Over the past few months I have been trying to get back into playing live. I guess its strange that it isn't such a part of my routine of my project as I feel it should be. The classic way of getting out there and spreading the word. "Look it's me and I'm doing music!".
As a person standing on stage with a guitar and singing songs it's easy to be mistaken as a musician. A singer-songwriter musician. Something I'm not too keen on getting mixed up in. But then again I do write songs and then go and sing them. How is one supposed to expect anything more from this simple format. I had an acoustic guitar and then I added a delay pedal to the chain to jazz things up a bit (not literally). Still not enough. So I went electric, feeling smug with my guitar and amp, and also a few more pedals. Maybe I still wasnt getting the message across, so I bought another amp. Two amps in stereo! Now this will surely do the job and make everything ok. However I still required more, so a loop pedal was brought in to assist me in playing some drum loops I'd made. Damn, now this is a rig! All this shitting equipment. It certainly sounds great, but it's a huge pain in the elbows to transport to a gig - going by public transport very nearly killed me the other day. But I still end up being a person standing there and singing some songs he wrote. Maybe I should just go back to simpler times with an acoustic guitar and a pedal or two. Maybe I need a drummer or a full 16-piece band. Maybe all this equipment I have is there to make up for something I lack as a performer. Or maybe it legitimatelly works to try and set me apart and get my own sound going. Maybe I've just simply not played enough yet to find the magic juice.
I'm proud of the album I made 'Go Dream'. I worked my ass of trying to mix the bastard and find the right arrangements. I also shot myself in the foot trying to realise any of it live… it's simply not possible as one man. With a few gimmicks, delay pedals, and drum loops something of the mood can be summoned and can occasionally entertain a few people. I think I have to explore the area of compromise. Take enjoyment from the stripped back nature of my limits. Perhaps it will lead to more natural directions. I'm working on it...
New song maturing nicely due to this machine. Amazing to take the computer out of the equation, it's been a while! #noscreen
New Video of 'Foreign Movies' here to see! One year today after 'Go Dream' was released the plot goes on. The final video in the set of three made by Bruno Derksen and Henrike Meyer. I'm very proud of how they all turned out and fit together...Check them out!
"a true original; creating oddly-structured songs and turning them into multi-layered, dreamy, wonderful tunes."
… lovely album review words from Leonard Lair. Go Read: https://leonardslair.wordpress.com/2015/08/12/review-lukas-creswell-rost-go-dream/
Hurrah for radio play! Smallest Things on BBC Radio 6 Music courtesy of Stuart Maconie! I've been a long time listener of his shows so a treat to get some airplay treatment. From about 39mins:
It's been two years in the can now but finally great to have this film finished and airing exclusively with the good folk at Monolith Cocktail. March 2012 I got together with film maker Bruno Derksen with the aim of setting up an intimate environment to make a concert film of me playing stripped back versions of songs I had at the time - which eventually evolved into the versions I had on the 'Go Dream' album. With extra lighting, a smoke machine, several camera people and a willing audience it turned out as you see here. Massive thanks to Bruno for seeing through in is usual brilliance.
Watch it exclusively with Monolith Cocktail here:
Finally trying to get to grips with my lapsteel today #newcountrydirection: https://vine.co/v/OjBA1QqXIVu
I'm reviewed in this month's Sound On Sound magazine! Well isn't that good!!? With James Yates, aka Seamajesty, providing the drums. Been a long time reader of the magazine for loads of recording tips and tricks so especially nice to be included. A superb start to the year.