man demos

Lots of marking tonight and before the ears went to sleep I mastered the Jamie Says remix. Mailed to Kyle.

Worked a little on the Local Natives remix. Got a structure and enough basic ideas really…next comes the moulding.

As I type this am listening to some One Cure For Man demos James sent me… really ace. There’s a slow build track called ‘Not a Word’ which is really really great.

John R has sorted the stickers out for the WAA album…. we trickle on!

30th Oct Some remixing

Stumbled on good remix resources website called Tracks and Field with some good stems on. I liked the Local Natives track enough to download and have a pop at a remix. It’s incredibly liberating remixing others’ stuff: theres already the definitive version out there .. so it’s fine to go in a different way. For me, that Local Natives track isn’t amazing… if it were I wouldn’t touch it, but I can hear a heart waiting to get out, so I’m going to try exposing that.

The duplicator has misplaced one of the art plates for the WAA album. Hope he finds it, or makes us another no charge.


Oct 28th 2010 Driving in my car. Art attack. Ken.

First time in a long time I drove to the day job. I burnt the WAA album to CD and tagged the Jamie Says remix on the end too. Was lovely to listen… are great ways to get a good idea of your mix…no parallel sides for a start. I remember mixing a punk album years ago: every time we thought we’d have a mix done we’d record it to cassette then run to the car park and pop it on the car stereo.

Anyhow, pleased to say (as its too late) that the album sounds great. The Jamie Says remix is pretty much there.. a couple of tweaks (that I’m about to do) which sounded obvious when you listen in a different context, but that’s the point of listening on other systems.

I did some video editing on the WAA track I started last week. Always wondered what the Ken Burns effect was. So I rinsed it to death. Wish I had the energy to learn more editing as I have access to Final Cut Studio, but I’ll stick with I-Movie for now: it’s a needs be needs must thing. The vid’s looking OK. Just used some nice imagery I found on Youtube and squished it about a bit. “better than nothing” the reviewers will all say!

Spent some time on the WAA album sleeve, too. Again, I wish I had more skills, but I enjoy poking round with the limited tools I have. I mailed what I had to John R for his ideas, too

25th Oct 2010 Kafka Backing tracks, WAA album and Shortwave MIDI files

Spent some time tweaking the Kafkadiva backing tracks they use for live shows. Got another three to do.

The Shortwave Fade track Im mixing was supplied with loads of effects on the synths.. Ben emailed me dry versions plus I’d asked for  a MIDI file of the main piano so I could try different samples and also so I could manipulate the part. They arrived today, so I dropped those in.

FInally the WAA album’s uploaded to CD Baby. Release date TBC.. around the physical release: that went to the duplicators on saturday, so should be there today. SOme card samples arrived today too… not sue about it.. may be too clean. Despite it being white, I think it needs to be more textured. Some more should arrive any day now. John R is testing out the stickers we’re going to use, too. All in all, bust behind the scenes.

Had a coupe of hours marking, too. Whilst in Munich my level 3 students did a presentation of their business plans: usually I could’ve marked them as they were doing it, and saved lots of time.. as such, it’s eaten lots of time. Enjoyable, tho. Some clever ones.

21st Oct 2010 More remixing and WAA album stuff

Burned the master CD for duplication of the cassettes. Very nice moment.. long time coming, but there’s much left to do, still.

Looked for card for the wrap around sleeve, but the usual supplier has run out of textured white… they’re sending us some samples of packing card, which, she says, is textured. FIngers crossed. Nice card that fits through a domestic printer is hard to find….. on we go.

Had another hour on the Jamie Says remix. Done all I can til I get the single tracked vocal from Kyle. Sounding nice tho. Hope he likes it.


Tomorrow, I’m doing the sound at the Old Phoenix (now called Upper Brown Street). Been a while since I did live sound, so am excited.

20th Oct 2010 Remixing and WAA album stuff

Had a good couple of hours on the Jamie Says remix. Dusted down my vocal chords on it, too for some Pimpf style vocals.

Had immense trouble uploading missing WAVs to the CD baby site…. ridiculous trouble. So I mailed John R the files and he sorted it and paid. Finally it’s done and ready to be released……. the cassette version has been quoted for… really lovely black reel to reel style. The on body printing should look perfect with it. .. then there’s those ‘posh’ (in their day) polycases and we’re making the wrap around sleeves with recycled cards. Oh, and then there’ll be stickers, too.

…judging by our snails’ pace to date, I can see it being out ……2011? Probably

By the way.. nice new track from John R’s alias

don’t know how the hell he makes this stuff. Must have a degree or summat