Influences: Steely Dan and Megan Thee Stallion
2020; aka FAWM #10!
My 10 year anniversary! That's pretty insane. Feel like I should do something special, but what exactly, I don't know. As per last year, it's not been a hugely musical year; as you may recall, I got a piano in January 2019 and whilst I made some good progress with lessons most of the year, I've dropped off big style lately. We did the Sheffield Beatles Project gigs again, playing Let it Be and Abbey Road in full, and it was incredible; I also got to sing I Want You (She's So Heavy) which was epic! .
No idea what I'll do this year, I'm very mucha blank slate. I got both of my electric guitars fixed and tuned up which is nice. Also got a new mic, a new guitar pedal, and Melodyne for use! I went to Japan in November with @judypie (and met @santadharma and @balancelost!), and have been listening to a lot of YMO, Akiko Yano, etc - so maybe some of that influence will creep in..
As always, give me a shout if you're up for a collaboration but can't make promises with time and all that.
A massive thank you to anyone in advance, for listening and/or commenting on music, it means so much to me that people would actually do that. I'm very happy for any constructive criticism. I try to listen to everyone's songs who comment rather than directly saying thank you (as I lose track otherwise).
10 years, 10 wins! Massive thanks to all my collaborators, and for all the listens and comments. I'll be around in March to comment back (i've been a bit behind this week) - I'll get to you all in time!
|#1||Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells||
|#2||We're the ambulance||
|#3||Don't believe everything you see||
|#6||A City of Chalk @frenchcricket||
|#7||I Am Sharon Stone||
|#8||Mountains out of Milkshakes @teapot||
|#13||Boyfriend † Girlfriend @judypie||
|#15||Disappointed When We Fall Asleep @thelowestbitter||
I skipped through and listened. You have a great sound, great production, creative and entertaining. After 10 years, you probably know some stuff 😀
Yeah dude I fluked the last song. And it’s a real one so happy to be the banner man!
I'm clearly not a listening machine, which is why I've got so much catching up to do, but I'm glad you enjoyed them! I was thinking earlier today I'd really like to do some "gear talk" with you cos I feel my set up is getting stale and you've got the cookies. As for my song count, I'll just have to make up the numbers over at Song Fight (maybe)
Thank you so much for your thoughtful comments on ALL my songs this year! I truly appreciate it!
Yo, having now officially listened to all of your songs this year I can say that I even more impressed than usual. Congratulations on a great month!
Congrats, Ad! Top stuff as usual. (Thought I'd commented on your final track, but I think I had to go cook dinner.)
There's a belief common in one school of Japanese Buddhism that your partner will wait for you in heaven studying Buddhism. We wrote that line sort of referencing that because we think it's an interesting concept but also, kind of sad.
Well done for hitting up the 14
Same time, same place 2021
You must have skipped rush hour on crowded lines! It’s definitely not a place to sleep lol. Even with our eyes open have had bag or umbrella injuries. It’s wild! Bullet trains are ok for sleeping though. 😀
Hey there! Thank you for listening!!!❤️❤️
Yes its late, but god i working on 3 more tracks!! thanks to the coronavirus i off work so have promised the world i'd get songs done!!! Thank god for Rose.
Yo!! Sounds super cool. Thanks!!!
I don't know man, I'm not so good with math ha ha ha ha 😀
Oh wow! yeah this is it. Ha ha. That beginning is almost identical.Whoops. At least i used different chords, less interesting ones , but different 😉 Have you got the live vid of you doing this. It was feckin awesome!. Think we gonna have to start doing some Chesy open mics 😉
Ha ha so it was your own track. I need to resee that vid . Seriously it was amazing i literally thought i'm going to copy that feel and recorded that piano intro and its been sitting there since. Sue all you want. I shall say i merely inspired by my FAWM Guru, then cry a bit, then beg, then you'll take me home for eggs and tea 😉
ah, thanks for your kind words
februrary has been kicking my ASS this year. I missed 2 song deadlines for external projects, even. this basically never happens lol
I'm probably going to wrap one one last song before the month ends but who knows at this point!
Working on that bandcamp setup Ad for sure! Thanks for being patient and a good sport! *Bro-hug*!
Heeeey. We haven’t died from corona yet and Tomo is mixing. Do you want to have 1 more go at it or should we just post it once he’s done? 😀
Thank you for the comment and well wishes <3. You are grand.
I had all kinds of nightmares trying to fix the breaths in the verses
Yep, been rocking Moses' new album all week. Also, digging the new band Cykada.
Think our American equivalent to Nubya is Kamasai Washington. I've seen him a few times now, but I saw him this summer open for Herbie Hancock, and his set was so profound that it made Herbie Hancock seem boring. If you ever get the chance to see him, I highly recommend it. As for the collab, I'd always be interested to do something not during fawm as well, so maybe that's an option down the road.
Ahh thanks so much for your kind words on a few of my earlier songs this fawm. Man it feels like ages ago when
I wrote some of these. haha. And, yes I'm loving the UK jazz scene these days, not sure it's exactly seeped into my writing styles just yet. They are on a whole new level. Thanks for checking out some of my tunes.
Is it too late to talk about a collab this fawm?
Thanks for leaving such kind words on my collab, “when the water runs out”. Really appreciate the support.
Awesome! Tell Sting I said hi!
Love Eels!! Saw them live once and they were amazing...and it wasn't even one of their rock sets. Definitely one of my influences for rhythm sections. Also Spoon.
I WISH I could do this live with a band...but I have to do it myself. So, I build it based on I hope it will sound cool. 😀
Plus, there's some serious cut and paste action going on too.
It rhymes the way I sing it ✌
Sounds great! I’ll try and clean it up a little bit and send it to you when I get home today.
Totally open to you sending me stuff too! 🎶
No way! I’d be so pumped to do a collab. I have something partly done I’d love to send your way.
Thank you so much for your thoughtful feedback on Viriditas. I'm shamefully behind on listening and can't wait to catch up on your tracks. That intro part was all separate recordings ...ended up with something like 55 which, I'm pretty sure, is what glitched out my Garageband and cause the beeps. I think I would have gotten a smoother effect if I'd tried sampling. Might give it a go if I try more bell chordy things in the future. 😀
Like your stuff! Didn't know what to say, though, that not someone else already have said (and much better than I could ever do) until I realized that I might subconsciously have paid you a compliment by baking into one of my songs, what could (with lots of imagination) be seen as a piece of real bad product placement - an "ad for Peru". Keep up the good work!
Thanks for the listen... Elegy was torture to write, to record, to mix and now I can't even listen to it, but I am glad it's out there. Obviously Rob had a similar experience getting started on FAWM... We are quite similar but very different in some ways as well. Music, though, is healing for both of us, obviously.
Yo, how you been? I have a lot of listening to catch up on.
Hey, sorry but just realised you asked a question in your comment the other day... my brain is kinda half running at the moment!
The piano is not VST, it's Susy's Kawaii keyboard that I've been getting into playing. Mainly because I can have Juni in a sling thing and play while she sleeps! But also because I've been obsessed with Nils Frahm the last year or so. Have you seen him play yet? Must do if you haven't!
Speaking of piano VST's and Nils Frahm though, the LABS soft keys is super amazing if you don't already have it (you already have it don't you?).
PS. Keen to check out the rest of your tunes when the chance arises!
yeah, that bloke just rips everyone off.
Thank you so much for your comment on ‘Alone’ - it is absolutely my favourite, grateful for such lovely feedback!
Thanks for the comments and listens! I believe I was using Serum for the sound you mentioned.
Thanks for your comments! It is a six string but the track is doubled then shifted 20ms with one track panned hard left and one panned hard right.
Hey, you! Thanks for the comments! I'm sorry for the late reply, I've been busy, then got sick, so I've been out of commission.
Hey there! We sent you some weird stuff based on the train jingle you sent us. Maybe make something with it and send it back to us and we'll add some layers? Feel free to cut, paste, add whatever.
Oh yeh? Was I sleepin in it when I washed the motherfuckin pots just now?
Too blue huh? That is rich coming from you after your song about Veronica or whatever her name is
And will check out your tunes later...have to reciprocate for others way more important than you Adam :-p
2AT did have a full band approach after the solo but I just couldn't stand my singing over it. Believe me I really worked hard at it and just couldn't come up with anything that I liked. I much prefer the sound of my voice over the acoustic. It's all Julie's fault.
Thanks for listening and commenting on "When you know..." - it's quite different for me to do such a thing
U TELL ME?!!?!! 😡😡
Sent! Wooo woo
It's just one track. Just getting Cable to help me figure out to send it to you 😀
Awesome! So excited. What kinda file will it need to be? I used Reaper
Hi Ad! Would you like to collab on one of my songs? I have recorded the vox & guitar so I can send that to you. From there, feel free to do what you wish on it 😀
It's a real omnichord! But there are some pretty good fake omnichord apps out there if you have any devices
Re Drybar - it was a reference to that song sounding like the huge breakthrough single of a (fictional) Manchester based indie band in circa 2005. I mean this as a genuine compliment 😀
and hi, btw, I’d love to collab, whatever you have time for and calls to you
I call it self-preservation
I tried that and it didn’t work, but I will take it out from what’s written in the liner. I’m ok if people don’t listen. they are better off lol
oh no!! I’m so sorry, I was having to repost it because I couldn’t delete the SoundCloud link that said it was a dead song (probably should have taken the hint 😆). we can have the universe resend me your message so you don’t have to rewrite it)
no...just waiting for my comeuppance
okay, bring it on....
Thanks for the kind words on ozone man! Unabomber? That’s not good customer service!!!!!
All of the pitched vocals are yours truly! 😂
Cats are beyond words. (Especially torties! ❤️)
So you're going to rap on the track, right? So we hope you're thinking of your Koenji rap.
Hello. I notice you are still good at this stuff. Will keep following.
Sure sounds good! email@example.com
We’re totally down. You are fantastic at all of those things. What’s the best way to be in touch to exchange ideas, files, etc??
Ha ha. Guess what? My hammock snapped twice yesterday . And now I have FUDFOR!!! (Fucking unbelievable dreadful fear of relaxing ) syndrome 😵🤣
Aww, shucks. Thank you, Adam. 😊
Dude cheers for comments . I thought I’d better let you know I saw a FB vid of you doing an open mic last year and I didn’t know the song , but as soon as I finished vid watch I was inspired to play something similar on piano . I fully intend to create a song from that idea , but I may have to add you as an unknown collaborator 😜
It's hard. My religion requires me to make kick drums that induce nosebleed. This is the way.
Thank for you nice comment and for always being supportive. 😀
Ahahaha I'd forgotten about that Kay Burley thing.
Thank you for the lovely comment on my song Caring Neighbours.
FUCK! We should have done that! Sing all nice and crap then BOOM...right into the punk version! Ah well. That's for another song. Tanx for listening and reviewing Ad. Now fuck off and write.
That’s a whispered fuck you. Did that not come across? Fuck.
RE: the "big saw bass (?)"
yeah i dont know what it was either lmao
glad you dig my tune!
Hello! Thank you for coming by to listen and comment! Hope FAWM is going great!
Thank you for your kind words. You know, you're pretty much the inspiration for that vocal effect. You did it years ago, I can't remember what the song was called but the lyric was something like,
If you ever need me
I'm here, I'm here
My door is always open
To suggestions, to suggestions
And you sang it all on one note, and then pitch shifted the melody in. Only I did it with a formant shifter in FL Studio. I'm standing on your shoulders.
Those are my fave two lines from the song also! Ooh you’ve put a song up while I’ve been effing and blinding, fantastic!
Happy 10th FAWM! I'm looking forward to hearing your beautiful music again this year. ✨
Thank you so much for your comment on dreamcycle. And Yazoo? Wow! Yahoo!
hi there! i hope i'll be able to write something too -- seems like i might be busy a lot of the month, so we'll have to see, but i'd like to come up with a few more things, for sure ^^
Hey, you! Oh my god, do I have to go insane this year? Is everyone expecting another musical LOL? Nice to see you're back, too.
Hi Adam! Have fun in your 10 year FAWM! enjoy your piano, and see you around man! Always happy to hear some of your tunes.
Fortunately they have no streaming on the station I'm at, as it's mostly us mumbling between the songs (or our kids do knock knock jokes)! Lots of good music in the world lately!
Yo yo yo from , of course , WiFi crap thailand . Although this year I have Thai sim so I shall reduce my WiFi excuses . Back In England 21 feb. Have a top fawm matey . Who knows 6 days on return to do a collab ???? 👍
Year ten gang
Hey! We’re gonna have a go at this (it’s our tenth year too!)
We’re trying a new thing that fits our schedule more - Mainly just recording live on a tascam - no production likely. Looking forward to what you do!
Totally doing it! Looking forward to hearing your tunes!
Right back at you, brother! Have a great month!
Beep beep, my boy. My ears are tuned.
Hi!! Happy FAWM 2020! And Happy 10 years of making some great music in February! Looking forward to hearing what you guys create this year. Cheers!
Happy to you too.