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Diary - Feb 06

This month I'm answering some of the most frequently asked questions. Number one - am I ever doing an album?
It's great to hear people requesting it, but the answer is that I don't know.

It's down to the resource basically - i.e. time and money. As far as the productivity and activity is concerned, I can't compete with bands on a big budget who are expected to spend full time writing, recording and gigging. Even so then I should take more time than a band as I do all the instruments - not just writing but recording them too.
These bands are typically expected to come up with an album every 2 or 3 years - often with a few singles squeezed out of the same album, so come to think of it, I don't think I'm doing too badly? And my singles are 'EPs', not a title track with a few throw away remixes etc. So at the moment, for me, coming up with a maxi every now and again is the best I could do within the resource available really.

Number two, are there any future gigs? Well, unfortunately not, because of the reasons above. Even more so now that I had such a long break so I want to write some more songs to begin with. Having said that, who knows, situations might change, etc....and I might be able to be more active! Well, at least I would like to hope so as I really like playing gigs and I think it's really important. I don't think I could have come up with the materials I have come up with if I hadn't had live experience - you play different in front of the audience apparently, and there is inspiration and interaction with the audience, that special sensation and energy. There are some disappointing moments too of course, but even so the experience overall is precious.

Having said that, I'm yet to fully enjoy the very music while performing on stage, as most of the time you won't be hearing what the audience are hearing. They often do a different mix for the monitors so that the singer can hear the vocals really well - if you can't hear your vocals then you go off key! So sometimes the live experience can be like walking in the dark.
For that matter then the studio practice is the best, as you can hear everything, improvise, experiment, go really crazy without having to worry about anything - that's where I discovered what happens to your guitar sound when you turn it really, really up - that's also where I discovered the art of hard strumming - :)
So instead of preparing for gigs I'm writing new materials now - I've got a few songs ready for the next maxi, but I need more materials as I would like to keep releasing some stuff for the next 2 or 3 years. I really hope so.

Well I think I've spoken enough and will answer other questions some other time!