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Upgrading…. Upgrading… Up-gra-di-ng

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So, I thought it would be time to upgrade everything that I have. I have been using my current computer, a workhorse if ever there was one for recording for nearly 4 years. It’s taken punishment but I love it, it does the job. But I need faster and better now…

So as of next month I’m getting a custom spec computer dedicated to writing and recording from home, with some new bits like Native Instruments Komplete Ultimate 11. As a little aside, I had a big eureka moment over the weekend that made me feel so silly…. I discovered that I was only using about twenty percent of the sounds I had from Komplete Ultimate 9. It was quite a revelation. It had me like….

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Well not quite like Kanye.

But you get what I mean. I’m just investing in what I do, I have learned valuable lessons this year through the loss of a work colleague and mentor who through his unique take on life made me realise you can’t sit around waiting for things to happen don’t procrastinate just get on with it….

Thanks Andy.

I’ve also started driving lessons. Yes, someone is trusting me behind the wheel of a car… I’m really enjoying it and can’t wait to be on the road independently. Anyway more news of my adventures soon…..

Introducing… Matt Strong “IDST”

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Hello Matt, how are you?

I am good thanks mate, it’s been a busy few months but also a very productive few months.

How long have you been involved in photography?

Well I kind of fell into it from quite a young age. My mum and dad were keen amateur photographers & they encourged me to take pictures when on holiday – I still have my first camera and it still works. I got more serious about it all when I got to art college back in 92-93 where I went down the traditional route of devloping my own images in the dark room, building pin hole cameras and learning about shutter speed and and all that but it really took off at university. I became more and more exprimental and my images became graphic art in their own right, I used the photos I was taking for my design projects and I just never stopped doing so.

What are your main influences for capturing images?

Cinema & Music are my biggest influences in terms of style – I won’t bore you with all that now but also the street. The real world. What is out there. I love the fact that when I close my flat door with a camera of some sort in my bag – anything could happen & I can capture it forever. It’s quite a restless process though. I can go days without really seeing anything, then suddenly I turn a corner and i’m like – woah thats cool. it could be anything.

What do you look for in order to compose your images?

That’s a good question. When I first started it was a tiring passion that became a labour of love. It wasn’t really until the internet became a thing and I began to share all my photos via Flickr that I saw themes emerging. Back in the day Flickr was tiny but it was one of the first to have a social aspect to it – The like feature for example and a comment box for feedback. I began to sort through scan and organize all my photos into albums online for anyone to see, it was this process that I began to see what caught my eye the most. The buzz of uploading an image of my hometown and getting a like from someone in mexico. It seems the norm now, but you have to realise this was way before instagram and facebook. It was an awesome time. I have a shot list in my mind for things to shoot, but what is a big feature of my work is light & darkness and how people interact with that.

What has been your favourite image to capture?

Gosh man, I don’t know. so hard to narrow it down to one.
I have a few that have become classics and are popular but I don’t know maybe London in the rain.. or something from new york.. or maybe one of my son. He is my greatest creation.

Tell us about the exhibition “If Destroyed Still True”.

Sure. This is something that has been in mind for ages, I mean years. i.d.s.t. for me is a project that is has been growing for a while and has become a bit of a motto. On one hand it’s a deeply personal statement about my state of mind, and on the other hand it’s a metophor for my work.
I first experinced mental illness in 2002. I think looking back over my life before that breakdown – I was at breaking point for quite some time before it all came to a head, and then suddenly I was in crisis and talking to doctors about my mind. It shook me and my family to its core. Fast forwarding the video tape of my life and replaying it from christmas 2016 – I was a mess. I was replasing and it all came crashing down in the new year 2016. I was off sick from work, and it got very very dark. I became well again and i was turning 40 last year. I just thought I need to share my story. I need to show people that you can get through things, and it really is ok to be open about it. I looked for funding, contacted a few people and to cut a long story short – 20 images are now hanging in a gallery in a beautiful part of London and I have a book too. It’s a retrospective of my work and all proceeds from the sale of the prints and book are going directly to Maudsley Charity, Calm and Sane. This is just the start for i.d.s.t. – but I am keeping part 2 secret for now. Watch this space. It’s been a truly humbling few months. I am excited.

You have taken photos all over the world, what is the story behind your favourite photo?

Yeah, you have to see the world Del. you have to see how others live, see their passions, taste their food, listen to their stories. It’s what makes the world tick. The cultures. I think though the photo that is a key photo of mine is the kew gardens image. Its abstract, its not perfect, its a happy accident, its me. It was taken shortly after I first fell ill with Scizoprenia I was scared to go out alone. So my parents took me to Kew and i took this photo. They have been amazing with my recovery and relapses over the years and I am deeply sorry for what I have put them through. 

You are passionate about hip hop and drum and bass. What is your favourite drum and bass album and your favourite festival?

Yeah hip hop! – N.W.A. – “Straight Outta Compton” – what an album. I had it on tape. A friend of my sister gave it to me. It was like nothing I had ever heard before. For a kid of about 16 listening to lyrics about drive by shootings, 187 on cops, drinking, drugs, women, it blew me and my mates away. I only knew MC Hammer or Vanilla Ice. That stuff was for kids. this was raw we connected with it growing up in a dirty inner city town in Essex. That and Ice Cube’s “Amerikkka’s most wanted”. I mean – WOW. Then Dre dropped “The Chronic” and we were all like, “What is this funky stuff???”
The rave scene was huge. All over the uk. Around the m25 raves were happening. It was easy to hear the music at home or in the local record shop but not so easy to go out. I was too young so pirate radio was the only way. It’s something about that DIY grass roots homegrown music that has stuck with me. It’s very London. It’s very unique to the UK. Fave album – gotta be an LTJ Bukem album that bloke is a genius. Proper deep. Goosebumps. Timeless tunes. Best rave? I don’t know mate. can’t remember. Loved The End though, that place was nuts.
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And now a word from our sponsors… Scott Harrington

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image1UK songwriter and producer Scott Harrington, released a new single ‘No Turning Back’, Which is about the freedom of achieving your goals in life. Don’t just sit and wait, get up and get it as It won’t come to you !

Scott Harrington, aka NB-4, has been working hard as a new undiscovered artist, who also created his own record label (NB4 Records). Alongside all this, Scott invested his time in bringing in a something musically new we can all relate to!
Also featuring on this track is singer Billy McBlane, his delicate vocal sound blends well with Scott and creates a new vision in music.
This sits perfectly on an addictive resonating beat recorded by Scott and mastered by Cliff Haycock (Black Lace), that gave a flawless production of the song.

SCOTT SAID:
“No Turning Back is the strongest and most poignant song I have written & produced to date, it reflects my sound and style. It’s something fresh and different to anything else out there at the moment. I dug deep to exercise the reality of life in this track, and fell into the honest depths of my heart when coming up with the concept.”

NB-4’s debut single has been played and loved by many local radio stations all over the UK, some overseas, gaining respect and more requests for play. No Turning Back is available from most digital download sites.

TESTIMONIES:

“No turning back is a brilliant offering to the music scene by new group NB-4. A real summer dancer floor jumper that will have you bouncing up and down with it’s infectious drums and catchy chorus”.
Ben Ofoedu (Phats &Small)

“A great writer and truthful lyricist”
Ian Arbuckle Revival FM

“Sounds great- I want to hear more from NB4”
“You keep making music like your new single, your going to blow them away”.
“Absolutely love this song, well worth the wait #NoTuningBack”.
Fans and followers

“Scott is refreshing- he could fill a big gap in the music industry globally!”
A J Valliant

For more information on Scott Harrington / NB4 please visit:

Official Web: www.nb4records.com

Facebook: @ScottHarringtonNB4
@nb4records

Twitter: @Real_Mr_H @nb4official

UK songwriter and producer Scott Harrington, released a new single ‘No Turning Back’, Which is about the freedom of achieving your goals in life. Don’t just sit and wait, get up and get it as It won’t come to you !

Scott Harrington, aka NB-4, has been working hard as a new undiscovered artist, who also created his own record label (NB4 Records). Alongside all this, Scott invested his time in bringing in a something musically new we can all relate to!
Also featuring on this track is singer Billy McBlane, his delicate vocal sound blends well with Scott and creates a new vision in music.
This sits perfectly on an addictive resonating beat recorded by Scott and mastered by Cliff Haycock (Black Lace), that gave a flawless production of the song.

SCOTT SAID:
“No Turning Back is the strongest and most poignant song I have written & produced to date, it reflects my sound and style. It’s something fresh and different to anything else out there at the moment. I dug deep to exercise the reality of life in this track, and fell into the honest depths of my heart when coming up with the concept.”

NB-4’s debut single has been played and loved by many local radio stations all over the UK, some overseas, gaining respect and more requests for play. No Turning Back is available from most digital download sites.

TESTIMONIES:

“No turning back is a brilliant offering to the music scene by new group NB-4. A real summer dancer floor jumper that will have you bouncing up and down with it’s infectious drums and catchy chorus”.
Ben Ofoedu (Phats &Small)

“A great writer and truthful lyricist”
Ian Arbuckle Revival FM

“Sounds great- I want to hear more from NB4”
“You keep making music like your new single, your going to blow them away”.
“Absolutely love this song, well worth the wait #NoTuningBack”.
Fans and followers

“Scott is refreshing- he could fill a big gap in the music industry globally!”
A J Valliant

For more information on Scott Harrington / NB4 please visit:

Official Web: www.nb4records.com

Facebook: @ScottHarringtonNB4
@nb4records

Twitter: @Real_Mr_H @nb4official
nb4records@gmail.com

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Looking for a new singer/songwriting partner… Enquire within. Or Maybe not.

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Yet another response from someone who didn’t read the instagram post properly about looking for a singer songwriter.

My feeling right now.

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I have been looking for someone new to write with since probably early last year.

It has been a struggle to say the least.

My needs are pretty simple.

Ideally London based.

If not, then MUST BE ABLE TO RECORD OWN VOCALS IN OWN STUDIO.

I can NOT stress this enough. No relying on someone else to record them for you, or waiting for a mix that will turn up when the engineer wants to.

NO BEAT MAKERS. Not what I’m looking for. If I’m writing music, what makes you think I’m going to be wanting to be buying beats? The clue is in the post, I’m a producer and songwriter myself, so $5 dollar beats are certainly not going to be my thing… I have nothing against you but that’s not what I’m looking for. Don’t follow the hash tags expecting to get anywhere it doesn’t work with me. I’m not your target market.

Flaky artists who disappear after a week….. Oh this bugs me… This is why the $5 dollar beat makers see so much action…. Anyway, I persevere. Still looking. Next it will be setting up X-Factor style auditions in London, much as I hate the idea to get what I need. I just thought I’d have more success from seeing if the internet had something better to offer. However, I am going to Ultimate Seminar this year – great event – if you get the chance check it out! Date released on 3rd October…. Anyway back to songwriting….

If you or anyone is interested in trying out…. Please drop me an email at derek@platinummind.net

Thank you 🙂

“New World” – Collaboration with @JFlamesOnDaBeat

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This is a new collaboration with Jay Flames, a producer from South East London that I have been working on and off with for the last two years, it was great fun working on an EDM track a change from my usual style! It’s a co-production, please check out more of Jay’s work along with his brother Ruinz Ason (Twitter: @RuinzAson) at their site www.ruinzason.com

 

Just jamming….

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After church yesterday I decided to have a little jam session with the guys from the choir. That’s me on keys playing a little solo, I don’t do it very often so it was a great chance to let my hair down. I usually use a Korg Triton Extreme but that’s died a death so it was all about the Yamaha MOXF 6…. Enjoy.

Blackheath Seance Parlour – The Audiobook!

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I started working on the music for “Blackheath Seance Parlour” around the time I started reading it, and kind of kept it a secret from the author, Alan L. Williams up until he spoke about recording an audio book for it. I had a few different themes for it sketched out, and was developing the idea. I loved the book, and being a resident of Blackheath myself, it was easy to picture how themes would fit just by walking around the areas mentioned. So, finally some of my music was included and I am proud to present it here. Read by Matthew Mullane, who does a great job bringing the characters to life. You can purchase it from www.audible.co.uk on the link below. 61mI69nhaPL._SL300_

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New Blunder Boys Interview

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Don’t forget to check out the New Blunder Boys on Monday nights at Radio Fox, also follow them at www.twitter.com/1NBB_ Thankyou!

Matt and Dean aka the New Blunder Boys – thank you for taking the time to talk!
How are you both doing?

We are really good, have to say 2014 has to go down as the best year for us and Christmas was pretty good too.

So – who are The New Blunder Boys? 

We are Matt & Dean, two mates who met in 2005 at Radio Fox and grew together to become what we call a comedy duo, (time to talk about ourselves in the 3rd person) well you got:-

Matt, the older of the two the more sensible one but can be very cocky loves his Films and TV. Then you have Dean who is, well let’s say he not that bright but very loveable and loves his music and loves his girlfriend.

You have a show on Fox Hospital Radio. Tell us about it?

It’s on Monday nights from 6pm till 8pm and its more of a comedy show on radio than a radio show (just means we get away with a lot more talking). We have had some amazing guests on our show, including you Mr. Del oh which I (Matt) have to say was the best interview we have done. Dean would say it was one of the ladies we have interviewed.

What is the one record that changed your life? 

Matt:- well for me it has to be Michael Jackson Bad I played that every day for a year danced around and came out of my shell gave me the confidence to be me.
Dean:- Mine was Oasis All around the world this song got me into music and gave me a passion to become a radio presenter.

What was the first record that you bought?

Matt :- Bon Jovi , livin on a prayer I still love this song sadly I broke the record when I was a kid
Dean- Oasis, what’s the story morning glory?

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You like to play unsigned acts on your show and champion new music. Are there any particular acts that you would tip for 2015? 

There are a lot of amazing unsigned acts out there and we have only just scratched the surface. But all of the acts that we have interviews in the last year will be massive in 2015 and we support them all. They all have more talent in their little finger then some main stream acts.

You two have a great partnership on the show, what should we expect from you in the next 12 months? 

We have lots planned for 2015… New look show, more top guest, new type on show on our mixcloud, Youtube videos, a website. We are also just finishing off our first sitcom script and hoping to have some sort of news on that soon.. we know a lot of people say this but we feel 2015 is the year we are going to push The New Blunder Boys.

 

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