Thursday, 24 August 2017

Groove On

It's an old song but a new recording. This was one of the first songs I ever wrote back in 2005. Eddie and me did a rough recording one night back then when we were somewhat inebriated but it's taken me this long to get around to doing a proper recording. Enjoy!

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Back in business


After a 7 year recording hiatus during which time I've moved house 3 times, moved country from Luxembourg to Ireland, got married, became a dad... I finally have a home studio set up again!

While I was getting everything set up I found an unfinished project(4 guitar tracks) from my old band that had been hiding on a hard drive since 2005. So, to get me back in the swing of things I decided to finish it off.
Now that that's done there are no more excuses so I'll get started now on some new recordings. In the meantime, here's the song I finished off: Don't Tell Me(written by Eddie Leonard):


Monday, 6 January 2014

"Taxi for Two" used in promo video for Real English®

A big thankyou to the people at Real English for using Taxi for Two in their preview for their New South Beach Videos

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

If music be the food of love, then let it be free...


I'm not a big facebooker, generally I'm lucky if I login once a fortnight. Yesterday I logged in to find a message from a South Korean TV news channel, News Y, who were going to be in Luxembourg doing a piece on Jamendo and were inviting me to take part. I'd missed it by almost a week, they'd been and gone. I was gutted.

Could it have been my big break? Could I have been to the eastern world what Psy had become to the west? Maybe not but I was thinking about the things I'd achieved with my music - podcasts, radio shows, featured on a compilation CD box set, promotional DVD, movie trailer on a DVD, online videoes... The one thing that's so far eluded me is having me or my music on TV, this would have been the cherry on the cake. Oh well, que sera sera.

I then got to thinking about how these achievements had  become possible and it's really all been from giving my music away and primarily through Jamendo.

As a musician what I want is for people to hear my music and hopefully enjoy it, if I make any money while I'm at it then that's a bonus but it's by no means the raison d'etre. When I hear about artists suing fans for downloading their music, I'm in disbelief, are you really punishing people for liking your music?! (Metallica, don't you have enough money yet?).

You can't stop progress, you need to adapt or go the way of the dinosaur. People are going to download music for free, why pay for it if you don't have to? With that in mind, you may as well give your music away for free willingly and appear generous instead of appearing mean and people still not paying for your music.

If Metallica et al want someone to blame then maybe they need to look closer to home. When the CD was introduced in the 80's, production costs were slashed to a fraction of what they were with vinyl but was the saving passed on to the consumer? No, instead they put the price up. The movie industry has found ways of adapting and giving people a reason to pay for the product, we had HD/Bluray, then 3D and next we'll have 4k super HD.

What has the music industry given us? The same CD format since 1982 (Which has a smaller sonic range than analogue vinyl so in that respect was in fact a step back from what went before). They could have replaced the CD with Bluray and given us albums with HD sound, made it feel like Frank Sinatra was in the room with us, instead they decided to continue to churn out the same tired old format from the last millennium. A vain attempt to fart against the thunder of illegal downloading.

I first published my music on Jamendo about five years ago, before they introduced Jamendo Pro. Since then I've been approached by a music library who found me on Jamendo and I've made a bit of cash through them over the past years licensing out my music for commercial uses. In addition to that, since the introduction of Jamendo Pro, I've also made a little bit of money there (although perhaps more importantly Jamendo Pro gets my music played in public spots right across Europe and the US). It might not be enough to buy an island in the sun but the two revenue streams combined have been enough to feed my habit for whatever music equipment I've bought over the past few years.
A film company who were making a promotional DVD for Luxembourg University also found me on Jamendo, they used my music and invited me along to the premier, with free bubbly and even a red carpet!

I may have missed my chance at TV stardom this time but if I've learned one thing giving my music away on Jamendo, it's that more opportunities will present themselves and with well over 150,000 listens clocked up, Jamendo are making sure people hear my music and for me, that's what's really important. 

Thursday, 18 April 2013

New Song

What would be the point in new sites and new URL's without a new song, I hear you cry? I've traded in the studio for a nursery and although fatherhood leaves little time for recording, it does give me something new to sing about (Singing about drunken one night stands wore a bit thin with the Mrs once we got married :-o))

Anyway, here it is: "Baby Blue". I hope you enjoy!





New Site

I thought I was being generous and providing links to places where my music could be downloaded for free. I was wrong. Wordpress had disabled links to external sites that weren't partnered with Wordpress and my links were going nowhere... So I put two fingers up to Wordpress and moved to Blogger. It's really just the same site with a wee bit of a facelift(and links that actually work).



New URL


http://sideshowmanny.net I lost the .com one but at least the elephants are happy :-)