Soslam Presents Live @ the Alex
Dorset is simply one of the most beautiful parts of the UK. Lovely picturesque rolling hillside that links to the coast. That’s why I have 2 runs of shows in the area sandwiched between one of my oldest and most favourite haunts Chaplins Cellar Bar as a part of my UK tour and I very much look forward to returning.
Here’s the list of dates:
- May 30, 2017
- June 2, 2017
- June 4, 2017
- June 9, 2017
- June 10, 2017
- June 11, 2017
To coincide with my 1st concert of the 2017 tour taking place in Southend this Saturday.
I have been interviewed by Kelly Buckley at the Echo.
You can read the full transcript below.
2) After gigging for a while you got a support slot with Ocean Colour Scene (and have since done so with various other ‘names’). How much did that help with your exposure?It helps for the CV and to impress people with a sneaky name drop. But apart from maybe playing to more folks than normal and having a chance to shift merch to new bods I have not found it has made a great difference. Good for the pride but in some cases I simply lucked out to get the spot.
3) Many bands find it hard to make money from gigging, what with venues thinking bands will get ‘exposure’ or they just get a drink. Assuming you make money from gigging, was there any learning curve regarding asking for payment?
Oh definitely the gigs. Being indie I just float under the radar and sell embarrassingly little online. But the shows are where people really get to connect and understand what I am about. But to make the records is essential because it’s something one can really enjoy and labour over when creating.
6) What’s the best part?
Well the travel is just amazing. The sense of freedom too from managing your own schedule. I used to be really work horse about it and it would not be unusual to fill the schedule with 30 shows in a month. But now I’m more relaxed to take what I can and then to see what and where I am with free days. I’m very happy to have had some non music experiences in the middle of tours that have allowed me to learn new things – like Scuba diving for example when a festival was cancelled out in New Zealand and the chance was there.
8 ) Can you tell us a bit about your latest release please?
As the last record hit in 2012 I have been slowly piecing together a new album. My original master plan was to create a complete work that could be performed solo from start to finish live using live looping. But after 2 years touring the new material I didn’t have enough faith in it. So I took a step back and have since started working with piano as opposed to guitar. Infact this is my 1st tour with the piano in the mix too. We will see where that takes me 🙂
While off the road I had the joy of collaborating with Italian Synth Masters Zero Call.
The Geeky among you may remember we collaborated on a track which was released on my 2012 album ‘GO forth bright scenic‘ The 1st part of my 4 part mega project.
However we have returned to the studio together to create the track Vertebrae.
It gives me great pleasure to say the track and whole flipping wonderful album has been pressed to Vinyl and can be ordered from here.
I’m not just saying this because it’s got yours truly on it.
It is a great record.
Go feast your ears 🙂
It has been a true pleasure to be able to work with Impact Outreach Network and Day Centre over the past many months while I have been off the road.
Wonderful staff and service users.
At the end of this month between the 24th -28th April there will be a rare chance to attend the Impact show which will include music, dance and live art.
This will also be my final involvement with them before my European tour kicks off.
What is extra special about this show (Hyper) is that it will involve all the subjects taught coming together in a performance that will not so much have a narrative but will showcase several pieces pulled together over the year.
For the 1st time on many years I will be returning to perform in the Sussex Region as a part of my UK tour.
When I first begun living life on the road back in the mid 2000’s I often frequented Brighton venues but in recent years it’s always been a place I’ve ended up bypassing.
However this year it gives me great pleasure to be returning to the colourful city once again aswell as other cities in the county.
Please fine the full list below 🙂
- May 21, 2017
- May 26, 2017
- May 27, 2017
- May 28, 2017
Here is a new video for the song “Monster in the house” written by Sam Willoughby and members of the band who have a learning disability and are members of Impact Outreach Network.
The video was directed by Francis Mughan and shot by Sam Willoughby.
The actors are also members of Impact outreach network.
This Track is taken from the new 10 track Album released last week by the group called ‘In Our World’.
It’s been a true pleasure to be involved in this project.