Dan Hilton 14


Sheffield, GB   Jan 2013


Artist Bio

Influences:   David Bowie, Radiohead, Elliott Smith, Sufjan Stevens, Prince, Björk, Blur --- Favourite albums of 2018 were from: Mitski, Esperanza Spalding, Rosalía, Forth Wanderers, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Anna Burch, Soccer Mommy, Melody's Echo Chamber, Snail Mail & Empress Of.

2019 represents FAWM number 7 for me. Hit the magic 14 in all years except 2017. This is my first FAWM since I became a dad in July. I'm going to give it a shot but I think it's highly unlikely I'll hit the target this time around.

With that in mind I'm going to try and take a more stripped back approach to arrangements and production. I've made that exact statement in the past and not always managed to stick to it though!

I'm also bandless this time around so there's no pressure to try and write anything that would work in that context. I've got a vague idea for a solo set I'd like to work on for later this year but anything new I can come up with that might fit in with that would of course be a bonus.

If I can get a few collaborations in that might also help me to reach a more respectible figure! Looking to recent collab pals to help make that happen: @adforperu @hanley @frenchcricket @jbp123 @degausser @judypie (sorry you're missing out this year @karlsburg25 ).

Gear-wise the big addition since last time around is the modular synth I've built up. It's an absolute beast and so far has been criminally underused ( ‪https://www.modulargrid.net/e/racks/v... )‬. Hoping I can get stuck in to some serious patching at some point this February. How that might turn out though is anyone's guess!

I've also picked up a vintage Suzuki Omnichord OM-27 recently which might get pressed into action at some point ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6yBH... ).

Good luck everyone 😀

Update 280219 2200: What do you know, the most unlikely of FAWM wins has been achieved! 🎉


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  • @websheldon  Mar 12

    Thanks for the new comments dude! YES to a collab next year! I was meant to have my first collab this year but he didn't do FAWM in the end so that would be awesome!

  • @cherok40  Mar 8

    Thanks a lot! Your very kind comment is much appreciated!

  • @jwhanberry  Mar 4

  • @vomvorton  Mar 2

    It's a cranky old reed organ that basically sounds like a melodica but with a fan grinding away permanently in the background! I should use it more, it sounds cool. Thanks for the comment burst, I've got a few more of yours still to catch up on...

  • @owl  Feb 25

    How funny that you and @frenchcricket did a song with the same name--I am sure I listened to it, forgot about hearing it and subconsciously stole the title, sorry! It's funny too to hear that musicians like yourself who I admire and seem to 100% know what they're doing can have the same doubts and feelings. Just goes to show neither of us should throw in the towel, I guess.

  • @apertome  Feb 22

    Hey, thanks for the kind words. I know Kurt was using the morphagene, clouds, and rainmaker. There were other modules involved too but those were the main dsp core.

  • @hanley  Feb 21

    No worries😭 it is getting pretty late in the month now innit! I always forget to think about collabs til I get into the groove of writing again, and as usual I’ve only just hit that stride now!

  • @websheldon  Feb 20

    It's back!! I just had to make some last minute adjustments hahah (that's after saying I wasn't gonna spend loads of time on songs lol)

  • @owl  Feb 19

    Thanks for the comment on Magic Eye! I didn't mean the whole song was SV-ish at all, just that the tone and notes of the synth-bells intro count-in sound very much like the first 4 notes of Luka to me 😀

  • @jwhanberry  Feb 18

  • @meatcoup85  Feb 18

    It’s great, don’t get me wrong, it requires a bit of patience but worth it 😀

  • @meatcoup85  Feb 17

    Yeah man, I think it was just before she finished filming the latest season. You catch that?

  • @meatcoup85  Feb 17

    Thanks for the cool words dude! I actually slipped in a 'Peaks reference on the first tune I did this year 'Firewalk' ha! It's an truly brilliant show though so i found it hard to pick which characters to mention!

  • @teapot Feb 2019

    Goodness, thanks for the comment Dan. I am not the most confident in my voice so it's amazing to read feedback like that- thaaaaaank you so much 😀

  • @kissinginpublic  Feb 2019

    Hahah. That one's based on 6 bars of a 4:4 with most melodies and a lot of the drums based on three-beat notes so it has this increasingly offbeat anticipation before it snaps back at the end of every third bar. I think it would resolve to another time signature but you'd need to count very slowly or do the maths to work it out. It ends up sounding pretty conventional but when you try and count it seriously starts to mess with your head 😁Cheers for listening!

  • @aesthetic72 Feb 2019

    thanks for the comments on Turning Pages

  • @jwhanberry  Feb 2019

  • @lanasolyluna Feb 2019

    Yes the infamous Casio dog bark beat. 😬 hope you’re havinng a great FAWM. I’ll be back to listen tomorrow.

  • @standup  Feb 2019

    Ah, the mysteries of Morphagene, I'm trying to get used to that module myself.

    This was actually a mis-post, trying to send it to @apertome .

  • @solarrainuk  Feb 2019

    Thanks for the recent comments, Dan!
    Yeah, I'm not modular or analogue purist anyway. and I originally built my rack around sampling/granular/sound processing at its heart. I don't really care about analog vs digital, sampling vs er..not sampling etc. It's still my music anyway, not like I use sample packs. My main goal is just to produce the best music I can with tools that are fun and inspiring to use, and eurorack is some of the most fun I've ever had making music with.

  • @adforperu  Feb 2019

    For about 10 seconds, i was like "fuck suits? Suits what? I don't even say the word fuck in the song?" Duh. Thanks for the comment 😁

  • @apertome  Feb 2019

    Hey, the viola processing was mostly done by Kurt with his Make Noise Morphagene and Intellijel Rainmaker, and a few other modules. Crazy stuff!

  • @frenchcricket  Feb 2019

    HaHA - I was waiting for those pesky delay tails to finish!

  • @oddbod  Feb 2019

    mailed you - if that doesn't take your fancy, let me know and we'll try something else.

  • @saumera  Feb 2019

    Hey man if you're looking to offload some production on one or more of your songs, I'd be super down to collab! Programming drums and synths (and orchestral stuff) is my bread and butter.

  • @oddbod  Feb 2019

    It wouldn't be the first time I've been reported for an inappropriate comment 😉
    I'm at work at the moment. I'll send something over this evening.

  • @chaplino Feb 2019

    Hahah thank you! Going to check your stuff out now! woo

  • @oddbod  Feb 2019

    okey doke, both of us singing works for me.
    Music - got anything in mind?
    I've some sketch ideas that I could wing your way.

  • @karlsburg25  Feb 2019

    Oh shit!
    Mate take a trip to the peaks and go and steal borrow any acoustic you need 👍😎

  • @hanley  Feb 2019

    Hey Dan!
    Oh, yes indeed I’m keen for another collab. We should try to start it earlier this time? Or maybe a different approach, you starting perhaps? Let me know if/when you have any ideas

  • @karlsburg25  Feb 2019

    Well my friend thanks to the magic of silly apply technology , I think I may squeeze a couple oneit my dad but lovely Indian guitar . Even better , collaboration possibilities . No idea how that would work with just a phone but sure we’ll manage . May even send you some random music to okay with and make daddy hilton magic 👍😎🇹🇭

  • @degausser  Feb 2019

    Can I please? That would be amazing!!

  • @websheldon  Feb 2019

    DAN! I'm IN! Talk about logging on at the last minute hahah

  • @heidiserwer  Feb 2019

    Hi! Is it that time already?! Looking forward to hearing your new creations!

  • @thelowestbitter  Jan 2019

    Almost set! Still waiting on some new guitar strings in the post though, I actually think I’ve not changed mine since last FAWM 😬

    Looking forward to some sweet modular jams!

  • @balancelost  Jan 2019

    Dan, Dan....DAN!

  • @tan482  Jan 2019

    Happy FAWMing! Congratulations on becoming a dad. My son is 2 and I have found I have so much material since becoming a parent!!

  • @susyblue  Jan 2019

    Hey Dan, welcome back! Looking forward to your dulcet tones, don't worry about hitting target I never bother heheheh

  • @seemanski  Jan 2019

    Glad to here your enjoying parenting. Hope he sleeps well for you soon, I remember that being particularly hard. I now have a Three teen year old who isn't afraid to speak her mind.

    Your modular grid is really impressive. I'd love to work on something like that but wouldn't know where to start. I got a couple of books on software synths with idea of doing something with my raspberry pi but lost interest. I've tried puredata but didn't like the whole graphical side of it and got into supercollider. Might have to try again soon. Your got any tips / starters for ten?

  • @sailingmagpie  Jan 2019

    Hey, Dan! Looking forward to what you come with this year. And congrats on creating a new human! A possible guest vocalist, I assume?

  • @nuj4x Jan 2019

  • @seemanski  Jan 2019

    Welcome back and welcome to fatherhood 😀. Hope everything is all well with you and your little one. Fingers crossed you will get to the big 14 but I am sure you will put out some cracking tunes.

  • @max  Jan 2019

  • @phlex Jan 2019

    Congratulations - that's amazing news! Cheers to 2019! I think the modular should be good for soothing lullaby style jams.

  • @frenchcricket  Jan 2019

    Yeah just had no time at all to get to grips with it

  • @expendablefriend  Jan 2019

    Hey Dan, looking forward to hearing this stripped-back approach. 14 very quiet lullabies on lightly-brushed guitar strings? 😀

  • @frenchcricket  Jan 2019

    Glad this nonsense about quitting music didn’t creep into your bio

  • @tobermory  Jan 2019

    Heyup sir! That modular beast is a beast! Hope she's easy to navigate, good luck

  • @mikedebenham  Jan 2019

    Dan, great to see you back. And congratulations on the sprog! Maybe you can figure out some sort of baby-gurgle-to-midi interface for your synth.

  • @judypie  Jan 2019

    Buenos nachos Dan 😁

  • @degausser  Jan 2019

    Buenos nachos

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  • @quru Jan 2019

    Thanks man, I can't wait to hear what you come up with with that modular setup.

  • @phlex Jan 2019

    ohh no - you went modular! Can't wait!!!!!!!!

  • @vomvorton  Jan 2019

    You did! Our local vet said they have a few Agneses, apparently one of the children in Despicable Me is called Agnes which has led to a resurgence in the name's popularity? Ever highbrow, ours is named after a French new-wave director instead *strokes beard*

  • @vomvorton  Jan 2019

    Hey! Rafa is the one with more white on his face, Agnès is "classic tuxedo" style. You're probably right about your Rafa being more disruptive but mine is possibly more likely to chase the mouse pointer around the laptop screen 😉

  • @iwilleatyou Jan 2019

    Hi dad

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  • @looprication  Jan 2019

    Whatever it takes. Your stuff is always something I look forward to. One of the highest, “Damn that’s not being performed in stadiums?!” factors every year.

  • @oddbod  Jan 2019

    Hi Dan, I remember you saying last year that you might not make it because of the expected family edition, so glad you're here.
    Might I suggest a collab before other commitments start taking over?

  • @adforperu  Jan 2019

    Oh, hello!

  • @mdavisto  Jan 2019

    Congratulations! And commiserations. The former for the child, the latter for the life you used to have.

    If you'd like some totally unsolicited parenting advice, I find it helps if you let go of any expectation of getting anything done, ever. That way, you avoid as much frustration, and if you do get something done, what a bonus!

    It's a crazy ride, but I swear, the good bits more than make up for the shit bits.

  • @judypie  Jan 2019

    HI HI HI HI HI 😀

  • @guatecoop  Jan 2019

    Oh man congratulations!! It will change things, but my oldest is 6 and I’ve done FAWM each year. The hardest was going from 0-1 child. Fawm was definitely easier without kids, but not better. We had a child in May so we are also back to having a baby in the house. I record most after bedtimes and at a volume that doesn’t make my wife wake up. Guitars, bass, and keys at night, drums during the day

  • @guatecoop  Jan 2019

    I can’t believe that you haven’t been on my watchlist. Well, that’s fixed. I look forward to hearing from you again this year. Any plans for this year?