Soul Bleach

Tenacious Hobbyist (this is just a tribute)

Been playing guitar for some twenty odd years now. Nowhere near as good as I should be though have got some reasonable chops. No experience playing live, I just play to chill out and relax. About six years ago I decided I would have a go at producing. I'd already got a number of songs under my belt that I'd written, some with my daughter who is also a budding songwriter. Now after navigating a steep initial learning curve re gear, software and techniques I feel I'm just about starting to get somewhere though still have plenty to learn.







What is music to you? What does it give you?

It gives me a way to express my inner workings and feelings like no other medium.

What is your music dream?

To be able to express my ideas and feelings in a way that will allow others to do the same. To awaken those musical expressions and spiritual confessions that people were unaware of and that may have been holding them down. To give listeners a kind of aural validation of themselves. And of course to have fun in the process.

If you could change the world - what would you start with?

Money! Get rid of it! It's a terrible way of doing things. It had its place in the past but now it's more trouble than it's worth and is destroying our society. A fairer resource based model is the way to go.

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

I have a few that stand out. One is Sledge Hammer by Peter Gabriel because it was the first single I bought (and it was a great song) . But it was Moments in Love by The Art of Noise primarily because it was the first time I realised music could be used to tap into us on a deep and raw emotional level and draw those emotions to the surface.

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

Enigma, Delerium, Nightwish, Pink Floyd, Metallica, Florence and the Machine Kate Bush, Tori Amos, Tears for Fears, Marylin Manson to name a few.

What inspires you to make music?

The externalisation of my internal machine gives me great satisfaction.

What is the message you want to send with your music?

I want to compell people to break down what they see and take for granted every day. To cut through the gloss and the glamour and see things for what they really are. Some things are still beautiful underneath but there's a lot of abstracts out there which are basically shit with a gold coated veneer designed to fool us into thinking everything's great. It isn't....

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

I rarely perform and if I do it's so my daughter can sing. Not a fan of it.

How do you see the musicians’ reality nowadays? What could be improved?

I don't see it. I only see my own. It's the one that matters when I'm creating.

What do you think of Drooble?

I never even knew anything like this existed. It's awesome and inspiring.

What frustrates you most as a musician?

The technical challenges especially as I am a man of limited means and have to make do with what I can afford. I've found some aspects of producing have a steeper learning curve than I'd anticipated.

Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?

I'm not really an active participant in the local music scene. I mean I know people who are musos but they're on their own musical journey. Sometimes we do intersect though. Having said that I do try to support my daughters musical development.

What qualities should a musician nowadays have in order to get their music heard by a larger audience?


Share some awesome artists that we’ve never heard of.

Low Roar, Lykke Li, Coheed and Cambria.