NEW ALBUM: ’80’s Hair Metal’ Album Released Today!

80's Hair Metal

That’s right folks – we’re back… and LOUDER THAN EVER!!
A brand new 80’s Hair Metal album, with all the spandex and long hair you could wish for, is released today.

In 2013, Barrie Gledden, Kes Loy, Chris Bussey & I set about writing an album for AudioNetwork in the true 80’s Hair Rock style… Big drums, big guitars & even bigger hair!

The result was a riotous album that folks seemed to love – 80’s Hair Rock
Now, we’re here again with 80’s Hair Metal
The albums feature Nigel Bailey on vocals.

Coming Alive – Up-tempo rocker with hot guitar riffs, slamming drums & male vocals

Give Me Your Love – Positive power ballad with huge drums & emotional male vocal

Heart Break – Melodic 80s power ballad with shredding guitars, big drums & male vocals

Got To Rock – High energy big hair metal. Living life to the limit lyrics with male vocals

Night Warriors – Razor-edged guitar riffs & hard hitting drums with classic rock male vocals

Primetime Love – Fists in the air 80’s stadium rocker with loud guitars & male vocals

What You Do To Me – Strutting classic rock with massive drums, powerful guitars & male vocals

Hit The Top – High energy driving 80s rock with chugging guitars & positive male vocals

Hope you find the album as much fun to listen to as it was for us to make!
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Summer Mixing 2014

Wizard of Oz

Wizard of Oz

Following a short family break to France, I got back in the studio & stuck straight into mixing the latest project for AudioNetwork (plus a couple of extra tracks) – Dirt Rock.

After a few days away from the studio, it’s always hard getting back into the swing of things… I often find myself asking ‘what if I’ve forgotten how to do it…? Which bit? All of it!’, but it soon comes flooding back & before you know it you’re strapped into the mixing chair being ‘Wizard of Oz’ and it’s all coming together and sounding great… Then, after a few weeks, you feel like you need a break… again…

I jest of course… I love what I do, and there’s so much good music going on right now that it’s easy to forget the ‘man-hours’ that goes into making the music and albums.  But it’s a great learning experience… trying new ideas, approaches & different takes on the whole process. Always fun, never dull (with the added exception of maybe Melodyne)… Of course, you have your ‘face-palm’ moments but generally making music really is the best job in the world!

Thanks for stopping by… more new music coming soon…

NEW MUSIC ‘Garage Rock Gods’ Album Released

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6 brand new songs featuring 49 versions, ‘Garage Rock Gods‘ is released today!

  • Crash Down – Triumphant rock anthem with chugging guitars & emotional male vocal
  • Do It All – Punk rock with stabbing guitars, reflective male vocal & anthemic chorus
  • Real Life – Twisted rock with double time chorus, insistent male vocal & enticing lyrics
  • No Regrets – Hard & fast rock anthem with screaming guitars & rebellious male vocal
  • When You’re Famous – Stadium rock anthem with male vocal singing about an unrequited love
  • We’re Unbreakable – Rock anthem with emotional male vocal & powerful half time chorus

To read all about the making of this album go here… ‘Big Drums, Big Guitars & Big Vocals

As always… please listen to & download the tracks.

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NEW MUSIC ‘Rock with the Top Down’ Album Released

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Today sees the release of the much blogged about MOR Symphonic Rock album ‘Rock with The Top Down‘.
6 brand new songs and 74 versions in total, with huge production and sound.

Free Your Mind – Sunny 1970’s symphonic pop song about enjoying life & letting go. Male vocal

A New Beginning – Feel-good, classic 70’s MoR symphonic pop with positive lyrics & male vocal

Join As One – Uplifting symphonic pop song with lyrical strings & optimistic male vocal

You And Me Forever – Epic symphonic pop romantic ballad with lyrical strings & male vocal

Dust From A Star – Uplifting pop ballad with rich strings, male vocal & floating on air lyrics

Wishing – Anthemic symphonic pop ballad with lush strings & emotional male vocal

To read more about the making of this album below… It’s been an epic journey…

As always, please listen to & download the albums.

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A Month of Writing New Projects & Sessions…

Composing

It’s been a solitary month…

Following on from a hectic release schedule, album launch concerts and gatherings, this month sees me locked away in StudiOK working on ideas for new projects.

Whilst many of you are outside enjoying the beginning of a good old British Summer, the humble musician takes to locking themselves away in a darkened room, where the only tan you get is from staring at their computer monitors. It could be deepest Winter out there for all we know…

I do write music on my own, but it’s always more fun to work with others, as they bring along ideas you might never have considered for a project, plus the obvious camaraderie.

This month I’ve been working on tracks for various future albums which will see me busy writing, recording & mixing through to the end of 2014 and beyond.

One of the projects is a Bhaṅgṛā Fusion album with my good friend Prem Joseph. A relatively new style for me, but something Prem has a deep knowledge and understanding of. Prem is a well established Indian music specialist with roots in India and uses India based musicians for his work.

I’m also writing some funky 70’s music with Kes Loy and coaxing Lucy Kimmings into providing some suitably syrupy vocals…
Pop Drum & Bass, Dirt Rock… plus a few others, are also in the pipeline.

© Barrie Gledden 2014

© Barrie Gledden 2014

I’ve also been busy with drum session work. Drums are my main instrument (insert gag here) and I play on a good few tracks for others. I’m presently lending my drumming hand to a project with Richard Lacy. Richard has a great approach to music, I’d almost describe it as organic… his songs tend to evolve & develop and it’s always nice to approach his work in the same way he does. It’s very rarely a straight forward ‘play through’… it’s soundscapes and changing kit sounds & textures. Challenging for a musician, but very rewarding.

Here’s an example email from Richard describing what he visioned for a track…
‘It’s a steady 7/8 time. Needs to feel a bit like a 6/8 with an extra beat. I had this idea that in some places, we could move the snare by one beat in each successive bar. ie. snare on 2, then 3, then 4, then 5 etc.’…
I had a slight chuckle to myself when I read his direction… but dya know what? I knew exactly what he was after… It sure beats the old ‘… er… the mix… could you slow it down by 2dB?’

There are a further 3 albums about to be released for AudioNetwork in the coming months, which I’ll blog about when they are available.

SO, a busy time indeed, but I’m not drowning, just waving…

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