Happy holidays! Here is my twinkly and harmonising version of Silent Night on iTunes and Spotify – go nuts!
And unlikely combo but the fruits of my labour on the studio last weekend.
So, it’s not quite Christmas so I’ll pop the Portishead cover here first:
And my Christmas single (will be on iTunes and Spotify soon!)
Now it’s back to album stuff…
As usual when you are an independent artist- eg one of the bajillion people out there trying to earn scraps from their stuff…and holding down a full time job..it’s easy to get sidetracked.
However, the tides are shifting…
I am still recording my debut album.
It has taken time because it can only be done on occasional weekends when either myself or Matt my wonderful “Studio Guy” is free.
I am more than proud with what is waiting for you when the day comes I can finally release it.
However, yesterday’s session and most of today’s will be dedicated to another endeavour…something that has a very short shelf life but I enjoy doing every year.
More on that later :0)
I’ll post a few pix from this weekend’s session soon. As always, thank you for your patience with my lack of contact x
Is going very slowly (have to keep saving up for funds… no Kickstarter yet, that will be for a tour!).
But.. it’s going. The lovely Matt Hill working out of 3Sixty Studios is sorting out recording for me, so we’ve been busy getting the Uke parts right. Spent last Saturday laying several Uke parts down, so I have a good foundation to power through with vox when I next go. I’m getting the hang of playing to a click track 🙂
I’ve also bought a new uke, as my old one has started to rattle. I’d such a magick Ukulele though, I hope to bring it back to life one day.
Magickals, I’ve been busy.
For the last 4 months my full time job in the games industry has kept me very well occupied.
I have managed to keep on doing a few gigs here and there though, and the main news is that I’m recording my debut album right now in my waning spare time.
On Thursday 18th July I performed at the Lantern Society, at the Betsey Trotwood pub. Although I only did 3 songs, I had a wonderful, epic, blessed experience singing Oarsman. As an audience participation song, it’s risky but that night, the audience got really into it. Intoxicated me 🙂
Here are some pictures as a brief collage of that night.
Come see me play next Friday 26th July at the 12-Bar club on Denmark Street, London. I open the night, doors: 7.30pm.
Dear Magickals, I’ve been very busy of late and apologise for such a tardy blog post.
My full time job has been very full time, and I’ve suffered from almost constant chest infections for about 2 months which has made music very tricky.
However, let me update you all on what’s happened on that front:
– I did 2 gigs in Lisbon in one night, Portugal that were filled with friends and amazing music-lovers. People followed me from one bar to the next and let me play much longer than my allotted slot. The warmth of the people in Lisbon melted my heart.
– Then, I was lucky enough to be invited to duet with Lawrence Made Me Cry aka Jo on her new Album http://laurencemademecry.com/ who then invited me to play a show at Heath Street Church in Hampstead Heath. It was one of the most special gigs I’ve been to or played yet- there was a great atmosphere and the acoustics were glorious. I played a new song on my Shruthi for the first time and it went down well. Jo was amazing- she has such a beaut voice! I have video which I’ll try and show soon.
– After that, more chest infections and a trip to Austin Texas happened- a highlight was their musical culture there…oh and their music shops!
After that, it was gig time again, but not to be outdone, I managed to book 2 gigs in one day again.
Oxjam’s takeover of Chiswick happened as I write this yesterday. I was playing in the early avo- not sure of how it was going to go because of the voice/chest situation but the crowd were lovely and supportive, and it always helps when someone in the crowd loves Patti Smith. (more on her later). I signed EPs, gave our flyers and generally had some generous and lovely comments from the crowd. Not to mention that the Oxjam staff were AMAZING so thank you for making it such an easy performance!
Exhausted but super happy my voice just about survived, I then trekked up to Watford to perform at SILENCIO at the Pump House http://www.watfordacousticfolk.com/ it was SUCH a fun night. Ocelot were amazing in Prog Rock wonder and the indomitable Adam Donen and partial band were immensely entertaining (see pic)
It was the first time I tried some audience participation and I never expected it to work as I’ve witnessed rather poor attempts in the past..I sang a sea shanty, and the crowd was filled with the low repeat, it was actually perfect. Perfection. I wanted to hold that moment forever. THANK YOU ❤
The next gig I have booked is November 8th a the White Lion in Streatham. Please come down and we’ll sing some more songs!
After that I want to try and raise my profile a bit to be able to get some festivals next year… I can’t re-iterate enough how important word of mouth endorsement is by the general public- it’s one thing to love a gig but to forward that love via social networks and word of mouth is the greatest reward a musician can get- every little helps. I’m so hoping to get to SXSW in Austin next year..I feel I could learn so much so that application is also pending!
More music will be made and recorded in the next few months, can’t wait to release some of the songs I’ve been working on but it’s likely to be a while before I can get my Album together.
One day i may get rid of my tv. i forget to create. but sometimes i do need to shut off shut down…its too much. not these last weeks, its ON.
Meanwhile, you can catch up on my latest gigs via SONGKICK by searching for me under “Salwa Azar”
Here’s the vid, im artistically obsessed with this woman, so it makes sense i did a cover: