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Clowwns, Lambs & Open Mic 2015

Been a long time since I last updated this blog with new information as I replaced it in a small site redesign in November last year with a fixed intro blurb instead. However, a more radical redesign has now taken place so the blog has its own space to exist without interfering with giving new visitors the info they need on the front page.

So, the year began with King Lagoon's Flying Swordfish Dance Band having successfully completed their Kickstarter campaign to fund the recording and production of their debut release. Initially the goal was to have it completed in April but health issues for some of the band members have gotten in the way, and now - having missed the ideal window to release - it seems unlikely to be out until next year. What did come out, however, is this:

The long awaited debut album from Clowwns - "The Artful Execution of Macho Bimbo", which I mixed and mastered in 2014 - has received rave reviews from The Quietus & Brighton's Finest and a significant number of plays from Steve Lamacq and Gideon Coe at BBC 6 Music. Click the picture above to head to Bandcamp to buy it, or picked it up on iTunes.

Speaking of Clowwns, bassist Etienne Rodes is also an accomplished guitar player who brought Heavy Lamb into the studio last month to begin recording their debut EP, slated for release later this year. They put together a brilliant little video of day one which you can see below. Watch this space.

Also, in September & October I will be returning to judge the Brighton auditions and Regional Finals for Open Mic UK, a national competition for singers and songwriters. It's an amazing opportunity for all ages as there's only 3 rounds before you're performing to a panel and audience of representatives from high up in the music industry. Previous success stories have included Birdy, Luke Friend and Lucy Spraggan. Sign up for auditions over on their website.

That's about all to tell at the moment, will try not to leave it 10 months until the next one!

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Bad For Lazarus Live Single, Clowwns First Single, Teen Star 2015

A busy month here at Hidden Cam..

This month sees the release of two singles I've mixed and mastered recently. Brighton legends Bad For Lazarus have released the B-side to their upcoming live single, the new song "Appetites". The A-side, "7 Minute Itch", features The Duke Spirit's sublime Liela Moss and should be out in November.

Clowwns finally begin the promotional push for their debut album this month with first single "Shame On You". The album, mixed and mastered here last year, is out in January 2015.

October also saw the Regional Finals of Open Mic UK 2014, which I judged. A lot of very impressive singers and songwriters heading to the Area Finals, one step away from the Grand Final held at Birmingham's NEC.

With Open Mic over, it's time to consider registering for Teen Star 2015 - auditions begin in January 2015. Previous winners have included The X Factor's Luke Friend and Emily Middlemas, which tells you what kind of people are watching that event for new pop artists. If you're under 19, there's no better competition to enter if you want to take your career in that direction.

Last year's winner of her category, Victoria Bass, came into the studio shortly before her Grand Final victory and recorded 7 tracks in 5 hours - an astonishing achievement for a young vocalist - including this version of Coming Back As A Man, which she performed during the competition. Go give her some Facebook love!

Finally, the brilliant King Lagoon's Flying Swordfish Dance Band have been in and out of the studio since April recording their debut, 5 years in the making. Following a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund the printing and promotion, the album looks set for a March 2015 release. This will be the first album I've helmed from recording through mixing and mastering since 2009's Ouroboros by TNVVNüM, so I'm looking forward to having my best and most recent work available to the public very soon.

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