The Vaccines FREE EP and Gig TONIGHT!
Dolphin Music on Jun 22, 2012
The Vaccines Live in London Tonight
The Vaccines have just announced that they’ll be offering up a live EP… FREE Download!
The EP was recorded during the band’s live gig in Brighton Centre earlier on this year. The free download features tracks ‘Wreckin’ Bar (Ra Ra Ra)’, recent single ‘Tiger Blood’ and R. Stevie Moore cover ‘ Why Should I Love You’.
The Vaccines Live in Brighton EP
... But hold on, that’s not all. The band have also just announced an intimate performance in London TONIGHT (22 June 2012). The gig will be at the East End’s Sebright Arms, and the band will be supported by Sunderland based indie band Frankie & the Heartstrings.
“We’ll be playing a gig at the Sebright Arms in East London tomorrow night with support from Frankie And The Heartstrings. It’s £5 so please come along and party with us. First come, first served.”
Some of the Gear you can expect to see tonight…
Bally Studios | All About The Music
Dolphin Music on Jun 21, 2012
Bally Studios is a 5 Studio Recording and Rehearsal studio complex. Bally started off with just one studio in 2005, with help from the Princes Trust, and since then they have added another 4 studios. They are currently doing the paperwork for a brand new 6 rehearsal studios complex in East London, expected later this year.
Leading man, Jimmy Mulvihill has been working within the music industry from the age of 17, when he began studying sound engineering. Between 2002 and 2005 Mulvihill was a live music promoter, in addition to being in a band himself, and he also recorded bands in multiple studios.
Bally Studios mainly operate as a tracking studio, specialising in getting a great sound down onto tape/digital multi-tracker before either mixing it and producing it themselves, or sending it to another studio for postproduction/mixing.
Bally specialise in what they call “anti-production” which means that the records they produce are intended to sound just as the band would in a room, a really tight rehearsal sound if you like, a sort of “live vibe.”
Bally have recorded well over 200 albums at the studios. They offer a really friendly service for the bands that visit for recordings and rehearsals, and they have said that they are “good friends with about 90% of the 60 + bands that come to the studios.”
Bally Studios Roster
Bombay Bicycle Club
The Rod Temperton Band
Afro Celt Soundsystem
Darren Hayman and the Secondary Modern as well as over 700 other bands, both at the Recording/Rehearsal studios, as well as in my last job, running The Dirty Rider Club in Kilburn. We are proud that successful bands have used us, but even prouder that local bands come back again and again.
Most Successful Recording/Gig
Usually, we concentrate on the less glamorous end of the whole process, where the hard work is put in. Very rarely at the end of the session would we ever see the rewards for our hard work immediately. That usually comes months later, after the album has been mixed, or when the band is on tour, having become better as a band due to the hard work we put in at the studio. We get a lot of satisfaction out of seeing bands that we have worked with gain bigger fan bases and play bigger shows. Recently Caribou were at the studios preparing for their forthcoming tour with Radiohead, and it’s great to see bands like them, who put in so much effort and are as talented as they are, getting the success they deserve. One recording that we take a lot of pride from that was done at the studio, which was made before the change of ownership in 2005, was Coldplay‘s “The Blue Room” EP, and we were happy that 2 months ago Chris Martin called us “a fantastic studio” in Coldplay’s interview with Mojo Magazine.
Most Interesting Recording/Gig
Looking back over the last 3 weeks of recording that I have done, in 22 days I have done 8 albums which include
- A 12 piece Latin funk fusion band
- A 4 piece punk rock band
- A three-piece “Circus Garage Rock” band
- A 16 piece African Afro-beat band- 5 piece band
- We have really interesting recording sessions at the studio, and what we love most is the variety of the bands that we record. All different bands, with different personalities, which make for a really interesting and exciting overall working experience.
Most Difficult Recording/Gig
The most difficult aspect of working at the studio for me personally was the process of taking over the studio I used to work in, and successfully re-launching it. We feel very proud that we have been able to turn around the studios, and also that year on year, the average amount of rehearsals we do at the studios has risen from 2.1 per day in 2005 to 7 rehearsal slots per day. In addition, the recordings have gone up from 6 albums a year in 2005 to over 50 a year at present.
- New 6 Studio Rehearsal complex in East London, which should hopefully be open this year.
- Currently in talks with 2 publishers about finishing and releasing the book which I have nearly finished writing called “Headliners Must Provide Backline”. It is about unsigned bands and their experiences on the “toilet circuit” in London. We have over 80 people involved in contributing to the book, from gig promoters to sound engineers, record label executives and radio station pluggers. The basic premise of the book is that we have brought together knowledge from people who have large wealth of experience within the unsigned music industry, so that people who are just beginning to make their way in the music industry can hopefully learn from other people’s mistakes, as opposed to making them himself.
- We’re in talks with backers about opening an acoustic music venue in Crouch End, North London, called The Speakeasy, which will always be free entry, will have a bookshop within the venue, permanent backline so that all the bands have to do is bring their instruments, a great sound system and also a cafe within it, called The Homebrew Cafe. It would appeal to people who may want to see live music, who do not usually go to bars, combining the coffee culture and the live music scene. We will still sell alcohol though, as well as having film nights and even political debates.
- We are also giving sound engineers and music producers the chance to hire our studios on a daily basis, so that they can start recording bands without having to find their own location, buy all of the equipment and carry out the acoustic treatment needed to make great recordings. They can get a live room, a control room, a mixing desk, all of the microphones and outboard and the musical instrument backline, over £25,000 worth of equipment in total, as well as over 800 ft.² space, for as little as £60 per day. They can book their own bands in, negotiate with the bands for their own fee and take the difference as their profit. See more here.
Contact Bally Studios…
020 8808 0472
Unit 16,17 & 18, MillMead Business Centre
Mill Mead Road
The Guillemots - Live @ Hard Rock Cafe, Manchester
Dolphin Music on Jun 20, 2012
Last night I had the fortunate pleasure to be invited to see The Guillemots play an intimate gig in Manchester’s Hard Rock Cafe. With the release of the first of four studio albums this year – Hello Land – that’s correct, you heard right, FOUR ALBUMS, one can only assume they are one of the busiest bands on the scene right now.
This impromptu gig was a warm up for their forthcoming Hyde Park, Hard Rock Calling appearance on Sunday 15th July. The London-based avant-garde indie rock band formed in November 2004 and received a Mercury nod for their debut album “Through the Windowpane”. The group consists of Fyfe Dangerfield from Birmingham on vocals, keyboards and guitar, lead guitarist MC Lord Magrão from Brazil, who also plays bass guitar, accordion, mandolin, Theremin and keyboards occasionally, Canadian Aristazabal Hawkes on double bass, electric bass, keyboards and occasionally tambourine; and Scottish percussionist Greig Stewart.
As we at Dolphin Music are always keen to let you know what gear the professionals are using I can happily give you a rundown of some of the gear that I saw on show last night.
Fyfe Dangerfield who is a lefty uses a right handed Gibson ES series guitar in black. He plays this through a VOX AC30 Amp. He also plays two Roland Fantom X6 (This is now the Roland Fantom G6) keyboards through a Roland KC550 Keyboard Amp.
MC Lord Magrão was rocking his usual USA Fender Jaguar guitars through a Reissue 1957 Fender Twin Amp. His effects board consisted of over 20 pedals including an EHX Big Muff Overdrive and an EHX Holy Grail.
Bass player Aristazabal Hawkes uses a huge upright bass for many songs. She switches between this and also a Vintage USA Fender Precision through an Ampeg SVT-810V Bass Enclosure and an Ampeg SVT-4 Pro Bass Head.
Drummer Greig Stewart was using his 1960s Ludwig Drums once owned by Spandau Ballet believe it or not, and a Ludwig 400 Snare. His cymbals were Zildjian 19” & 16” Custom K Crash/Ride, a Paiste Rude China and finally the Roland SPDS Sampler (Now the Roland SPD-SX Sample Pad).
After a quick chat with Fyfe I managed to find out that the gear on show tonight was just the tip of the iceberg and he told me that they take as much as twice what we saw into the studio. Incidentally they were back off to Norway soon to put the finishing touches to the next 3 albums for release this year.
Before I left I managed to snap a few shots of their gear onstage, so if you know any better than me and my colleagues at Dolphin Music please let us know.
Audio Works Rehearsal Studio | All About The Music
Dolphin Music on Jun 12, 2012
Audio Works is professional rehearsal studio in Northampton town centre. They offer large, clean and soundproof rehearsal rooms, complimentary refreshments, Wi-Fi, parking, ear plugs and plectrums. A professional, secure and relaxed creative space for musicians to enjoy and aid their creative process.
The studio consists of three acoustically treated rehearsal rooms, art gallery space, kitchen/dining area and a spacious artist lounge with projector and surround sound.
There is kit for sale and to hire, kit storage and even spares for sale. Audio Works offer extra services such as drum repair, graphic design for events posters/flyers and album artwork. The Audio Works team includes two photographers that are able to offer photo shoots both on and off site (all Audio Works photography, posters and flyers are designed and created in house).
Additionally, Audio Works are proud sponsors of Pedestrian; A registered charity working within education, creative, and cultural sectors. Pedestrian provide opportunities, training, and accredited courses in a wide range of Urban Art Forms, Street Sports, and The Media.
“We are about to release our first ‘Audio Works Sessions’ live recording, the first of many to come. We are also gearing up to promote our first ‘Audio Works presents,,,’ gig.”
St James Road
LostProphets & Faith Guitars
Dolphin Music on Jun 8, 2012
Lee Gaze Plays Faith
Faith guitars have recently announced an endorsement deal with Lee Gaze, guitarist of Welsh Rock super band LostProphets.
Faith brand manager Alex Mew is very happy with the arrangement.
“This brings a big smile to my face.”
“I have been a fan of LostProphets for years now and to see Lee playing a Faith guitar is extremely satisfying. He is a great guy and has been a pleasure to work with.”
Gaze was first introduced to Faith during a recording session in Cardiff’s Long Wave Studio. He claims that although LostProphets don’t perform with acoustic guitars, his Faith FNCETB Neptune is ideal for songwriting and adds, it “plays and sounds better than his previous main acoustic.”
LostProphets are currently on tour promoting their forthcoming album Weapons, playing numerous dates across the UK, Europe and the US.
Top Wood: Solid Engelmann Spruce
Back Wood: Solid Indonesian Trembesi
Side Wood: Solid Indonesian Trembesi
Binding Solid: Rosewood
Bracing Material: Quarter-Sawn Spruce
Bracing Pattern: Patrick James Eggle X-Brace Design
Rosette: 5mm Abalone with Fibre Border
Neck Finish: Satin
Neck Joint: Patrick James Eggle Bolt-On Design
Fingerboard: Macassan Figured Ebony
Fingerboard Radius: 16”
Fingerboard Inlays: Mother of Pearl ‘F’ at 12th Fret
Machine Head: Grover Rotomatic Gold
Trussrod: 2 Way
Nut Width: Nut 43mm / String Spacing 55mm
Bridge: Macassan Figured Ebony
Bridge Pins: Macassan Figured Ebony with Abalone Dots
Finish Type: Gloss Top / Satin Back & Sides
Flow Mastering | All About The Music
Dolphin Music on Jun 7, 2012
For over 25 years, WOLF STUDIOS has been providing quality recording, mixing and mastering as one of London’s top independent studios. It is owned and run by mixing & mastering engineer Dominique Brethes and is located opposite Brockwell Park in trendy Brixton, south-west London. With a reputation for quality mixing and mastering, Wolf Studios is also a great environment to record voice, individual instruments, orchestral instruments and percussion.
Artists/bands you’ve worked with: The Tiger Lillies, Ska Cubano, The Beloved, Alex Wilson, Dana Gillespie, Sarah-Jane Morris, Porcupine Tree, Steven Severin, Deniece Williams, The King’s Will, The Pogues, The Real Tuesday Weld, Peter Blegvad…
Most successful recording: Alex Wilson “R&B Latino”
Most interesting recording: The Tiger Lillies “Circus Songs”
Most difficult recording: Schleimer K “Wounded Wood”
Gear & Equipment
Sony Oxford Inflator
DUY Analog Suite
Langevin Opto-Electric dual limiter
Urei LA-22 dual Comp/Limiter
DBX 566 tube 2 Channels Comp/Lim
DBX 162 vintage stereo compressor
DBX DDP digital dynamics processor
Focusrite Red 3 stereo Comp/Limiter
Waves L2, Waves L3, Waves LMB
TC Electronics Master X
Dynaudio M2 with Dynaudio DCA450 amplifier
Duntech D200 with Velodyne DD10 subs and Roksan Kandy
PMC TB2+S with Alchemist Nexus
Acoustic Research 18S with Nakamichi IA-4s
Yamaha NS-10M with Roksan Caspian
Miller & Kreisel 1611P active
AKG K701 & Grado Prestige SR225 Headphones
Ampex ATR102 half inch
Studer A810 quarter inch
Dolby 363 Two channel SR/A Noise reduction
Sony PCM 7030 Timecode Dat recorder
Fostex D15 Timecode DAT recorder
Sony SCD-XB780 CD Player
Sony PCM 701
Technics SL1210 MkII modified with Moth arm & Michell TecnoWeight
Goldring 1042 cartridge
Graham Slee phono stage
Ocasan | All About The Music
Dolphin Music on Jun 1, 2012
Rising superstars of the UK rock scene, Ocasan are contemporary pop/rock at its very finest. With a sound that can only be defined as raw yet polished, rugged yet poised, intellectual yet beautifully simplistic. This British mega outfit packs a water tight power pop punch. High voltage, high energy fun.
Having worked with some of rock’s major producers, shared stages with major acts and a string of high profile festival appearances under their belt, it looks like Ocasan aren’t going anywhere but up.
Luke M - Drummer
Rich W - Bassist
Nick B - Vocals/Guitar
Discography and Upcoming releases
‘No one’s safe in Soho’ (single) – Out Now
Ricochet (album) - June/July
More All About The Music
Famous | All About The Music
Dolphin Music on May 30, 2012
James Roach - Producer, Recording Engineer and Mixing Engineer
Mario Christophi - Producer
Famous are a production duo specialising in the production of bass influenced dance music, from dubstep and house to RnB and DnB.
The band consists of James Roach and Mario Christophi who both met whilst studying Music Technology at Staffordshire university.
Both have a background in DJing and tell us that their influences come from the sound of UK garage which was sweeping the country at the time of their formation. They managed to channel this love for dJing and dance music, and began creating fresh new ideas of their own. The group’s ‘Famous’ sound borrows influences from many different genres, and manifests itself as a commercially acceptable sound, whilst still maintaining a high level of credibility.
Role: Producer, Recording Engineer and Mixing Engineer
Musical Equipment: Samson Rubicon R6A, Rode NT2000, Mackie 1202vlz3 mixer, Emu X board Keyboard, M-Audio Audiophile soundcard, Reflection Filter, Pentium i7
Musical Software: Cubase sx4, Massive, Nexus, Reason, Vanguard, Hypersonic 2, Battery 3
Musical Heroes: Bone Thugs N Harmony
Dream Gig: Glastonbury
Musical Equipment: Fostex Monitors, NI Kore sound card, Mackie 1202vlz3 mixer
Musical Software: Cubase sx4, Massive, Nexus, Reason, Vanguard, Hypersonic 2,
Musical Hero: Skrillex
Dream Gig: Anything at Wembley stadium
’Fairytales & Nightmares’ - June 2012
Famous recently performed their new single ‘Alien’ alongside DJ Hatcha at Paparazzi club in Watford on March 15th 2012. They are currently in talks for further live PA’s
EMI & The Little Phatty | All About The Music
Dolphin Music on May 23, 2012
EMI Love the Little Phatty!
EMI Music Publishing has a unrivaled reputation within the music industry, and represents the single greatest music catalogue in the world: a total of 1.3 million songs, 1000 UK and US number ones in the last 85 years and Billboard Publisher of the Year for 12 consecutive years. So, it’s no surprise that EMI Publishing’s own studios in London is one of the capital’s busiest facilities, and acts as home for the stellar array of acts signed to EMI’s ranks.
Such a hotbed of creativity demands premium tools, so it was natural that EMI would choose a Moog Little Phatty analogue synthesizer to stimulate the writing and recording process. Resident EMI studio engineer Ben Jackson confirmed that the little Moog had become a permanent fixture, and showed no signs of letting up:
The Phatty in use in Studio B
“The Little Phatty’s been an absolutely smashing addition to the studio setup. At the moment it’s in Studio A - the HD room. Everyone signed to EMI’s roster goes through that room at one point or another. We have two studios here and the Little Phatty gets moved back and forth between them regularly. Ishi is in here at the moment (producer of Tinie Tempah’s second album), and we’ve had Beverley Knight, Alexandra Burke and Autumn Rowe all working here too. Kele from Bloc Party was using the Little Phatty on his record - things are better here now than they’ve ever been.” In addition to this impressive client list, the studios are a proving ground for a range of unsigned acts that get studio time to see if the sparks fly. The Moog gets played by everyone, as Jackson explains:
Rows of tapes bearing well-known names line Studio A.
“Our A&R people go out to see gigs all the time, and give studio time to artists they think show promise. A lot of artists coming here see the Little Phatty and just want to use it – even indie bands too, who know Oasis were using Moogs! It’s one of the best synth purchases we’ve ever made.
There is some pretty stiff competition in the studio: We have some great other synths, but the Little Phatty really holds its own. It’s built like a real workhorse - it goes and goes. We’re moving it back and forth between the studios all the time and it somehow still looks basically untouched. It’s really solid build quality, you just fire it up and away it goes!”
We love it because its easy to use, and the sounds are… oh so customizable!
Orange Jim Root Signature Review | All About The Music
Dolphin Music on May 22, 2012
iGuitar Mag Reviews the Orange Jim Root Signature Amps
Most of us are probably still getting used to the idea that Orange have actually released a signature amp, but while you’re all still adjusting we’ll just let you know about a recent review of the Orange Jim Root Signature #4 Signature Amp by iGuitar Mag.
The Jim Root Terror Head was developed to bring you Jim’s full tone, style and image with its eye-catching black and orange design. The amp was modeled after the ‘dirty’ channel on Jim’s favourite amp, the Rockerverb 100. Both the Jim Root Signature head and accompanying signature PPC212 cab feature Slipknot and Stone Sour band logos on the rear. Despite what you might think, the amps don’t just do high gain and metal, you can dial in anything from vintage rock to blues.
“I had a great time reviewing this amp. It is most certainly a very versatile unit, capable of far more than the obvious ultra high gain tones. And then you have to take into account the price, which we feel makes it all the more impressive. I have to be honest, I’m never one to be very excited about a signature model but this amp just made me want to play and play and play. That, for me, is a sure sign of a fantastic product! We’ve no choice but to award it our joint highest ever score.”
More Jim Root Gear
Fender Jim Root Signature Telecaster - Ebony Fretboard - Flat White
Squier by Fender Jim Root Signature Telecaster (White)
Squier by Fender Jim Root Signature Telecaster (Black)
Fender Jim Root Stratocaster - Ebony Fretboard- Flat Black
Fender Jim Root Stratocaster, Flat White
Lower Than Atlantis | Performing Tonight for Sound City
Dolphin Music on May 18, 2012
Lower Than Atlantis | Performing Tonight | 18th May 2012
LTA @ LSC
Tonight at the O2 Academy Liverpool, Punk Rock band Lower Than Atlantis will be taking the stage as part of Liverpool Sound City 2012. The Watford based four piece first got together in 2007, and released their debut EP Bretton the following year. The bands first and second full length albums Far Q (2010) and World Record (2011) were a little more… er… on the “lighter” side!
LTA’s latest album has been recorded and is now in post production, due for release in late October 2012 through Island Records. It will be their first release on a major record label, which they were only signed to earlier this year. In an interview with NME, lead vocalist and guitarist Mike Duce claimed that since being signed to Island, “Nothing’s really changed, except we’ve got the financial backing that we didn’t have before. Previously everything we put in was our own money, money we’d begged and sweated to cobble together to make it. We’ve now got access to input from people who’ve been doing this for a long time. So it’s having the intelligence and the money.”
These guys have a pretty busy few months ahead of them, playing at multiple festivals this summer. As if Camden Crawl a few weeks back wasn’t enough, Lower Than Atlantis are performing at Slam Dunk and Download Festival in a few weeks time. Talking a little more in the present though, you can catch Lower Than Atlantis at the O2 Academy Liverpool, TONIGHT!
Tonight @ O2 Academy Liverpool
Sound City & Shakedown Presents:
Alkaline Trio @ Sound City this Thursday Night!
Dolphin Music on May 16, 2012
Liverpool Sound City is welcoming some great new talent onto their stages this year, some names you may not have heard of before, but we’re also expecting to see performances from bands and artists that we know well. Alkaline Trio is one of those bands!
These high-energy melodic rockers have been bringing the darkness since ‘96, with 8 studio albums, 2 Compilations and 3 EPs, Alkaline Trio have continued to amass a devoted cult following with their infectious hooks and dark lyrics.
The bands most recent album, Damnesia, was released in honour of the trio’s 15th anniversary. Damnesia features a selection of beloved fan favourites that were taken from the bands extensive catalogue, presented in an intimate, semi-unplugged format.
We can expect to hear some of the bands more popular tracks from their earlier albums, the likes of ‘Armageddon’, ‘Stupid Kid’ and ‘We’ve Had Enough’ will be welcomed additions to the set list. We’re also hoping to hear a few songs from one of the Trio’s most popular albums. Performances of ‘Calling All Skeletons’ and ‘Help Me’ from the bands 2008 album, Agony & Irony will surely be appreciated by the AT fans in Liverpool tomorrow night.
Aside from us exhibiting at the Expo, you’ll find:
More Alkaline Trio News
If you have seen the album artwork for the band’s 2011 album, Damnesia, then this may ring a bell. Alkaline Trio add a unique take on a Fender California acoustic to bring us their Signature Model guitar. Fender have taken the classic ‘60s-era-sun-and-fun Malibu folk-style acoustic and dressed it up with a graceful heart-shaped rosette designed by the band which can be seen on the Damnesia cover, to bring us the new, and very exciting Alkaline Trio Malibu Guitar.
Luna Kiss | All About The Music
Dolphin Music on May 15, 2012
Luna Kiss are a Progressive Rock band from Coventry revelling in obscure time signatures and odd arrangements.
The band formed in 2010 and released their debut album Echoes of Sound in 2011 on Ghoulish Records. Their latest single ‘Take her Away’, which is not from the album, will be available from 21st May 2012.
Luna Kiss confess that as a band they indulge heavily in equipment. They have gained some endorsements along the way from the likes of Kelstone Instruments, Duesenberg Guitars, Ice Valley Water and Saluda Cymbals, to name a few.
“Our guitar players’ relationship with Kelstone has given us a fantastic and unique instrument.”
“As Far as I was last aware, there were only two Kelstone players in the UK.”
We’d talked recently about doing some videos about our equipment, mainly effects pedals. We wanted to approach doing these videos in a unique way that shows the pedals in a different light.
Members & Gear
Ross Morris - Bass
Will Russell - Lead Guitar and Vocals
Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster
Fender MIM Jaguar
Zilla 2x12 custom
Apple Macbook Pro, with Mainstage
Pedals: MXR Line boost, Boss Turbo Overdrive, EHX Memory Boy, Boss Super Chorus, Digitech Whammy, Big Muff, EHX Freeze, Boss Tu2.
Chris Butler - Guitar and Kelstone
James Pedley - Drums
Dream Rig - Ross Morris
We’re all getting quite close to our dream set ups. We love to talk about equipment. I can’t speak for the others, but my dream set up would be an Orange 4x10 (not the isobaric ones) and an Orange 1x15, both in black. I’m a fan of Orange cabs but not the flashy ‘look at me’ kind of thing that goes with the orange colour. On top of them I’d have an Ampeg SVT4. I’m a big fan of Ampeg’s solid state amps.
I’d like a few more pedals. The MXR compressor pedal looks fantastic. It’s about time that more companies made compressor pedals with real parameters. I’d like to have my Squire fretless bumped up to a Fender. And one of the absolutely beautiful and stunning new Fender Select Jazz Basses, with the flame maple top.
Look out for Luna Kiss’ feature in Prog and Classic Rock Magazine!
Django Django | Coming to Liverpool Sound City 2012
Dolphin Music on May 15, 2012
Django Django @ Liverpool Sound City 2012
This London-via-Edinburgh quartet formed back in 2008, but have only recently graced us with their presence when they released their self entitled debut album, Django Django. The quirky quartet is made up of vocalist and guitarist Vinny Neff, drummer and bandleader Dave Maclean, bassist Jimmy Dixon and keyboardist Tommy Grace. The Django Django debut album was released in January 2012 and has, by some, been labeled Folktronica, putting Django Django in the same basket as the likes of Bibio and Lykke Li.
The four-piece produce 80s pop rhythms and 60s beach boys-esque bleached, vibratoless vocals, making it pretty difficult to pinpoint the band’s genre.
It would appear that the bands major inspiration comes from The Beta Band whose keyboardist happens to be David Maclean’s big bro. It seems as though this obsolete Scottish indie semi-legends motivated Django Django’s spliff-friendly tones as their intrepid, far-sighted eclecticism.
So what is it that Django Django do? Maybe it’s a good thing that they can’t be categorised, because it suggests that they’re doing something a little bit different. A breath of fresh air.
“If the Beach Boys wrote the score for a spaghetti western set in a 50s vision of the future, it might sound something like this buoyant debut album.” - Killian Fox, The Observer
Even the band can’t quite get a handle on what it is that they’re up to. Basically, their press release, which they penned themselves, is gibberish: “The triple distilled essence (and sensibility) of an artistic huddle of mischievous musicals,” is how they describe themselves. Interesting… to say the least!
… But you should just see for yourself at Liverpool Sound City this week, where they will be performing live on Thursday Night. Then you can tell us your opinions afterwards.
On the latest episode of the British show Later With Jools Holland, the UK post-punkers Django Django appeared to perform their sparse, economical, catchy-as-all-hell single “Default” sounding as good live as they do on record. Watch them knock it out…
Aside from us exhibiting at the Expo, you’ll find:
The Temper Trap: One to Watch at Liverpool Sound City 2012
Dolphin Music on May 14, 2012
The Temper Trap are an Australian indie rock, made up of Dougy Mandagi (Vocals), Jonathan Aherne (Bass), Toby Dundas (drums), Lorenzo Silllitto (lead guitar), Joseph Greer (keys & guitar). Better known for their synthy-pop tunes, and chart topping single and soundtrack favourite, “Sweet Disposition”.
The Temper Trap’s second album will be released on 21st May 2012 (UK), and they’re definitely one of our ones to watch at Liverpool Sound City 2012. The guys have released a ‘Behind the Scenes’ to their forthcoming album, which you can see below for what’s in store for you at their show on Friday 18th May at the Art Academy, Liverpool.
Their synth-y Sweet Disposition has not only been seen topping charts (2 times platinum in Aus, silver in the UK and Gold in US), but on advertisements and soundtracks worldwide. Used in a TV ad for: Chrysler; Diet Coke; Centre Parks; Sky Sports; Channel 4’s V Festival coverage; 02; Rhapsody music; Toyota Yaris; East, Pray, Love; and most notably, as the soundtrack for 500 Days of Summer.
What gear will you see the Temper Trap using at their Sound City gig?
The Temper Trap rely on synths, samplers and pedals. The BOSS DD-20 is one pedal the band cannot live with out. With more settings than a standard delay pedal, the DD-20 is what Sweet Disposition relys on. Johnny often has three BOSS DS-1’s running together at one stage for that extra distortion, along with the RC-20ZL Loopstation, DD-3, DS-2 and the LS-2 is used to blend different sounds with more control.
You’d think Roland endorsed them by the amount of Boss and Roland gear you’ll find in their set-up, but the guys also have a SPD-S Sampling Pad (now upgraded to the SPD-SX) for running loops and extra drum backing tracks to fill out the sound. For amplification, you’ll find a Roland JC-60 (maybe not at their LSC gig, as Orange will be providing key venues with a backline). Those lovely synth sounds you’ll hear throughout Sweet Disposition, Love Lost and Fader are created by the Roland Juno-DI, or for more oomph, a Roland Juno G.
Campbell McNeil (Temper Trap Tour Manager & Front of House Engineer) was blown away with the Sennheiser 935 vocal mic, which led him to start using e901 on kick, e 904s on toms, e 905 on snare, e906s for cabs and e935s for the bands backing vocals. Simplicity is key, and that’s what those mics give him.
So yeah, there we have it. Our first of five “Ones to Watch at Liverpool Sound City 2012”.
Liverpool Sound City Festival and Conference is now in its fourth year. With three days of international music, media and technology, Liverpool will see 360 artists performing to 35,000 music fans and 3,500 music industry professionals. Aside from the music festival, the LSC conference packs controversial debate and unparalleled networking to music industry folk and all of you interested in the ins-and-outs of the music industry.
This year brings something extra special for us here at Dolphin Music. We always love getting involved in such a great event, but this year Sound City launches the very first Sound City Expo. Running on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th May during the daytime in the Echo Arena, you’ll find us along with our friends Yamaha, Avid, Peavey, Roland, Native Instruments, and Steinberg exhibiting and demonstrating their most innovative and exciting gear. What’s even better is that if you’re signed up to our mailing list, you’ll be receiving an email with free access to this event. Miss our Liverpool store? We’ll have some great deals on the day for you to get hold of and purchase some new gear!
Aside from us exhibiting at the Expo, you’ll find:
- DJ hub in association with BPM, bringing you the latest tech tools and gadgets for DJs and electronic music producers
- Digital Hub in association with Open Labs: the best new innovations in creative and digital tech featuring ISVO, Open Labs, Sentric Music, Ingenious, NW fund and many more.
- Visit the Sound City Website
- If you’re a student, you’ll receive free entry to Liverpool Sound City Expo
- View the full Sound City Line Up
- View all the gear used by the Temper Trap over on our website
- More about Dolphin Music @ Liverpool Sound City
Southern | All About The Music
Dolphin Music on May 10, 2012
Thom Southern - Lead Vox, Acoustic & Electric Guitar
Lucy Southern - Lead/Backing Vox, Electric Guitar
Southern are a musical duo consisting of brother/sister Thom and Lucy Southern. Their music is a mixture of Alternative, Acoustic/Electric Indie, which drifts into a modern style of folk/bluegrass. So far Southern have played with artists such as Pete Doherty, Steve Harley, John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, Willy Mason, Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Nathaniel Rateliff, Duke Special, Foy Vance, Raul Malo, Mundy and Iain Archer.
Thom Southern produced his band, Southern’s debut EP World Don’t Shine in his bedroom where it was released in Belfast at a sold out semi-seated Mandela Hall show in May 2011. The debut EP was heavily played on Radio stations all over the UK with a few spot plays on well known stations such as Q Radio.
Gear: Big Baby Taylor Acoustic and a Mexican Fender Telecaster Electric Guitar
Favourite piece of musical equipment: Guitar and Piano
Musical Hero: Beck,Jack White, John Lennon
Dream Gig: Glastonbury
Discography and Upcoming releases
World Don’t Shine EP- Released 20th May 2012
Where the Wild Are single - Released for free download 21st May 2012
Upcoming Tour Dates
*** 10th May - Studio 2, Parr St, Liverpool @ 9:30 ***
18th May - The Barge, Belfast
21st May - Where the Wild Are single launch - The Slaughtered Lamb, London
25th May - No Alibis Book Store, Belfast
2nd June - The Spice of Life, London
6th June - The Strong Rooms, London
21st June - The Old Queens Head, London (OH! Inverted PR presents)
Søberg Audio Design | All About The Music
Dolphin Music on May 8, 2012
Søberg Audio Design
Søberg Audio Design is a small recording studio, owned and ran by Stian Søberg. Søberg focuses on “acoustic” music and admits that the company’s goal is to bring life back into recordings with the use of “real” instruments as opposed to using sampled audio and digital interpretations.
“Aiming for a goal to record full bands in a live setting, with high quality equipment and high quality instruments to bring some ‘honesty’ back into music.”
Coming from humble beginnings, Søberg worked hard to attain the best quality equipment to work with, now after acquiring the dream setup; Søberg Audio Design is now open to the public.
Søberg tells us that before he made over the studio he was working solely with his own band, Apterous Perigee, but is now currently working in full production with singer/songwriter The Good Old Days.
Naming my favourite brands is not easy, but I guess I’ll just keep it simple and just say Shure and Ibanez, as these are the manufacturers I couldn’t do without. Lynx also scores very high, as I’ve never heard anything as clean as their converters.
Computer: Apple iMac
Converter: Lynx Aurora 8 as/da
DAW: Steinberg Cubase 5
Speakers: KS Digital C-88
Summing/Monitor Control: Dangerous Music D-Box
Preamps: Audient ASP 008
Plugins: Softube FET Compressor, Softube Tonelux Tilt, Softube Trident A-Range, Softube Valley People Dyna-mite
Outboard: TC Electronic M-One XL, Fractal Audio Axe Fx 2
Other: Furman PL-8 Power Supply
David Leighton | All About The Music
Dolphin Music on May 1, 2012
David Leighton is London based producer, mix engineer and songwriter, who is currently working with multiple styles of music and artists. Coming from a guitarist background, Leighton now works predominantly with commercial Pop, Rock and Indie acts but admits to straying into various forms of electronic based music through collaborations and solo work. He currently works in conjunction with management & production labels around London, whilst also running his own studio based in rural Bedfordshire.
Leighton began his career writing and playing in bands from the tender age of 14, picking up a variation of instruments along the way. He tells us that his multi-instrumentalism always helps when approaching a recording/writing session. Claiming, as a guitarist, bassist, drummer and keyboardist he is able to create complete arrangements or simply help with guitar voicings or vocal harmonies for example.
Leighton studied BSc Music Technology at Coventry University, graduating with a 2:1 and an award to assist legendary producers on the Gus Dudgeon Producers Course. Following this he became part of The Animal Farm’s team of Producers based in Bermondsey, London, and also took over RiverRun Studios in Bedfordshire. Since which, he has worked with numerous acts on Single’s, E.P.s, Albums and Demos, many of which have been released through labels and have gained regular radio airplay.
“I am always looking for new acts to work for and with, from any background or genre of music.”
Alongside studio work, Leighton has featured on BBC Introducing for an interview and live acoustic set, as well as attending the recent ‘BBC Introducing Masterclass’ which took place at the world famous Abbey Road Studios. Some collaborations have also led to live shows and releases by Leighton himself, as an artist. A recent release entitled ‘Illuminate’, which was released under the alias ‘Project:Voices’ can still be downloaded on iTunes here.
“David is one of the finest young talents I have come across in recent years” - Dan Turner (Producer/Engineer, Bullet For My Valentine, Cradle Of Filth, The Cardigans, Suede)
“Judging by what David Leighton has put out so far, he looks certain to have a big future, definitely one to watch” - Tom Simkins (BBC Introducing Presenter)
“Leighton has developed an extensive knowledge on how each genre is created and how to achieve the best for each artist he works for” - Paul Richards (Music Critic)
RiverRun Studios is a spacious and professional recording environment located 40 minutes from London. Based around a Pro Tools and Apple Mac Rig, with Focusrite, TLA and Digidesign hardware, the studio is a high-spec, yet affordable recording choice. The self-contained facility boasts a lounge, kitchen area and bathroom/shower facilities alongside the fantastic sounding live room and separate control room. Numerous instruments and amps are available to acts when recording at the studio alongside a large range of new and classic microphones from Shure to AKG to Neumann and Rode.
When in a studio session I will always reach for a Fender Telecaster, you can’t beat the tone of one of those!
As a musician and producer, I am influenced by numerous artists, genres and styles of music, drawing inspiration from Rock, Pop, Electro… the list is endless! With regards to musical heroes and inspirations though, Chris Lord Alge, Bob Rock, Labrinth, Chase and Status and iSHi are all up there for me.
Over the next few months I have various recording sessions, writing projects and releases to look forward to, as well as recently signing up to be a judge at the regional stages of Live and Unsigned UK.
My blog over at http://www.DavidLeightonMusic.com is regularly updated with day to day posts about anything musical, please check it out!
For bookings, enquires or further information, please contact:
The Focusrite Octopre MKII Dynamic on Acoustic Drums
Dolphin Music on May 1, 2012
The Octopre MKII Dynamic features… you guessed it… 8 channels of award winning Focusrite mic preamps PLUS all of the functions that you might hope to see on an ADAT expander AND with a compressor-limiter on each channel, you get ADAT in and out.
“It’s so much more than a rack of preamps” - SOS
It’s equally an ideal expansion for any analogue or digital console, or hard disk recorder. The featured pre amps are optimized to handle extreme levels of sound, making the Octopre MKII Dynamic ideal for acoustic drums…
Kimberly Thompson | Drumming with the Focusrite Octopre MKII Dynamic
Focusrite Octopre MKII Dynamic Additional Features
Stefan French | All About The Music
Dolphin Music on Apr 30, 2012
Stefan French is a Dublin based composer and musician who provides original music for corporate videos, promos, documentaries, short films and features.
French completed the ‘Composition for Film/TV’ course at Berklee College of Music in Boston. In addition to currently working as a film composer at present, French is also completing a BMus in Composition at the DIT Conservatory of Music, working alongside Jane O’Leary and Grainne Mulvey.
“This gives me the opportunity to regularly work alongside the Concorde Ensemble [artists in residence] and other professional artists and groups.”
French’s work has been performed by the DIT Symphony Orchestra, the Concorde Ensemble and members of the RTE Concert Orchestra.
This multi-faceted musician set up a home studio in 2009 and since then has gone on to score several shorts, corporate videos and promos for companies both in Ireland and in the US. Intel, Avaya, Lily O’Briens Chocolates, The Mill Theatre and Breast Cancer Ireland to name a few. Most notably he scored the Award-winning Irish made feature, ‘Fractional’, which received its premier in Los Angeles in late March 2012.
Name: Stefan French
Role: Composer for Film/TV
Computers: Apple Mac Pro, Apple Macbook Pro, Acer 8920g
Sound Libraries/VST Instruments: EWQL Symphonic Orchestra, EWQL Symphonic Choirs, EWQL Hollywood Strings, EW The Dark Side, EW Stormdrum2, EW RA, EW Pianos, EW Goliath, EW Voices of Passion, Spitfire Audio Solo Strings, Komplete 8 Ultimate
Monitoring: M-Audio BX5A studio monitors, 5.1 surround sound system, Bose headphones
Instruments: Takamine Electro-Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Spanish guitar, Viola
Favourite piece of musical equipment: Yikes, I don’t think it’s possible to answer this…my Euphonix MC Mix probably gets the most love and attention though!
Musical Hero/s: Very hard question to answer and I nearly don’t even want to mention anyone for fear of forgetting to mention certain people! I love so many different aspects of so many other composers’ work… John Williams for orchestration (in fact, for everything!), Alexandre Desplat for great musical taste etc. The list would be endless… James Newton Howard, Thomas Newman, Hans Zimmer, John Barry, Alex Silvestri, John Powell… I could go on and on. But one name I simply could not leave out would be Christopher Young. I met him in November of 2011 and had a drink with him, the man’s a legend!
Dream Rig: Goodness! Let’s just say one that is immune to technical problems. If such a thing exists.
Dream Gig: A major blockbuster with a music budget big enough to fill a scoring stage with an orchestra made up of the world’s best session musicians. The feeling of being a part of the creative process on something like that would be immense. It’s what drives me to get up every day and continue to pursue my dreams.
- ‘The Red Bear’, Short Film, Dir. Ricardo Deakin
- ‘Nocturne Passage’, short film, 22:22 Productions
- ‘What’s Your Saab Story?’, feature documentary, Dir. Joshua Bourke
- Adrian Mannering (songwriter), producing and arranging an album
- ‘Fractional’, feature film, Totality Pictures
- ‘Departures’, piece for bass clarinet and tape, commissioned by Paul Roe
- ‘Returning’, experimental short, APRA Tropscore 2012
- ‘The Nation Held Its Breath’ short film, Dir. Emmet Vincent
- Avaya corporate video, Pedersen Media Group
- Corporate video for Intel IDF 2011, Pedersen Media Group
- ‘The Handy Man Can’, short film, music editor/supervisor
- ‘Sisters’, documentary
- ‘Kinesis’, piece for piano trio and tape composed for the Concorde Ensemble
- ‘Bottle’, short film, Music Mixing and Post-Production
- ‘Shane Gillen Promo’, promotional video, C.A.S. Productions
- ‘It’s Magic’, documentary, C.A.S. Productions
- ‘Waiting’, short film, Dir. Jeda de Bri
- ‘Attention’, piece for voice, piano and tape
- ‘The Poker Game’, short film, C.A.S. Productions
- ‘Film Music Suite’, composed and orchestrated for the DIT Symphony
- ‘Campbells Corner’, documentary, Dir. Lesley Ann Doughan
- Commercial for Breast Cancer Ireland, Cinemen Productions
- Promo video for The Mill Theatre Dundrum, C.A.S. Production
- Promo video for Lily O’Brien’s Chocolates, C.A.S. Productions
- Corporate video for an Irish estate agency, Cinemen Productions
The Alesis SamplePad | Tutorial Video
Dolphin Music on Apr 27, 2012
Are you looking for a percussion set that you can play easily at home or in the studio, that’s great quality from a name you know and won’t harm your bank balance… then maybe you’ll be interested in the Alesis SamplePad!
We don’t know about you, but the idea of having your own personal, compact and customizable drum kit on your lap, when and where you want it sounds pretty good.
A lot of people may admit to wanting a drumkit, acoustic or electronic, but someone has told then that they can’t have one. There’s no room, it will be too loud, and the excuses go on…
… but the SamplePad won’t give you any of those issues, its small, quiet and can work leaving you to do your thing without being nagged… now isn’t that what we all want?
Alesis SamplePad Key Features:
Alesis SamplePad Specifications:
Sound file format: sounds must be mono, 16/8-bit, 48/44.1/32/22.05/11.205 kHz.
Support SD Card:SD and SDHC up to 32 GB
Maximum total sample memory: 14MB
Electro Tom Hex
Electro Kick 8
Electro Kick 9
Electro Kick Hex
Electro Snare 8
Electro Snare 9
Electro Snare Hex
Electro Crack Hex
James Ivey | All About The Music
Dolphin Music on Apr 24, 2012
Ipswich born, James Ivey is a successful producer, pro audio professional and multi-instrumentalist. After graduating from Music Technology at Guildhall University, Ivey went on to work for The Solutions Company (TSC), selling and installing studio equipment. His work with TSC included designing and installing systems for some of the music industry’s biggest names, such as Pete Townshend of The Who, Ian Broudie of The Lightning Seeds and Mike “Spike” Stent, just to name a few.
Ivey left TSC, moving into a pop video production position with FAB Audio where he worked on promos for the likes of U2, Pulp and Oasis. This music tech pro has toured worldwide as a drummer and a musical director, working on cruise ships and at UK holiday resorts.
Ivey is currently residing in London where he is a demonstrator for Avid Technology. His role with Avid allows him to carry his love of all things audio back into the studio world and the job has also given him the opportunity to qualify as a Certified Operator for his favourite production software package, Pro Tools.
Name: James Ivey
Roles: Drummer, producer, guitarist, pro audio demonstrator, product evangelist
Favourite Gear: Pro Tools HD, Tama Drums… “If it’s good I’ll use it!”
Musical Heroes: Eric Johnson, Jeff Porcaro
Dream Rig: Pro Tools HDX2
Dream Gig: Drummer for TOTO
Tap Meets Technology | Korg Wavedrum Mini
Dolphin Music on Apr 24, 2012
Prepare to be floored (pun intended!) by this video. AskA from TAPJAMCREW is joined by drummer Ryo Kanda as they show off some more examples of “Tap meets Technology” by using Wavedrum Mini’s unique sensor clip to transform his dance platform into a musical instrument.
Legendary Wavedrum Technology… Compact!
This portable percussion synthesizer has been built with Korg’s renowned Wavedrum technology. Featuring both a dynamic percussion pad and a revolutionary sensor clip, the Korg Wavedrum Mini allows you to play two sounds at once for a rich musical experience.
This Mini model features 100 ready-to-play sounds ranging from acoustic tones to synthetic sounds, 100 rhythm patterns that serve as a rhythm guide to provide jam-along fun. With 10 preset audio effects, an onboard looper, a built-in speaker and option for battery powered portability, the Wavedrum Mini could be any drummers perfect practice companion.
The Sensor Clip
Attach the sensor clip to virtually any surface and transform it into a playable percussion instrument. The object to which you attach the clip will have a dramatic effect on how the sound is played, so you’ll be making new sonic discoveries every time you use the sensor clip.
d4agreg | Supermassive Black Hole on the Zoom G1U
Dolphin Music on Apr 19, 2012
Take a look at this YouTube video of d4agreg making the most out of the Zoom G1U, you can achieve any sound you want. Check out his Zoom verion of Muse’s Supermassive Black Hole!
The Zoom G1U
The Zoom G1U is a guitar FX and USB Audio I/F Pedal. The G1U packs in a mass of great features, with 30 types of authentic drive tones and 67 stage ready effects, we’re just getting started. You only need to watch that video to see what it’s capable of.
The G1U is an amp modeler, a multi-FX unit and USB interface that can record straight into your computer… to manipulate your sounds as much as you like. With an onboard tuner, 5 second looper and drum rhythm library the Zoom G1U could be any guitarists’ best friend.
The Zoom G1U comes together with ZFX Tools editing software and the Ableton Lite 7 music production software.
Zoom G1U Key Features:
List of Effects
Three Trapped Tigers | Me & My Rig | All About The Music
Dolphin Music on Apr 19, 2012
Formed in 2007, Three Trapped Tigers are a London-based noise-trio with musical influences spanning from Brian Eno, Dave Grohl fighting Vinny Paul on Tomas Stronen’s drum kit, and Tom Morello (an interesting combination to say the least!).
Their second album, “1-12” was released earlier this year, and received a very impressive 4/5 from Q Magazine, and 8/10 drom Drowned in sound. The instrumental-rock threesome will be supporting Dillinger Escape Plan on their two-date UK tour next week, and then hitting the UK and European festival scene this summer with appearances at Camden Crawl, Off the Cuff, and Greenman.
In complete honesty, I don’t really know what genre Three Trapped Tigers fit into. But what does it matter? Call them pop, classical, electronica or experimental rock; what I do know for sure is that these guys are unpredicatble, original and are making their stamp on the UKs music scene. The Trapped Tigers have airplay on BBC 6 Music, being shared by the Deftones on Twitter (big deal these days!) and will be appearing on Adam Sandlers new film, “Kick Her in the Balls” soundtrack. Nah, not really, but I ashamedly fell for that joke after reading it on their Facebook wall earlier.
We managed to catch up with Three Trapped Tigers to quiz their love and knowledge for musical gear, all things vintage, and reveal their inpsirations and musical heroes - because, it’s #allabouthemusic, right?
Tom Rogersons - Keyboardist and Semi-Vocalist - Me & My Rig
As the keyboardist and semi-vocalist, Tom Rogersons love for vintage synths shine through when you take a look at his gear rig. Consisting of the Nord Electro Rack and Korg MS 2000R rack mountable versions of vintage synthesizers, Roland’s first ever Juno: the Juno 6, Korg’s 2002 SP200 stage piano provide Three Trapped Tigers with their electro-feel you’ll hear throughout their tracks. For recording and editing, Rogerson uses the Apogee Duet audio interface, Ableton Software and Novation Bass-Station.
Favourite piece of musical equipment
Roland Juno 6
My dream rig consists of Roland’s Jupter 8 synth from 1981, Arturia Prophet 5, Moog gear and a grand Piano. Practically though, I’m aspiring to get myself a Nord Stage, Novation controller keyboards, Arturia Prophet 08 and the Dave Smith Evolver.
My dream gig would be to play solo piano at the Royal Festival Hall (standing at the hear of Southbank Centre, the Festival Hall opened in 1951 and is now one o the world’s leading performance venues)
Adam Betts - Drums & Electronics - Me & My Rig
Betts describes his role in the band as a drummer, electronics, provider of unintential feedback and on stage tantrums! Gear he uses includes the Roland SPD-S and SP404 percussion pads, Korg Kaoss Pad and KP3 along with Ddrum triggers, Tama drum kit and Sabian cymbals.
Favourite Piece of Musical Equipment
Ableton Live. (The latest version is Ableton Live 8- the software allows you composition, songwriting, production, remixing and liver performance. It has some great features, from real-time editing, groove engine, live looping and a MIDI editor)
Think Dave Grohl fighting Vinnie Paul on Tomas Stronen’s drum kit. That would be awesome.
Macbook Pro with Ableton Live, several mics and Ddrum triggers on the acoustic drums, going via midi (some Alesis drum brain?) going through some kind of insane max msp nonsense, triggering sounds, fireworkds and cocktail makers.
Playing the soundtrack to a zombie apocalypse (might be a movie, might be the actual apocalypse…kind of easy on that)
Matt Calvert - Guitar, Synths, Producer/Writer - Me & My Rig
Calvert’s live guitar rig consists of a Fender American Standard Telecaster amplified by an Orange Rockerverb MKII 50W Head and Orange PPC212 Cab. For creating guitar effects, Calvert turns to BOSS for their compact pedals; the BOSS OC-3 to produce high-quality octave effects, BOSS RV-5 reverb pedal for both guitar and keyboards, and BOSS’ DD5, PS2, and finally the RC-20 for looping, sampling and phrase recording (now discontinued and replaced with the RC-30). Along with Steve Vai, Joe Satriani and Tom Morello, Calvert is a huge fan of the Digitech Whammy range, using the Whammy II to perform smooth pitch bending, creating two part harmonies and applying those thick detuning sounds. You’ll also see a number of various Electro Harmonix and Moogerfoogers in the studio with Matt, along with the Line 6 DL4.
Matt uses various synths played on Novation controller keyboards, and Ableton Live for soft synths and various effects/samples. In the studio, accompanying Matt you’ll find the Roland Juno 6, Fender Rhodes, and the very cool monophonic bass synthesizer, the Roland SH-101 - perfect for techno or Drum&Bass
Favourite Piece of Musical Equipment
The Roland SH-101 is one of Matt’s favourite pieces of equipment. With simple, but really cool features, there’s no far fetched modulation but extremely solid bass which you can incorporate into any MIDI studio environment or as a guitar on stage.
It’s impossible to say one person…Tom Morello?
In terms of additions that I don’t own: A Fender Jazzmaster or Jaguar, Korg KP3, Roland SP404, Novation Launchpad, various Zvex, Electro-Harmonix and Moogerfooger pedals, Roland’s classic drum machine range, the Korg MS20, Minimoog, Wurlitzer 200a, and on it goes…
for the studio, I’d love the Altiverb 7, Termionic Culture Vulture, 1176s, Distressors, API desk and 2500 compressor! Oh, and some fat vintage plate and spring reverbs!
My dream gig would pretty much to be John Frusciante circa the Blood Sugar Sex Magik tours with Red Hot Chili Peppers.
|Upcoming Gig Dates|
|Saturday 5th May 2012||London @ Camden Crawl|
|Sunday 6th May 2012||Bristol - Simple Things|
|Saturday 26th May 2012||Brighton NFfA Festival|
|Saturday 21st July 2012||Truck Festival, UK|
|Friday 27th July 2012||Off The Cuff Festival|
|Friday 3rd August 2012||Tasov, Czech Republic|
|Saturday 4th August 2012||Nachtdigital Festival, Germany|
|Sunday 19th August 2012||Greenman Festival|
|Thursday 6th September - Saturday 8th September 201||Punkt Festival, Norway|
|Friday 21st September 2012||Fell Foot Sound Festival|
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Reggie Watts and the TC Helicon VoiceLive Touch
Dolphin Music on Apr 17, 2012
Reggie & VoiceLive
Reggie Watts is an improvising, vocal performer and comedian from Brooklyn. He is well known for his “on the fly” compositions with the use of vocal effects and looping pedals.
Having been a musician since the age of 5, it’s fair to say that Watts has been playing this game for a while, he’s tried out many different FX units and pedals in his career, so what makes TC Helicon’s VoiceLive Touch different from the rest…
“Everything I’ve used was not made for vocalists - mainly for guitarists so this is an interesting thing because it’s made specifically for vocalists! That’s what’s exciting about it. I was aware that TC-Helicon made lots of gear for singers, but this was the first concise, super chunky, high probability machine capable of looping that I wanted to get inside of. I like the possibilities!”
The first vocal processor and looper at your fingertips…
VoiceLive Touch combines best-selling vocal effects, VLOOP performance vocal looping and a uniquely addictive ‘touch’ interface, VoiceLive Touch is truly the first instrument for your voice.
Watts thinks that the VoiceLive Touch “inspires ideas and inspires you to want to figure it out more and to master it. When I first got it, I plugged it in and it was awesome.”
Key Features of the VoiceLive Touch:
Yamaha THR Amps | Peter Hook | Spotify
Dolphin Music on Apr 16, 2012
The Yamaha THR Range is Growing Still
We have two new developments of the THR Amplifier Range to share with you…
The First is that Spotify are reaching out to help save all of you uninspired guitarists!
... because the THR will change your life…
Spotify have teamed up with Yamaha... who have teamed up with former Joy Division and New Order bassist Peter Hook, and together they will be promoting the Yamaha THR amplifier range to Spotify listeners across the UK.
The Spotify campaign will run for a month and will consist of audio advertisements and banner alerts in users Spotify windows.
Hook has been playing Yamaha for over 40 years and cherishes his BB1200, which has features on every Joy Division and New Order track, in addition to accompanying him on every tour he has been on.
Hook and his band Peter Hook and The Light are currently touring Europe; see here for their tour dates.
Next up is the THR App for iOS... yes, you read it correctly, and just when we thought that the THR Amps couldn’t get any better!
THR Session (that’s what it’s called) is available for iOS devices, iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Session App features an extraction function, which can both isolate the guitar track in any song you play, or can mute it so you’re able to play along to your favourite songs… as the LEAD!
The new app also features both a slow down and repeat function, to you can ‘slow down and repeat’ that riff that you’re determined to get perfect.
Attention iOS and THR users, Session App is AVAILABLE NOW for your devices, and be sure to watch out for Peter Hook in your Spotify Players.
Yamaha THR5 Guitar Amplifier - £159.00
Yamaha THR10 Guitar Amplifier - £259.00
Our Boss GT-10 Competition is Almost Over | Get Entering!
Dolphin Music on Apr 16, 2012
A Little Reminder
The incredible Boss GT-10 Pedal has recently been discontinued. Without beating around the bush… this could be your last chance to get one, a new one anyway… and for free… you can’t beat that!
So… this is just a little reminder about our GT-10 Competition which is still live, but won’t be for much longer. The competition is ending on Friday 27th April 2012.
IT’S SO EASY TO ENTER
Some of the great features of the Boss GT-10 Pedal:
Check out the masses of different sounds the GT-10 is capable of here.
Brian Hubbard on the Focusrite Liquid Channel
Dolphin Music on Apr 13, 2012
Brian Hubbard Tells us why he Loves the Focusrite Liquid Channel
Brian Hubbard tells us why he loves the Focusrite Liquid Channel, what his favourite presets are and shares some hints and tips on achieving a great sound.
Brian Hubbard is a well known and respected front-of-house engineer, having worked with a wide range of artists in an ever wider range of genres. From Hip Hop to Gospel, Hubbard has molded the live sound of some of the world’s biggest stars and artists including N.E.R.D., 50 Cent, Gladys Knight and
Prince… believe it or not!
Brian claims that his mission is to “bring the sound quality from the studio to the stage,“ now that’s what we wanna hear! Brian speaks to Focusrite’s Giles Orford and shares his secrets for achieving a great live sound, and gives some tips on how to maximize your mixes.
Bruno Mars and ALL of his Fenders
Dolphin Music on Apr 13, 2012
Bruno Mars & Fender
You all know his name, you probably know his lyrics but what you might not know is that Bruno Mars and his supporting band use an absolute MASS of Fender Gear, it must be Fender heaven in the Mars Studio!
Bruno Mars was born into a musical family in Honolulu, and is most known for writing some serious hits like ‘Just the Way You Are’ and ‘Grenade’. This multi-talented musician, lyricist and producer has also co-written other chart toppers including ‘Right Round’ by Flo Rida and ‘Wavin’ Flag’ by K’naan.
Mars calls Fender the “sound of America,” and talks about a few of his favorite Fender guitars and how they’ve been a part of his life both in the studio and out on the road.
Mars’ First guitar was a Squier, bought for him by his father when he was younger. His favourite guitar is currently a Fender 1957 Reissue Stratocaster in Seafoam Green, which he plays endlessly when he’s on the road.
Check out Bruno Mars’ Fender Roster
American Vintage ’57 Stratocaster Reissue
Road Worn Player Telecaster
‘65 Twin Reverb
American Vintage ‘62 Custom Telecaster
Road Worn ‘50s Telecaster
Blues Deluxe Reissue
http://www.dolphinmusic.co.uk/product/40371-fender-pa-ina-ukulele.html#sterling_uk “>Ukulele Pa’ina- Solid Mahogany w/ Electronics
Ukulele Nohea - All Koa
American Vintage ‘62 Stratocaster Reissue
Ukulele Hau’oli - All Laminate
Road Worn ‘60s Stratocaster
Road Worn ‘50s Stratocaster
Road Worn ‘50s Precision Bass
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