Out busking in Wolverhampton on a Monday afternoon. New place, haven’t busked here before, and honestly may not busk here again. It’s been good and I met a lot of friendly faces who seemed to really enjoy my music, above video is a perfect example. But it’s a strange place to busk, a strange energy that I don’t quite understand. There are busking rules here too, which is great, it’s great that the council appreciate buskers and have made specific busking spots. But that comes with limitations, because the spots were made from a councils point of view rather than looking through a buskers eyes, they aren’t located in the best spots, and almost hide you away from the public, so it causes limitations on what you can do here. Also because the council walk around the city centre, if you’re not in a set busking spot you’ll get moved on. And unfortunately after my first busk, the other spots were occupied by people who are unfortunately homeless, so I couldn’t just set up next to them, I don’t want to upset anyone, I just want to help.
So these busking spot rules kind of stopped me from busking more than 90 minutes, which is fine, I played music and made people smile.
That’s all I want to do. I just want to make music to be heard by many people, to relax them and send them to chilled out spaces in their mind, and play music on the streets to make people smile. I don’t care for money or fame, all I want is too add value to this world and the people in it.
So I’m grateful for what I have and what I’m able to do, busking truly has bought so much value to my life and to others. I get lovely messages from people saying I helped brighten their day and make their day. So for that I feel like I’m doing some good for this world.
And to those who follow my blog and read this, thank you, I am grateful for your time and support.
Hey! I haven’t posted anything in a while, but I’ve still been out doing things! Daily videos are becoming more frequent and I’ve been doing lots of album work! So kinda got distracted from blogging more frequently!
I feel I’m slowly shifting my life into a more flowing stream of creativity and mega content uploading. After listening to this video a few times, my passion for creating loads of content has increased,
“you’re one song from getting all that you want” – Gary Vee.
I 100% agree with this guy, if you can release high amounts of content on a regular basis, have the ability to record and publish your music and have the music to do it, then why not do it? Why not just release everything you do and build this huge pool of content for everyone to enjoy and to add to your legend. That one little riff you post could spark a huge interest from the right person and get your music on some upcoming film!
So just do, and just do more and just do, just do, do just, do do the just do do!
Anyways here’s a bunch of videos I’ve released the past few days!
Don’t really know what I’m doing, never do, never will. But I know I wanna start singing more. This idea came from that desire! Bass guitar is just one big drum stick!
Some improvisation out in Worcester was playing opposite Be The Change Foods, which is a super great Vegan cafe, they brought out a little cookie for me too!
Some more improvisation in Worcester, this time with a loop pedal! Which is something new for the set-up with two guitars, so much fun to play around with!
This is some improvisation whilst busking in Hereford, later in the evening 6pm I believe. When this idea came to mind, I instantly thought a vocal line on it would be really cool, so I tried to keep it simple in hope that I can get a vocalist to sing over the recording of it!
Enjoying the sun in the garden with my looper and guitar and dog – Roxy.
Looping Garden Sessions was born, maybe there’ll be more, who knows!? Too many ideas I keep getting, that’s why I just want to release everything, so nothing gets lost!
I was in the studio yesterday with my good friend Jack Pederson. Recorded a few songs and listening back, we both felt something was wrong. For start, I didn’t really feel comfortable in the studio, and the sound wasn’t what I was after, it sounded great but just wasn’t what I fully had in mind. We then compared it to some of the busking recordings I have recently done and there lay the problem. These songs weren’t meant for a studio, they were created in the streets and belonged in the streets. The space in which these songs sit in is important, and this comparison made that fact clear. The passing foot traffic, life going on around me, helicopters passing, laughing and puppies barking all add depth to the songs, and capture what I do perfectly. The music I currently make and play fit the streets, as I spend so much time busking, and I guess that’s why I felt uncomfortable in the studio, not because of nerves or pressure from that red light in the studio but because those songs belong outside amongst the sounds of the world. And both I and Jack felt there was so much missing after going from the street recordings to the studio recordings. “Just release this, this is what your music is and who you are”, Jack said, and that changed everything, he spoke many inspiring things and we threw so many ideas around.
This is what we came out with.
To begin making the conscious act of recording every busking session I do, anytime I play music outside, all collaborations etc etc, record them all. To capture the things that I’m already doing and compile my favorite bits from these recordings onto an album. With the amount of content that will come from this, I can do so much, and with it a monthly album release, each with their own titles and the subtitle of – Captured Moments Vol.1,2,3 etc. I can’t think of a better way to document my journey and give everyone who supports my music a huge batch of content to listen to. Plus all the videos I release on a daily basis, the content will just be huge!
There’s something exciting about releasing the raw performances out on the streets, capturing the random sounds that occur, conversations, comments, passing bicycles and all that life brings. It means that I can just continue doing what I do, adventure and record the journey, documenting in an audio format for the world to listen to. Each month will contain so many memories and hold many stories. Themes could occur, i.e. a month of playing near water, busking on riversides, parks, water fountains etc. So many ideas came from this conversation with Jack, and I’m extremely grateful for it!
I also have ideas for an actual studio album, but that would be more of a composed environment where I would get other musicians to collaborate and get involved. For now, I wish to continue my busking journeys and give you all the music I have!
Above – clip from today’s busking session, this is a short clip. Below is a full version of today’s improvisation. I say ‘todays improvisation’, as if I only did one, I always improvise haha. And this new way of documenting will give all that I do, to you!
Following on from what I wrote above, about the conversations in the studio. Todays busking felt very different. Knowing that these songs are going to be documented. I approached everything a little different, not in the sense to make things ‘perfect’ (perfect doesn’t exist), but treating the streets as an instrument in some ways, giving it space to ‘play’, if a sound occurred that fitted with the song, then I’d keep playing that riff with the sounds occurring. Listening to the streets as though it was another musician I was performing with and responding to what it did….sounds kinda crazy, but it added a lot more to busking.
With all this is, it just adds way more excitement to my music and busking, I feel excited and feel like I’m slowly but surely becoming a better creator and improving daily.
Also today – a photo shoot with this dude – Sam Watkins. His Instagram tag is @samwatkinsphoto and also @trekrooms
Beautiful view beside the river, Worcester is just beautiful! Photos and videos to come from this within the next few days!
Its been a long day, but I’m really happy with everything that is happening and becoming at the moment! Really excited to capture these busking moments and release it for you to enjoy on the move!
“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
A day busking in Stourbridge, where I discovered the above riff! (below is the full improvised track around this riff). It’s pushing my boundaries a little with what I can do with these two instruments, but I love the challenge and trying something very new for the first time in the streets, it puts pressure on it to almost make it ‘complete’ there and then, as though I know exactly what I’m doing, when in actual fact, I have no idea! But hey, that’s the beauty of busking, you can do what you like, and people seem to like what I do.
Trying to forget what the right hand is doing with the percussive pattern and let my left hand do some more basslinr riffs. Splitting my mind as much as I can.
I bumped into two guys who have seen me in many places on my busking adventures, they said some very loving and hopeful encouraging words to me. Telling me how they really appreciate and admire my lifestyle and music choices, I feel incredibly blessed for this to have happened. A wonderful day.
Today was filled with many busking sets. A lovely response from the kind hearts of Worcester. The local street artist Tony, who creates beautiful chalk portraits on the streets of animals and fantasy worlds, collaborated with me today. He designed some of my homemade CDs;
Whilst playing across the street from him, he drew what the music inspired. He said he could hear alot of animals and travelling coming from my music, maybe that relates to my desires for travelling, veganism and my love for animals. Its interesting how that kind of energy comes from my music, different people imagine different things from it, the beauty of music, it can be intrepted in an infinite amount of ways.
Many new riffs and Improvisation bought many ideas to fruition. A perfect platform for practicing before a gig. My gig. Tonight was on a River Cruise down the River Severn in Worcester – http://www.worcesterboattrips.co.uk – the top link is a video from the set, my first song which was just a long version of ‘Change’.
A very fun gig it was indeed. The first gig I’ve played where the venue moves! I was unsure on what to expect and what kind of gig it was, it was more of a background music vibe, which is what I was hoping as playing a ‘real’ gig environment kind of frightens me at the moment, to have everyone’s full attention on you and the music, it’s quite a lot to take in. Especially as a solo artists, you have all eyes on you and can’t hide behind a drummer or singer!
But none the less, it was a fantastic day and I will continue to do more gigs to over come this fright and do more with my music!