Dan Hilton 15

@shortdan 

Sheffield UK   Jan 2013

soundcloud.com/danjhilton  

Artist Bio

Influences:   Manolo Escobar, Perlita de Huelva.

So here we are, 2018, and FAWM No. 6 for me. Having hit 14 in my first 4 years I came up short last time around (8). Planning on giving it a good go - especially as this will be my last childless FAWM (baby boy due in June this year!).

Hoping to get a few collabs in again this year (both with old FAWM friends and maybe one or two new ones). Not thinking too much about styles or genres; just going to see what happens. I would however like to work on material that can be developed live post-FAWM.

Gear-wise I’ll be hoping to use as much physical out of the box equipment as possible (in order to justify their purchase!). I’ve also recently bought a Fender Precision Bass (my first bass!) so I’ll be wanting to get some use out of that too.

Good luck everyone 😀

UPDATE 28/02/18

Another FAWM win - yay (5th one in 6 FAWMs). Means all the more this year after failing to hit the mark in 2017.

Big thank you to my collab partners - @judypie, @degausser, @frenchcricket (it counts doesn't it? Ha!) & @hanley. The biggest thank you however must go to my other half Sandra for putting up with me being absent for most of the month! I promise I'll make it up to you!

I'll hang around for another week to get some more listening in. Over 500 comments now so likely to finish around the 600 mark. That might be a new record for me? Not sure. Anyhow, it's been great. Isn't it always? 😀

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  • @jibbidy34  Mar 8


    “You’re too sexty for your shirt, too sexty for your shirt..” AMAZING job Sexty Rockstar. You went above and BEYOND!! You took the time to write 600 comments (600!!!!!!) and listen to all those songs (we applaud your ears!)! Thanks for your almighty contribution to our community. You have 600 thank you’s from your fellow FAWMers and from me! Excellent work and keep busting’ those zongs!!

  • @mikedebenham  Mar 7

    Congrats on another excellent batch, Dan. Some really beautiful work. Hope you can find time to drop in next year when you're ankle-deep in kids!

  • @audrey  Mar 6

    Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a great comment. I appreciate it.

  • @wacha  Mar 6

    Thank you for your kind words on "Start Again" & "Quilted Heart" those were the most personal songs I've written in a long time, I'm glad they are reaching people.

  • @scottlake  Mar 4

    There are almost too many great analog synth emulations, and freebies at that. 3 of the 4 softsynths I used in Winter Beehive are freeware

  • @ryako  Mar 2

    Uh, SAME! I'm all about that Trek lyfe. Also, BSG was groundbreaking. I met Richard Hatch (RIP) several years ago at a con and he was super nice. I was wearing a t shirt with "FRAK!" On it. I told him it was Frak on a Rack. (Yes, I joked about tits with him.)

  • @ryako  Mar 2

    Congrats on your FAWM win, too! I was considering making a sinister plot twist, but I love happy endings and I didn't want to leave anyone depressed. (For reals, I cry-sang on that last line of "On the Other Side of the Universe"). I also want to commend you for actually understanding the whole "Collective" thing. That was one of the main points I had liked about the story while I was planning it out. That and themes of humanity, death, and rebirth...and robots. Because, like, robots.

  • @ryako  Mar 2

    Hey, sorry I'm super late, but I just wanted to say thanks for all the comments. They were very encouraging, especially because they're from someone who I regard as super talented. (Shit, this bitch is just trying to keep up with y'all! I limped all the way to the finish line.) I don't know how you found the time to do everything you did this month, but, damn, I'm impressed.

  • @guatecoop  Mar 2

    "We" are expecting at nearly the same time! May 31 for us and another boy. Wow, you will love it. My first is 5 and he loves music and playing. He talks about his new songs all of the time and certainly can keep a beat on a drum kit. He conceptualized the garbage day song, too. I hope that you enjoy parenthood like I do. Thanks for the nice comments, too.

  • @adforperu  Feb 28

    It isssssss! Gunshot/body fall, slamming door, a sigh, smash glass reversed, little bits of dialogue 😁

  • @adforperu  Feb 27

    Yessssssss, make Dan cry!! hehe (sorry). It's a bass solo, technically. Always wanted a bass solo. So basically I'm Jaco Pastorius. Totally.

  • @jibbidy34  Feb 27


    EPIC achievement Quintessential Hero!! You are the unsung hero of FAWM and we LOVE YOU. You took the time to write 500 comments (500!!!!!!) and listen to all those songs (how are your ears btw?)! Thanks for your almighty contribution to our community. You have 500 thank you’s from your fellow FAWMers and from me! Excellent work and keep busting’ those zongs!!

  • @oddbod  Feb 27

    Thanks for all the comments Dan. We really must do a collab sometime - next year if you're not up to your armpits in with a toddler. I was toying with sending you something but then at a pertinent moment @kristian messaged me about collabing and I ended up throwing it his way. Oh well

  • @iwilleatyou Feb 26

    DOH! You've got one left to go. Just spit in a bucket and add reverb. Done!

  • @santadharma Feb 26

    We hope you get an Omnichord soon. They’re so much fun and portable for outdoor music adventures.

  • @mistermann Feb 25

    Hey Dan! I’ve not been as frequent on FAWM this year but I did finally get the Godzilla lyrics up. Thanks for the lovely comments on the song! 😁

  • @benbarden Feb 25

    Thank you for your comment on "Eurodance" 😀

  • @mdavisto  Feb 24

    The secret is MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF COMPRESSION. and then a bit more compression. And then some more compression.

  • @solarrainuk  Feb 24

    Funny you should say that, it took me exactly 3 episodes too! Well, the 4th episode is actually the one that hooked me, I seem to remember things really kicked up a gear about then

  • @balancelost  Feb 23

    Yo, thanks so much for all your listens/comments man. Sorry I've been crap but I'll be back around here by March, I promise!

  • @iwilleatyou Feb 23

    The unused lyrics are actually not "unused". I wrote those me self as an addenda to @sherrycanary's lyrics. Sort of an interpretation but not really. More of an addenda in general. That's how cool I am.

  • @solarrainuk  Feb 23

    Altered Carbon was great wasn't it? I just finished watching it about a week ago myself, maybe that's where I've been getting this Blade Runner kind of influence from lately! Glad you liked the Timeless track!

  • @kristian  Feb 23

    You hated it eh? Just say you hated it 😀

  • @captainillegible  Feb 23

    A bit late, but thanks so much for your comments on Hear She Comes Again. Yes, your ears weren't deceiving you, it was an upright piano!

  • @judypie  Feb 23

    Glol I'm giggling in bed. Capische.

  • @judypie  Feb 22

    No Dan.. they're two entirely the same things!

  • @degausser  Feb 22

    I WAS ON DRUGS OK

  • @degausser  Feb 22

    That is your harmonica!

    Hahaha no I was referring to the purple, errr, Badgers. *ahem*

  • @jibbidy34  Feb 22


    WHA…? You are just too cool for school Quadracool Champion!! You took the time to write 400 comments (400!!) and listen to all those songs (ears doin’ ok there?)! Thanks for your almighty contribution to our community. You have 400 thank you’s from your fellow FAWMers and from me! Excellent work and keep busting’ those zongs!!

  • @oddbod  Feb 22

    no problem. I really must update my website!
    That made me laugh - "it was about a relationship break-up" - that covers pretty much 99% of my songs! 😉

  • @judypie  Feb 21

    You're the only one using quotation marks around here mate! I was lolling the notion!

  • @kristian  Feb 21

    actually, a funny story: I remember a mate of mine introduced me to Placebo way back in 2007 and I got hooked on the Meds album.. especially that one song "Drag" which I freakin love... fast forward to today and I hadn't listened to it since 5 years ago or so.. then YOUR song comes on and I had to fire up that Drag song again and 30 minutes later I'm still listening to when I should be sleeping *shakes fist* 😁

  • @judypie  Feb 21

    I DONT KNOW DAN, YOU SHOULD REALLY PRIORITISE MY SONGS LIKE I DO YOURS! Glad you like it so much, @iwilleatyou did all the clever stuff obvs 😀

  • @boyatheart  Feb 21

    Thanks for the comments on my stuff. Much appreciated.

  • @adforperu  Feb 20

    Thanks man! Drums are mostly programmed...I usually open one of the standard beats (to get naturally velocity) and then draw in using that!

  • @vomvorton  Feb 18

    Though it pains me to say it, I can see where you're coming from with the Libertines comparison... I also accidentally stole the chords from Basket Case so there's all kinds of stuff going on with that track! But alas, not much Superchunk 😉

  • @degausser  Feb 17

    Ha, thanks. Similar vibe but no comparison in terms of class!
    I think I just find the acoustic easier and more fun to play and obviously easier to connect with. I'll try and do something else like that and sing too. Maybe just 5 minutes of e-bow 😉

  • @karlsburg25  Feb 17

    Well I am working 10 hour days every day next week then fly to Thailand on Saturday so i defo have tomorrow (today has been ruined by hangover) and what i can squeeze in when i back from evening teaching lessons!!

  • @scottlake  Feb 17

    Thanks for commenting on all of my songs. I’ll be back to yours when I can listen

  • @tan482  Feb 17

    Thanks for stopping by to listen! And so exciting to hear about your baby boy due soon. My own 14 month old is asleep while I FAWM like mad...can't get much done whilst he's awake..although I must say my fiddle tune was composed just before he went to bed and he absolutely loved listening to it 😀

  • @tan482  Feb 17

    Thanks for stopping by to listen! And so exciting to hear about your baby boy due soon. My own 14 month old is asleep while I FAWM like mad...can't get much done whilst he's awake..although I must say my fiddle tune was composed just before he went to bed and he absolutely loved listening to it 😀

  • @hornesgiftshop  Feb 17

    Thanks the comment on Blood For Pop. Good luck to you.

  • @judypie  Feb 17

    What's pornographic about it?! Haha you can't choose numbers per se on GarageBand iPad so I just whacked it a bit left and right 😁

  • @adforperu  Feb 17

    You wrote it on @owl's wall... 😀

  • @mungus  Feb 17

    Hey! Thanks for listening!

    Yeah, just as I was working on the lyrics and coming up with a vocal melody for the start I was really put-off because I realised the intro progression is very similar to 2+2=5 😞 Was really chuffed with it as well! I think I managed to steer the music and vocals away from being too Yorke-ee afterwards though

  • @owl  Feb 16

    Glad I asked. never would have gotten that!

  • @jibbidy34  Feb 2018


    Whatdayawantamedal? Well you’re getting one! You are SUPERB Tripletime Trooper! You took the time to write 300 comments and listen to all those songs! Thanks for your almighty contribution to our community. You have 300 thank you’s from your fellow FAWMers and from me! Excellent work and keep busting’ those zongs!!

  • @ryako  Feb 2018

    Aaaand this is why I love FAWM. 😀 Stay cool.

  • @ryako  Feb 2018

    It was a pleasure listening to your stuff and it left me with that imposter-syndrome feeling...which is a good thing because it's extra motivation to keep up. Thanks for making nice stuff.

  • @nancihobson1  Feb 2018

    Thanks for your nice comments on my Valentines Day song!

  • @ryako  Feb 2018

    Hey, sorry this is late, but I still wanted to say thanks for the comments on my songs! Glad I can finally sit down and listen to yours, which will no doubt be amazing.

  • @solarrainuk  Feb 2018

    Thanks Dan. I've seen some great videos on youtube just with the Mother 32, maybe you've already seen some of them, very inspiring, they almost tempted me to get one myself.

  • @vomvorton  Feb 2018

    Hmm, that seems a bit steep for an early model! I guess there's not that many for sale at the moment though, maybe they're starting to become scarce. I tried to look back to see how much I paid for mine but ebay's history doesn't go back far enough. There are some pretty good iPad apps that do decent emulations, if you happen to have one of those...

  • @vomvorton  Feb 2018

    I have got one, yeah! I think I managed to get it for a reasonable price, but it's one of the earlier models - they added a lot of extra functionality to the later ones.

    I have one of these: http://www.suzukimusic.co.uk/omnichor... - the stylish brown one you can see in the case at the bottom of the page.

    I think @w1n has a later model which has some good extras like "more than one sound" and "it can actually do every chord" (!) so it's worth keeping an eye out to see what you're bidding on. They really do sound cool though so it's well worth picking one up if you can find a decent price!

  • @lieke Feb 2018

    Thanks so much for checking out my songs. I'm gonna have my morning coffee with yours.

  • @artilectic Feb 2018

    Hey man, thanks for taking the time to listen and comment on a few of my tracks!

  • @hanley  Feb 2018

    Sure!
    Well I’m happy to send something, maybe gimme a day to throw a few things together. Any ideas/requests for instrumentation or style?

  • @heidiserwer  Feb 2018

    Hi Dan! Thanks a bunch for your recent comments on my last couple of songs. My head hasn't been in the game as much as I had hoped but your feedback keeps me motivated to keep going! I'm behind on listening and commenting and look forward to hearing your new ones soon.

  • @oddbod  Feb 2018

    Ha ha first Disney and now Lion King...I clearly need a job doing soundtracks for animations 😁
    BTW, yes that’s Lounge Lizard, The Rhodes emulation VSTi you can hear in No Emotion

  • @hanley  Feb 2018

    So I notice your valentines candy says ‘collab with me’... well, have you found a taker yet? Cos I’m currently available😋

  • @karlsburg25  Feb 2018

    I taken the week off daytime work so only working evenings. and as usual i literally just throw it all in a pot then spend as little time as possbile mixing it up. Sure fire way to win!! 😉

  • @judypie  Feb 2018

    Just cos he’s a dick! Hehe japes. Your brother sounds foolish though! Confidence is a preference, yup! I threw it out to you at around midnight the other night 😝

  • @karlsburg25  Feb 2018

    Ah cheers for your comments matey. You are a star! and PS i busy working on a song all about last friday's horror sex lesson i sort of taught!!

  • @devindesu  Feb 2018

    Thanks for your kind words on my songs. I finally have a breather so I’m working through all of yours right now. I started with your #6 and it’s so lovely!

  • @judypie  Feb 2018

    Fankoo fankoo 😀

  • @leah0k  Feb 2018

    Emiliana Torrini-like - awesome compliment. One of my favorites of hers is the end of “Sea People” from Love in the Time of Science. It’s so magical.

  • @mdavisto  Feb 2018

    Hey Dan. See the thing is, I don't own any instruments at all. It's a plugin called RealLPC, which mostly sounds shit, but the mute guitar sounds quite goodish, especially if you put it through masking FX.

  • @theidleowl  Feb 2018

    You're on 6 too?! Daaaaamn that's impressive. Thanks for all the comments Dan. Excited to listen to the ones I've not heard yet when I do some listening tomorrow! Keep up the prolific output!

  • @lhcisco  Feb 2018

    Thanks man. Just so you know the only live thing played was the bass on my Old School tune. Everything was that funky theme song. I guess that part you don't hear because they cut it for time. Thanks for stoppin' by!!

  • @vomvorton  Feb 2018

    Hehe, I was wondering how long it would take to get a B&S comparison on that one!

  • @seemanski  Feb 2018

    I'm guessing you are using an apple device. Just tried it on my wife's iPhone and she couldn't listen to them either. Did a quick peruse of the forums and found a post explaining how to do it so should be sorted now. Thanks for the heads up.

  • @karlsburg25  Feb 2018

    Spanish one is soooooooooo spanish and yet you at the same time!! GET IN. have a top weekend matey

  • @karlsburg25  Feb 2018

    Was thinking we must collab myself on the way back from providing sex ed to year 10's!! yes defo mate. will be in contact. having a nightmare! left my capo at a students house!!

  • @seemanski  Feb 2018

    Hmmm interesting thanks for letting me know. I suspect its because I'm using Dropbox and they have changed lots of things recently. I might bite the bullet and set up a sound cloud account, actually I might have one. God knows what the password is though. Thanks again.

  • @quillwraith  Feb 2018

    (Belatedly, ) thanks for the comment! Sea of Ink is in 13-time, by the way, although that’s rather long, so I count it as a measure of five beats sandwiched between two measures of four.

  • @dragondreams  Feb 2018

    Thank you loadses for taking the time to inflict my stuff on your ears! 😊

  • @jibbidy34  Feb 2018


    Oh my goodness Dupletarion Warrior you are AWESOME!! You took the time to write 200 comments and listen to all those songs! Thanks for your hefty contribution to our community. You have 200 thank you’s from your fellow FAWMers and from me! Excellent work and keep busting’ those zongs!!

  • @engebretsen  Feb 2018

    Thx a lot!

  • @elliottlawrence Feb 2018

    I guess I need to start listening to Ben Folds! I've only heard the one song that he did with Weird Al but seems like we might have similar styles 😀 Thanks as always for your nice comments.

  • @kovbleu  Feb 2018

    Thanks so much for your kind comment!! 😀

  • @lanasolyluna Feb 2018

    Oh my gosh, memorizing things backwards to sample them...hadn't thought of that one. You're a genius. Sounds like a fun endeavor. I've got a few sampling keyboards because they're so much fun and weird and lo-fi and it's fun to hear your voice, but not your voice. Also fun sampling cassettes through there.

  • @lanasolyluna Feb 2018

    It was in fact Casio SK-5 #nostalgia 😀

  • @adforperu  Feb 2018

    I've had "Gas the Monkeys" stuck in my head this morning, but not your version! To the tune of 'hang the DJ', ha!

  • @jcuempire  Feb 2018

    @shortdan - Thanks for the comment on my angry song. That was an itch that needed to be scratched, and I'm glad its done. Thanks again

  • @iwilleatyou Feb 2018

    Good! I'm glad I terrified the shit out of you!!! Really? it was that scary? awww......

  • @frenchcricket Feb 2018

    I think it was Buffer Shuffler 2! I love that plugin

  • @jibbidy34  Feb 2018


    Congratulations @shortdan 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! Here’s your badge. Excellent work and keep busting’ those zongs!!

  • @bhaile  Feb 2018

    Hey, thanks for your kind words on “summer shoes”. It was a little of both...I doubled the vocals and on one of the tracks there’s a “chorus” effect and the other was recorded clean. I put them at almost the exact same level in the mix. Just some garageband Tom foolery.

  • @hanley  Feb 2018

    Cheers for the praise on my latest track✌🏻
    So that ‘effect’ on the guitar is the tremolo/whammy bar, on my Gretsch. Basically just held the trem down before that chord/note and slowly bend it back up to correct pitch. Voila!
    Now can you slow down your song output already, so you don’t reach 14 tracks before our collab!

  • @iwilleatyou Feb 2018

    Yes, and also the scene where the other half of the guy (his head) was stuck in the spider's web because he was a fly.......when he is begging for his life....not a good way to go.

  • @iwilleatyou Feb 2018

    I'm not gonna lie here, the 1958 version of the Fly's ending is one of the most disturbing endings in horror IMO (and I've seen HUNDREDS of horror films. I'm a horror buff). I know some would laugh at that but...yeah......

  • @heidiserwer  Feb 2018

    Hi! Thanks so much for listening and for your comments. I look forward to hearing your new songs today.

  • @izaakalexander Feb 2018

    Pass my thanks along to your partner for the Spanish grammar check, Dan. That's exactly the kind of help I'm looking for! If I was smart I would start with lyrics only and have people help me tighten them down before I make my demo, but with my process I make so many last second lyric changes while the melody and lyric come together that it's best to FAWM those demos out and seek help for edits after, I think. Thanks again!

  • @adforperu  Feb 2018

    Well that's what we're hoping for!

  • @natchdan Feb 2018

    Thanks. The meter is weird and made the drums really tricky - it's 4/4, but the first beat of every bar actually slips into the bar before. I have no idea why but it only sounds right that way!

  • @karlsburg25  Feb 2018

    The solo that comes in at 1.01 . Thats what i meant. Its a lush harpsicordy type sound

  • @solarrainuk  Feb 2018

    Hey thanks a lot, glad you enjoyed the modular piece. The sequencer is the Monome Grid 128, it works together with a specific module (Ansible) in this case, but I believe you can use it as a MIDI sequencer via its USB connection (though I'm unsure about which software is supported).

  • @guatecoop  Feb 2018

    Hey! Thanks for such nice feedback!

  • @zecoop  Feb 2018

    Thanks for checking out my surf tune! Much appreciated! 😀

  • @karlsburg25  Feb 2018

    Ha ha. I loved dodgy and for years thought they were from Sheffield, and I got back stage and had a beer with them at the zodiac in Oxford !! And dropping them in the castle toilet !! Tsk tsk . Cheers bud 😜