Working with Eurovision Finalist, 2nd Year of University and Future Ventures!

Over the last year I have been working with Andrius Pojavis, a Lithuanian Eurovision finalist, to help him get some demos down whilst he was living in Lincoln. Working with Andrius was an eye-opening experience – it pushed me to better myself in every aspect as I knew that I would have to be on top of my game to create a product that we could both be proud of. Despite us not being able to get the commercial single out due to his short stay in the UK, we got some good demos done that he can use to plan out his continuing musical career. I brought my dad down to one of the sessions so he can have a look around the studio, see what gear we have and to meet Andrius!

My Dad!

Andrius was an absolute pleasure to work with – he welcomed me to his family and was a pleasure to work with. Relationships like this is what I do my job for – earning respect from those I admire and creating a product that can push people to be the best that they can be. So for this, I thank Andrius and wish him the best of luck in the future, where hopefully we can continue where we left off.


Me and Andrius!

In a few days I’ll be entering the second year of University, which presents with it numerous challenges, but all of which I am excited for. Prior to university though I thought quite obviously the challenges that University itself brought would be the most difficult when facing, which they often are, but there are many others that I didn’t expect. Diet being one of them. Spending 19 years with people that cook for you is a pleasure that is overlooked. Though my diet was healthy, it wasn’t consistent, which is fine for a short period of time. My diet has greatly improved, even just from an intake point of view. Eating much more, much more regularly and this alongside going to the gym 5 times a week again has made me feel like not only do I have much more energy, but just overall better.

So, for the future I have a lot of plans, as you could expect, but one activity I want to get more work in is doing more sound for film work, whether this be recording dialogue in the studio or post production editing/mixing/producing. So if any filmmakers with either little or tons of experience want me to do anything audio-based with their product certainly contact me, as clear and engaging audio is an absolute priority!

Links to all of my social media are down below. I’d just like to thank everyone that has supported me over the years. This run started in 2011 and have since worked with individuals I would have never thought I would even get a chance to see let alone work with and alongside. There is a long way to go before I get to where I want to be, but I’ll enjoy the journey there! Thanks guys.




Recording for the BBC, A New Business and University!

So it’s that time of the year again; the time where I say I am going to write weekly blog posts, updating those who are interested on the on-goings in my life. This time I will stick to it. Ya hear me, mate? I will.

Over the last few months I have been doing a considerable amount of work for the BBC; having recorded a school choir for Radio 3 from Hull in my newly adopted hometown of Lincoln (visit the city, it’s beautiful) and recording a radio drama every week for the next few months with two radio drama directors. Having opened up to opportunities such as this has only made me better in recording and mixing, alongside working with clients and understanding the wider picture of the music industry.

In other news, as the title suggests, I am starting up a business. It’s a formal business for my freelance recording work. Most of the hard work is done; domain names, logos, content, principles etc. Now it’s just sorting out the legalities of starting up a business – upon that, there should be some really exciting things coming your way! I have very unique ideas that I think a lot of you will be interested in, so definitely look out for that!

For many who may not know, I am studying a BA in Audio Production at the University of Lincoln; I find it both extremely rewarding and challenging, which has helped me grow both in my field of work and as a man. It’s going well – many of you know I don’t like to say too much about my work just because I think actions speak louder than words, but it’s all going well! Your best bet is to ask me what I have done recently and I’ll tell you!

Thanks for your continual support everyone, I honestly couldn’t do what I do if it were not for those who are supporting me and equally those who wish misfortunes on me!

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2014, Music

Working for Abbey Road Studios, First Live Performance and Recording Artists!

Before I get into the nitty-gritty reality of what I have been getting my hands into over the last few months, I’d like to touch on something has been constantly inhabiting my head as of late (skip to the second paragraph if you want my music-related news!). Social media is becoming ever-more painful for me to deal with, as it seems like a platform in which people use to boost their own egos and manipulate the perceptions others have of them, just so that they may become socially accepted by those who follow the exact same routine. It’s getting to the point where I don’t want to share anything online about my life, as I know that not only does it feel self indulgent and incredibly narcissistic, but by me promoting the ‘great things’ I have been doing I can make someone else’s day worse. I will therefore post a new blog post every Monday, touching on either the previous week’s goings on’s or just whatever topics I wish to discuss! I can promote this blog on social media, so if people do wish to find out what I have been getting up to and are interested in my life, they have the option to read about my life, rather than being subject to it! Now that’s out of the way, let’s proceed shall we?

Firstly, I have been fortunate enough to work with Abbey Road Studios recently; this has involved working with a team that record performances live at arenas around the UK and then producing/selling these CDs around 10 minutes after the performance. I have worked on nights where there have been performances by both Boyzone and Wet Wet Wet, which was certainly, erm, different. At the end of each night I was given the CD of that night’s performance, which was nice of them! It has been a great experience, not only the practical work of having to help promote this service, but also being around people who regularly enter and leave Abbey Road Studios on a regular basis! They are in a fortunate position, a position many would die for – including myself! They say hard work pays off…

The date of my first live performance  has been given a date – Tuesday 11th February 2014 at NCN Clarendon College. I will be running the event, so expect to see the unexpected! I would like to have art and photography displayed around the venue, for both sale and for pleasure – so if any local artists or photographers would like their work to be displayed please get in touch with my via my Facebook account! It is free entry and should be at a time appropriate for any age group (starting around 5 or 6 in the evening, official time released soon), so if you would be interested in hearing what I have to offer and the other students on my course you should certainly come down and support us!

I have also taken the first step into hopefully a long and successful career as a recording engineer, by recording a range of artists – from rock bands, pop and hip hop artists, to experimental and metal bands! It is a privilege to have worked with these artists and having the reception back from my recordings of them – I just consider myself fortunate and will continue to make sure that I can be the best I can possibly be at my craft! For anyone wishing to hear my recording catalogue or is interested in working together to record a project you have in mind, contact me on my Facebook page and we will arrange it!

Thank you to everyone who supported me in 2013. For now, bare this in mind. It’s not about the work that’s done when people are watching, it’s about the work you put in behind the scenes when no one is looking and no one is there to praise you. Happy New Year everyone!

2013, Music

First Performance, Old Material and New Material!

It’s not very often nowadays that I am able to sit down at a computer on my own accord; usually I am required to do so in order to complete a college-set assignment or something of the sorts. I will definitely be updating my blog much more often as this year will be much less chaotic than the previous!

Firstly, in order to complete one of my assignments for college within the upcoming months I will be scheduled to perform inside of NCN Clarendon. This performance will be available to the general public and will be ran by me and a few others from my college course – this event will include others on my course performing too. It should be free and may also include a small art/photography exhibition around the venue. If you would like to promote any of your artwork or photography and are able to print it on canvas (or would like to take/draw some for me for the video accompaniment to my performance) please let me know, as I will place these around the venue with information as to how you are and the price at which you could be willing to sell them at! It will be a nice little earner for you!

Over the course of this coming week and next week I will be releasing material that I created throughout the last year – this will mostly involve ambient pads, psychedelic lead lines, dramatic and aggressive sounding drums and mostly likely without vocals. I will also be making more ambient tracks in the future and will be released regularly. As for those interested in music involving real instruments, I am recording this in my own time and will be released hopefully through a label. Once I have finished I will definitely keep everyone posted, but as of now, it is not something to concern yourselves about!

Thanks again for the continual support, I am so happy I have been able to take part in the things I have this year and will continue to make use of the opportunities that arise! Thanks guys!

2013, Music

Recording an album!

As I briefly mentioned in the previous post I made yesterday, I am in the process of recording a large collection of tracks! I don’t know how long it will take me to finish the tracks, but I can say all of the tracks I will be recording are to be in my set when I perform. However, this essentially means I cannot perform until I have finished recording so I am in between a rock and a hard place in that aspect! But with the recent opportunities I have been given and how well things seem to be going for me, I have no doubt that it should all work out fine as long as I keep at it!

In the meantime, within the next two weeks two previous tracks I created for college will be mixed, mastered and put up on my Soundcloud, so make sure you visit my Facebook page that I have linked below so you are notified when they are out! Thanks everyone for your support. I never thought I would be here and I will never take it for granted!

2013, Music

Reinvention – Recording an album, Performing, Reviews

It’s been a minute since I have written about the goings on in my life; in the most part that is because it has been so yet hectic yet so appealing for me that I have been living in the moment. Looking back these moments later on in life I will be thankful for the positions I have been put in as of recent and the experiences that have came with these ever expanding opportunities I have been presented with.

So first of all, my music. My Soundcloud has remained fairly inactive for the most part of this year as there are a number of reasons for this. One of those is due to having gained more experience recording audio and getting back into creating music in real life rather than just sat at a mac. Just sitting at a mac staring at a screen for hours on end became tedious, monotonous and sucked the feeling out of my music. There are two tracks I created for a synthesis and sampling assignment that I will be putting on my Soundcloud relatively soon, but as for perusing the route of computer music I won’t be doing so for a while. I love sound design and editing audio, but the actual song side of music, for me right now, should not be done merely on a computer. This being said, I have recorded two tracks in their entirety visiting a range of different studios and I cannot wait to get more done!

The tracks I am recording right now are also the tracks I will be performing. I tend to write my music whilst I record as I unfortunately do not have the ability to play several guitar motifs at once. This means once I roughly record these tracks I will be all set to perform! I am not too far off now, but there are things I want to nail before performing!

Meantime, whilst I have been recording, I have had some great reception from my reviews! As you may or may not know, I write music-related for Nottingham LIVE and people seem to like them so I thank everyone that continues to support them! I will continue to write them as it really does take some creativity to transfer what you hear into text for an individual to interpret and relive the moment I lived.

If you have gotten to this point, send me a message on my Facebook fan page saying ‘gypsyfishsticks 8==D’ and you will be given a superior rank amongst all over living individuals for all eternity. Thanks for sticking round guys, things have never been better than this and I will continue to better what I do and hopefully offer some pretty unique services! Thanks again!

2012, Music

Do You Live Your Own Life? (Or In The Shadow Of Others), Jacaranda Foundation + Future Projects!

It seems each and every time I start to write a new post it just strikes me how much has happened within the duration of the note I am writing and the previous written note! So this will be an update around essentially what has been going on in my life within that duration!

Something I have been thinking quite a lot about is the notion of living your life in the shadow of others; to be living your life in accordance to social norms or to expectations. One of the biggest concerns I was faced with when starting my college course was “If I study music I will be academically bound to this one area, whereas if I study A Levels it could allow be to branch out.” What I came to realise when declaring my decision was that it would be a decision I would live to regret if I chose to do A Levels, and here is why. I believe everyone has a forte, something they succeed in but most importantly something they enjoy. This very profession, whether it is to become a candle maker, an engineer or a freelance worker, is the profession that particular person is destined to persue, and to give up on that would be a waste of a life in my eyes. So in terms of music, it being something I love, I enjoy and ultimately makes me happy, I don’t think I should have taken the route of ‘playing it safe’ by doing what ‘you should do’. Anyone with more than half a gram of brain matter should know that within any sector of work right now their are cuts, less job opportunities and carrying on into further education does not necessarily secure you a job. So with this point in mind, no matter what area of work you go into, you are equally as screwed. So why not go for something you do well in and enjoy, right?

Apart from this point, which I think will have a few brains thinking, a lot has happened since my last blog post and since I put the two tracks up on Soundcloud (relevant links provided at the end). First of all, I have got in contact with my auntie who runs a charity called Jacaranda which is based in my deceased Great Grandma’s home in Malawi. Her charity provides educational resources, available accommodation and food for orphans and AIDS victims. Hopefully, after I have built up a decent amount of music, a few of the tracks I will be releasing will be available to down as an MP3/FLAC file for a minimal price, but with all of the proceeds going to the Jacaranda Foundation.

Also, I think it will be the right time to say this, but I will not just be releasing music under my name (even that might change). I will be running two projects; the music that I have been putting out as of recent (created as part of college assignments, made in spare time etc) being one project, the other being based around synthesis techniques and replicating drums/bass/guitar all live; on the spot. This will be under an alias, which I will announce, but essentially it will just be the name I go under when playing gigs and the more serious music I make. Ultimately, it’s what I want to be known for!

It’s great to be able to get back into writing, I really enjoy doing this! I think it gives everyone an insight towards the progress I am making and also the creative process I sometimes go through when making my music. As long as you guys keep supporting them, I will keep them coming! As always, all the links including a link to the Jacaranda Foundation webpage and my Soundcloud will be below, so if you have some spare time hopefully you could check them out! Thanks guys.