Working on the bottom feeder level of the music industry, as most independent, self financed artists like myself do, I've taken note of an early method used by a favourite band of mine The Legendary Pink Dots (1981-present) and am putting together a totally hand made & printed (by me) collection of Alien Skin CD's.
Everyone knows that Las Vegas is the entertainment capital of the world, as a fact as well as big casinos there are also many famous musicians that often play in Vegas as it is such a huge an popular hub for big names to play from Elvis Presley to Prince/ Residencies don’t just benefit smaller acts by giving artists a chance to perform and potentially be their big break, they also protect the promoter.
No More Division reviews the Alien Skin album, Creature with the Human Face
It all began with the album Don't Open Till Doomsday, my Alien Skin debut CD, released April 2008 on the US label, A Different Drum. To commemorate I am giving away 10 albums to the first 10 fan who want it. It's ready to download NOW!
Tomorrow's Dead is a new Alien Skin song included in Let There be Synth Vol 5; a massive 4 volume release via the Swedish Kodapa Label and available also on iTunes as of March 26th. I have made also made it available as a 3 track mini-album for the cost of one song!
I found this an interesting article to read and learn from. The debate has continued amongst listeners for so many years with aficionados of vinyl swearing black & blue on the superiority of the format over digital. Audio engineers and the people who record, master and also those that cut to vinyl have a different opinion.
Discussing the new 2015 Alien Skin with Deity album release, A Blue Sky at the Edge of the World.
Let There Be Synth Volume 4 is the second compilation album, released by the Swedish Kodapa label, that Alien Skin has been on this year. In June I had the song Razors in My Eyes included and in this new, double CD issue I am proud to feature the track Make It Dark Again.
An interview I did with Kage Alan in May 2014 for his blog, discussing my music as Alien Skin, what makes me want to continue producing it after all these years, my new album release and many more tell-tales.
Dark Synth Sounds Volume 1 is a multi artist compilation album; 19 tracks from across the globe. Being released by the Swedish Kodapa Label, it is on sale as a digital download as of June 7th. My Alien Skin contribution is the new song 'Razors In My Eyes'. I have included the song & video within.
Saliha, Turkish delight fan #1 from Istanbul, forwarded me her review of 'Creature with the Human Face', my 5th Alien Skin CD album. Thank you so much Saliha for the time and effort put into thinking about and writing this wonderful review!
A brief appearance on video to thank everyone buying my new Alien Skin album release, Creature with the Human Face'.
Ghost In The Rain, is the 3rd Alien Skin CD album release, and in this blog I present the earliest demo of the title song.
The subject of music artists not receiving remuneration for their work is an important one for me but not a straightforward issue as one may think. After reading a number of comments on a Facebook post of my friend Jo Huber, I considered adding my two cents, but the size of the comment kept growing so instead I continued it in this blog...
I've begun 2014 with my first double sided single release for the year: 'Be My Baby' backed with 'Simon & Garfunkel'. In this blog I discuss both songs as they share a common time frame for me that reaches back into 1970. My past is brought into the present & future.
I rediscovered Colin Blunstone the other day on a YouTube video performing 'Say You Don't Mind' live on British TV's 'Old Grey Whistle Test' 1971. The wistful melody together with his gorgeous plaintive voice and the ever so graceful, charming string arrangement made me fall in the love with the song & the entire experience.
Silence has been a stranger to me for over thirty years, I still remember the event that popped my cherry for good and my hearing has never been the same since. This is my story of severe hearing damage as a musician.
5 Years 2008-2013 is the new 78 song Alien Skin album release & is available for download from Bandcamp only, for a limited period. This ultimate song collection includes every officially released track since the issue of my debut album, Don’t Open Till Doomsday, in 2008. Enter to win your copy, 2 to be won!
I'm Your Machine is the new Alien Skin single & the first to be released in 2013. A sojourn into different musical territory for me, but it can be fun to occasionally step outside one's own skin. It's in someways a brief return to my days in Real life and earlier.
Darkroom Magazine (Italy) reviews the new 2013 Alien Skin album, The Secret Garden. English translation accompanies the original Italian.
A fan review of Alien Skin's The Secret Garden album from the historic meeting place of Europe and Asia, Istanbul.
Reviewed in Emininent Domain by Jimm Kjelgaard, a long time veteran of the music industry in the US. He was the man responsible for organizing Synthstock 2000 (August, 2000), Salt Lake City US in which Real Life (my prior band) performed on a bill headlined by OMD.
David Sylvian, to me, is one the few masterful music artists that I consider important. Important enough to have profoundly affected my understanding and appreciation of music as art. As such I present his full live concert from Tokyo 2004 with Steve Jansen & visual artist Masakatsu Takagi. A stunning atmospheric & fluid electronic experience.
A sensuous, new video for the Alien Skin song 'Belong' by Daniel Paquin. Shimmering fluid glass adorned by porcelain faced women.
2012 is rolling fast to a close, the older one gets it seems the faster the world spins. A few blinks, a few sleeps, some good times, some bad times and we're back where we started from...another year over. This blog discusses where I'm at presently with Alien Skin.
The ever articulate David Sylvian being interviewed in 2012 "a beauty I cannot deny - David Sylvian Looks Back."
This blog is a response to frequent requests by musicians for me to review their music. "I am often contacted by people to listen to their music and offer my thoughts. I personally don't enjoy judging the work of others & as a musician myself, with my own very specific tastes, within this blog are my thoughts & tips on the subject."
COLD is the new Alien Skin EP release, available exclusively from BANDCAMP. In this blog are the liner notes & artwork. 'Cold' has become a fan favourite since the release of the album 'The Unquiet Grave' in 2010. This extended-play release features the official album recording, an additional 3 versions and the brand new track, 'Be My Angel'.
Occasionally people ask me about the origins of my songs and how the germ of an idea begins. Sources of inspiration may be endless, as it is for most writers, but the mechanics of recording an idea are usually quite crude & quick in order to capture it immediately from its birth. In this blog I present a 'rough as sawdust' audio demonstration.
I recently read this article on Digital Music News, finding it not surprising as my previous band Real Life had parallel issues with record companies and management, but illuminating nonetheless. I therefore post it here for others to read. Another good reason for new artists to be less in a hurry to be 'signed' by major labels of any stripe or colour.
VOLUME ONE is a new album release of Alien Skin song demos, going back to the 1990s and includes my time in Real Life. This musical body of work, when DNA tested, reveals traces of Kraftwerk, Beck, Moby, Prodigy, Fat Boy Slim, Underworld & a smattering of 1960s psychedelic pop.
Video Interview: Legendary Smashing Pumpkins singer/guitarist Billy Corgan passionately discusses the state of the music industry and why today's musicians are treated like sex workers.
2012 has seen the passing of a number of notable music artists, people who were ever present in my youth and loomed larger than life in those early formative years. The Beatles' song In My Life expresses my sentiments quite well. Here then is 'In My Life'.
An update on new Alien Skin music being prepared for release: (1) a follow up album to 'Ghost In The Rain' (2) an 80s EP project (3) a collaboration with divine french artist 'RoBERT' and (4) a new collaboration with Steve Kilbey (Under the Milkyway) of iconic Australian band 'The Church'. Read it all in this latest blog.
Emily White, an intern at NPR 'All Songs Considered' and GM of what appears to be her college radio station, wrote a post on the NPR blog in which she acknowledged that while she had 11,000 songs in her music library, she’s only paid for 15 CDs in her life. Dave Lowery from 'The Trichordist' responds point by point to the philosophy of illegal downloads that impact so negatively on independent artists.
'Monster Mash with Alien Skin' is a special article by Dan Shaurette which includes my interview responses for HorrorAddicts.net. His article is part of a HorrorAddicts radio episode promoting women writers in the horror genre that also features the Alien Skin song 'The Unquiet Grave' as its theme. Read the article in today's blog post.
Presenting the unique French artist: RoBERT, who has been creating stunningly beautiful music since the early 1990s. From electro to baroque, delicate & charming; stuff dreams are woven out of. Recently I have been working with her her across continents and our collaboration is soon to be realized. In this blog I also feature some of her sensuous videos.
A couple of years ago I teamed up with Mila Dream (Mi*la) to produce a gorgeously delicate song of hers, My Flower On The Hill. Mila is a well versed artist from Russia that I met in 2008 via MySpace and we have been in touch ever since. She also contributed vocals to my Alien Skin song Belong, in 2010
Spread over 3 parts and 3 blog posts, I trace my musical development from initially being disinterested in music as a child, to my obsession with bands and the passionate addiction to writing & creating music myself a few years later, through to Real Life and Alien Skin today. Today is the concluding Part 3.
Within is the promotional YouTube video I produced for Ghost In The Rain, the title song from my new Alien Skin album. Partly filmed in the mountain ranges, east of Melbourne/Australia, on a cold & misty day in April, shortly after my birthday.
Author Kage Alan has already reviewed my previous two Alien Skin albums, as well as Real Life's 'Imperfection' (2004), today he adds his thoughts about 'Ghost In The Rain'.
If you know the international hit 'UNDER THE MILKY WAY' by legendary Australian band, The Church, then you'll know the voice of Steve Kilbey. I was requested to remix 'Hear In Noiseville' a song by Steve Kilbey with producer Pocket. Watch the video of the track, within.
Bursting with enthusiasm, the stylish Modern Synthpop blog, has just published a new review of Ghost In The Rain, the 2012 Alien Skin album.
Spread over 3 parts and 3 blog posts, I trace my musical development from initially being disinterested in music as a child, to my obsession with bands and the passionate addiction to writing & creating music myself a few years later, through to Real Life and Alien Skin today. This is Part 2.
Before Alien Skin, before I joined Real Life, I recorded an album entitled 'Beneath The Surface Tension' under the artist name of MooG. The album has been added to my growing list of free downloads to Alien Skin private guest list members. Have a listen to the promo, within.
Spread over 3 parts and 3 blog posts, I trace my musical development from initially being disinterested in music as a child, to my obsession with bands and the passionate addiction to writing & creating music myself a few years later, through to Real Life and Alien Skin today.
Saliha posted me a series of questions from Turkey. Today I answer these; my musical inspiration, synthesizers, film noir, Depeche Mode and more.
I enjoy reading any new information and news I can find on Martin Gore, especially when discussing his influences and how they continue to shape his current line of creative thinking. Anecdotes from his early years in Depeche Mode are always priceless as well!
Excellent audio interview with CdBaby President Brian Felsen. Especially very useful for all of us independent artists. CdBaby is my Alien Skin music distributor.
Ghost In The Rain, my new and 3rd Alien Skin album was released today. I have dedicated a special webpage on my site for it. You can preview it, watch it, and hear me discussing every song, right on the page.
I recently recorded an audio interview with Jo from Velvetstorm Media, Switzerland. Listen to it online! discuss all things from the 1980's onwards, my musical influences & history, Real Life, my thoughts on music today, depeche mode, my new album ghost in the rain, what it takes to 'make it'... 15 minutes of me & Jo:)
A Youtube Video Special ... in the studio with Tony Mantz, mastering the new 2012, Alien Skin album, 'Ghost In The Rain'.
BBC Synth Britannia is a documentary I've watched a number of times already. If you are interested in the development of the electronic music scene in Britain, from the early 1970s to mid 1980s, then I know you'll salivate watching this Youtube video documentary!
In today's blog I publish a post submitted to me by Saliha, an Alien Skin fan from far away Istanbul, Turkey. Saliha expands on why SHE enjoys Alien Skin music. I wish to thank her for the sentiments expressed and the time expended writing this blog.
'The Secret Garden' is a 4 song CD recorded simultaneously with my new album 'Ghost In The Rain'. Hear it on video and find out how to get a free, signed CD copy for yourself directly from me.
Nick Drake was a young English singer-songwriter, brilliant, sensitive and troubled with depression which eventually forced his death in 1974. His sensitive, melancholic work is an influence on my songwriting for Alien Skin.
Ghost In The Rain, my new Alien Skin CD album, is scheduled for worldwide release on February 22, 2012. Watch a 3D video of its artwork being presented & learn how to receive a FREE, limited edition, signed CD: The Secret Garden, as a complimentary gift when you purchase the album.
Christmas Eve 2011 was spent mastering my third Alien Skin CD album 'Ghost In The Rain'. Let me take you on a trip inside the mastering studio, in a rather hot Australian summer festive season. No snow-white one here, if only! Documentary video to follow soon.
This is the first in my series of favourite musical works that continue to inspire my work as Alien Skin.
Goldfrapp Felt Mountain, is the stunning work of British electronic music duo, Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory. The pair is responsible for producing one of the finest, most elegant, charming and gracious debut albums I have heard.
As keyboardist in Real Life, I toured the US a number of times, but the tour I remember most fondly was the one in August/September 1998 in support of our current album at the time 'Happy'. It began rather disorganized, and with some panic I must add, but it developed into something I still recall with great regard!
It seems I record my albums in southern winter and release them in northern winter. It's not intentional, it just worked out that way, but I think this is quite apt. To me, anyway, both 'Don't Open Till Doomsday' & 'The Unquiet Grave' have been just that...music conceived in a dark, cold wintry hideaway, where shadows play tricks on the eyes. Ghost In The Rain is born of the same shadowy substance.
An interesting & instructive article I discovered, & it pertains to all small self financed artists & people who listen to music & perhaps forget all about the trickle down affect of not actually buying and supporting the artist in order to have the music continue to be produced.
Just prior Christmas, 2010, I posted an open offer for a collaborative effort based on a piece of unfinished and untitled music I had. 'She Sells Seashells' is the result of this collaboration between myself and singer, musician Phil Kearney from Nebraska, US. Includes the music video.
In the following video I go through the recording of For Always 'Morgue of Silence' mix and isolate the various tracks so you better hear each component part that makes up the song.