Simon Waldram


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On playing live (and beyond)

Posted by SimonWaldram on December 6, 2014 at 1:45 AM Comments comments (0)

At The Cookie, Leicester 16/11/14. Photo by Trevor Cobbe

Up until the last couple of months I'd never played live on any kind of regular basis. Living in Mansfield I'd make the occasional trip to Nottingham or Leicester, but that was about it. Sometimes it was 6 months+ between playing and it's impossible to create any momentum that way. Each ...

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November mini tour diary

Posted by SimonWaldram on November 23, 2014 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)

At the Chameleon. Photo by Stephanie Webb

From Nov 14th to 16th I took part in a mini-tour around  with Anda Volley, Kevin Hewick and Lisa De'Ville. Three gigs in 3 days might not sound like a lot (and I guess it isn't really), but given that before 2014 I'd never played live more than 3 times in a year it felt like quite a bit deal to me.

The gigs came arou...

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2014 Releases

Posted by SimonWaldram on March 30, 2014 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (0)

At the beginning on the year I went on the radio and said that I was going to release at least one thing - an album, a single or an EP - during an every month of 2014. The DJ, Steve, told me that this is not something he'd announce if he was doing this as he'd feel he was setting himself up to fail. That's a good point. 2014 has not been the easiest year so far and, as we head into April, I have done very little recording and all that's come out so far is a compilation of mostly previou...

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Just call me La Sol de Hierro

Posted by SimonWaldram on May 26, 2013 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (0)

I sometimes wonder if I would be more popular and/or successful if I didn't use my real name for my music and instead used some kind of band name or an inscrutable word or phrase instead. Here's why...

Every so often when I'm in a music shop or looking through the online catalogue or an indie label I'll come across a record that instantly grabs my attention before I've actually even heard anything from it. This may well have happened to you too. For me it will usually ...

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My favourite records of 2012

Posted by SimonWaldram on December 31, 2012 at 12:30 PM Comments comments (0)

I hope you've had a good year. Here are some of my favourite records of 2012 in no particular order.

Alberteen - Metal Book
Spearheaded by the brilliant single A Girl and a Gun, Metal Book is a brilliant showcase for Alberteen's patented "ryhthm and noir", from the da...

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The making of Conchology

Posted by SimonWaldram on October 2, 2012 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

In 2006 I met Martin Brown through - a site we were both a part of and shared our music on. Martin was from Leeds originally but had moved to Canada years before. We became friends and talked a lot about the music we were making. I had wanted to make an album for a couple of years, but I was struggling with the best way to approach it. On the demo CD I made in 2003-04 my recording set-up was pretty rudimentary and most of the songs were just me singing and playing guitar into a che...

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How to write a song

Posted by SimonWaldram on September 28, 2012 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (1)

Quite a few times when I have talked to someone who doesn’t make music about song writing they have said to something like they “would how no idea how to write a song” and will talk about song writing like it’s some unreachable mystical process. This is nonsense and any songwriter who allows such ideas to be perpetuated is probably doing so for the sake of their own ego - i.e. to convince themselves they what they’re doing is special and can’t be done by ju...

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Music Plans for 2012

Posted by SimonWaldram on January 31, 2012 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (0)

I tend to do quite a lot of planning around the music I want to make, as well as how and when I want to release it. Of course things sometimes changed or get delayed. Here are my plans as they stand, though...

As I write this I will soon be taking part in FAWM 2012. FAWM (February Album Writing Month) is a friendly online songwriting contest where the aim is to come up with 14 songs in the 28 days of the mont...

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Soundtracks and music videos

Posted by SimonWaldram on May 4, 2011 at 12:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Back in 2006 I put two collections of instrumental music on the Internet Archive and made them available with a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial license. This means that other artists can use my work in whatever context they wish as long as they do not profit from it. When my Songs Without Words album (which featured tracks from those Internet Archive collections) was also released with the same license.

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