It’s pretty tough to describe the past few months without sounding like a cliche or another over-used soundbite. I do hope you and your closest are safe and well. It’s been an interesting experience that’s for sure.
Following my last post in February, mother nature decided it was time for a re-balance and in parallel there have been a lot of exciting transitions and opportunities. This update is a summary of those.
Lock-down in the UK was announced 14 weeks ago, half-way through my debut broadcast of New Seeds at the bloop studios in central London. The next 2 shows were pre-recorded affairs before returning this week for the 4th year anniversary edition celebrating the amazing music from Air. You can listen to it on SoundCloud and Mixcloud as well as YouTube if you’d like to see the wicked studio set-up. Warning, you will see my COVID-19 haircut, last seen when I was 18 years old although at least I’ve lost the eyebrow ring, goatee and Kevin and Perry attitude.
bloop’s website should be updated in the next 2 weeks which will mean more reliable live audio streaming plus they’ll start to broadcast shows on Twitch and the new beta Mixcloud streaming service. There’re a great station and team so be sure to check them out.
Top-man David very kindly got me touch with Reform Radio in Manchester (where he broadcasts the incredible One Million Sunsets show) who were looking for shows to fill their schedule during lock-down. Like bloop and many other radio stations, they had to close their doors. So Reform put together a showcase “Takeover” series for DJ’s and artists and I was lucky enough to get a slot.
“The Takeover with amc” takes place every 4 weeks on a Wednesday at 15:00 GMT. I’m three shows in with the fourth to be broadcast next week. They are pre-recorded and a lot of fun to compile. Over an hour I cram in as much music as possible. It’s like New Seeds little brother with chat and a wider spectrum of electronic music.
The biggest and most exciting challenge has been running a podcast for Gated Recordings. I’ve never done anything like it before and it’s called on and tested some skills I’ve picked up on the way (I say skills loosely especially when it comes to editing!) Artists, DJ’s and famous folks in the music industry choose the tracks they’d like to place in a time capsule that best represent their lives. I have the pleasure of talking with them about their selections.
So far we’ve published 2 brilliant podcasts with Sol Seppy and Bill Brewster. You’ll find the non-music version on all the usual podcast services and the music version on SoundCloud. With more to come be sure to subscribe.
If that wasn’t enough, I put together a guest mix for the excellent Kites and Pylons show (featuring some samples of things that still scare me) and have another guest mix with the aforementioned One Million Sunsets in 2 weeks time, almost 5 years since my last one! My commitments to Kona continue with some exciting (old) build projects but I will return to tinkering to finishing (making) music when the time is right.
What opportunities or new projects have arisen for you during these challenging times? Have you re-discovered a passion? Or has it been a case of taking things day by day?
As ever, thank you for your support and do keep in touch x
PS: Remember, anyone who subscribes to amcsounds.com will receive a free 60-minute mix of electronic goodness so please feel free to share this with anyone you think’d be interested.