Steven Wesley Guiles 32


San Dimas USA   Jan 2008  

Artist Bio

Influences:   Jesus, Simon and Garfunkel, Elliot Smith, Jon Foreman, Foster the People, deadmau5, Pavement, Bon, Iver, Paul Westerberg, Joseph Arthur, King David, Sesame Street, Arcade Fire, U2, the Replacements, Miyazaki, Stephen King, Orson Scott Card, Wilco, Sufjan Stevens, M.Ward, radiohead, Japandroids, The Innocence Mission, and YOU.


I just released a new album called Hallelujah Heartbreak.

Steven Wesley Guiles aka Applehead aka Mr. Gee
FAWMER from 2008-Present


Annihilation With Portraits
Dr. McNinja Rides SparkleLord!
Trampoline Cannonball Luxury
Cut Some Ghost Lemons
Any songs about joy.

Local SoCal Allies Squadron: @johnq, @billysea, my friend Brandon (@bru2), bro-in-law Michael (@michaelmtn)

SoCal FOP Thread 2018-

Songs (32)

#1 Stay With Me @ajna1960  48
Feb 2018
#2 If I Can’t Have This Joy, Then I Don’t Want Anything 41
Feb 2018
#3 Banjo Loop (mmmmmmmm) 13
Feb 2018
#4 I've Got My Doubts That You Can Manage This On Your Own 17
Feb 2018
#5 Five of Everything !!!!! 18
Feb 2018
#6 Fiery Ends 19
Feb 2018
#7 Do That Disco Dance All Night Long 7
Feb 2018
#8 Something That's Not Nothing 12
Feb 2018
#9 Can't Remember When We Last Kissed @ajna1960  26
Feb 2018
#10 The Parts of One @ajna1960  14
Feb 2018
#11 How Do You Dry Off In The Shower Every Day? 15
Feb 2018
#12 Panda Puffs I Love You 13
Feb 2018
#13 Wankmaggedon @scottlake  14
Feb 2018
#14 So This Is How The Ninjas Sleep 9
Feb 2018
#15 Jesus, Simon and Garfunkel @mikeskliar  38
Feb 2018
#16 Face @caseewilson  8
Feb 2018
#17 What's This Joy Thing Anyway? @metalfoot  29
Feb 2018
#18 Random Heroes 9
Feb 2018
#19 White Lightning @benjo  12
Feb 2018
#20 I Want Joy 11
Feb 2018
#21 Dance Like Dancers Dancing 6
Feb 2018
#22 Slip Hop Trip Hop 8
Feb 2018
#23 Whose Side Are You On? @bru2 13
Feb 2018
#24 Eleanor @charliecheney  14
Feb 2018
#25 Baby Look In My Eyes (Take A Ride) 11
Feb 2018
#26 Accident Prone @standup  24
Feb 18
#27 Puppies In Space 12
Feb 23
#28 At Play in the Fields of Sorrow and Joy 9
Feb 24
#29 Deleted @cowex  11
Feb 27
#30 Shortcut Ghost @jacobeverettwallace  5
Mar 1
#31 You Can Write A Song Without Electricity 11
Mar 1
#32 Power Out Writing Songs and Helping With Haw 9
Mar 1


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  • @owl  Mar 22

    Thanks for all the comments!

  • @tseaver  Mar 19

    Thanks for the comment on "End of the Line". Re instruments: bass and guitars are live; the drums are hand sequenced, and the B3 is from the "setBFree" virtual instrument.

  • @gslade Mar 19

    Sorry to hear you're a guitar wanker. I'm probably that too. We should get together and wank some guitars. I think that's socially acceptable.

  • @quork  Mar 17

    Thank you for your great comments. I’m not sure how I’ve missed listening to your song. I’ll rectify that.

  • @scottlake  Mar 14

    Have you watched/listened to this SM 57 with an SM81 windscreen side by side compared to SM-7B?

  • @sync  Mar 12

    Hey Steven, Sorry to discover the rest of your stuff so late. You've got some great songs here! Oh well, I've got 10.5 months to check 'em out now... To answer your question about the drums on Psychic Enemy, @airbagtester sent me a stereo mix with no click. I'm not one of those metronome drummers, so it was a challenge to get it synched up. I've been accused a time or two of freight training. Grr... Anyway, I basically just played it many times, simpler and simpler until I had a buncha steady tracks to choose from. The fill around the rack toms at the end I had to time stretch because I rushed it a bit. I was amazed that it actually worked without a bunch of artifacts. I LOVE Cubase!

  • @zecoop  Mar 12

    really appreciated the super nice comments and you taking the time to check out those songs. For Surf Chase, I recorded the intro single note on the Hammond first, recorded electric guitars second, then recorded the rest of the Hammond. Finished up with drums and bass. Doing things solo means recording 'backwards' quite often, although I have 'written' songs on drums a number of times, which is fun. 😀

  • @sueawesome Mar 11

    you are SO awesome!!! that was such a blast (so sorry I was late coming in)

  • @cynthiawolff  Mar 10

    Thank you so sorry...just feeling under the weather
    have fun you guys...

  • @cynthiawolff  Mar 10

    There is a possibility that I won’t be able to make the party tonight..

  • @zecoop  Mar 7

    I appreciated your humor... Just wanted you to know. 😀

  • @jmadison  Mar 2

    Hey, thanks for listening to "Can't Stand to Slow Down". After hearing your music, I -really- appreciate your comments. Thanks!

  • @mkd  Mar 2

    Thanks so much for your comment on Brotherly Love! Yes, it’s a harp over the top of a uke. Don’t think I have the uke-skills to make notes like that ring out in that way. I do love how well the two fit together sound-wise though, that was something I hadn’t been expecting!

  • @renegadepriest Mar 2

    Thanks for the kudos! For now, it will remain acapella, but I would love to have someone add music if their heart so desires. 🤘

  • @coolparadiso  Mar 2

    thx for your comments. we discussed the sound on the Mac mic and decided for this performance it leave it as it gave it a bit of a haunting feel.

  • @kraftec Feb 26

    Hey, here's the download for Watch me Bleed (@ajna1960 's song) 😀

  • @benjo  Feb 26

    Hey bud thank you so much and for making this a great fawm for me,

    take care

  • @benjo  Feb 25

    Hi Steven

    just to say bud if you post our song anywhere could you credit me as, Tony Mcglinchey it's how i promote my work, thanks bud


  • @mmmmarcus  Feb 22

    Thank you very much for the nice words on my collab with @benjo, glad you liked the track!

  • @expendablefriend  Feb 19

    Hi Steven, just wanted to update you, collab-wise...unfortunately I'm bowing out for the month in terms of writing (except for one song where I've already recorded the backing track and am just waiting to receive some vocals to mix in). Real life has caught up with me and I need to focus on stuff outside of FAWM. Sorry to disappoint. Let's definitely do something together next time?

  • @philhenry Feb 19

    Yes, real trumpet! Thanks for listening and commenting!

  • @standup  Feb 18

    Thanks for listening to Freedonia. The amp is a Fender Princeton I got last year, the greatest amp EVER. Maybe. Distorted parts were through a Vox AC4. Both were miked with a Sony C38 microphone.

  • @standup  Feb 18

    If you sent me a couple of stems that would be perfect! I need the drums though, can’t do drums for a couple weeks probably.

  • @standup  Feb 18

    The space is dry and I have 1-2 tracks at a time capability. There will be contractors doing stuff in the coming weeks, so I won’t be able to track drums for a while, or a whole band. But I’m back to functional status.

    So any time now I could add bass, backing vocals, or whatever.

  • @standup  Feb 18

    Thanks! I’m rather excited about this one.

  • @fiddlerblick80 Feb 18

    Hey thanks so much for your words on Monuments! I’m so glad you liked was a late night rush to figure it out before bed. I so dig “Eleanor”...the inspirational kid behind it will love it!

  • @standup  Feb 16

    Hey, I finished up a lyric if you still feel like doing a collab and have time. I think it's kind of a Courtney Barnett self-deprecating thing. If you're a fan of her work you probably know what I mean.

    Can I send you the lyric?

  • @scottlake  Feb 2018

    FWIW I just posted my song with those drums

  • @jibbidy34  Feb 2018

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

  • @cowex  Feb 2018

    BTW, regarding the Moon vocals, you might want to check out VocalSynth by izotope. I think there's an N-day trial period, else it will will probably go on sale again for $99 in the next year. Anyhow, I used that for the glitched vocals and harmonies. I'm in love with the effect sounds like a Speak-and-Math. It's a fun robot sound, and it cuts through the mix well too.

  • @joetime Feb 2018

    Thanks for stopping by my page and doing some listening! I’ve got some listening to do... you’ve been busy 😀

  • @cowex  Feb 2018

    BTW - Sorry, I don't have a blog or anything. I don't think my outcomes are consistent enough to warrant that 😁, but I'm getting a little more stable this year. In general, if you watched me, I'd be staring at some plug-in saying "WHY WON'T YOU DO WHAT I WANT?". It gets old. 😀

  • @cowex  Feb 2018

    Holy pants, thanks for all the listens and comments! I'm happy to try some funky bass. Keep in mind, it's keyboard bass, but I'm happy to try as long as it's at a relatively steady tempo (quantization and I are best friends). Just email me the mix or whatever you want me to add to and I'll give it a shot!

  • @captainvulpine  Feb 2018

    Hahaaa! When we were recording it I said "Guiles is gonna hate this." I was hoping you'd avoid that one. But yes, from what I understand there is a protagonist, and he does believe he is helping. I have received a stern talking to from my extremely disappointed sister who doesn't understand why I "have to make everything ugly". The plan is to write some actual lyrics for it as to not waste the melody =p. In the meantime, the song I'm finishing up now will atone for my sins thus far. Nice and easy, nice and pretty.

  • @radioovermoscow Feb 2018

    PS. My setup this year has generally been deliberately basic. The bass on most tracks is Modo Bass - a really lightweight bass guitar emulator (the advantages being it's always perfectly in tune, unlike my actual bass guitar, and the midi notation means when I come back to the song months or years later, the instructions on how to play it are right there!)

    The guitar is Line 6's Helix plugin - Les Paul copy, with the left channel using the bridge pickups, the right channel using the neck. The drums are a mix of Drumforge and SSD.

    There's a bit of compression, tape emulation, etc on the master.

    I think it sounds pretty polished 'cause I based the template off a batch of 'proper' recordings I was doing 😀

  • @radioovermoscow Feb 2018

    Thanks! And it's not a quick process for a quadruple album... I've tried doing versions of it before, when it was a double... the first attempt was a decade ago! But I've expanded the plot since then, and my production skills have vastly improved, so it's about time I gave it another go.

  • @lhcisco  Feb 2018

    Thanks for stoppin' by man! The 8-bit VST's i used is Peach and Toad by Tweakbench. Peach is the music and Toad does the percussion and sounds effects. I found it free somewhere's. The verb comes from CLA Vocal thing. It's a nice one stop tool box.

  • @burrsettles  Feb 2018

    since inquiring minds want to know: the bass on "meditation" is actually just my jazzmaster through a digitech whammy on octave drop. i picked up the whammy before FAWM this year (the other guitarist in delicious pastries has one) and it's been fun figuring out how to use it...

  • @negasi Feb 2018

    Hi! Looks like you're having a super productive FAWM output! I am so glad you still have that! I actually was looking at the old photos just this week and wondering about that so thank you for alleviating my wonders! 😁 hopefully sometime I'll be able to attend one!

  • @smiley Feb 2018

    Thanks for commenting on, "Guilty". I do play the instruments myself (it is probably apparent) except for that drum machine I play through my mini Vox amp. Thanks for inquiring.

  • @unpronounceable  Feb 2018

    You're the best. In "Maple Bacon Donut", I used logic's electric piano thingy, one of the MKII's, and upped the treble and tone to make it crazy sappy sweet! Can't wait to get a chance to listen to your double-FAWM album here! 😀

  • @ajna1960  Feb 2018

    Jenn Foss is very good at that I think 😀 I'll chat to her 😀

  • @expendablefriend  Feb 2018

    Anything is good with me - I've done all of those! No set way of working.

  • @captainvulpine  Feb 2018

    My sister sings the Panda Puffs song every morning while she's getting ready for work and I'm entirely certain she has no idea she's doing it.

  • @musicbykatie Feb 2018

    You know you'll just always be apple head to me ❤

  • @frey Feb 2018

    Hi, I only just now saw your comment on my song! I usually make them up on the spot.. I usually start with a single line and just go from there & keep writing.

  • @charliecheney  Feb 2018

    Okay, emailed a lyric just now. Ignore the attached recording if you like, that's totally fine, it's just a vocal reminder I sang into my phone to remember the melody I had when I was writing it, but not required or anything.

  • @spinhead  Feb 2018

    And "Yesterday's Moon." Wow. Someone besides my daughter listening to my music in the car. Woohoo.

  • @spinhead  Feb 2018

    Appreciate the comment on "We Are Water." Definite leanings, that one.

  • @benjo  Feb 2018

    hey Steven
    just spent some time listening to
    White lightening and i cant get over your voice man you really got a gift there just had to say that anything of mine you'd like to collab on you're more than welcome if you need lyrics just ask bud Thanks again Steven i'm honoured

  • @expendablefriend  Feb 2018

    Heya Steven! I would love to collab with you. I'm aware that I have 6 collabs stacked up already that I've agreed to, though....can we see how it goes - maybe a little later in the month? I'm back to work on Monday, so my FAWMing time will soon be decimated...

  • @benjo  Feb 2018

    Hey Steven oh man i cant thank you enough i just swtched on to find this
    what a great job you did here
    love everthing about this you painted the picture and adding the oooohs just works so well really Steven stunning thank you so much great vocal and music cheers bud

  • @charliecheney  Feb 2018

    I'm on strict vocal rest this year, but I'll writevand add instruments if you like. I'm available this weekend. All next week too really.

  • @jacobeverettwallace  Feb 2018

    Did you get a google doc set up for our potential collab? 😀

  • @johncrossman  Feb 2018

    You poked me before we started about music or lyrics.. I get a little worried about the flow before it starts so I hesitated. Like maybe it won't flow! But it'll be fine. Man, that's never your issue, wonderful.

    I'll see if I can't shoot you some lyrics this time. You've got a lot on your plate, so no prob either way, but seems like you might be tearing through it. 😀 What's the musical equivalent of nom nom...

  • @caseewilson  Feb 2018

    Do it. Thank you for being so thoughtful about the impact on me, but honestly. I'm so touched you want to - so go for it 😀

  • @bru2 Feb 2018

    You know the M in FAWM is for month right? 😂😂😂

    15 songs already you are a Machine!!!

  • @timothybracken Feb 2018

    thank you again for all the kind words! I need to listen to your stuff now. WOW you have a ton of songs!

  • @caseewilson  Feb 2018

    I did, and I had a brief chance to listen to it last night, but basically I'm out of action until I get my mac back, which will hopefully be tomorrow evening. What I heard was lovely though - thank you!
    Were you thinking of posting it as a collab?

  • @scottlake  Feb 2018

    Yes 90 BPM exactly

  • @julesbf Feb 2018

    Thank you for your kind comments and congrats on the win already.

  • @steffan  Feb 2018

    Sweet! I'll check out your album soon! I'd love to collab... but I've been in my studio exactly ONCE all month (the first) 'cause it's Mardi Gras season down here... If you have a little seed of something you'd like me to play with - that'd be awesome. Otherwise, it's going to be until the 15th or so that I'm actually actively FAWMING, I think.

  • @dreamscuba  Feb 2018

    Congratulations on reaching the goal.!
    Just listening to your latest album...first song "Disenchanted". Wow. It's pretty damn cool!

  • @pambowen1 Feb 2018

    Thanks, Steven, I took care of the firstfruits song. I wasn't here last year and I've forgotten the drill. I appreciate the help.

  • @tgbanned Feb 2018

    Thank you Master FAWM-da! 😂 Dang man! 12 songs alreqdy?? You're a MACHINE! Dig the stuff!

  • @pambowen1 Feb 2018

    Klaus told me about the first fruits thread, and I think my first song "Pinhole through the Veil" would qualify. How do I add it to the thread? Not a techie. Pam

  • @airbagtester  Feb 2018

    Hey thanks for listening to my song! I forgot to add some notes about the gear stuff which you asked about: Guitar is a tele through a Tech21 Flyrig5 DI. The bass is a Peavey P bass through another Tech21 Bass DI with no effects. The fuzz near the end is a cool MXR Variac fuzz I got recently that can adjust the voltage from 5v to 12v.

    Most of my guitar and bass is through Tech21 DI's, except my first song which I used a strat and this cool little Japanese solid state amp for guitars:

  • @xfloorpunchx Feb 2018

    Are you human ? 😁

  • @sunnymae  Feb 2018

    Seriously? Your output is ridiculous Dude. Kudos to you you're on a roll. Thanks so much for dropping by and leaving your your feedback on" this ship has sailed". That chord I hit has a second in which adds beautiful dissonance and is very warm. Thanks for noticing!
    Cheers and keep keep having have a great time!

  • @writeandwrong  Feb 2018

    That's awesome!! It's always great to find people you can collab with like that!! Kudos to both of you!

  • @soulbird Feb 2018

    yeah, thanks for the skirmish idea. it proved I can write a song to a deadline but I'm still struggling to write any of the songs I hoped I'd write

  • @metalfoot  Feb 2018

    Here I thought I was prolific and you're already double digits! 😉

    (I will be double digits before Sunday's through, mind you)

  • @caseewilson  Feb 2018

    Hi, yes, sure, that would be lovely! if it'll go or use something like wetransfer, or send me a link... Thank you! That was an unexpected surprise 😁

  • @robynmackenzie  Feb 2018

    Ello, guv'nah!!!

  • @famouspatrick  Feb 2018

    Thanks, for the kind words on my skirmish song, "The Face." I'm glad you enjoyed it.

  • @natrin Feb 2018

    Thanks 😀 The face song has main vocals doubled + some automated harmonies from a TC Helicon Voicelive touch. Robot choir.

  • @idonotlikepeas Feb 2018

    Very much appreciate the compliment on my song. Being mistaken for a potential VGM author is one of the more flattering things that's ever happened to me. 😀

  • @brrrse  Feb 2018

    I want to get a wardrobe that says "Ask me about my autoharp!!" My autoharp is an Oscar Schmidt 21 chord autoharp. A have a friend who is a luthier who remapped the buttons/chords for me to give me a more folk/blues setup - this is commonly done - there are as many button set-ups as there are people playing autoharp - its where we want the patterns to run. Mine's kinda circle of 5ths - so middle finger on I, 5 is always ring and 4 is always index. Relative minors are down and 7ths are up.

    The lineup of my keys, from top to bottom is:

    Eb F7 C7 G7 D7 A7 E7
    Bb F C G D A E
    Gm Dm Am Em Bm F#m B7

    I use it primarily as a rhythm instrument because I'm lazy - but the technique I'm working on is chording every note, then plucking at the strings - I'm stretching it further into negative harmonies and such to get a more accurate melodic sound - It's just like an old electric chord organ. And it tunes just as poorly. Character limits:grumbles I went on to say that I think you should try and find one and start noodling around. I think you'd find some joy in it - and it is the ultimate teaching accessory - and studier than a guitar. I thank mine for the two crowns on my front teeth LOL

  • @reklov Feb 2018

    Hi Steven!
    Thanks for your skirmish comment.
    This is just a normal egg slicer. It looks a bit like a small harp and can be played the same way. The strings are "tuned" accidentally, so I had to use the five strings that worked out best. There was no bending or technical treatment besides some noise reduction.

  • @adessell Feb 2018

    Wow. Go steve!!

  • @racmusic101 Feb 2018

    @stevenwesleyguiles well, you're just all that and a bag of chips!

    Thanks for the love on my tune!

  • @stnada Feb 2018

    HAHAHAHA of course you're already 5 deep, buddy. Looking forward to listening to all 27 that live come tomorrow AM. You're a beast!

  • @dutch1967 Feb 2018

    Thanks for your most kind comment to Country Singing Man, SWG! I think I'll re-record in March, just to iron out the shakes in the rhymin' and the crunches in the pickin'.

  • @krayzie003  Feb 2018

    Thanks for your comment on "Down To The Ocean." Yes the ukulele was a BIAB RealTrack. First time I've used one of their uke tracks and was pleasantly surprised. I was ready to break out my ukulele but no need.

  • @fearlessflight2014  Feb 2018

    Thanks for stopping by my first fruit. I'll let you know when I've posted the demo. The guitar piece it was written for is super lovely.

  • @johnstaples  Feb 2018

    Steven, what I love most about your Stay With Me performance and production is you managed to make something really fresh and modern sounding! I struggle with that! I went from crappy production of 70s/80s sounding songs to better production of 70s/80s songs. Now I wanna produce something that can rival Sia's Chandelier or Pink's What About Us or Lorde's Royals! I am basically a 14-year-old girl again and dammit I wanna make music for me! 😁

  • @majordanby  Feb 2018

    Thanks man. Funny you should ask, I wrote the lyrics and had a tune in my head and then worked out the chords later. I very rarely write this way...

  • @steffan  Feb 2018

    Yo thanks! That bridge part is literally just me singing the same thing three times.. One left, one middle, one right - and all sent to the same plate reverb. I think the chorusy effect is enhanced by the fact that I can't hold a pitch to save my life!

  • @hmorg Feb 2018

    Thanks for the comment! I actually did a Stranger Things inspired piece back in 2016 (as part of my unsuccesful 50/90 effort that year). It's on my soundcloud and it's called Perkeltron.

  • @sw1n3flu  Feb 2018

    Yessir hoodie to harness the power of FAWM

  • @dutch1967 Feb 2018

    Don't mean to rush you or anything... but there's people waiting on that Stay With Me song... 😉

  • @inciteful  Feb 2018

    Woo hoo! Welcome back

  • @mleverette  Feb 2018


  • @nancyrost  Feb 2018

    Hey, you too, SWG! Excited for this FAWM!

  • @cynthiawolff  Feb 2018

    Hey fellow Southern Californian!
    always a pleasure and delight to hear your music.

  • @ajna1960  Feb 2018

    Heya Mr Gee 😀 Happy FAWMing !
    Please maybe add me to your FAWM collab list !
    Also add Future Kings Of Denamrk to your band list for 2018 !!!

  • @ampersandman  Jan 2018

    Thanks for your kind words and for listening to my Soundcloud. I admit that I've listened to these bands a lot in my youth, so a certain influence might be noticeable. 😉 Cheers and have a happy FAWM!

  • @alboe Jan 2018

    Tomorrow's the big day, I hope you'll have a great FAWM.

  • @petra777  Jan 2018


  • @steffan  Jan 2018

    Re: Collabo- I'm in.