FL STUDIO 10 HAS BEEN LAUNCHED!
I'm a DIY songwriter/musician. Played bass guitar in a couple of bands in high school in Alberta, Canada - we did some dances and parties and famously produced the most electrifying version of 'It's my party and I'll cry if I want to' in history.
I'd always been more into writing songs than performing - trying to record stuff on casette recorders from the age of 13. (Bouncing tracks between two recorders until the hiss was mortifying.) After graduating and a couple years in Japan I started doing stuff on 4 and 8 tracks, mostly guitar based and trying to play live drumming on a primitive Kawai keyboard.
I eventually got into sequencing my songs on Korgs and using a friend's professional recording kit to lay down vocals and bits of guitar, plus mix and master with the benefit of a great big fat mixing desk and compressors, noisgates etc. I could never find the vocalist I wanted so started singing my own tunes, overvoicing myself and doing my own background singing.
I'm just now getting back into making music after a long time being more absorbed with writing fiction. Learning how to use FL Studio just now and planning to upload new stuff soon - less 80s and with a much bigger, cleaner, updated sound.
I like Erasure, Depeche Mode, REM, Sinead O Connor, Barenaked Ladies and two Scottish bands you may not have heard of - Goodbye Mr Mackenzie and Horse.
Do you play live?
No, not for ages. I used to sing harmonies in the bands I played in but one night playing at a party the hostess threw a hissy fit and we started an impromptu version of 'It's my party and I'll cry if I want to'....my vocals and hamming it up passed into legend....
How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
Words fail me..one thing I'm enjoying just now is going on forums like sectionz or image-line and hearing stuff that people are putting together at home. The fact that people can upload their own stuff - finished or in process, or even just ideas they're messing around with - is great. I only listen to 'official' music about 25% of the time now. The great mass of people making their own stuff used to be invisible and in-communicado. Now you can swap ideas and music. It's a great education too.
Would you sign a record contract with a major label?
Nope, I put a lot of work into my songs but I'm a true hobbyist. I just want to make music. I'd rather work in collaboration on-line and I'd love to hear cover versions of my songs done by other people with completely different styles. If anyone wants to download 'Build' - for example - and remix it in a bass and beat way I'd love to hear the results.
I like such an eclectic range of music. My tunes probably reflect a bit of everything. Though I definitely am into songwriting, vocal layers and pay attention to lyrics.
Edinburgh Scotland.......Vancouver, B.C.....and the Rockies
Korg 01/W and Trinity, a cheap old acoustic guitar, Cubase, Yamaha string boxes, a bit of Roland bass, Shure mics (double voice recording), 1/2 inch reel to reel tape - tape still sounds nice for warmth, compressor and noisegate