It’s always good when a client that I really rate starts getting the recognition that they deserve. So I would like to draw all music lovers’ attentions to a singer called Josephine from Manchester. Her new single A Freak A was track of the day on Q online last week. I highly recommend that you Read More →

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It’s bulletin time, with news from the studio and some hot tips for gigs around South Wales. Summer’s a great time to be hanging out at Hafod. Despite the changeable weather it’s lush up here (using the word lush in its original sense!) with everything growing like crazy. The long evenings also mean I can Read More →

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A re-posted blog this week – parallels between playing squash and forging a career as a recording musician by my friend Ville. These are wise words, pay heed! And if you’re in London needing a recording, you could do much worse than to give him and his brother Mat a shout. Now read on…

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… and this blog will appear on the front page! I wonder if it counts as kind of a digital feedback loop or vicious circle, where this blog links to Hafod’s new website, which links back to this blog, which in turn links back to the website. Maybe if I look in there in a Read More →

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So we’ve got a new government, and with it a Conservative prime minister, and I’m not as upset as I thought I’d be at the prospect. I grew up thinking the Tories were evil. I was 9 years old when Margaret Thatcher first got elected, and that election was probably the first time in my Read More →

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Mabon were in the studio yesterday mastering their new live album (which incidentally is very good and really captures the excitement and vibrancy of their live show, something that’s not easy to do) and Jamie Smith and I had a brief conversation that I’ve had a hundred times before. It goes: D: Have you got Read More →

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Inferno is a great name for a rock band. It conjures up images of angry young men (on stage at least, probably gentle, considerate people off stage according to my old theory of the darker the rock, the nicer the musician), of a heavy, distortion-ridden sound, of screamed lyrics and of song titles concerning death. Read More →

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Throughout music history, there are huge swathes of music that don’t have a vocal, lyrical element. Most orchestral music is the first obvious example, and a hell of a lot of jazz is instrumental too. Even in (how may I define this broadly enough?) contemporary Western popular music, there are genres that have lent themselves Read More →

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Robyn Hitchcock is quite a phenomenon, and a bit of a cult figure. When I mention to people that I’ve been working with him, their response is either “Robyn who?” or “Oh my God, that’s fantastic! He’s amazing, I’m a massive fan!” For the uninitiated, I class him as an “eccentric English songwriter”, whose track Read More →

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