Greeting gators. sorry for the long absence. Just a quick post to let you all know that i am playing at my local pub next week for a great showcase night. It’s going to be a great one. come early to catch my set. Expect a sweet and concise blast of full fantasy. Holding court at the pool table afterwards ;-)
The time has come, once again, for the ultimate week of fun in a field. The SMALL WORLD FESTIVAL! Great music, good green, bohemians all over the scene. What dare i say? We were there last year and it really rolled so i’m really excited to say that Vedina Mosé will be back at small world again with smiles, helping hands, dancing feet and a few songs for your nerve ;-)
Bring your children, bring your uncle, bring a hoola hoop! Click on the link for info on ticket prices and location.
Guten tag gators!
My inbox has been heaving with requests to hear new music from me for a while. The last official recording I put out was this, made several years ago with August, a band I featured as guest singer with:
Since leaving the band I have been experimenting sounds, styles, tones and a completely different outlook to my craft and profession. Details of which can be found in another post…. one day…..
…. and yeah, I know, It’s taking a while to finish the new album. However, Good things come to those who _____!
I have a final list of songs and if I’m not too lazy and don’t spend too much time out in the woods should have them out by this summer :-).
To tide us all over I am putting out out a whole bunch of my demo’s and work in progress tunes that i have accumulated over the past few years. I write soooo much i can not keep up with it most times so i’m clearing out lots of old tunes. you can find them on my soundcloud page:
Leave a comment if you like. If a tune inspires you, nab it! If you have an idea for something better let me know or better yet, make a version and stick it on your own soundcloud!!
Some “music industry” purists might think putting unfinished things out is an awful thing to do. Long term followers of my musical mayhem will know i don’t give a shit. Music isn’t about preening and perfection, it’s about sharing, love and feeling (and other things of course!!). I abandoned the inhumane industrial model of music long ago and gained so much in the process I will never look back.
So friends and fans, check my soundcloud page on a regular. I have hundreds of songs I may put on there in the next few weeks. Most good, some bad, a few ugly and some very very beautiful indeed. All made with love
PGO is my new motto. I think most musician’s should adopt it. What is PGO?
Paid Gigs Only.
My father has been a musician all his life. He has no concept of an unpaid gig. I was fed and clothed by money he made from music. He’s an old timer though and these days it seems to be acceptable for musician’s to work for nothing (unless they are famous). In London PTP (pay to play) gigs are worryingly commonplace.
When I first started doing gigs when I was age 14, I played for free. I needed the experience and I couldn’t have charged if I wanted to! I was a beginner and had a lot to learn. However by the time I was 16 I was doing paid gigs. I spent a lot of time practicing and rehearsing and I was good at what I did (hence why I got called to do gigs all the time). I was good at what I did because I put a lot of time and energy into it.
I’m in my 20’s now and already feeling like an old hand in the industry! I do paid gigs mainly but every now and again I do an unpaid thing, usually for a friend or a good cause (like my gig at Oxjam next week where apparently I am raising money that will be sent to Afrika… we’ll see…) or when I need to test out new material.
However I have decided now that I am going to wave the PGO flag exclusively ever more.
A few days ago I did an unpaid gig for a friend, and although it was lots of fun at times it was not worth my while. Why? Here is the breakdown:
- I dropped of my 2 girls at 4pm with a friend who looks after them sometimes.
- I went to pick up a few last minute bits at the shop
- I went home to warm up- guitar excercises, vocal exercises, stretching, meditation, run through set, confering with musicians, answering emails and texts from those planning to attend.
- Leave my house at 6.30 to get train. Get stuck on train for 25 minutes due to powercut.
- Get lost finding venue so have to get taxi
- Despite all this I arrive on time
- However, I play 3 hours after my scheduled time
- My set is only 20 minutes long
- Despite playing for free I must purchase my own drinks(£1.50 for water!)
- Arrive home at 1.30
So nine hours for one gig and i got NADA! AND on top of that, it cost me money. No more. Friends, as much as I love you, It’s PGO all the way from now on. I’m going to leave all the gig bookings to agents henceforth.