Just sent my first single off to be mastered! Almost in your ears!!
Someone nice wrote some kind words about me as Producer of Officer’s album, Myriads:
I had two days in Sleeper Studios this past week where I was able to finish recording all the drums for the album. Here are some pics of the studio this week…
Here’s a review of Strawberry Blonde EP from Nat Morris (thank you!) at Altsounds:
“I wish more than anything in the entire world, that I could pick up a guitar and just know how to play it. I own a guitar, but I can’t play much more than the first 2 bars of ‘Simple Man’. So when someone comes along, with more talent than you could shake a Les Paul at, it makes me about ready to pull a London Calling on my guitar and break the entire thing to smithereens.
Cue Sydney native Daniel Peterson. Not only did the debonair musician play the impressive guitar licks for his Strawberry Blonde EP, but he also has a go as drummer, pianist, and pretty much everything else that you can hear on the solid, self-released rock/pop EP. The four song Strawberry Blonde is a mix of summery pop and indie alt rock which all form an extremely easy to listen to piece of work – despite Peterson citing Metallica, Megadeth and Jeff Buckley as his musical inspiration.
With tracks like the hopeful ‘Rose’ and the pensive ‘Good Love’, the EP succeeds in sounding fresh and intriguing, without ever straying into tacky or forced. ‘Good Love’ grabs with distorted guitar and a more alt rock sound, which is topped off by a perfectly timed acapella outro that brings a more grounded feel to the EP. Title track ‘Strawberry Blonde’ has all the elements of a massive pop hit, from the sing-along lyrics, to the tinkling piano.
Strawberry Blonde is finished off with ‘Last Dance’, a stunningly raw acoustic track that gives Peterson a chance to show off his soulful vocals and acts as the perfect lasting memory of the EP. Thankfully, the Strawberry Blonde EP is a taster of things to come with an imminent album from Daniel Peterson, which I am definitely looking forward to checking out.”
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Last week I remixed ‘Call 911′ by Florrie. Something a bit different from me… hope you like it!
Florrie is a friend of mine, she used to play drums for me. She’s giving away loads of tracks for free on her site, check it out!
Download and share from the player below. You can also download Florrie’s original version – click here.
I don’t really know why this happened today, but when I woke up this morning I decided to record an acoustic version of one of my old songs (Good Love) in a day, for a bit of a challenge or something. So I told Facebook this was what I was going to do. If I didn’t tell anyone then I might not be as compelled to finish it off, and it actually did help me focus. It took me from 11:34am until 2:45am to finish, stopping only to eat a can of baked beans for 10 minutes (my body hurts from sitting in one spot for 15hrs). I got a bit carried away and recorded a full compliment of instruments, and made an alternative arrangement of the song and even changed entire parts because I felt like it. So I don’t know what this is for, I just had the urge. You can download it for free to have a listen. It’s a pretty rough mix and hasn’t been mastered obviously, but it’ll do. I might do this version live sometimes, it’s different, I like it.
I borrowed a Ukulele from a friend who lives up the road in Tooting (I should really give it back now, but I like this first attempt at writing a song on the Uke so much, that I want to record it properly and put it on the album (Huge props to Mark Thomas for letting me borrow it!). I’ve started incorporating Uke into my other songs now too as an extra layer/colour to my tracks. I dig the sound of it along side what I already do, it nicely adds a little Hawaiian sunshine.
I thought about putting up a demo of this new song ‘Change Of Tune’ on myspace, but decided it would be good to make a little video of it instead… This is 5 or so months ago, and I didn’t really tell anyone about it until now, it was a weird time for me… I’m back now, and I think this song encompasses that in a way.
I recorded this 4 track EP in 2007 at my home at the time in South London that I lived. My house mate Oliver Som and I combined our accumulated recording equipment. I sold some of my stuff to buy microphones and other bits (but mostly used my credit card to make it happen), and he provided the computer with Pro Tools, and the drum kit. We had one neighbour who complained a couple of times about the ‘noise’ being made, and eventually got a couple of letters from the council, soz. That didn’t halt the recording though, I mean, how else is a musician supposed to afford to record these days, if not at home right?!
I wanted to limit myself to using just drums, bass and guitar. I remember specifically trying to write and produce these songs in such a way that I could represent them at gigs as close to the recordings as possible, performed as a three piece. It was a kind of creative challenge that forced me to make the songs work without much instrumentation. I ended up breaking the rules slightly, particularly on Strawberry Blonde of course, when I chose to use piano as the principle instrument. A bit of an experiment for me musically, having never really written songs on piano before. It was an exception to the rule also because it was the only thing I didn’t record at home. I took my laptop and a few microphones up to a piano which was in a beautiful sounding chapel at my Dad’s work because… it was where I wrote the song a year earlier, and there was something purposeful and nice about recording it on that same piano, like I’ve documented that experience a little better or something.
I had lots of time to get the songs just how I wanted them and also, to learn how to record/mix in the process (the mastering engineer at Abbey Road gave his seal of approval which was very reassuring!). Not having anyone else involved in the recording process however, did mean that I went over my deadlines all the time, so I just ignored them in the end, but does that really matter? If anything, it made me more proud of the finished product because of the time and energy that went into it. So much energy that at one point I accidentally deleted all the finished drum takes and had to record them all again from scratch! Forget deadlines though, what recording at home meant, was that I was able to track the drums to Strawberry Blonde basically in the nude. I would set up the track to ‘loop record’ (so I could do several takes back to back) with a 16 bar count in, and I’d run into the ‘live’ room, lock the door behind me, strip down, pick up my sticks and put my headphones on, all in time for the first bar!
Huge thanks to Matt Ellis, who designed the EP artwork, to Andrew Whitton, who took such great photos on Primrose Hill, and to Oliver for lending me his gear, without which this EP could not have happened!
This is a music video made by a good friend of mine, Aaron Kelly, out of love. This songs called… Good Love. I like what he has done a lot, and I still get people saying how much they like it nearly 3 years later, which is nice for the both of us. This is the third track off the EP, available for free.