WOW! Glastonbury for me this year was truly amazing officially there at the Rabbit Hole 3.15 Thursday the place was rocking out and pleased to say my new Song Skin & Bone went down a treat! Best gig! Thanks Hamish. I then played Green Room Bar in T&C, Hospitality John Peel on Saturday, Worthy FM and my final official set at the Avalon Cafe Stage even made it on the official site in pictures scroll to the bottom Charles Gervais's set, or check out most of my social media's profile pictures. I met some amazing people & contacts for the future.
This Saturday see's me playing 3 events Clifton Fest, PitFest in Pitney & PitchFest in Bishops Lydard lets hope the traffic is on my side! Then off to China on the school trip, I've been asked to play at the opening & closing ceremonies. I hope to busk on the Great Wall of China too! Looking forward to working with Urban in London through August.
Please keep checking my gig page for updates on gigs & events for 2017
Mixing music with studying has been quite a journey.
Last few ones to go then let the summer begin.
Today was Ben's funeral a beautiful service befitting an amazing friend & teacher as you were to many of us an inspiration.
In the thick of GCSE's and looking forward to playing Glastonbury officially! Yes I can be found on the App and eFestival even with the typo!
A very busy month end of term fast approaching, I've been working with the school band and forming my own band starting in August. I have a list of things that I'm doing, getting around the industry with Emmie, in the studio with Urban, playing gigs. It's all happening here!
On Wednesday this week a teacher got me out of my lesson, I was asked to go with them to the music department. I heard I'm sorry to tell you Oska Mr Kench has passed away...
I could see for my teachers tears that this was an unbelievable reality. He continued to speak but I did not hear his words, my tears welling and I felt suffocated. My Friend, My mentor... GONE
Ben was a very talented singer songwriter, guitarist and teacher, he had been in bands but in 2014 he formed Safehaus a four piece band, I was their first support act. Since then their sound and popularity has risen that they were opening for TopLoader in September!
I feel such great loss as Ben was so passionate about my work, we were going to write a song together he'd help me with songs, chord patterns, so many aspects. In Dec 2013 I'd start to teach myself guitar and Ben gave me lessons in the holidays. As my song writing grew we worked on songs then we worked in the studio recording as well as at home. He just understood what I wanted to achieve. Last November We shared a gig as I launched my 2nd single On A Train, this was a great night.
Last night was the 1st time performing at the Youth Battle of the Bands knowing he'd gone... I was nervous but excited to be playing, it was so hard playing songs he'd worked with me on. I gathered myself and played.
I am still processing this, it's not real but I know it sadly is, he has 4 amazing children. I do not know why... but not without leaving his talent with each of us in it's own special way - Good night Ben, my friend, teacher, mentor thank you for every special moment
YOU HEARD IT HERE 1st....
I'm Playing The Rabbit Hole Emerging Talent Comp on Thursday 3.15pm & The Avalon Cafe Sunday 4.30pm.
I also have some other gigs on site including hospitality for the John Peel Stage and am very excited to be playing again this year!
1 year since the 1st single. Just brought out my 3rd single last month.
So, where are we at? Pilton Party Auditions were brilliant this year to be given another chance. The other bands were very friendly. Great to be playing some of my newer songs. I'm very excited to be working on a bigger sound in the studio. Though I would like a band that will come soon enough for now I'm working on my newer sound and some amazing collaborations, watch this space. My team are working hard with my social media and blown away with over 3k followers on Twitter now. I'm also working on getting my Spotify profile up and Instagram too. So much to do, I'm grateful to my social media team.
I'm woking with an amazing lady whom I hope will co-manage me with my mum.
In amongst this I have been very busy studying for my GCSE's, I keep mentioning this as I feel education is very important and I have been privileged to be given an amazing education here in Somerset with so many opportunities. My grandfather believed in me when things were going very wrong a long time ago, yr1 now in y11 very happy and enjoying all the things that I'm able to do. My school are very understanding and support my music development and they have become more broad in their music concert offerings. A huge thank you to Millfield School and my grandfather.
What's next? in the studio with Urban Monk next Sunday a few gigs, GCSE exams luckily only for 1 month then my favourite time Glastonbury Festival. I have 3 gigs there this year and I hope to be on Worthy FM again too. July I'm in China on a school trip and will be playing to over 500 people with one of my songs I've written in Chinese.
I'm very proud to present this single. It is the new beginning of my music style. I worked very hard on the video using clips that mainly my photographer mother shot whilst in LA last year. The shots came together like the pieces of a puzzle. It was really good to watch it evolve even up to 10pm last night I was making final adjustments before delivering to the public platform. In the 1st 24 hours I have had an overwhelming response from my social media accounts and peers at school. It has helped that I have been doing my Art GCSE final piece that is a very different video the tips and things I have learnt from that have given me the confidence to know what I want.
There are many people to thank, SO THANK YOU ALL for your support and patience. I have met so many amazing people over the last 12 months it has been very special and to know they like what I do is humbling. I am now digging in to my revision 1 more Chinese test, no more Art after Easter then full throttle till 16th June. I have a few limited gigs during this period and my management will be running my social media posts mainly so I can focus on my education. On that note in my music GCSE I'm writing a Nunc Dimittis which is a holy text, I hope to include this in my album release. I'm really enjoying the challenge.
Launch party 13th April 100 Monkeys Glastonbury from 8pm
I finished in the studio last night, checked it over today & it's ready for mastering. Now the video and release 28th March.
I hope to do one more before the summer then start work on the long EP or Album.
I've now invested in gig gear great kit loving my on-line sound desk by Soundcraft. I like that I'm learning so many things within the industry from giging to recording the differences in performance and technical abilities I am learning are incredible. Certainly giving me an insight into the industry and the varied jobs. It was only last week I chose my A-Levels and am considering where after that & I've not even taken my GCSE's yet!
& then your mind gets BLOWN! I'm loving my new style of song writing and it seems others do too.
I'm so lucky to have been given this truly amazing opportunity. In April I will be recording in Camden with URBAN MONK!
Last summer I saw John Altman play in West Hollywood it was truly amazing. It was at the Desert Rose just a normal restaurant, with my mum & sister Morgan, we sat through Jazz like I've never heard before played by truly the most talented people. The thing that I took back with me is that they loved what they did and slotted in together to produce what was the single most best music I've ever heard played live! Meeting John's friends was a total inspiration they all had time to chat very openly about music, their journey the industry.
I met Jon in London for a catch up and a chat about things I am very grateful that he fitted me in to his busy day. I know of many people he has worked with one of the memorable stories was Bjork and how she is amazing to work with, I hope as a recording artist that one day people can have good things to say about working with me.
The whole day after that was a day of quick live broadcasts on Facebook of me playing, meeting people in restaurants on trains and random networking.
LOVE LIFE, EXPECT NOTHING, ENJOY THE RIDE
John Altman with me in London
Thanks to to Georgie The Jurno for setting my new year to be filled with things to come. Today I was featured by a singer songwriter blog on Instagram and awaiting an interview with him. I have applied for the Glastonbury Festival's 2017 Emerging Talent Competition with my newest song Pieces.
Time seems to just whizz by one day it's Monday and the next it's a week Friday! GCSE mocks are now over & the serious study begins and I've already selected my A-Levels. So many things to consider and take in then forward thinking further Uni, Apprenticeship or work and learn on the job? Looking at Summer work and gigs hoping to wrap the two together.
Gigs take on a whole new meaning with the support and advice from Ashley at Batmink, I now have my own sound system and a Soundcraft 12UI desk, which is incredible for it's stature. Each day I learn more about what I do, the industry and the cost! Lucky I'm not a racing driver mum!
I'm looking forward to doing the schools gigs this year, it will be great getting about different areas playing and sharing my journey with other young people. For now it's back to the books
My team have been adding gigs as they come up on my gigs page and I'm now going to Bristol & Bath for Open Mic's. Will be doing some in London in the Summer too.
Young chap finding his feet, likes the finer things but on a lemonade budget, for now!