Roy Estel Hughes 26


Austin USA   Jan 2007  

Artist Bio

Influences:   Radiohead, Beatles, John Lennon, ELP, E.S.T., Michael Franti and Spearhead, Rattletree Marimba, Metric, Daft Punk, The Doors, Wendy Carlos, Keith Jarrett, Steve Winwood, Bjork, Shannon Wright, Tom Waits, Mono, Peter Gabriel, Oceansize, Rachmanninoff, Debussy, Beethoven, Bach, etc

This is, I think, my 10th year doing FAWM. I can't state enough how much FAWM has changed my life (for the better, except of course for lack of sleep in February!).

Last year, as a direct result of a couple of tracks i did in fawm, i got accepted into a workshop among a very small group (20 people selected from throughout the world) to meet and record an album at Real World Studios in Box, England (that's Peter Gabriel's studio FYI). And we only had 2.5 days to meet, collaborate, and do it (with the help of some awesome session musicians and world-class food and accomodations at the studio!). The project was intended as a world-wide cross-pollination of artists and musical styles (everything from Electronica, to Orchestral, to singer/songwriter type songs). Collectively, we were paired up, 2 musicians per track, and asked to come up with an image from the National Geographic website to inspire our respective pieces.

I was partnered with a fellow composer from Spain (Ale Marte) and we wrote an orchestral-style track (called "Broken") which was inspired by some a spooky image we found on the National Geographic website of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, pictures taken 30 years later by robotic camera. The entire collaborative album is now available for purchase on Amazon, itunes, or for listening on Spotify. You can look up the record by looking me up on any of those sites... search for "Roy Estel".

Anyway, Ale and I finished our track with only 45 minutes to spare, before the listening session and final reviews. Over the weekend our work was listened to and reviewed by two world-renowned recording artists/producers, and the feedback we got from them, in addition to the absolutely fantastic and inspiring experience of working with other talented artists in a world-class studio, was amazing. I will never forget the experience.

If that isn't enough, my work in FAWM has produced tracks that caught the eye of a record label based in Austria, who is now helping me get a ton of my music (ambient, piano improvs, etc) out into the world, on Spotify, Amazon, Itunes, and the like. Also, my soundcloud listens are growing exponentially.

In short... FAWM has changed my life! I have hope of making a living as a recording artist in some way/fashion, and in the very near future.

Finally... about THIS year and my plans...

Unless you have been hiding in a studio/cave for the last year with no access to news, you know the world is in upheaval right now, and in no small part due to our so-called new "President". I plan on writing a lot of songs about THAT. If I get too political for you, that's fine, move along... there are tremendous and kind-hearted musicians abounding in FAWM, and there is absolutely something for EVERYONE to listen to, enjoy, share, and many fantastic artists to collaborate with if you desire.

FAWM is AWESOME. And I say that even as I hate to use BIG CAPS when I type. I just had to, this year!

Songs (26)

#1 Just A Dream 21
Feb 5
#2 Journeyman 11
Feb 9
#3 Grounded 12
Feb 11
#4 Post Mortum (Eurorack improv jam) 6
Feb 13
#5 Now 7
Feb 19
#6 Heavy Reign 6
Feb 20
#7 Down The Old Mine Shaft 9
Feb 23
#8 Exquisite Corpse - Exhibit B @pipewrench67  1
Feb 28
#9 Dishing It Out @klyn 1
Feb 28
#10 River 2
Feb 28
#11 There Was A War 2
Mar 1
#12 The Book of Scary Dolls @klyn 1
Mar 1
#13 The Patient 4
Mar 1
#14 The Book of Ice Cream @klyn 1
Mar 1
#15 Transposer Rings 1
Mar 1
#16 The Book On The Book About The Book @klyn 1
Mar 1
#17 Money In Public Places @klyn 1
Mar 1
#18 Another Day In F’ing Paradise @klyn 1
Mar 1
#19 Story Cube Guru @klyn 1
Mar 1
#20 The Book of Random @klyn 1
Mar 1
#21 Just 3 Words @klyn 1
Mar 1
#22 Bumble Bee This Way @klyn 2
Mar 1
#23 Traveling Sheep Show @klyn 1
Mar 1
#24 Me & You @klyn 1
Mar 1
#25 The Answer @klyn 2
Mar 1
#26 The Book of The Popcorn Tragedy @klyn 1
Mar 1


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  • @sherrycanary  Mar 10

    Hi Roy
    Thank you for your kind comments on Blade, my sultry murder song πŸ˜€
    Congratulations on that fabulous experiences. Sounds like such a great project!

  • @benschiem  Mar 7

    Hi roy, thanks for your comments! It's was great to talk to you, and I will contact you again for some more detailed questions, thank you for that. I just go through all my data now, and then I focus on some aspects. It's a great community for my research, and it was real fun to be part of. I will be definitely here next year too.

  • @rickamorphis  Mar 1

    Hi Roy!! Thanks for the comments on my songs...I've been bad about commenting lately so I hope you'll be around in early March when i can catch up...even now I'm trying to finish a couple things before the deadline. Thanks again...I'll be back tomorrow!

  • @spinhead  Feb 27

    And "All These Walls" as well. Thanks.

  • @spinhead  Feb 27

    So glad you like "Water Over Stone." Hard for me to trust myself on that one, so the validation that it weighs something is nice to have.

  • @miltz  Feb 26

    Thank you for the comments.

    In An Elation, a Lunacy, the low groaning sound is from dragging a superball mallet across the body of one of the guitars.

    In Until the Darkness Comes, yep, there's some background singing here and there, mixed very low.

    I hope you're leaving your stuff up for a bit, as I'm quite behind on my listening and commenting. Earlier in the month I didn't think I was going to hit 14, but now that it looks possible I'm in a mad scramble to get there.

  • @karlsburg25  Feb 24

    Thanks liafs doe your comments mate they are much appreciated . I finishing off two more then Ishall bang on with some serious listening . Hopefully Thai wifi will remain on !!

  • @scubed  Feb 22

    Thank you so much for your kind words about "River"!

  • @axl Feb 21

    Thank you so much for your nice comment on Schicksal, Roy! I doubt that music is more authentic in my part of the world, but Berlin is wild indeed. I never get tired of telling people that I learned English by translating Metallica lyrics and I believe if you want to learn any language music is great way to start.

  • @marvsmooth  Feb 20

    Thank you, I got the files πŸ˜€

  • @jessicagraae  Feb 17

    Hi Roy- thank you for your sympathetic words on I don't know you. It's good to know there are so many people who feel the same way.

  • @thejules Feb 15

    @Roy thank you so much for all your comments on my music, it was very encouraging and definitely made my day. And yes, you read right, lol I'm using my phone for all this. I do look forward to getting better software and stuff very soon though. Your workshop story sounds amazing btw, that sounds like so much fun.

  • @pipewrench67  Feb 13

    Roy here is a link to the last to seconds of my prog part 1

    Let me know if this doesn't work.

  • @rops  Feb 9

    Glad you enjoyed the track! I've never actually listened to Public Image Limited, but I'll have to start now. And I hope you keep writing and playing and singing as well!

  • @arthurrossi Feb 8

    I would like to thank you so much for your generous words...

  • @rcmajor Feb 8

    Thank you very much for your kind words on my latest track.
    It was really inspiring to read about the great experience you've made last year - will definetely check out the results you mentioned above later.

  • @cloudboy  Feb 8

    Thanks for listening to Cape May Warbler, sir. No trick, just luck! Keep on.

  • @kerrgriffin Feb 8

    Thx for the feedback! Really appreciate it!

  • @mikeskliar  Feb 8

    roy- thanks for your comment! I think you'll like the 'cast of hundreds' for this protest song i did on sunday- check out the video!

  • @seanbrennan  Feb 6

    Glad to see you back at it! I've been kind of absent the past couple FAWMs, but I remember Watchlisting you at some point in years past. Just read our bio - congratulations!!! I can't wait to see what else you produce this month.

  • @candle Feb 4

    I feel the same way. I too am glad I was able to collaborate with him last year as well. It was a memorable experience & one that I truly enjoyed. I was really saddened by his loss. I am glad our community is remembering him. Thank you for your kind words.

    See You In The Shadows…

  • @nuchoyce Feb 4

    Thanks for checking out my track Roy. You're on another level with the keys man! (Movie Scenes)

  • @mrmule Feb 3

    Thanks! I thought I ought to make some nice ambient but the pulse took me with away!

  • @dragondreams  Feb 2

    And thank you once again. πŸ˜€

  • @akokulit Feb 2

    Thanks for your comment πŸ˜€

  • @caterwauler  Feb 1

    Thank you for your wonderful comment. The instrument you were talking about is probably guitar -- in most cases, when people can't idendify an instrument in my tracks, it's guitar. πŸ˜€
    I left you a message on your T61 listener wall, but realized after that I should keep the discussion here. I'll do now.
    I'll be back when you have a song up!

  • @chriddof  Feb 1

    Thanks for the comment on "The Clangers"!

  • @dragondreams  Feb 1

    Hi Roy. ☺
    Thank you for taking the time to listen and comment.

  • @jinx  Jan 31

    Hey there Roy! Just read your updated bio and laughed in recognition... glad to know we're on the same page about some important things πŸ˜‰

  • @carlos  Jan 31

    Roy .. welcome back... nice to catch some of your tunes on SoundCloud!

  • @caterwauler  Jan 29

    That's a precious gift, thank you so much.
    I enjoy the idea that songs that others wrote for him belong to him and to their authors, not to me. Seriously, how cool (and crazy) is that statement : "My cat collaborated with songwriters from the other side of the world"? 😁

  • @caterwauler  Jan 29

    I'll send you an email sometimes soon, regarding the track you wrote for Mojo last year - I don't know what happened, but I can't find it in my folders! I'd love to retrieve it -if you still have it-, and maybe release it on his T61 profile, with your permission.
    Looking forward to your songs, political or not. Hope you have a great FAWM. <3

  • @caterwauler  Jan 29

    Hi, Roy. Thank you so much for your kind words. It's good to see you again.
    I'm sorry to hear you've been through that kind of stuff too, but reading the positive things that last year did for you makes me really happy.
    Not sure if I'll be up for any form of collaboration this year, as I'm still working on restoring a balance in my musical world ; but who knows...

  • @sentense  Jan 29

    Glad to see - and soon hear - you again. So here we go again. But not on our own, be assured.

  • @karan  Jan 29

    Hi Roy, congratulations to your great and well-deserved success! Have a wonderful February - I am looking forward to your music, which is just what the world needs in these troubled times.

  • @cts  Jan 29

    Mr. Roy - I am more than excited for you regarding your recording experience. Absolutely amazing! Congrats and we'll see what springs from thee!

  • @pipewrench67  Jan 28