‘Dance With Me’ in Greece!! #sRated

Dance With Me in Greece!

Dance With Me in Greece!

Every so often I hear of couples who have chosen ‘Dance With Me’ for their wedding ceremony or reception. This week, I know of a couple who got married in Greece and chose it as a song for their ceremony. Things like that blow my mind a little. It’s a song I wrote in 2009 and officially released it in 2011. It did very well on it’s release getting lots of airplay on stations throughout Ireland as well as getting a live interview on The Morning Show on TV3 and a slot on the John Murray Show on RTE Radio 1. A lot of the appeal was that Ireland was pretty much in a depressed state and there is a lot of love and hope in the song.. “through the darkness we’ll find our way back into the light.”

Dance With Me Official Music Video

The song is very personal to me and it’s lovely to be able to share it in a way that it becomes a very special part of another person’s life and especially on a day as important and significant as a wedding day. I am really honoured that it has this way of fitting into other people’s lives, sometimes without me knowing. That’s why I love writing so much. The songs can live out there forever floating around, doing their thing!

Every once in a while it’s nice to give them a little push again and find ways to gain some momentum for a few weeks or months. Over the next few weeks, I am going to dedicate some time to this song to see what I can achieve with it. I’ll keep you posted on what I find, things that work, things that don’t and make an #sRated report on what I managed to do!

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Let’s Get This Party Started!! #irishmusicparty 

 So a few weeks ago I got a text from a friend in the music industry about #irishmusicparty, a new Twitter community for Irish musicians/writers/performers etc. It’s pretty much open to everyone who would like to chat about anything to do with music and I really wanted to give it a spot here on my blog! 

Being such a tough and cut throat industry, it can be very difficult to really get to know our peers or even just support one another. It can feel like an isolated place at times with everyone competing for the same recognition and success. Fact is that the more we all come together, recognising what other artists have to offer and their talents we can actually all benefit from that kind of mutual respect. It also leads to opportunities to collaborate, opportunities to take part in different events and most importantly creating a strong sense of community among us.. It’s a flippin hard industry to work in, we should be able to chat with each other about it and find ways to help change things that may need changing and chat about the things that work. The industry is so different to how it was when I was a teenager and that’s a good thing because there seems to be more space out there for all of us, so many new ways to create and build our careers however far we want to take them… Keeping the chat going and getting to know each other better is brilliant and I’m delighted to have been introduced to @irishmusicparty on Twitter! The party starts at 9pm every Monday and continues until 11pm with growing numbers every week!! Get involved if you want to introduce your music or your music business, or even if you just want to discover new music. 
Follow them here: Irish Music Party

#sRated Recording DIY Style! 

  

It’s FINALLY a bright, sunny morning here in Ireland! I’m on day three of a pretty miserable cold that hit me hard on Monday and knocked me for six. It’s one of the worst things about being self employed! You push yourself as far as you can go because you kinda have to. Ain’t no such thing as a paid sick day! 
Anyways, the point of this mornings bright and sunny post despite the sneezing is to tell you that I finally started to do something I should have done on day 1 of my music career. My good DJ buddy Dave O’Connor has been shouting down my ear for years about setting myself up to do some pretty decent home recording but I just never really took it that seriously and kept putting it on the long finger. I wish I hadn’t but I’m starting now and would like to share some of my experiences as I go through the process of buying items and recording.. Maybe my experiences will be useful to someone along the way! 

First up I was told, is to invest in a really good mic and the Rode NT1a had been suggested to me many times. There are lots out there but at €189 brand new on Thomann Ireland it’s a decent price and won’t break the bank. I did a little scan for one on the private seller sites and found a guy up the road selling his for €130 – “barely used” the ad said so fingers crossed! I offered him €110 so I’m hoping that for the €80 savings it will be a good buy! I’ll keep you posted!! 

Apparently the next not so expensive step is to purchase a pre-amp! I might as well be looking into a ditch as to knowing what exactly they do but it’s my job now to find out and buy myself one! 

I’m happy that I finally got a move on in setting myself up to home record. While nothing beats the real experience, it’s ridiculous that I am not  doing all my demos and basic productions myself here at home. Got the ball rolling now at least and I’ll share my experiences of it along the #sRated way!