Archive for April, 2016


Posted: April 14, 2016 in 4. Major Project / Production. - 3rd Yr.

Development toward the finalisation of my website and self promotion…


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After booking the studio for a practice session i decided to try again with the recording of the drums…

I personally liked the sound of the home made drum kit yet the quality is slightly better from this session.

I have decided to use the home made kit for one of the songs on the ep and the studio recordings for the other two tracks


The No Sweat Ep is about writing music using nostalgia… In my dissertation I covered how we process music internally using nostalgia and presumptions. Growing up I was surrounded by Rock & Metal music… In my teens I followed bands like Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Skunk Anansie, Metallica, Nickelback, P.O.D, and Korn…

I still havnt found a sound of my own yet in regards to performing regularly on the open mic and gigging circuit, I chose to try out my luck and put together a garage band.

Ultimately it was about making a performance of a few acoustic songs have a strong presence on stage… Why not plug the guitars in and turn them up!!

I tried on 3 separate occasions to record using the University studios and came across problems with the desk and configuration i decided to be as resourceful as possible and record the drums at RecordOne Studios with Elliot Paffy. (A fellow student on our course also)


We had to build this drum kit out of two separate kits as there was broken pieces and issues with each set…


The drum kits had been sat in a shed exposed to the weather for nearly two years… The sound was ‘trashy’ and raw… I Personallly liked this texture on the sound as i wanted the ep to sound like it had been recorded with grungy rock metal in mind. This cymbal above was far too loud so the bits of black tape were to try and create a dampener or something to absorb the really loud vibrations! … Yes it worked!


The Mr. Fitz project is to be displayed on my website on an animated video of which is still under construction…


This is the session where I recorded my own piano at home using two pencil microphones (Rode M5) . This piano is tuned into A-432hz and so is all of the Mr. Fitz music to have a more harmonious physical effect on the listener.

See these links for more information on 432hz

For documentation purposes here is a terrible performance of me making up the half written song as we go… This session was important because it was the first time Ash had played bass with me and Tommy on drums…

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This ‘About’ page on my website is probably the most important page given that the idea for this website is to be an online cv / portfolio of works to promote myself and skills to the industry & further education. I tried to keep it simple as possible only talking about the important stuff but as time went on and I kept re-visiting my website I realised that I personally probably wouldn’t want to read all of that text if i had been forwarded to this site… I decided to try and cut out as many words as possible and let the images do some of the talking instead of backing up a long winded story… Please feel free to browse the site at


For blog purposes here are some screen shots of the developed ‘About’ page…

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After some tutor feedback and research I have decided to purchase a megaphone to perform with. Giving grainy crunchy sound to the vocal line that will marry well with the distorted guitars and rock / punk sound and also provide more depth to the performance…



Here are some famously known & home performances using a megaphone ..




After a brief conversation with a friend outside of University I realised he ran a graphics company and asked him if he would be interested in helping with my projects to which the reply was yes he’s more than happy to help! This is a huge weight of my shoulders as i am illiterate when it domes to photoshop, I was feeling the pressure of aesthetic side of my project letting me down… With in one night of me asking and forwarding my last blog p[ost to him as a brief he came back at me the next day with this…



This is the first edit of the idea I gave him and I’m more than pleased with it!! We have since been in daily discussions regarding the media side of this band project and i am looking forward to handing over some footage for video editing. We will be making an intro video with a gif style backdrop for each track. I decided to write up a design brief so that we have communicated this mission via documents… Jason will also be helping me in the design process of branding another local artist of which will be performing under destiny sessions… take a look at what i sent him in the link below

Design Brief – Ka-Roka Design


The band name was originally going to be TEN OF THE BEST. A nice ambiguous term that can be interpreted many ways across a couple of generations… It was chosen for the nice ring to the saying and also that the meaning is left up to the audience member to decide….

After some challenges I faced during this project for example, after practicing sessions my bass player Ed would always finish with purple swollen fingers, My drummer would put his effort in and self soak his t-shirt and my personal concerns for the future of this project the term NO SWEAT was stated after a successful day in the studio. I believe it also has a more grungy relevance given that my music for this project is post 60’s rock / metal / punk!

In order to have the visual representation for the band i originally thought of having a rubber stamp with stencil lettering and an out line. like the picture below…

13070622-Denied-rubber-stamp-Stock-VectorMy girlfriend suggested that my letters should look like they’re sweating so we researched some more…. I also asked Nic Finch who had helped me with my signature and he replied with some instructions


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