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.
Good luck everyone 😀
No songs by this fawmer (yet).
Buenos nachos Dan 😁
Thanks man, I can't wait to hear what you come up with with that modular setup.
ohh no - you went modular! Can't wait!!!!!!!!
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*
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 😉
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.
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?
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.
HI HI HI HI HI 😀
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
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?