Dan Hilton 12

@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 😀

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  • @degausser  12 hours

    I WAS ON DRUGS OK

  • @degausser  12 hours

    That is your harmonica!

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

  • @jibbidy34  12 hours


    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  15 hours

    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 23 hours

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

  • @kristian  23 hours

    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 1 day

    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  1 day

    Thanks for the comments on my stuff. Much appreciated.

  • @adforperu  2 days

    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  4 days

    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  4 days

    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  4 days

    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 5 days

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

  • @tan482  5 days

    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  5 days

    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  5 days

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

  • @judypie 5 days

    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  5 days

    You wrote it on @owl's wall... 😀

  • @mungus  5 days

    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  5 days

    Glad I asked. never would have gotten that!

  • @jibbidy34  1 week


    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  1 week

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

  • @ryako  1 week

    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  1 week

    Thanks for your nice comments on my Valentines Day song!

  • @ryako  1 week

    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  1 week

    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  1 week

    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  1 week

    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 1 week

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

  • @artilectic 1 week

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

  • @hanley  1 week

    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  1 week

    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  1 week

    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  1 week

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

  • @karlsburg25  1 week

    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 1 week

    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  1 week

    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  1 week

    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 1 week

    Fankoo fankoo 😀

  • @leah0k  1 week

    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  1 week

    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  1 week

    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  1 week

    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  1 week

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

  • @seemanski  1 week

    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  1 week

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

  • @karlsburg25  1 week

    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  1 week

    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  1 week

    (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  1 week

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

  • @jibbidy34  2 weeks


    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  2 weeks

    Thx a lot!

  • @elliottlawrence 2 weeks

    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  2 weeks

    Thanks so much for your kind comment!! 😀

  • @lanasolyluna 2 weeks

    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 2 weeks

    It was in fact Casio SK-5 #nostalgia 😀

  • @adforperu  2 weeks

    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  2 weeks

    @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 2 weeks

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

  • @frenchcricket 2 weeks

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

  • @jibbidy34  2 weeks


    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  2 weeks

    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  2 weeks

    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 2 weeks

    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 2 weeks

    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  2 weeks

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

  • @izaakalexander 2 weeks

    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  2 weeks

    Well that's what we're hoping for!

  • @natchdan 2 weeks

    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  2 weeks

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

  • @solarrainuk  2 weeks

    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  2 weeks

    Hey! Thanks for such nice feedback!

  • @zecoop  2 weeks

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

  • @karlsburg25  2 weeks

    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 😜

  • @seemanski  2 weeks

    Hey, nice to be back good to hear from you. Have a fantastish fawm

  • @hanley  2 weeks

    Yes indeed re: collab. That was a fun one last time, still listen back on the odd occasion. I’m off to a slow start but will be getting going soon enough I hope😅 keen to hear your stuff again this year!

  • @izaakalexander 2 weeks

    Thanks for your comment on my song, and yes please, if your partner could look/listen I'd be grateful!

  • @inger  2 weeks

    Thanks for your comment on my I'll paint the wall blue. I didn't know George Michael's They won't go when I go before, but I've had a listen now, and I can definitely see what you mean about the chord progression. It's neat when people here point out similarities to other songs and you get introduced to new music 😀

  • @karlsburg25  2 weeks

    Yeah i am aren't i 😉 x

  • @slowpotion 2 weeks

    Glad to see you back again!

  • @mdavisto  2 weeks

    I mean sure, in retrospect it's sort of lol-y, but, I spent a good chunk of yesterday taking it apart, cleaning the gunk out, and reassembling the thing. Still works! Yay!

  • @jensscholz 2 weeks

    Ohai, can't wait to hear your new stuff. (Just wanted to tell you that. As if you needed some more motivation. Well. Anyway. I'm just excited.)

  • @judypie 2 weeks

    Madonna eh! I love the random things you hear in my voice Dan 😁 Maybe the iPad Pro is slightly more decent at recording than my iPhone was last year! I definitely have no idea what I'm doing Dan 😛

  • @judypie 2 weeks

    *pokes around looking for a song.. opens a box and peers in. Moves some dusty books out of the way..* THERE'S NOTHING HERE DAN!

  • @caterwauler 2 weeks

    Thank you for your kind comment. Glad to see you around, looking forward to your music.

  • @majordanby  2 weeks

    Cheers for the comment and the tip about replying to comments. I’ve never been good with computers 🙃

  • @katoninetails 3 weeks

    Thanks for checking in on me - I will indeed be here to some degree this year. Looking forward to hearing your new jams!

  • @theawkwardsleep 3 weeks

    We're always in, for life, i suppose. Its like some sort of club you can't quit, for people who want to pull their hair out by day 28. 😉 Can't wait to hear your pre-baby jams.

  • @alex 3 weeks

    Hello, thanks for checking my profile out, returning the favour. Enjoy this month!

  • @arthurrossi 3 weeks

    Hey! I am so glad to see you here again! Thanks so much for the kind welcome!

  • @heidiserwer  3 weeks

    Just read your updated bio... wow-- congratulations! Can't wait to hear some new music from you this month too!

  • @kissinginpublic  3 weeks

    Happy FAWM. Looking forward to hearing the Precision Bass.

  • @susyblue  3 weeks

    Hallo! Looking forward to hearing you smash it this year. Congrats on the bebe!

  • @frenchcricket 3 weeks

    It's business time

  • @mikedebenham  3 weeks

    Cheers, Dan. Looking forward to your crop too, and congrats on the upcoming dadhood!

  • @iwilleatyou 3 weeks

    You bought a P-bass? Haha...nah...I'm not jealous. *pulls out gun*

  • @theidleowl  4 weeks

    Hi Dan, great to see you back. I'll be here!

  • @teapot 4 weeks

    I shall try my best 😀

  • @chasingandromeda  4 weeks

    Welcome aboard!

  • @w1n  4 weeks

    Hi Dan, you have some really nice synth-pop tunes on SC, All Changes from FAWM2017 is also so good. Great singing too.