February Mailout – ‘Crash St’ Imminent

Hello again. This is just a reminder to tell you that my new album ‘Crash St’ is available from Thursday 1st March (ie. next Thursday) at http://dementio13.com . I’m really pleased with it and hope you can share in the music.

It’s a pay-what-you-want download, with no minimum price, so you could have it for free. All I ask is that, if you decide to download it and like it, please share links on Twitter and/or Facebook; your recommendations help it reach a wider audience.

Bloggers/DJs have been very complimentary in their reviews:

“…electronic, programmed machine music, bursting at the seams with humanity and soul, imprinted with the traces of its creator…….Dementio13 has mastered the art of creating human music, organic music that breathes, while capitalising on the power and impact of the machine.” (Jan 26, 2012)
Oliver Arditi – oliverarditi.com

Full review at oliverarditi.com/2012/01/26/dementio-13-crash-st

“…his forthcoming Crash St album reveals him to be still moving forward in invigorating and never predictable directions, his exploratory electronica more varied in texture and mood than pretty much any of his contemporaries.” (Jan 31 2012)
Unwashed Territories – unwashedterritories.blogspot.com

Also, there’s a free album of my older stuff over at http://cutmatrecordings.bandcamp.com/album/alt-delete, so help yourself. You don’t even need to join a mailing list to download….no strings.

CRASH ST. PREVIEW:

Thanks,

Paul”

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Investing In The Music Bank

We all hate banks. Well, we do don’t we? Banks make lots of money. Even in these austere times, the higher echelons of bank executives award themselves huge bonuses, despite the relative commercial performance of the bank. Banks are seen as essentially morally corrupt and unfair. But we need them, don’t we?

Banks invest our money, which they are supposed to be safeguarding, in ventures without our consent, without our consultation. We accept it, we don’t like it, but we see no alternative. Banks make huge profits which are not returned to their customers, other than in the form of relatively miniscule interest payments. And yet they have used those same customers’ money to invest in the first place. This is unfair, no? We often feel helpless in the face of these corporate megaliths. There is no recourse to complaint or redress. We are pawns….we are mugs. But we shrug and say that’s the way it always has been and it’s the way it always will be. Mugs….that’s what we are. Yes, we all hate banks.

Now, substitute ‘money’ with ‘music’ (or “content” as modern, soulless musicos like to now call it); substitute ‘customers’ with ‘artists’. Substitute ‘investments’ with ‘sales’. ‘Loans’ become ‘Advances’. Sound familiar? Well, it does, to me anyway. The ‘traditional’ corporate music industry operates in many similar ways to banks (that’s the same banks we all complain about and mistrust).

Since music began to be a saleable quantity, we (the general public and the media) have entrusted the commerce of music to record labels, mainly large corporate ones. Why? Well, because we believed there was no other way: “It’s always been like this and it always will be the same”. Then smaller independent labels started to spring up around the 70s/80s. Some got subsumed by the big corporations, some survived for a decade or so and then crashed. There was no other way.

Even though many bands/artists still crave a ‘deal’; many now know that they can survive and even thrive by releasing their own music themselves. A combination of social media and free music distribution websites (the most awesomemost being Bandcamp) have enabled musicians to distribute, publish and sell their music with, in some (albeit few) cases, similar success as they would have had with record company backing. DIY culture is back…it’s been back for years actually, but it is now starting to enter the mainstream. It’s great to see so many artists making a moderate living from going the DIY route. It isn’t easy for them, mind. They work hard on every aspect of the music-making and distribution process, from writing, recording, playing gigs constantly, liaising with listeners and businesses, promoting. The overwork and stress induced by this can be all-consuming. They take risks, they gamble with their own cash, they worry about the mortgage and the bills and the family’s wellfair. It’s self-employment in one of the most high-risk businesses in existence. But, all in all, it’s self-empowerment and integrity that keeps these musicians going. Also, it’s a desire not to rip-off listeners/customers which keeps them going. For the musician, it’s like investing in the most ethically-sound bank in the world. One which believes in fairness and sharing. See? There is another way.

No Label, No Scene….

Hello again. Hope you all had a jolly nice Christmas and are gearing up for the New Year. So, here I sit with a glass of mulled wine in the hand and Prefuse73 on the ipod dreaming of aural spires. Whatever that means.

I’ve been ruminating heavily…..on the subject of what form my next release should take. As always, there’s a bit of a concept behind the new album, a clear vision. But there isn’t as clear a vision about what media it should take the form of.

I recently had a (very flattering and appreciated) suggestion that I should submit ‘The Hobbyist’ for serious consideration for release by a fairly hefty and cool netlabel. Now, I’ve been stung by this before, letting the flattery and ease of submitting the distribution of an album take over the my need to be totally independent. So, I’m eschewing this route. That’s not to say I don’t appreciate it……it’s just not right for me at the moment.

I should make it clear to all and sundry that I’m not concerned with making money from my releases. That’s why my music is free/pay what you want. Neither am I craving any form of fame or notoriety. Maybe I should be; but I’ve gotta admit that I have a total lack of ambition in these matters. Sure, if something came along, I’d possibly accept it (given the right circumstances), but seriously, it’s about getting the music out there and heard, even if only by 50 people. I really appreciate it when folks download my music, I’m ecstatic if they pay for it, as I tend to believe that the music isn’t really worth people’s hard-earned cash. But if people are voluntarily paying for it, I take this as the ultimate compliment. Every single download means so much.

I’m reading a lot of blog posts, etc from people stating that sharing is the way to build an audience and I’ve always agreed with that. However, the means of sharing is not fixed. As I’ve noted, Twitter and Facebook are now not an option for me as I’m depriving myself of these media as a little experiment (it’s not the people that are the problem, it’s that I am getting disillusioned with the corporate nature of these sites and how much time I was spending on them, plus I found I was tweeting absolute bollocks most of the time!). My main form of communication is now through this blog, email and the wonderful Soundcloud. Also, in the spirit of sharing, I’ve enabled all my albums to be downloadable for free on Last.fm. If you’re short of cash, or just want to listen before spending time downloading hi-res versions, 128kbps MP3s are available on Last.fm. This will probably be the case with the new album too. It may be ready to release earlier than I thought, also.

On a slightly different tack….Cardiff/South Wales has a burgeoning and lively independent scene championed by the likes of Huw Stephens, Adam Walton and John Rostron. Artists such as Alone, Sweet Baboo, The School, Pulco and Jewellers are making great inroads into independent territory and gaining a decent following on the back of some cool releases and live performances. All are worth checking out, by the way.

I, on the other hand, am not planning to play live….not in the flesh anyway (I’ve got two live sessions soon to be aired on Dandelion Radio in 2012). My promotional methods are constantly changing but are mainly limited (or ‘developing’, to look on it positively). I’m a hermit. I’m not at all fashionable. My music is sometimes quite conventional but not populist, even to left-field musos. So, I think I’m not part of any scene as such. This is a good thing, you understand; but it places me on the fringe of something which is already on the fringe. This is not a complaint….it’s almost a badge of honour actually! But it means my music will not be heard by a large mass. That’s something which occasionally I regret, but is purely of my making, so no problem.

Anyway, the new album might be ready for February (end of).

That is all.

Peace out, etc, etc.

 

Cwtch have been at it again…

Marie (Craven) and myself have been working on a new short collection of tracks and, I’m happy to say, it’s now available for download at Cwtch Central for free/pay-what-you-want.

It’s a warm combination of abstract lyrics, impeccably sung vocals, analogue atmospheres and stark beats. Marie thinks it sounds a bit like Boards Of Canada; I can see the comparison, but I think it sounds like Cwtch!

Anyway….please feel free to download, enjoy, share and pass it on.

Peace out brothers and sisters…..

Time Waits For No-one….

In the wake of the release of ‘The Hobbyist’, I’ve been working on some other projects as the days of summer start to slip away. I know that, soon, I won’t be able to devote quite so much time to making music, so I’m very focused on getting these projects completed.

The main point of focus is the ongoing Cwtch collaboration with Marie Craven. Marie’s sent me some vocals, so I’m now spending some time sifting through and recording. A new release will be available around September/October (date tbc).

I’ve also just completed a remix for James Reichelt’s Alone project. I’m really pleased with the remix, which is a bit of a departure for me, style-wise (or maybe not!). It’ll be available for you to hear when his new EP is released.

Coming up in the near-ish future: the release of new remixes for Pinklogik and Jewellers.

If you want to hear where some of my influences come from, or whether you want to spend a diverting hour listening to some cool and experimental music, I’ve put together the first of several mixes of my favourite music. These include New Order, John Barry, The Human League, Lalo Schifrin and many others. It’s my own little personal radio show!

Finally, many thanks to those people who have downloaded the album, it really is appreciated and drives me on to make bigger and better music in the future. Right, I’m off to record some Cwtch tunes…..

Not a Competition, Just An Exercise In Sharing

Looking for any fans/listeners/friends/aspirin​g video artists to make a video to one of my tracks off The Hobbyist. It’s a long shot and very cheeky of me, as I can’t offer anything in return! But I’m hoping someone can rise to the challenge in the spirit of sharing and it might be a handy addition to your showreel, or whatever. (“That Dementio bloke, he always wants something for nothing!”)

Anyway, here’s what you should do, if you’re interested:

1. If you’ve not done so already, pop over to Dementio13.com and download the album for free, or pick your track and download that.

2. Choose the track to use.

3. Make the video. It doesn’t have to be earth-shattering, in fact the simplest ideas often work the best. But something which either tells a story or contains imagery which compliments the music would be nice.

4. Save it as an MP4, preferably as an HD one if possible (desirable but not essential).

5. Send it to me at cutmatrecordings@virginmedia.com via a link to a ‘carrier’ or cloud site (like YouSendIt.com)

6. It’ll be licensed as Creative Commons and, of course, you can post it wherever you like, or use it as a showreel, or put it on your YouTube page, whatever. As long as I can upload my copy to the CutMat Recordings YouTube page and make it visible to everyone, that’s ok. You will, of course, get full credit and links to your own page/blog/website/whatever.

If you are interested or have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me at the email address above.

Cheers.

The Hobbyist Lives!

Ok, here’s the new album. Please feel free to download it and, if you like it, share it or tell your friends. I rely on word of mouth and recommendations as I don’t have a promotions budget!!!

Many thanks to those who have already made the plunge.

Music Is Temporary 2

Just a very quick reminder that, as of tomorrow (14th Aug), four of my older albums will no longer be available for download or streaming. The albums are ‘All Known Germs’, ‘Shatterbrain’, ‘Vulcan Foundry EP’ and ‘Rebop’. As ‘AKG’ also has three songs by Nita Disaster on there, I’ve ‘repackaged’ these songs as a mini-EP. They’re free to download.

You can download them, as usual, at Dementio13.com.

Also…let me direct you towards a nice preview write-up of ‘The Hobbyist’ by Twitter Tunes blog.

OK, that is all.