So, 2014 was a quiet year for Premise Beach. I’ve been recording here and there every now and then, but for various reasons I haven’t finished anything to the point where I’ve been willing to release it as a finished thing. There are still lots of pieces I need to fit together and fix and finish. It’s all a bit overwhelming, but I am going to get it together in 2015. Watch this space, or follow me on the twitter.
Border Series compilation
2015 has began with some activity, actually. I’ve contributed a song, Holland Road, to a compilation released by a new label, Border Series. Holland Road was originally going to be released by the Pure Casual label, but it just never happened. The compilation, Spider Egg Bubble Gum, contains some very decent tracks by acts from all over the world. Hope you like my one.
So, as we near the new year, it’s probably time to mention that don’t have a song this month. I’ve been sharing my Christmas single from last year, but I haven’t finished anything new. For various reasons, I’ve not been feeling it recently. Making music hasn’t really seemed important, or made any sense. I think I’m turning a corner at the moment, but for now, no music.
Here’s looking forward to a productive, inspiring and fun new year. See you then.
Music will be made here again soon…
It was nice to hear that people liked my October single, No Heart. It got played on the Latvian Radio NABA by Eduards Ozoliņš, which was really nice and unexpected. Then last night, or maybe this morning, it got played on The BBC Introducing Mixtape on BBC Radio 6 Music, compiled by Tom Robinson, which is pretty ace, really. The radio play is really appreciated, it suggests that I’m doing something right.
So yeah, you can listen to No Heart on SoundCloud, or download on the Premise Beach bandcamp. You can name your price, or download it for free. The same goes with all my other songs.
Here’s a video I’ve done for I’m Not Going Out. It’s sort of animated.
Quite an apt song for this time of the year, I reckon. This was a difficult production, during a difficult month, but I hope you enjoy it. You can download I’m Not Going Out at bandcamp and name your price.
Nearly forgot, I did a video for No Heart. Here it is.
So here’s my October single, which came out on 7th. This one came together really quickly, and a bit unexpectedly. The core of the track is a loop of an idea I recorded a long time ago, featuring a pair of plucked ukuleles and a Casio keyboard beat fed through an effect pedal. I always wanted to do something with that.
It’s short, and it’s got a beat you can dance to, which is unusual for me. I’m not sure exactly what I’ll be releasing next, but I think it’s going to be very different again.
As usual, you can download No Heart at bandcamp and name your price. There will be a ‘music video’ later. Note the apostrophes; it will be very, very basic.
Hi, I’m Jon. Maybe I should explain what I’m doing here. I write and record music and songs. I do it because, for the most part, I enjoy doing it. I record all my stuff at home, using a Tascam digital multitrack recorder, a couple of nice guitars, a few cheap keyboards, and a temperamental mic. Sometimes I get friends in to play parts, but mainly it’s just me.
Writing and recording is really all I do. I don’t gig or perform live. This is for a couple of reasons. One reason is that my ears are really messed up. I have, like, really sensitive ears. They don’t like loud, unpredictable places, so I have to stay away from gigs and clubs and that. They are so temperamental, I have to be careful when I’m recording too. It’s really crap. Also, It would be hard for me to do a lot of my music live anyway, as I multitrack everything. I could do a basic version of my stuff, but I’m not sure I’d like to do that.
As I don’t perform, I’ve decided to release things fairly regularly. I’m currently releasing a single/song/track each month. I might do an EP too, maybe an album at some point, but the minimum I’m aiming for is one release every month. I put them on SoundCloud, and you can download them at bandcamp, naming your price. Sometimes I do YouTube videos for my songs too.
So that’s Premise Beach.
The bridge is shorter on this version. The full version can be heard/downloaded at bandcamp.
So here’s my new single, She’s So Groovy. It’s available at bandcamp, you can pay what you want.
It started off life as quite an upbeat track, but I reworked it recently and now it sounds kind of sad… quite a nice tune though, I think. I would liked to have used a Fender Rhodes, but I had to use my £90 Yamaha instead. Doesn’t sound that bad, considering. I couldn’t think of an idea for a video, but maybe I will later.
- All these stickers meant something at some point…
Last thing; if you like the song, do share it with people. I don’t really know how to promote myself properly, plus I don’t gig or get to meet many music people. More about that some other time. But, you know, any exposure would be appreciated. Cheers.
P.S, Thanks again to Musaab for the illustration. Always loved that one.