Hey there folks,
Where to start? I want to update you with where I'm at without it turning in to a pity parade cos believe me, I know there are A LOT of people who are really worried right now, who have lost work, who are immunocompromised, who are wondering how the hell they are going to make their way through all of this.
On March 2nd I went in to the studio to start recording my 6th album with Steven Schram at the helm and my band, laying down the new songs live, minimal over dubs. It sounded different and rockin' and exciting. The outside world appeared to still be relatively normal and contained. Two weeks later, when I walked out having finished tracking the album, all my live work was cancelled or postponed and now the album has been put on ice until things start to turn around....and I know things will turn around and I know this album is going to be fucking great and I know all of this will be worth it in the long run but after completing my record deal with EMI I was excited to be a self funded independent artist for the first time in a long time. So yes, I am vulnerable, just like so many millions of people are. Still I am one of the lucky ones, I have a roof over my head and a wife and kids to cuddle when things get iffy. That's the wife and kids I'm cuddling by the way, not the roof.
Anyway, I've been curating a Spotify playlist that I invite you to listen to and enjoy during what may be some time of working from home, home schooling and self isolating for many of us. It's a collection of songs that I had been drawing inspiration from whilst writing and demoing my new album. I have thrown some of my own songs in there for good measure.
I don't expect charity from anyone as I know so many of you are hurting worse than I am, however some people have genuinely asked me what they can do and for that reason only, all I can offer as suggestion is to stream my music or shop here
But more than that, just know that I appreciate you even for thinking of me at this time when you've got your own shit to deal with. I have always thought the music community was a special, caring, inclusive place, it's what got me hooked as a teenager, it was where I found my people 25 years ago. I know that this little community will look out for one another through the hard times and come back celebrating harder when we reach the other side.
Take care of each other. Check in with your parents and elderly neighbours. Wash yer two hands like they are long lost lovers.
Let kindness and generosity be our guiding principles in the face of fear of the unknown and please feel free to message me privately if you need to unload or just wanna know the chords to "Ode to my Car". I'll do my best to help ya.
The Music Industry Is Sending Out an SOS
#SoundOfSilenceau is an awesome national campaign initiative asking music fans to donate to Support Act – an Australian music charity that provides crisis relief services to artists, crew and workers.
Together, we can help support those who are suffering a severe loss of income that has come with widespread cancellations of festivals, concerts, shows, and local gigs.
If you love music and want to keep hearing it, if you can help these beautiful peeps to keep their livelihood, head here to find out how you can support and donate today.