Bizarrely, perhaps my biggest claim to fame in terms of solo work is a silly song I threw together and recorded in one take (following a rehearsal run-through) on the occasion of the non-Mayan apocalypse at the end of 2012. I am told it went viral on Shetland!
Sad to think that my biggest musical success to date was a silly song, played badly on an instrument I can't really play (it was the first time I'd picked up a ukulele properly and had a twang) and with lyrics I put together in around one hour.
Anyway, here it is in all its mad glory.
Otherwise, I've been trying for some time to work on a solo album, but am invariably too busy with family and band commitments to make progress on this.
In the process of working on ideas, I've completed a couple of ideas, which aren't in a finished format, but I'm happy to post on this site. They're both born out of experiments working with different instruments / sounds.
|An instrumental I wrote using electric drums, electric guitar, synth bass, and keyboards, and some old drum machine samples.|
|My Massive Swelling Organ
|This came about from my desire to experiment with some church organ sounds. I have always loved the sound and sheer power of a church organ. The choir at the end is all produced from a Mellotron.|
I have a collection of instruments of all shapes and sizes. My main instrument is the drum kit, but I also possess two Spanish guitars, a virtual analogue synthesiser, an electric guitar, acoustic guitar, electric bass guitar, bouzouki, mandolin, recorder, harmonica, flageolet, children's zither, and finally a passable (but not very expressive) singing voice.
To date, I have acquired a veritable plethora of musical instruments. Not that I can play many of them very well, you understand, but in the odd flurries of inspiration I have been known to strum the odd chord (usually it is a very odd chord).
Below is a selection of these poor, long-suffering instruments, in no particular order:
Yamaha Birch Custom Absolute Drum Kit
Roland SPD-S Sampling Drum Module
|Yamaha RGX121S Electric Guitar||Yamaha RBX374 Bass Guitar||Encore ENC44 Acoustic Guitar|
|Reghin Bouzouki||Encore Falcon Mandolin|
To date I have used the RGX121S electric guitar, RBX374 bass guitar, and mandolin on actual recordings; the first two on my ever-expanding and incoherent solo project, and the mandolin on a few tracks by BAiT.
|Roland PK-5 Midi trigger foot pedals||Yamaha AN1X Virtual Analogue Synthesiser|
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