Steven Wesley Guiles 27


91773 US   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, Mr. Rogers, and YOU.


I released two albums at the end of 2018. A solo album called Hallelujah Heartbreak and an album with my band Future Kings of Denmark called Fiery Ends.
https://stevenwesleyguiles.bandcamp.c... https://futurekingsofdenmark.bandcamp...

Steven Wesley Guiles aka Applehead aka Mr. Gee
FAWMER from 2008-Present
2008 - 22
2009 - 21
2010 - 19
2011 - 23
2012 - 24
2013 - 28 (minecraft songs)
2014 - 21
2015 - 31 (ten 10 second songs
2016 - 25
2017 - 25
2018 - 32
2019 - 32
2020 - 27
Add at least one (or maybe two?) songs becuase of the four track challenge. Here's one of those:
Another 4 tracker I collabed on:

Local SoCal Musical Allies Squadron: @johnq, @billysea, my friend Brandon (@bru2), bro-in-law Michael (@michaelmtn), James (@jamesstaubes), @joshlevitre, @rustyp, @cynthiawolff

he/him/or "hey you"

Songs (27)

#1 When I Have No Words To Say I Will Thank You 33
Feb 2
#2 Push On Through @siebass  25
Feb 2
#3 I'm Not Afraid To Try 15
Feb 2
#4 Wandermoves 14
Feb 3
#5 Worst Advice I Ever Got 18
Feb 4
#6 Mid Argument With A Certain Red Head 11
Feb 5
#7 Walking Tired Dumpster Fire Broken Body Mess 24
Feb 7
#8 Have A Great Day 23
Feb 8
#9 I'm Your Rabbit 15
Feb 10
#10 No Words @chariotbaldwin  10
Feb 10
#11 I Am Bad At Fortnite 18
Feb 10
#12 Truth @zecoop  19
Feb 15
#13 You Cornered the Wrong Guy 15
Feb 15
#14 Megaheartsplosion! @steffan  11
Feb 17
#15 Take Me Back, Please @steffan  20
Feb 18
#16 Twenty Five 11
Feb 20
#17 pENNY dEEP @bru2 4
Feb 23
#18 gONNA mAKE yOU sCORCH @bru2 4
Feb 23
#19 Reverse Fortunes 6
Feb 23
#20 I Can Still Dream On @ajna1960 8
Feb 25
#21 Tragic Hero @expendablefriend  26
Feb 25
#22 Turkey Shirt @fourtracktape 15
Feb 25
#23 I Am The Ocean @danvaillancourt  10
Feb 27
#24 Dinosaurs on Skateboards 10
Feb 27
#25 Fireflies in the Night Skies 9
Feb 29
#26 Difficult B word @musicbykatie  5
Feb 29
#27 Legit Drag 4
Feb 29


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  • @sph  Mar 31

    Thanks for your nice words. I also need music in these times - more than ever.

  • @standup  Mar 13

    Hey thanks for listening to a bunch of stuff.

    My best reverb is an actual spring. I found a used one of these:

    But I also use a Caroline Meteore some. And just before FAWM for endless digital spaces I picked up a used

    So probably Surfy Bear, supposedly a clone of the circuit in the old Fender reverb tanks, but not based on tubes.

    But at this time I can’t confirm or deny the other two.

  • @sw1n3flu  Mar 7

    90s alternative rock FTW. Totally get the sebadoh reference too - I was thinking. Dinosaur Jr. but hey let’s not split hair here ain’t much difference!!

  • @siebass  Mar 3

    totally my bad on the misspelled name with the ph instead of v; I was just working off memory when I updated the header. Thanks for checking it out!

  • @jamesstaubes  Mar 1

    You'd asked about Scottish Snap. This is the video where I learned about it. I saw you post one of Adam's other vids on CCM. πŸ˜€

  • @bru2 Mar 1

    Here is a link to the plug in. ArEJEALw_wcB

    It only took me about an hour. It was the first time I had messed with it, and it was a lot of fun.

  • @jamesstaubes  Mar 1

    Steven you are a mensch. Thanks so much for listening to and commenting on all my songs! I will listen to yours as well. Yes, Terri Ann and I have a standing appointment each week to work on music. So she was here on both the FAWM tunes this year.

    I'll check out the Selena Gomez song, I like her music a lot.

    The two Mr. Black pedals I use, mainly, are the Eterna and Ambience. I also have a Chorus. The Eterna is a sweet, dense reverb which an extra synth type note that you dial in more or less of. The Ambience is a delay that has a tape delay feel, the delayed notes bend a little. Mr. Black makes all types of different pedals and they're not ridiculously priced.

    However the Klon has become something of a legend. I know this artist John Vanderslice and in 2001 he said you've got to get a Klon. He has one. Back then the guy was still making them, by hand for $300. Yeh that's a lot but it's an amazing pedal. But now those things go used for $2,000.

    Thanks again. It's folks like you that make FAWM a special place. πŸ˜€

  • @dzd  Mar 1

    Sent you a postcard thanks for the stickers πŸ˜‰

  • @bru2 Mar 1

    I tried, but had to got to work tonight. I’ll do 16 next year πŸ˜€

  • @standup  Feb 29

    The 4-tracks are always like this. You play something and send it out into the world. And you NEVER know what you'll get back.

  • @tsunamidaily  Feb 27

    thank you for commenting (again) on the god whisperer. the guitar you hear is actually ukulele. i think the effect makes it sound harp-like in the context of the chamber pop, though.
    congratulations on a busy FAWM.

  • @tsunamidaily  Feb 27

    demo up for the god whisperer. @owl on vocals
    hope you enjoy it.

  • @pfoo  Feb 26

    The MS20 is an analog synth. I've got the "mini" which is a reproduction of the original, with smaller keys. I haven't done enough with synths to understand exactly what all the knobs do!

  • @metalfoot  Feb 25

    envelope was *just* big enough then? Was trying to do the easiest way possible! 😁

  • @metalfoot  Feb 25

    did my SASE arrive in your neck of the woods yet? Just curious how slloooooowww the mail is!

  • @leah0k  Feb 24

    Hey! Thank you for all the input on my songs- I do appreciate that. I plan to to go back in March and go through all the ideas people had and see what fits together when I do some more thorough recordings to put an album together for Spotify. I have
    HEARD OF Over the Rhine, but I have not HEARD THEM. So. I’m guessing I need to do that and solve the mystery of why you asked me that? Hmmm!

  • @arendleejessurun Feb 22

    Hey Steve, thanks for your kind words on my song! I'm particularly glad you liked all the "or" rhymes haha. I wondered, is this a bit much? And no worriesβ€”I'm sorry we couldn't meet too! But I'm looking forward to next time. πŸ‘πŸ»

  • @leepat  Feb 18

    i'm sure you will πŸ˜€ power on!

  • @santadharma Feb 17


  • @santadharma Feb 17

    Thank you! We’re layering a drum machine and a Casio best during the chorus. 😊

  • @musicbykatie  Feb 16

    you could send it via text, email, fb messenger, ig dm, twitter dm, in a comment on fawm... in text form, video form, mp3/wav form, like, anything! i dont care! Lol! lets do it!

  • @raindancerzero  Feb 15

    Wow! Thank you for that amazing feedback! The mixing comments were super useful (truth be told my knowledge is less than basic so any feedback is a godsend) - thanks for listening!

  • @erelpi10  Feb 15

    Hi β€” to answer your question, I’ve been using the drummer track on Logic. It let’s you pick a β€œdrummer” and a pattern and you can play with it. You control how simple or complex and how soft or loud. It’s useful for sketching out a song but a real, live drummer can’t be beat!

  • @cowex  Feb 14

    Please do! I'm hoping to assemble a bunch of clips into a song this weekend unless my brain is still mush.

  • @zecoop  Feb 14

    So......... I have some questions about the tape you sent. PM'd you on FB if you have time.

  • @steffan  Feb 13

    Yes! Where do we start!? My email is steffan {@@@@@@@@@@} !

  • @raygungirls Feb 12

    Thanks for comoing on over to the Heavy side of music and checking out "Messages"!
    I plug my guitar chord straight into my Mac. I have some guitar presets already set up in Garageband. 4 layers of guitar. 2 different guitar set ups, with different plugins. 1 set panned left, the other panned right. Playing the song through 4 times gets that thicker sound.

  • @chariotbaldwin  Feb 11

    Hi there - thank you so much for the music for No Words - you lifted it up 100% - its a little diff to what i had in mind BUT it i got some serious compliments from my other half on this πŸ˜€

    I'd love to have a copy of the .wav file - feel free to send it to me via FB messenger, or when you are ready, ping me and I'll dm you the preferred email address

  • @musicbykatie  Feb 10

    Yes plz.
    How shall we? Send me stuff and i'll send you stuff back? Old school? Email?

  • @chariotbaldwin  Feb 10

    Morning Dude from Australia

    I’m happy for you to give β€œNo Words” a crack. It’s always good to see how others interpret the same words. Lord knows my vocals do not do the song any favours !!

  • @tsunamidaily  Feb 10

    thanks for commenting on the god whisperer. it's funny that the rhyme that tries to be most clever (miss its worth/ whisperer) doesn't rise to the others, but i completely understand.
    you are doing great! keep up the good work.

  • @emkaydeebee  Feb 10

    Ps - thank you!!

  • @msisto Feb 10

    Thanks for the kind words about "Menthol Cigarettes"! To answer your question, the keys in the middle are a mix of a synth loop (tuned to sound like a Wurlitzer) and an actual Wurlitzer part. When combined, I sound like a much better player! πŸ˜€

    I am using mostly stock Logic sounds, but I am messing with them quite a bit. Sometimes I send them out to my pedal board and then back.

    Always up for a collab!

  • @emkaydeebee  Feb 10

    Hey @stevenwesleyguiles I think the drums were a one-take live (@zecoop ?)... I stretched out a pregnant pause (no pun intended) early on, and shortened the entire sequence to fit what I ended up needing. I use protools but very basically - I’m a total mixing amateur!

  • @jamesstaubes  Feb 10

    Hey dude thanks for the listen! On the guitar I use 2 and 3 note chords. It's something I saw Nile Rodgers talk about, in person! When I went to Moog Fest in 2014 he was a keynote speaker and he had his guitar. He showed how he voiced chords vs. how a rock player would. So you take a Barre chord but only play the notes on the high strings, E, B, G and sometimes D. He said you don't need all those other notes and I agree. It muddies up the sound. It also allows you to add upper extensions to the chords, 9ths, 13ths. As you can hear, even in my tune, this approach makes the guitar pop out in the mix.

    I played bass via MIDI but I finally (finally!) found a decent bass guitar sound in Logic. There's no way I could play a bass part that intricate and syncopated in the pocket. It'd take me all of February. πŸ˜€

  • @davidtaro  Feb 10

    Hey Steven, thanks for the comment, hugely appreciated! Really loving FAWM - keep stumbling across so many cool songwriters like yourself. It's all very inspiring. Look forward to hearing what else you come up with this month πŸ˜€

    (oh, and hope you feel better soon too)

  • @metalfoot  Feb 10

    I wish, for your sake, that your kidney did not like calcification quite so much. I love doing acapella songs. So much fun to write and arrange. Thanks for the comment!

  • @bru2 Feb 10

    Oh Yeah!!! Also, I just listened to Blacklight Blues from last year, and i think its better than I remember πŸ˜€

  • @judypie  Feb 9

    Weird hard rock, YES! 😁

  • @philkmills  Feb 8

    Thanks for your comment on the "Have A Great Day" song. It was a one-take recording, but I did write all the words out before hitting "record".

  • @treble Feb 8

    Thanks so much for your comments on Have a Great Day. Just writing it, and positive comments such as yours, are helping me to really have a great day.

  • @dugganensis  Feb 8

    Hey thanks for your thoughts on our "great day" skirmish. I just used generic condenser mic, and tracked everything probably "too far away" from it from where I sat: The dry acoustic fingerpicking, dry vocal, then a reverbed lead panned right. I threw a pillowcase over a rack tom, unsnared the snare, and tapped those lightly with sticks. Same mic, 5 feet behind my back. Most of the reverb is artificial, though it's got plenty of natural bedroom verb to build upon. No one's mentioned my descending "While my guitar gently weeps" reference after the "swept the floor" line, (which is good; I was afraid it was too obvious.) Only mentioning that cuz you seem to be an uncanny listener on here, which I can see a lot of people really, really appreciate. Anywah, I've only heard of DJurado, but need to check out DWitmer! Thanks again!

  • @berni1954  Feb 8

    Hi Steve, thanks for your listen and positive comments on my Have a Great day skirmish song. The song was inspired by a chat I had the other day with a supermarket check out lady.

  • @clioem Feb 8

    Hey thanks! It's actually an a classical acoustic! I ran the phone recording through Garageband afterwards and processed it a bit, modeled my own EQ on top of it as well. hence the cool sonorities. I've also liberally painted various parts with bitcrusher distortion, which is kind of my signature touch πŸ˜‰

  • @radioovermoscow Feb 6

    Thanks! I do wonder though if part of the reason it sound catchy is the chords are kind of nicked off 'Everlong', haha

  • @scottlake Feb 6

    EZ Drummer 2 drums, not sure which midi pack the ending is from. I can look it up if you like

  • @bradbrubaker  Feb 6

    Thanks for the comment, sir! To answer your question, I write out tabs of riffs and chord progressions. I literally have a stack from over the years. I like to refer to it during FAWM. πŸ˜€

  • @pearlmanhattan  Feb 5

    Thank you so much for your detailed comment on Meditation Two - and I will look into bringing that flute down until other stuff comes in, that's a great suggestion! The wooeeoo and piano and a few other loops came from a free soundpack at - I'm doing some vocal work for them (not the wooeeeoo). Thanks for listening!!

  • @sbs2018 Feb 5

    Thanks for your comments on my songs. Yes, I usually start with loops - I find them quite inspiring and then add effects or do some extra drum programming or keyboard riffs in some way to make it my own. That’s the challenge. Still learning.

  • @sw1n3flu  Feb 5

    The beauty of the internets... I can be getting ready for work but can still share in some of the SWG studio magic 😬

  • @sw1n3flu  Feb 5

    Killer livestream - watched pretty much all of it - 5-6 am here.... looking forward to seeing it how this site shortly!

  • @mynameismilk Feb 3

    yeah yeah .. i'm here

  • @smudge  Feb 3

    Love Wandermoves @stevenwesleyguiles I love the simplicity and beauty of it! Can picture it in a movie. πŸ˜€

  • @musicbykatie  Feb 3

    Yes, I have kept in contact with several via instagram (Jaron, stephen cope aka Bly Wallentine, wickedmessanger is my fb friend), gslade is still here. hmmm trying to remember more. I scrolled through my watchlist and saw tons of 0s and pictures and names i couldnt recognize anymore 😞

  • @musicbykatie  Feb 3

    My dude you are a fucking MACHINE!! <3 i don't mean this year, like right now, i mean like, from when i met you in 2009 til now. im so glad you're still rocking. one of the only fawmers on my watchlist that writes and participates anymore. *cries*

  • @cowex  Feb 3

    DAW = Cubase. The auto-tune is really auto, pretty set-and-forget unless it gets too artifacty. I use it to smooth over some rough edges after the manual pitch correction. *shrug*. If you haven't tried Neutron 3, the "assistant mode" is kind of fun, where it analyzes your track and tries to suggest some EQ/etc settings as a starting point. Not always the best answer, but it's sometimes a nice option for the lazy.

  • @cowex  Feb 3

    Effects chain for the sneaky snake... looks like it was Auto-Tune -> Vocal Rider (automates the gain to level the vox) -> Neutron 3 (which itself is an FX chain of Sculptor -> EQ -> Exciter - automatically set, but i turned off compression) -> RVox (compressor, gate). I'm sure this isn't the best minimal set, and I probably won't use the chain gain except by accident, but that's what I had at mixdown time.

  • @expendablefriend  Feb 2

    I SO know what you mean. I am trying to find ways to create songs faster...but it's hard for me. I can write a song in an hour, e.g. if I take part in a skirmish, but it'll only be 60% of the way there, at best. There willl be more details that I only uncover when I start arranging/recording etc., and that stuff just takes time. I do find myself wondering whether there's really a way around that. Perhaps the solution is to get to 70% then call it done. I don't know. I keep experimenting...

  • @expendablefriend  Feb 2

    Wotcha! Thanks for the lovely comments. πŸ˜€ For drums I used the 707 kit built into one of FL studio's drum plugins (FPC). Electric guitar and bass sounds are courtesy of GTR3, which I got in a Waves sale a little while ago. It's such a good plugin that I never bother trying to record guitars any other way now! Hope that's useful.

  • @siebass  Feb 2

    Sent to the email from your profile; sorry for the trouble

  • @siebass  Feb 2

    @stevenwesleyguiles I removed and re-added you as the collaborator, let me know if that does it. If not, I can send it to you some other way; I just like to keep aggressive zong-busters away until the collab is done.

  • @siebass  Feb 1

    okay @stevenwesleyguiles; collab is up, locked for now. Excited to see what you come up with.

  • @mishykatz  Feb 1

    Hey good to see you, hope you feel better soon OUCH!

  • @siebass  Feb 1

    @stevenwesleyguiles looks like we're paired up for the random collab, and I got lyrics this time around. Any requests on the lyrics, or want me to just come up with something? Cheers,


  • @smudge  Feb 1

    Hi Steven! Yay!

  • @kristian  Jan 31

    Mr. Gee; we are ready for thee!

  • @sbs2018 Jan 29

    Your setup looks pretty awesome! I’m inspired!

  • @julesbf Jan 26

    Looking forward to your amazing creations.

  • @nancyrost  Jan 24

    Good to see you around these parts again! FAWM on!

  • @cynthiawolff  Jan 24

    Looking forward to your amazing new creations!
    So Cal in the house!!

  • @brownium  Jan 23

    Mr Guiles! Let's see what's cooked up in that wild brain of yours this year!

  • @kovbleu  Jan 23

    Have an amazing FAWM! I look forward to hearing what you create this year.

  • @natrin Jan 20

    Hello hello, have a great FAWM! 😁 Hope things are going well with you out in Cali.

  • @seemanski  Jan 19

    Hello there, thanks for sorting me out on GYAW. I really enjoy it and it allows me to keep going all year round. Happy FAWMing! πŸ˜€

  • @zecoop  Jan 18

    Thank you so much... Very tough obviously, but music has been a constant help to me in the past weeks. I am sure FAWM will only help. Looking forward to hearing your FAWM and hoping you get onto some tapes! πŸ˜€

  • @guatecoop  Jan 18

    Thanks, Steven! I appreciate you for stopping by with kind words. It sucks, really, but you are correct about FAWM being an opportunity for catharsis. I believe that it will be. Best wishes to you, as usual. I will be around, as will you.

  • @russiasaturn Jan 18

    happy almost-FAWM! πŸ˜€

  • @unpronounceable Jan 18

    Can’t wait to hear your stuff this FAWM! Thanks for being the passionate soul that you are! πŸ˜€

  • @steffan  Jan 18

    That sounds great! I'm going to give 100% to fawm this year, I think.

  • @johncrossman  Jan 18

    Here's to you, you fawmiac!

  • @joshbelville  Jan 17

    thanks for reminding me that fawm is coming up via your IG, steven! haha

  • @jacobeverettwallace  Jan 17

    SWG! You're stoked. I'm stoked. Have a great FAWM!

    (Also, maybe another Death Cab-inspired collab this year?)

  • @sapient  Jan 16

    Are YOU ready to ROCK?
    I bet you are... πŸ˜‰

  • @steffan  Jan 16


  • @expendablefriend  Jan 16

    Ooh! That's a good idea...I'm game. It's long overdue! πŸ˜€

  • @expendablefriend  Jan 16

    It's almost time!

  • @metalfoot  Jan 16

    Hey. Dude. You rock. πŸ˜€
    Have a great FAWM!

  • @hummingbear  Jan 16

    All the Wookies are waiting for FAWM to start. Here's to another year of wonderful music.

  • @tsunamidaily  Jan 14

    have the best FAWM this year!

  • @sw1n3flu  Jan 14

    (Apologies for the caps... excited πŸ˜‰ )

  • @scottlake Jan 12

    Steve what do you say to a collab this year. Maybe something Johnny Cash inspired?