July 2012 – Update

Despite the less than enticing weather in London Town of late it’s been an exciting summer round these parts so far. We have lots of new and soon to be revealed projects on the go and a host of brilliant things that the lovely people we work with have been (and are) up to. An incomplete outline of current/recent projects for our clients reads as follows:

Dominic de Grande – Curating classical new music events at both St Barts (Smithfields) and St Michaels (Camden).
James McWilliam – Scoring two feature films, recording new artist tracks, pop arranging and multiple orchestrations for TV/Film projects.
Julian Simmons – Producing, engineering and mixing tracks with Damn Vandals, Kimberly Ann, The Magnets, Mama’s Gun, Modern borders, Paul Cook & The Chronicles, Wolfe.
Paul Cook & The Chronicles – Working towards completion of his second album. Debut album Volume One on general release on 27 August.
Skinner Brothers Music – Scoring music for CNBC show Crime Inc. And moving into a new studio (twice!).
The High Wire – Into the final three weeks of recording album no.3 …

The Shutes – Music Week

Another lovely write up for The Shutes … this time in Music Week … as produced/mixed by Julian Simmons.

Paul Cook & The Chronicles – Volume One (Ltd Edition CD Out Now)

Paul Cook & The Chronicles Volume One - Buy From Rough Trade

‘Volume One’ by Paul Cook & The Chronicles
Ltd edition CD Album out now on Grandpa Stan Records
Available on Ltd ED CD only for £6.99 + P&P (full colour 4 page gatefold)
exclusively from Rough Trade Shops here (Album Of The Week)
Paul Cook & The Chronicles website here/ Bandcamp here

Volume One (album) digital release 27 August 2012.
Candlelight (single) digital release 6 August 2012.

Echo Of Love EP by The Shutes

The release date for the new EP by The Shutes – as Produced/Recorded/Mixed by Julian Simmons – has been announced by Cross Keys Records (link here) and is due out April 2nd. Lead track ‘Echo Of Love’ also receives its first airing and is featured in this weeks NME Buzz (link here) and in the NME new music blog.

Check out the video to the track here:

The Shutes have the following forthcoming tour dates:
4th April Launch Party, The George Tavern, London
11th April The Station Sessions, St Pancras, London
15th April Eye O The Dug, St Andrew’s, Scotland
27th April Moles, Bath
2nd May Barfly, London

Download The Pirate Bay in 90mb (The Next Web)

Will the wonders of the internet ever cease?
Download The Pirate Bay in 90mb
(Link to article on thenextweb.com)

Cybercrime + The Indie Musician In 2012

When it comes to cybercrime in 2012, social media networks and mobile payment tech are amongst the weakest links according to a new study by Sophos. (Link here). This might not sound like much of a concern for the Apple addicted music community but the story does not stop there. As more and more businesses turn to MAC OS over windows, an increased propensity to develop Apple foxing malware is likely to become the norm for many ‘hacktivists’. This clearly represents a risk for all MAC users, but in the case of the independent musician it’s one that we would argue could be particularly acute. With more and more recordings existing solely in digital form (often on just one hard drive), the potential damage that a new wave of MAC OS focused cybercrime could do to an already drastically diminished marketplace is one that must be countered as stringently as possible.

So to all you indie musician types out there here’s the message – stay alert, stay aware and back up daily to an external HDD for *!?*^ sake!