TEDx Dornbirn – Just Go, For You Can Go Anywhere – The Speech I Wrote but Didn’t Speak

So this weekend 20th-22nd July 2018, I was asked to join TEDx to perform and talk about my music and journey. I spent a while figuring out what I wanted to say and how I was going to say it. Writing many talks and feeling more than nervous for the event. It was kind of crazy how it all came about, just through a short video I posted of me busking once in Worcester, the curator Sarah Luger messaged me asking me if I wanted to play? – eh yeahs, I’ve been watching Ted talks the past 4 years!
I wanna write more about it, but for now I wanted to share the speech that I didn’t actually say on stage as I went almost completely improvised and just followed what my heart had to say. The response after I played and spoke was beyond ridiculous, the room was filled with so much love and positivy, it was cray cray!
For now these words roughly capture what I wanted to talk about.

TEDx Talk

Hey, so I was asked to perform my music on this TEDx stage today and talk about who I am.

I am James Chatfield.

And 2 years ago I made a leap and decided to be a full-time street-musician, right at the beginning of a British winter. Not exactly the best time to be playing outside in the streets all day. But it all came from a gut feeling, a feeling inside, telling me that I was destined for more than what I was doing at the time, which then, was working at a retail job, a place that didn’t align to who I was or give me chance to add value to people’s lives, just a source of income.

So I did it, I followed this gut feeling and quit my job, it was whilst driving to the workplace, I had a mental breakdown, a realisation that this wasn’t who I was and that I knew I could be doing something more important to give to this world.

So sat there in my car, after just quitting my job, and choosing my own path, I drove out and started street performing, deciding that from this point onwards, I would do this full-time, that I would only do things that meant I could be who I was, and add value to other people’s lives doing what I love – creating music.

The winter was harsh to busk in, my hands would freeze up alot, I stood in blistering winds, snowfalls, would get many blisters and cut my fingers, catch colds and sometimes play for 6 hours in one day and just make enough to grab a cup of coffee.

But I knew that if I persisted and never gave up, and that if I could busk through this, that I could busk in any condition.

And what kept me going was

Seeing the affect my music had on people, children stopping in amazement, possibly the first time they’ve seen live music, they dance and laugh, stop their parents so they can watch, pulling them closer. People smile, people walk past looking down and out then a smile slowly arises, people looking so busy then suddenly stop, those few seconds where they escape the rush in their mind to listen to this music, maybe it shaped their day and brought light to them, maybe it inspired them, maybe it just quite simply made them feel a bit more happier in that one moment. People have come up to me in tears, hugging me, “thank you” they say or “I have had the most awful morning, but hearing this music has made my day instantly better”.

Seeing this affect I had on people. I knew that this was what I was meant to do, this was a path I was meant to embark on, one to bring my music to streets for strangers to hear, to spread positivity, smiles and lighten someone’s day. For I knew if I had impacted only one person out of a thousand, in a positive way. I was doing something good for this world, that who I am and the skills I have, equal to, performing music on the streets, the perfect way for me to maximise my impact on the world.

I am grateful everyday for the amazing kindness from all of the wonderful people I encounter on the streets, and for the most incredible, most magical friends that I have. For without these loving souls, wouldn’t be able to do what I do.

My current goal is to acquire a van, so that I can convert into a mobile home and music studio, so that I can be more productive and travel easier, to reach out to more people and more countries. To drive around sharing my music to every country that is possible to drive to.

With this van, it means I can further expand on my mission,

To travel the world, and share my music and positivity to the streets, to uplift and connect as many people as I can. For at the end, when I leave this life, I want to leave knowing that I gave this world everything I am, that I gave it all the music in me. As we only get this one life, this one chance to follow our heart, to turn our dreams into a reality, to bring value to every other being around us, to make change to the world no matter how small that change is.

I’ve always seen my music as a way to communicate and spread positivity. A way to connect with people and share a joyful message. I’ve never felt I’ve had the chance to communicate a positive message through talking, so with this opportunity on this TEDx talk, I want to share a message.

I say to you, just go, for you can go anywhere, for you can turn all your dreams into a reality, for you can live the life you desire, for you can achieve things beyond what you believe you are capable of. You are enough, you will always be enough, you are beautiful, you are unique, and you are a miracle. You can overcome any challenge that presents itself. You can do anything and you can go anywhere. One step at a time, as any step forward is a step forward.

Where will you go? What do you feel your soul pulling you towards? I say go, Just Go, For You Can Go Anywhere, give this world everything you are and leave knowing that you lived your life to the full.

And now I will play some music for you.

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New Album! Captured Moments Volume One!!!

https://chatfield.bandcamp.com/album/just-go-for-you-can-go-anywhere

So the journey begins with releasing more music for you all! Captured Moments collates my favourites recordings taken from my adventures within music and general life. They’ll contain clips from busking sessions, Improvisation, collaborations, electro beats etc etc, whatever sounds I make within the time between releases!

This one begins with the image of myself standing, understanding where my path lies and where it’ll take me. Around the world! It’s the dream and it will become a reality providing I put in the hard work and patience! I’m totally determined to spread my music to as many people as I can and bring smiles upon their faces!

Most of these recordings are from busking sessions in Worcester and Hereford. I only wish that I started this series earlier as there have been many moments I wish to have been captured, also it would of been amazing to see the progression in my playing from the start of the double guitarness! But I’m glad I just started now and decided to start giving everything I have to you all!

I wrote a little rant/piece of advice about this yesterday, it goes as such;

For all creators, bring out your creativeness from your soul everyday, release short videos, songs, images etc etc everyday, if you have it in you then release it all. Why not? We live in an age where you can post tonnes of content on platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and YouTube for free….for free….for free! With the potential to reach out to thousands of people, all across the globe, for free…. Imagine 10 years ago how much it’d cost to record a live music session and share it all across the world, probably 100’s of coins!
Don’t be worried about quality. Don’t be fancy until your fancy!
Say you posted 1 short video everyday for a month, just a little 2 minute jam or Improvisation or section of a song you wrote. Say no one even views it, it doesn’t matter, you’ve just documented your own progression for free, you can look back and be like, man I totally forgot about that riff, this riff would be awesome in this song I just wrote. Leaving it on here means you don’t have to worry about memory on your devices. FOR FREE!

Also who knows, that one little video of a riff you wrote, could be seen by the producer of a upcoming movie who’s like “dam, that’s it! That’s the main melody for Charlie’s theme!” gives you a message, “yo that video you posted a couple of weeks back, I want to use that song in my movie, can you record a full 3 minute version? Then I’ll fly you out to New Zealand and we’ll talk!” – this, is completely possible! FOR FREE!

FOR FREE!

Whatever it is you do, just do. Just be.
And document it all, it doesnt mean you have to spend hours everyday on social media, it literally takes 5 minutes to record a video and post it on multiple platforms….. For free!

🙏If you aren’t already doing this, I super duper highly recommend it! It may take months before anything comes from it, but you’ve got tonnes of content to show people and look back on and be like, yeah, I’ve left something of me here, if I’m to vanish tomorrow, at least I captured what I do and gave this world everything I have.

Just do
Just be

🙏❤️

Have a most wonderful evening!

I just got to Oxford and here’s some music I made in the streets!

The Busker and The Dragonfly – 5th June 2018

“oh dragonfly”, the dragonfly landed on the buskers case, attracted to the sounds and the light green colours, sitting peacefully still for a while, the Busker finished playing and the dragon fly continued to climb upon the Busker. Crawling onto his hand to better see the world around, the dragonfly could see so much, he could see so much anyways he was just a bit tired of flying. The Busker packed away and the dragonfly jumped aboard the trolley, adventures they went on, from pond to pond from land to land, The Busker and The Dragonfly

“Nice to meet you Cheese” – Quick Busking Documents – 8th May 2018

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(Picture by Chris Cosby)

I keep meaning to post more blogs, but then I get overwhelmed with how much there is to possibly write, because I haven’t been posting regularly I feel theres so much backlog to catch up on. So instead of worrying about that, I’m going to do bite size blog posts when and where possible – then with any free time I’ll work on bigger blog posts.
So here goes some on the spot improvised writing, I guess all writing is improvised until you go back and make adjustments, maybe I shouldn’t make adjustments….a fast paced journal of my journey written during train rides and coffee breaks.
I’m currently on the train to Reading from Oxford – Oxford a place I cannot escape apparently. I keep coming back, it feels like home. The first time I came here I felt so welcome and relaxed, people here really appreciate my music and there’s a never ending array of different people visiting Oxford, so I get to reach out to so many countries, cultures and ages. Crowds of people gather to watch me play, dancing children and applauding my music – I can’t explain the amount of love there is here.
Yesterday whilst busking in Oxford (in the shade from this boiling sun – yay sun). An american came and spoke to me for ages after my performance,
“I’m John from South Carolina, but people call me Cheese”
“Nice to meet you cheese”
“I’m a musician myself, I’ve just been sat watching you for a while. The music you make and the love you put into it really shows, I feel we’ve connected on a whole different wave length. You know music really is a powerful language, an energy source unlike others. It’s a feeling that I can’t explain but the joy and love I get from it, is just magical, I teach people guitar for free back home, in hope that they too will experience this energy I get. That child who just stood and watched you play, may have been his first time ever seeing live music, he may one day pick up an instrument and be like you. This is why I love street music so much, you open up so many doors for people, yet they might not realise until days or years later”.
This was just brilliant, a truly wonderful encounter with such a wonderful person. We sat and spoke for ages about how much music means to children, and how it can affect their lifes. Cheese continued to say he would be sharing my music with America and that with what I can do, I can go anywhere I desire. – Thank you Cheese.
Busking in Reading for the first time was fun, it’s a place I’ve never really heard of, but someone who saw me in Oxford kept messaging me on Instagram, saying I had to go, mainly or her pleasure to see me perform again maybe and because apparently it’s got a vibrant busking scene – that I didn’t see, I didn’t see any buskers actually – maybe they’re all out enjoying the sun! But what better way to enjoy the sun, playing your own music to lots of new people, lots of smiles!
From this busk (so far – currently having a quick break – might go back to Oxford to busk or Basingstoke?), I picked up a party gig for a guy called Steve – he’s 40 Friday and is having a big party in Southampton and is putting on a ‘Jools Holland’ type show. Said I can come jam, do my thing and hang out of with a bunch of his musician pals! I’m glad I’m in the position where I can just go with the flow and say yes to these kinda gigs. When I did my first 5 week stint of a ‘busking tour’, I planned way too much and missed out on loads of cool opportunities because I had booked accomodation and travel in advance. So this time I’m living day to day and almost doing everything last minute – it’s fun, yet a little scary, but it opens many doors!
Gonna go busk again, the sun is calling me, “oi Jimmy, I ain’t shining this bright so yous can sit inside and enjoy chilling air cons, come out here and let me burn you up!” …… “sorry sun, gimme a min” ……. “kk, love you” …… “love you to sun”.
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Busking Tour 2018-Chapter One- Oxford, A Home on the Road

The start of the adventure began in Oxford, and oh man oh man – I loved it so much! Stepping out into Oxford and seeing the architecture and beauty of the city felt welcoming, I knew I’d made the right decision on taking the leap now. Arriving at the hostel (20.03.18), (although staying in hostels wasn’t my original intent it was the budget option for this first step), I was greeted by a very friendly staff member – Ruby, although she first said “I’m sorry you can’t stay here if you’ve got all that stuff”-pointing at my two guitars and busking trolley-“ya what?!”-“yeah that’s too much, nowhere to store it all”-“but…?”-this was her sense of humour, very dry aha, luckily there was place to store it! We then had many nice conversations about music, instagram, art and travelling! The team at ‘Oxford Backpackers’ were like a family, only a few of them worked there but they were all friendly and conversational, so they informed me of all the best places to visit in Oxford! So I dumped my clothes bag and headed towards the city centre, which was a 5 minute walk from the hostel – winner! The first busk was awesome, I had an incredible response from the public, as there were many school classes taking trips there from all over Europe the city was constantly busy, so I had crowds of foreign students stand around me quite a lot. Asking for group photos and following me on Instagram, taking selfies and giving me both £1 coins and euros aha (since I plan to visit Europe this year, that helps, a lot), someone also gave me a dollar (I don’t plan on visiting America anytime soon- I don’t need a dollar, dollars not what I need, if I share with you my music, can you you not share a dollar with me, cause a dollars not what I needwhat? I don’t know? Stop? Okay…).Oxford is filled with some amazing street artists and I met two of the regulars on the first day! Above-Is by Merlin Porter. This was while I was Busking with a big crowd of French and Italian students around me, he came over and asked “can I quickly paint you”, sure….this took him just over 5 minutes to do! It’s crazy good and he did it so fast! He then went and did more for the students around, so we were almost working as a busking duo aha, I drew people in with the music, he made them stay with the art – that could be a pretty cool street art combination to take on the road! Merlin has his work known all over Oxford and a few cafes have galleries for him, go check out his work now – Merlin Porter. Facebook Page.

This was the class that surrounded me and Merlin when he painted the above picture! Their teacher insisted on getting a picture! I find it weird enough people take pictures of me Busking, then having pictures like this taken felt alien, then someone asked for a selfie and posted it up on Instagram; Aha! So strange, this kid from German really enjoyed my music and bought a few CDs for his family! He’s also sent me some really nice messages on Instagram too! This photo was taken at my favourite spot, just outside of WestGate (which is a huge shopping centre, I believe its actually bigger that what Oxfords castle was! Crazy!).

Since taking this route to travel and busk solo around the UK. I looked into ways to meet people and find friends along the way, as it has and will be a lonesome journey, something I prepared for as I’m quite introverted and like having the space to be on my own. But I also wanted to jump into the uncomfortable and make the effort to socialise with strangers, make friends and build confidence in talking. So I got this app called – MeetUp, with it I attended a talk ‘Engineering Happiness into your Life’ (self-development/motivational talks are something I’m hugely interested in). It was nice to attend something like this as I read and listen to a lot of public speakers like Anthony Robbins and Les Brown. The talk was a very simplified approach to some goal setting and life questions that you’d find in – Awaken The Giant Within – Anthony Robbins

But I discovered some very helpful exercises and life tips in this talk. One of the main activities was to talk to someone who you didn’t know and tell them ‘your story’, we also had to describe ourselves in 3 words – my first thought was, Free, Creative, Loner. That obviously led to many questions and thoughts that floated around to ages afterwards, so I took some time and just sat writing out the question – who am I? Until I found an answer which I felt true to myself, it took a while and it was hard! But it really helped me. I think the way you perceive who you are massively affects the way you think and act. So me having this original thought of being a ‘loner’ only creates the lonesomeness that I feel, a self created feeling and way of looking at my life and probably created situations where I’d ostracise myself. And now I feel I can change those three words that describe me as – A Creative, Nomad, Connector. Since changing this view of who I am, simply with a few subtle word changes, it’s made me change my way on looking at life. This all happened during my first day of Oxford, so from then onwards I felt connecting easier and realise that I’m here travelling to give music to the world and connect with people and connect people together creatively by busking. I never really thought I’d open up like this on a blog, but I want to give you any bit of advice I can give. Please try this now, a pen and paper (much better than phone or laptop), write in 3 words the answer to ‘Who am I?’, the first three words that come to mind. Now think about your answer and how it affects your view of your life and the world around you….if you feel it’s not truly what you believe, then spend some time to write out ‘who you are’ in more detail (more than three words). Dig deep and ask yourself as many times as it takes for you to find an answer you feel speaks the truth. Think about where you want to be in life, your goals, your dreams and who you need to be to get there.

There is greatness within you Les Brown

Another lesson I learnt from this came from an exercise to draw a pie chart like this-

A way to rate each section of your life from 0-10: Physical Environment(places you spend your time, I.e work place, home, social spaces etc), Work, Health, Personal Growth, Love, Money and Friendship. Then with the areas rated low, build goals to boost the ratings. My lowest areas are – Friendship, Money and Love. I know how to boost the money – be better and busk more (which is what I’m working on with this tour). But with Friendship and Love, I need to put in some effort and plan goals. I’m not entirely sure how to set these goals but I have some ideas, I definitely need to make a more consciously effort to connect with my friends and family, even though I’m travelling and away from them- that’s no excuse not to call or message them! I do prefer ‘real-life’ interactions but I that’s impractical currently being away, so I have to use what I have! Try this out too! Use it to plan some goals and figure out where your balances are, and make sure to congratulate yourself on the victories you already have! Always acknowledge every victory, no matter how small!

I’m probably going off on a tangent about this talk I attended! But I feel these are learning steps and an essential part of this journey, and hopefully it adds some value to your life! I definitely think travelling alone is something everyone should venture into, to learn about the world around you and discover more of yourself.

The man who goes alone can start today, but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready – Henry David Thoreau

Here’s one of the other great artists of Oxford – Joshua Squashua! I love this so much! I feel it shows how I sometimes feel like a complete crazy man who’s lost the plot when I go out and busk with my guitar and bass. We actually met on Instagram, through following the hashtag #busking I discovered his work and we got chatting, so to meet him and hang out was awesome! We shared many views on life and he threw some crazy Philosophical questions at me which have racked my mind for ages, amazing stuff but these kind of questions make you think! Go check his work too!!! – Joshua Squashua. Facebook Page. He’s currently embarking on some busking travelling adventures too, so if you see him in the streets, be sure to get your face squashed and caricatured by him!

I had a lot of pictures and videos taken of me while out Busking, a lot were sent to me! So thank you for all the love and appreciation of my music! Here’s a few;

Here’s the cutest little girl! Her Dance is so adorable! She was dancing for ages with this song and her mum gave her a coin to give, she was confused on where to put it so she stood there waiting for me to take it. It was adorable and from the crowd reaction you could see how happy it made people feel! This has to be one of my favourite busking moments! I didn’t expect any of this, but looking up from my guitar to see a crowd surrounding me all smiling and watching intently, taking videos and pictures, this moment, this atmosphere and connecting people together is the reason I’m in love with busking!

I feel I’ve found a meaningful purpose for performing music, I feel like I’ve added some happiness and value to the lives of those who saw and interacted with me. These gestures of smiles and connection makes it all worth it. I hope to continue to brighten peoples days and I hope to connect with more beautiful souls!

Not only did Oxford give me so much love while busking, it was a welcoming and warming place, I felt at home there and I felt connected with the people! I’m not there now, I’m in Newport, but I’ll write more about this trip on the next post!

I do miss Oxford and would like to return soon, I’ve made some great friends there and made some beautiful memories. Living on the road and travelling makes me feel as though I’ve found a home, I feel this journey is the beginning for some great things, I feel I’m heading in the right direction to achieve my dreams and goals, I’m ready for the challenges to come and I’m feeling very optimistic about life! Right now I feel wonderful!

I hope you to feel wonderful!

Thank you for reading and following my journey!

If I’ve helped in anyway or you feel I can help in anyway, please contact me in someway!

Lots of love,

Have a great day,

Follow your heart,

Keep being you and keep being awesome!

Thank you,

James x

Sounds of Zephyr; Collaboration with Another Busker (Chris Duckett)

On the 23rd January, I met Chris Duckett at the Firefly Open Mic night in Worcester. We connected really well through our love of busking and performing every chance we get, I discovered he was on a busking tour, lives in his van and is staying in Worcester for the week – straight away I knew this was going to be a great friendship!
I performed my guitar/bass one-man band, Chris loved what he saw, and straight up gave me a bunch of festival dates for some main stages he helps organize! Then Chris performed and silenced the whole room, magical sounds from his percussive spaceship! It seems to be a rare sight to see and hear a HandPan live, and Chris sure knows how to play it (at this point he’s been playing it for 3 weeks!! 3 weeks!!!!). 

Video from Firefly Open Mic – Night I met Chris

The next day we hit the streets of Worcester together and busked all day! Chris’ busking spots were very interesting, as a new busker to the place I guess he didn’t really know the core busking spots, but the place he chose was incredible, under shelter in this tunnel perfect ambiance for his instrument and music, a place I never thought of using before, but will when the rain hits!
I’ve learned a lot about busking from Chris since meeting him, the main thing being persistence and playing longer – he was busking from 9am to 2am most days! – with breaks obviously, something like 9-11am 12-2pm 5-7pm 9-11pm 1-2am (Worcester clubbers loved his music during these hours!). So much busking each day! His energy definitely passed onto me and my love for busking has only increased!

Busking spot Chris found, sheltered from rain, his original song – Singing

Being a rainy day in Worcester, we busked here until 4pm. Our friend Jake Marsh (who lives on a boat and runs a gigging boat club during summer), offered his place to shelter from the rain, so as three musicians, we jammed, on a boat, it was a lot of fun! Below is the outcome! It’s a mix of an original song by myself and vocal lines from an original by Chris.

After all the jamness with Jake on his boat! We hit the hay for the day and met up again in Worcester the following day for more jams! Adding a member to the jam – Cookie – beatboxing master!

Being it Friday we busked the night whilst people were on their way to party! We got a little crowd going and met a lovely woman who wished we’d had got together as a trio sooner to play at her wedding! She was loving it, dancing with her kids, from this we basically forced to give this trio a name – The BeatBassPan – CookieDuckettField – Waves – Sounds of Waves – The Waves – Sounds of Zephyr! = decided! And so Sounds of Zephyr was born! We jammed so much that night, later around 10pm we were joined by some more beatboxers and rappers, we had a little crowd judging a beatboxing battle going down between Cookie and Jack Goodwin.

From the jams we had, I took all the ‘good’ bits and compiled it onto a Bandcamp album, a live recording demo of our jams! My trusty Zoom Q2HD recording and rocking strong – this has been one of my best purchases as a musician, I record pretty much everything I do and the quality is insane for such a tiny recorder, I highly recommend if you’re wanting to get rough recordings of gigs, busking, rehearsals, sampling found sounds etc etc.

So here are the tracks!
My favorite has to be ‘You Wanna Be Friends?!’, it’s featuring Jack Goodwin, who is both an excellent beatboxer/rapper/spoken word and amazing human being! Whilst jamming this I got pumped with energy and was dancing around like a lunatic, feeling high on music and life! The video below was taken during this jam!

Having too much fun busking with the gang! I love busking and I love just playing a groove on the bass, so this was a lot of fun! We had a lot of energy and dancing going on all night! Super excited for more night busking jams like this.

Moving on from the trio beatboxing/handpanning madness, me and Chris spent some time hanging out, planning travels, booking gigs and jamming some duo material. We found a warm place by a fire with tea, eating vegan pies and jamming on the house piano –

It’s fun to just jam and let the music flow out! Especially when you connect so well with someone musically, the songs and music just pour out. We must have written about 10 songs as a duo in the tiny timeframe we’d met.
So this was just before we went busking as a trio again for a big night busk. We found this really cool open square surrounded by restaurants, there were lots of people hanging around drinking. We managed to play for an hour before we got shut down by security as we had complaints from a very hidden Travelodge, it was in no way an aggressive shutdown, as the security guard brought us out tea and gave us a fiver! He actually seemed bummed out that he was told to shut us down.
We separated that night for different musical adventures, I and Cookie went off with a gang of Worcester musos for a big jam on Jake Marsh’s Boat House, while Chris went and busked! From 12-2am! He said it was some of the best busking he’s ever done!

The next busking session we went to my hometown of Kidderminster, not busking there for a while it was nice to bring my new set-up of guitar/bass! My ‘regulars’, townpals, Kidderminster fans, I don’t know what to call them erm, – the extremely generous and friendly people who donate and chat with me everytime I busk in Kidderminster – really loved what they heard and was intrigued by the additional guitar, they all asked about the Europe trip and asked about my next destinations, the connection with these people is amazing! They’re so loving!!!
Later when Chris came down, they loved that too! We jammed through some new tunes and did some big ambient jams, like this one;

And here’s the final jam we did before Chris drove off towards the Midlands to carry on his busking tour! This is my most favorite thing we did as a duo and was highly inspired by Nizlopi (a joint favorite artist of ours whom we’d love to gig with!). It ended on such a high positive note and was the perfect way to end our first run of busking jams together, we’ve planned so much for the summer, for busking adventures and for the future of Sounds of Zephyr.
Meeting and jamming with Chris has uplifted me both spiritually and musically, motivating me to busk more and to give more time to aid people. It’s opened up a whole new path to walk down. I feel our paths aligned at the right time, as both our life goals are quite similar and we’ll be able to lift each other closer to these goals.

So yes! Thank you, Chris, for everything you’ve taught me the past couple of weeks, I’m super excited for more writing sessions and more busking adventures!

Now! Go check out his music! Because! It’s beautiful and will uplift you!
You’ll find it HERE and HERE and also HERE!

 

The Daily Bass Busking Videos

So for a while I’ve been posting videos of me doing bass things onto YouTube as often as I can. A lot of them are during busking sessions, as I tend to do a lot of my ‘bass things’ on the streets. Daily Bass – currently on 46 videos (todays) came about by wanting to challenge myself with on-the-spot composing, trying to differ my approaches to songwriting and create a pallet of different sounds. It’s nice to flick back through all the videos and see developments and watch my own journey, I kind of like the idea of it being a video journal of my journey with music, plus it gives anyone who’s recently discovered/and likes my music, a whole tonne of stuff for them to check out! ( So if you’ve just discovered me, there’s plenty of me on YouTube 😀 ). Also it’ll be nice to show my children (When and if I have children.), “Hey look this is what your Dad got up too!“.

 

This video is an audio recording from my Q2 – which I take busking and tape most of my busking session, it’s a great way to keep track of new ideas and also it sounds nice with the ambience of the streets passing by. Unfortunately whilst busking in Stourbridge, a guy living on the streets didn’t like my presence and began threatening me quite aggressively – you’ll find an audio snippet at the end of the track. This was the first time he threw his anger towards me, and I’ve been back a few times and it has elevated, to quite recently when he came with others and said he’d break my stuff the next time he sees me. On that, I’ve stopped busking in Stourbridge, which is sad as I’ve met a lot of people there and it’s a lovely place to busk. I’ve tried being as nice as I can to this guy, I’ve given him tea/food before, tried to come to some agreement where I play nowhere near him, but he wasn’t happy with anything I said and continues to dislike me. 😦

Busking in London with Carlos Browne, a very good friend and a super good drummer. I’ve always making music with him! We took a trip to London for the weekend for busking and to meet up with friends at the London Bass Guitar Show. This is mostly solo bass, but Carl joins me at ‘7:30’.

A trip up to Manchester for busking, beautiful City! It was the first time ever going to the City Center and it welcomed my music very well, I sold a lot of CDs here and met a bunch of other buskers. It ticks off a ‘to-do’ on my list from the blog post 2017: Year of the Busker