I’ve been debating about what to do with myself and my career next year for a while and this was the week I finally made a decision, which feels like a massive weight has been lifted off my shoulders! Feels so nice to have my direction back and not be constantly worried.
Monday: I worked out the setlist and set order for the gig on Saturday at the Acoustic, practised my set for an upcoming wedding, registered some songs on Music Gateway’s sync Portal and started reading a great book on promotion and marketing in the music industry. It was a day of admin and rehearsals, but it felt like a very productive one!
Tuesday: I spent most of the day learning my cover for my Wednesday Cover and trying to record the video…. despite multiple interruptions! I then read more of my new book: ‘The Music Marketing and Promotion Road Map’ to help me work out how to best get my music out there! So far I think it is a great read and it’s given me loads of new ideas. I played golf in the evening too to get some fresh air!
Wednesday: Golf again first then followed by a very long rehearsal session with my guitarist George. It was a much less than perfect rehearsal, so fingers crossed all the mistakes are out of the way before the gig.
This week’s Thursday Twenty is Ella Eyre’s ‘Ego’ as I think it’s a great track and not that many people have given covering it a go yet on YouTube. I thought I would do my own acoustic piano version and put my own spin on it! I’d love to know what you think on YouTube!
Thursday: I had a golf competition but played terribly… so we won’t talk about that any further! I did put together my Thursday Twenty playlist for this week and it’s my favourite one yet I think!
- Glue by Fickle Friends – I only discovered Fickle Friends this week but oh my god… I am in love! The whole EP is so 80s nostalgic, catchy and fun! Definitely check it out!
- Heartlines by EMBRZ & Meadowlark
- Only Us by Paperwhite
- Show Me (feat. Madison Ryann Ward) by John Splithoff – I love this song as it feels so cheery and summery and the production is so good! It’s a windows down, driving kind of song!
- Fire by VHS Collection – A bit more indie/alternative than my usual picks but I really like the 80s vibes in this track too and how they are mixed with a modern sound.
- You by LINES – I literally can’t get this out of my head and it is SO satisfying to sing the chorus with the cheeky swearwords emphasising the frustration in the lyrics! I can definitely relate to this one!
- Childhood Dreams by ARY
- Bathwater by WESLEE – OBSESSED with this one! So so catchy and it has a slight echo of Terror Jr, who I love, so it’s right up my street.
- Find Yourself by Great Good Fine Ok & Before You Exit
- Lights by NOVAA
- Alive (Ashworth Remix) by XYLO
- Quicksand by Tim Legend & Colin Dieden
- Friends (with BloodPop) by Justin Bieber – I have to admit I do have a bit of a weakness for Justin Bieber’s recent music… it’s always so catchy and has amazing production on it! Friends is a good example of this, catchy hook (nothing earth changing in terms of songwriting though) and great beat.
- The Author by Wildwood Kin – Much more chilled than my usual taste in music but I love the layering in this.
- Fading Youth by Punctual
- Chasing Marrakech
- Hymn by Kesha – I really like this song as I think a lot of younger people feeling lost (like me a lot of the time) could relate to the lyrics and feel the urge to sing it out.
- Unpredictable by Becky Hill
- Pitfalls by Sistek & Tudor – I found this track (and artist) whilst researching managers and I think its fab! Definitely one of my top picks this week!
- (Not) The One by Bebe Rexha – At this point in my life I can really really relate to what she’s saying in this track! I get the feeling of not wanting to be in a relationship but liking the option of having someone there when you need them… good pop song that broaches a topic usually ignored!
Friday: I started off the day by touring The Manchester MIDI School, which was awesome. Ever since I started producing Alive and experimenting with looping, I have been wanting to learn more about music production, but just didn’t know the best way for me. After visiting the MIDI school today I’m really excited that I’m going to be studying Music Production, Electronic Music Composition and Music Business there next year! I think it will really help push my writing to the next level and hopefully bring something new into my live set up too!
Saturday: I had a great day of rehearsals followed by an amazing gig at the Acoustic Lounge! The crowd was really engaged and enthusiastic, which always helps to make a gig memorable, and it was my last gig with George before he heads to London for university, making it even nicer that we had a great time!
Sunday: On Sunday I had a golf competition with my Dad and we actually won third prize so that was a great end to the weekend!
Thank you so much for reading!