What's this? Christ, I thought I'd already written about myself. A few words then; it is a long story and it isn't particularly interesting. So bringing you right up to date, as recently as November 2017 I began fully immersing myself in music again after uh... some time out, when I didn't feel I had the time to create music properly - you know, to put as much into it as it requires. Well, I've had a rethink on that. I'm currently working on a long term project called "Not Completely Useless" that is a long way from completion (though the first part of which I've just released on Drooble), a project of tongue-in-cheek romantic rock songs with a friend that we're calling the 'Sex Rock Project', and creating the odd hip-hop track using samples from the songs I create along the way. I also did an incredibly political rap song over a sample of Prokofiev's Dance of the Knights. You can hear that on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNhkBNqdRGM&t=4s. I'm always open to considering collaborations, invitations, projects etc... One of the questions above says, "Tends to practice..." I don't tend to practice, I tend to create and improve my skills by writing parts that are too hard for me to play. I haven't got time to practice. Let's rock, let's rock. Today. Other ways you can interface with my music: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvjQEhePRREDw3DoSUK_rCQ - this is where I post everything I do, including old recordings. https://half-arsedmusic.blogspot.com/ - this is where I talk about the process of creating the music I create. Facebook - @halfarsedmusic - just another way to follow what I'm up to. Sometime I share links or give information about my projects. https://soundcloud.com/half-arsedmusic - I probably wouldn't bother going here. There's nothing here that you can't find on Drooble.
An outlet. An occupation - for my mind.
I always said I would be happy being as successful as Therapy? Now I'd just like to leave a body of work that might be discovered one day and appreciated for what it was by a few people.
Inequality and injustice. They would be right out.
Only one? I guess then I'm going to say The Beatles' Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds. I remember sitting in front of my dad's speakers, marvelling at how sound could be all around me, and thinking the music was so weird. It made me want to... experiment. When I got older.
Neil Young, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Pixies, Sonic Youth, Pavement, Laura Marling, James Brown, Lightning Bolt, Stephen Malkmus, Johnny Cash, The Lemonheads, Wu-Tang Clan, Beastie Boys, Nirvana, Therapy?, Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band, The Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev, Minutemen...
It's self-perpetuating. Every idea leads to another idea. The more ideas I have, the more I think about them, which in turn leads to solutions and further ideas. What inspired me in the first place was hearing Guns N'Roses as an 11 year old, deciding I wanted to be a great guitar player, deciding to do something about it. Then realising I was never going to be that good, but trying anyway and finding other musicians who were great, but not in a technical sense - people like Syd Barrett or Daniel Johnston... even Neil Young, who is something of an acquired taste...
You don't have to be perfect to be able to express yourself, to make others feel, even to be great.
Time speeds up. Nothing feels real. If it goes badly I feel awful until the next chance I get to prove myself. If it goes well I feel like I own the place.
I feel I'm a bit detached from all this, having been away from music for a while. In all honesty I probably have too many impressions and opinions of this to talk about here. I'll just say that it is good that there are so many platforms for people to share their music, but it just makes it apparent how much music there is to share, and people only have so much time to listen to it. Getting heard is probably the most difficult thing. For me though, the most important thing is to make the music regardless.
I've been on here 2 or 3 weeks now, and I'd like to update my thoughts on Drooble. I think it's really good. I've heard a lot of really great songs, "met" some very talented and creative people and found a lot of inspiration. I'm looking forward to having some more tracks ready for "release".
I suppose its things like decent musicians not getting the recognition they deserve (though that, of course is subjective), how difficult it is to get paying gigs - though obviously this is driven by just how many people want to be rock/pop stars. The exploitation of talent. The way corporate giants decide what music gets heard...
As a tired father living a few miles out of town, I don't really get out to gigs at all just now. I try to support friends who are in bands, but I'm not playing any gigs myself at the moment, so I'm not really in the scene. I have joined the local music groups on Facebook though, and I listen to anything the members post and give them a like and a follow if I like it.
The cynic in me says money and influential friends/relatives. The romantic would say talent, belief, dedication and persistence. Also probably no job and someone willing to support them. Sorry, that was the cynic again.
I have no idea who you've never heard of. Sorry.