headfirstonly 14


Charfield UK   Jan 2009

Artist Bio

Influences:   Many and varied, with strong leanings towards prog rock. See the link below for a list of some of my biggest influences


2018 is a big FAWM milestone for me, as it's my tenth year taking part. The first year, I got nowhere. The second year I managed two songs. I hope to do better than that this time around.

My gear list was in danger of taking over this whole page, so I've moved it to my website. Visit there and you'll also find information about my musical adventures and the occasional embarrassing band photo. The link is below.



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  • @mikkojuhani 5 days

    Thanks for the comment! And you're spot on about the FAWM panic. With that song I stopped overthinking, and found the freedom that's so great about the event.

  • @ryako  1 week

    It is a miracle to me that you have managed to make seven songs while juggling your insane schedule.

  • @oblivionratula  1 week

    Thank you for the awesome/thoughtful comment on "Experimental AF." I had a ton of fun doing that track, so I'm glad it hit some people's funny bones. Sorry for the delay in response - been laid low for a couple days and finally feeling human again.

  • @dragondreams  1 week

    Ah. Reaper does the loopy multitake thing too. It's me that doesn't use it. ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜Ž

  • @dragondreams  1 week

    Thanks loads, Chris. It's taken a week to build up the speed for that one. And I wasn't really joking about 400 takes. I lost count of how many times I hit rewind and rerecord! ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚

  • @spunky4455 1 week

    Thanks for digging my Centralia song. Judging from the comments, it appears to mean something different to everyone. Kinda the way I like it.

  • @sapient  1 week

    Bloody hell... Finding exoplanets in order galaxies? That is incredible!
    Thank you for listening to the song. We're never sure how many folk will make it with something clocking in at over 11 minutes ๐Ÿ˜Ž

  • @jibbidy34  1 week

    Congratulations Centurion Soldier! You wrote 100 comments for your fellow FAWMers!! You made this place even better. You took your time to listen to other people's songs and you have 100 thank you's from all of them and from me! Hereโ€™s your badge. Excellent work and keep bustingโ€™ those zongs!!

  • @davidhendricks 1 week

    Thanks for the comment, I'm a little late in posting this, I think "Bill Murray Waking Up" would be a much better title than my original...

  • @candle 1 week

    Hey thanks for the comment on 10 Of Wands. I'm sorry I haven't had a chance to give your songs a listen yet. My internet was down all last week so I have a lot of catching up to do. You're on my list.

    As for Buzz, Oskari (the programmer) has been developing it again. There's a new version that has brought the program a long way since its glitchy pre-2005 days. And there has always been machine developers adding new instruments, effects & peer controllers - even during the dark no-new-development years.

    See You In The Shadowsโ€ฆ

  • @blackrose1313 1 week

    Thank you for your feedback; but a demo won't be happening since I only do lyrics.

  • @jibbidy34  2 weeks

    I think because the SD3 drums are called radio ready and the sound I used is alternative rock. Sounds like Radiohead drums!! ๐Ÿ˜

  • @jonmeta  2 weeks

    Chris, thanks so much for commenting with enthusiasm and insight about the happy-glum song. I admit to not having heard of Andrew Marshall. But I still have patchy knowledge of British life, having only abandoned the colonies in 1996. Reading his online bio, I'd say "Whoops Apocalypse" is at the top of my list for the next skirmish prompt. Never more relevant than now.

    I'm ashamed to be so behind in my listening, but promise to catch up.

  • @arthurrossi 2 weeks

    Hey! Thank you very much for your gorgeous and thoughtful comment, sir! I was very happy to read it...

  • @jamkar  2 weeks

    Wow! Thank you indeed my friend. 3 in a row. I gotta get to listening!

  • @wobbiewobbit  2 weeks

    thanks Uncle Rick, yes that is my westone thunder 1-A fretless bass (shiny black) that i have had since i was 17

  • @marvsmooth  2 weeks

    Hi Chris ๐Ÿ˜€

    Iโ€™m almost back to health now.

    Canโ€™t wait to get some listening and commenting done! Back later, I promise!

  • @dragondreams  2 weeks

    Thanks loads Chris! ๐Ÿ˜€
    Frankie hasn't made an appearance yet this year. All guitar work has been on the Schecter so far. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @bking  2 weeks

    Hey Chris. I was looking through my 5090 stuff for some ideas and noticed a comment you left about wanting to see Hot Black. Sorry to keep you waiting.

    @headfirstonly Yeah Chris, that is Gilmour length. It does still need a bit of a bend but I need to find a piece of 3/8" fuel hose to keep the powder coat intact.

    If only I could find an ebony fingerboard with black frets.

  • @mantra  2 weeks

    Maow eeow eeh. Meow eew. Mrrr amrrr meow. ๐Ÿพ
    [Greetings, human. I'm @mojo's little brother, fawming on my own for the first time. Happy to hear you.]

  • @jibbidy34  2 weeks

    Haha โ€˜Gear Aquisition Syndromeโ€™ - Love it! Yes thatโ€™s my only bug bear is how long it takes to load a new drum sound vs EZ Drummer which was so quick. Iโ€™m part way through my first song with SD3 though and still loving the almost real/live sounds. Itโ€™s a win for me! Thanks for the inspiration btw!

  • @drozen 2 weeks

    Hey! man thanks for listening to my music. You got some really cool stuff in your profile.

  • @sapient  2 weeks

    That does sound like a good read!
    I'm just about to start the 3rd part of Neal Asher's latest trilogy. Do you like his stuff? It's a bit silly, but the whole "body horror in space" thing really does it for me. Sicko that I am ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • @bking  2 weeks

    Once I get around to writing up the spec sheet on the pink Strat, I'll send it to you. The electronics are pure Gilmour Black Strat with a couple of minor tweaks. The magic switch to play all three pickups simultaneously is bad ass.

  • @adnama17  2 weeks

    That hum is the sun! I've been using these a lot lately.


  • @stevenwesleyguiles  2 weeks

    I did the same thing with my bio. There was so much junk that I just made a google doc and linked to THAT. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @electrocelte 2 weeks

    Mitch probably pregamed the $#!+ out of that! Haha just kidding, bro. You are right on pace though chief. Keep it up.

  • @kraftec 2 weeks

    Thanks for the kind comment on my song ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @dunwich  2 weeks

    haha, pretty much!

  • @dunwich  2 weeks

    If you want to delve into UZ, here's a piece I wrote a few years back: http://echoesanddust.com/2014/04/an-e...
    If you're not familiar with Rock In Opposition bands, I'm sure they'll be right up your alley!

  • @jibbidy34  3 weeks

    Aw Chris youโ€™re too kind. Thanks ever so much for listening!

  • @klaus 3 weeks

    Good question. Vulcan nerve pinch me if I get too evil. ;(

  • @sapient  3 weeks

    Ha! Thanks ๐Ÿ˜ƒ
    I actually nicked the tempo off a song i was listening to earlier in the day and *really* struggled to keep up with the pace... I haven't played anything like that in months. Silly me!

  • @aquamunkee  3 weeks

    Great to see you here again Chris! Every time I see your profile pic, or especially when I listen to your music, it reminds me that I've been meaning to explore extended range guitars!

  • @klaus 3 weeks


  • @cynthiawolff  3 weeks

    Howdy! Watching you..have a fab fawm

  • @alboe 3 weeks

    Hi Headfirst,

    Bring on the music, I hope you'll have a great FAWM.

  • @robs  3 weeks

    Have fun! Double lustrum!

  • @ryako  3 weeks

    Hey, you! Let's make this shit happen!

  • @arthurrossi 3 weeks

    Hey! Nice to see you here again! I wish you a gorgeous FAWM!

  • @sapient  3 weeks

    Hey there! How's tricks?
    You ready to do this? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • @mkd  4 weeks

    Hi there! Iโ€™ve read the inner game of music, and agree itโ€™s a goodโ€™un!

  • @jibbidy34  4 weeks

    Hey Chris! Good to see ya - looking forward to your stuff this year

  • @bking  4 weeks

    Good grief! I took a quick look at you web page to look at your toys. I think I might need a fretless bass now. OF course I've been thinking about one for a while. Now I have an excuse.

    Just saying.

  • @bking  4 weeks

    Chris, I'm happy to see you here again. Can't wait to here what comes along.

  • @fearlessflight2014  4 weeks

    Hello!! Great to see you back. ๐Ÿ˜€ Yay for FAWM!!

  • @caterwauler 4 weeks

    Glad to see you around, Chris. Happy tenth year!
    The taiko drums are ready.
    Looking forward to hearing your multifaceted output.

  • @max  4 weeks


  • @downburst  5 weeks

    Hello, my friend. It's great to see you here, as well as there.

  • @karan  5 weeks

    Oh I can't wait for your brilliant music! And I hope we'll meet in person again this year to celebrate!

  • @ianuarius  5 weeks

    Thank you so much for the comments! ๐Ÿ˜€

    I feel like I had a real editor now. Haha. It's great that somebody corrects my English because I make a lot of stupid mistakes.

    Again, thank you. I really appreciate your time, friend.

  • @acousticmaddie  5 weeks

    Hi! Can't wait to see what you got this time

  • @dragondreams  5 weeks

    Hey, Uncle Rick! I might take the training wheels off the eightringer by next month! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  • @silvermachine  5 weeks

    Dude, you look ready to deliver a sermon on guitar.
    Give us this day our prog rock, man.

  • @zecoop  5 weeks

    Really can't wait to hear more from you... I hope you have a great FAWM! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @boyatheart  5 weeks

    I hope those fingers are limbering up for some tasty riffs. Good luck and happy FAWMing! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @andygetch  5 weeks


  • @scottlake 5 weeks

    What I was suggesting is that if Live does rewire, you just use Tracktion as the host for the 32 bit plug-ins and rewire over to Live. Live is still the DAW

  • @juoppis  5 weeks

    Cheers! Have a great FAWM, friend!

  • @candle 5 weeks

    I love the shoe-gazey pedal setup you've got (picture on the website). Makes me envious. Oh, and I might have drooled a little over your Godin ๐Ÿ˜‰

    See You In The Shadowsโ€ฆ

  • @candle 5 weeks

    Greatings & best of luck this FAWM.

    See You In The Shadowsโ€ฆ

  • @adnama17  5 weeks


  • @scottlake 5 weeks

    For your 32 bit plug-ins... Tracktion 6 DAW is entirely free and bridges 32/64 and is a rewire agent. I think.

  • @cts  5 weeks

    Do u incorporate it in a DAW? Which one? Does it take up a lot of CPU power?

  • @cts  5 weeks

    Hey buddy - I'm gonna need to talk at you about EZ Drums. Like really soon cuz i really need to learn to use 'em.

  • @writeandwrong  5 weeks

    Best of luck to you during FAWM 2018! Happy FAWMiversary! 10 years, that's incredible! WhhohOoO! Enjoy!

  • @fuzzy  5 weeks

    HFO!! I'm looking forward to listening to your awesome technical abilities (your playing and production are both outstanding) wedded to your dry sense of humour! (My computer is telling me that "humour" should be spelled "humor". Darn Americans and their weird spelling)

  • @cts  7 weeks

    If you want to put a track together and I infuse lyrics and vocals or I can create a track and let you go nuts on it. ๐Ÿคช

  • @cts  7 weeks

    Nothing fancy. Just thinking about a simple tune to get my ideas a-percolating!

  • @cts  7 weeks

    Hey guy - do you suppose you'd have time before FAWM starts to do a little collab exercise with me?