Cantrose Buchanan is creating Music
4
patrons
$27
per month
Welcome to my Patreon page!

Who is Cantrose?
Let me introduce myself; I am a songwriter, singer and guitarist of twenty years and I have been creating original material consistently in the styles of Rock, Folk, Pop, Blues, Electro, and Experimental. My inspirations are Philosophical, Topical, Existential and Social and I believe I write two different types of song; The Emotive and The Narrative, providing music for both the heart and the mind.

My creating process:
I am relatively prolific as a creator and write new material every other day and produce a new song every other week. I begin with a rough idea recorded on my iPhone which could be a melody, guitar riff, drum beat or a ’sketch’ of an idea and then develop it loosely over the week until I find a ‘thread’ to begin weaving with.

Once I’ve begun to define a base layer of guitar I will find tempo and swing and begin to record a rough ‘guide’ which I can then begin to layer over. At this point I’m hugely impulsive and allow the parts to develop as I continue to layer guitar parts and drum patterns to form a more defined framework or arrangement.

Usually at this point I’ve a verse or two and a chorus worth of lyrics that I’ve been noting down and will often then record a basic vocal ‘guide’ track. It’s at this point I can hear the bigger picture and step back to review the piece.

On listening back I hear the changes that are needed and which other instruments are required from Piano, Harp, Marimba, and various other software based midi controlled sounds.

By this point, I have an almost complete piece and add ‘middle 8’ or ‘break’, perhaps a solo instrumental section and consider the very beginning and end of the song.

Dynamic is a consideration at this point; Where are the ‘drops’ and ‘crescendo’? How can I create space and energy? At which point does the first chorus come in? How long can we tease the listener with the threat of a crescendo so when it finally arrives it carries more impact? Questions like these are a consideration for the following weeks as I revisit the song and add and adjust parts accordingly.

Once my preferred arrangement is predominantly present I pass the track over to my musician crew to lay parts down. The tracks make their way over to my Bassist Brother; Cliff who writes and records a bass part for the finished piece.

The final moment of any recording (before final mix and mastering) is to lay down the main vocals and backing vocals. It is at this point most if not all of the final instrumentation is in place for me to put on the headphones and disappear into the ‘whole’ sound with all its dynamic and progression. This is a crucial part of instilling the heart and soul into the piece with all the emotion needed to reach to the listener and tell this story.

What should I expect to see or hear?

I work on tracks daily and regularly export new songs and ideas and progressive mixes of the pieces I’m creating so you can expect to receive a daily music post of whichever piece I’ve been tinkering with and a written breakdown of the process and the meaning behind it.
I aim to post a daily snap of what is happening behind the scenes and a written daily progress blog to go with it.

What would I be becoming a part of?

Take a listen to the preliminary demo of the new album ’Sinner’. You can hear my songwriting styles and decide if it’s something you’d like to help become a finished article. Being a patron of my work helps me continue to create new pieces and take demo quality creations to radio ready tracks.

What is the aim of the game?

The aim is to continue to provide original pieces to real music lovers who seek something out of the mainstream media and to finally secure a publishing contract so I can deliver custom written pieces into the hands of some larger and lesser known artists. I’ve dedicated over twenty years to learning how to create a piece of music and then instil it with heart and soul and to realise my dream of being a legacy songwriter would be invaluable to me.

Why do art creators need patrons?

The Arts have struggled to continue to receive funding over the years as austerity measures have devastated any support available for the creatives in this country and the music industry as we knew it has changed considerably forcing artists to wear multiple hats and work as a manager, agent, promoter, publisher, marketer and distributor, all while wishing to work on creating.

In the past, the UK had one of the most thriving music industries in the world and the levels of investment into new acts was monumental. Record companies and publishers put their people and chequebooks to work to develop and release breakthrough artists and bands and managers were enthusiastic music lovers with the ability to back a band to tour and build a fanbase. The landscape of the modern industry is totally different and requires either a social media following or you are required to pay out of your own pocket to ‘hire’ an industry representative who may or may not push you based on what else is on the roster.

For example, a couple of years ago I was contacted by a Canadian producer who had worked with The Beatles among many other big names in the past and I felt excited and enthused to receive interest from one of the older minds of the industry. Unfortunately after weeks of ‘pitching’ to me I was asked to pay $6000 to continue to hold his attention. This is seemingly common practice in the industry now and writers like myself are expected to pay quite large sums for the tiniest of chances to even feature in the diary of someone influential.

While we have faith in our work, we are generally ‘struggling’ artists that are dedicating their time to art over more fiscally rewarding practices. A sacrifice we accept when living our career choice however without the guarantees of *anything* happening from paying big fees is a risk we are not willing or able to take. I have a book of stories like this and I’ve wished to see a change in the industry for years now that can allow artists to create directly for their appreciators and since crowd funding organisations have arrived on the scene I can see control move back into the hands of the makers and not the talkers.

Patronising our favourite creators is the only real way for us now to keep art alive and I wish to implore all lovers or art in its many wondrous forms to commit their support to keep our wheels turning!
Check out Patreon’s other creators too, such talent to be discovered and patronised!

Many thanks!
Tiers
Fan
$1 or more per month 1 patron
Official patron status! This means you'll get access to my patron-only feed which contains; 


  • Original songs
  • In depth Creator's Blog
  • Behind the scenes Photographs
  • Live and Alternative versions of new and old material
  • Artistic Lyric Sheets designed by Cantrose 
  • Finished Album 'Sinner' on release


New content is usually posted every 1-2 days and can fluctuate in quantity depending on the project and each week a progress review is posted with the most current content.

Cypress
$10 or more per month 3 patrons
Everything in the tiers below 

Plus access to >>

Back catalogue song posts

Photo posts

Live performance videos

Behind the scenes photographs

Music inspired artwork

Cantrose & Friends live videos

Live Q & A Stream with Cantrose

Draft recordings of new material

Brand new song releases

Goals
$27 of $1,000 per month
December E.P release of 4 brand new original songs
Album completion by March 2018 including all artwork
1 of 1
Welcome to my Patreon page!

Who is Cantrose?
Let me introduce myself; I am a songwriter, singer and guitarist of twenty years and I have been creating original material consistently in the styles of Rock, Folk, Pop, Blues, Electro, and Experimental. My inspirations are Philosophical, Topical, Existential and Social and I believe I write two different types of song; The Emotive and The Narrative, providing music for both the heart and the mind.

My creating process:
I am relatively prolific as a creator and write new material every other day and produce a new song every other week. I begin with a rough idea recorded on my iPhone which could be a melody, guitar riff, drum beat or a ’sketch’ of an idea and then develop it loosely over the week until I find a ‘thread’ to begin weaving with.

Once I’ve begun to define a base layer of guitar I will find tempo and swing and begin to record a rough ‘guide’ which I can then begin to layer over. At this point I’m hugely impulsive and allow the parts to develop as I continue to layer guitar parts and drum patterns to form a more defined framework or arrangement.

Usually at this point I’ve a verse or two and a chorus worth of lyrics that I’ve been noting down and will often then record a basic vocal ‘guide’ track. It’s at this point I can hear the bigger picture and step back to review the piece.

On listening back I hear the changes that are needed and which other instruments are required from Piano, Harp, Marimba, and various other software based midi controlled sounds.

By this point, I have an almost complete piece and add ‘middle 8’ or ‘break’, perhaps a solo instrumental section and consider the very beginning and end of the song.

Dynamic is a consideration at this point; Where are the ‘drops’ and ‘crescendo’? How can I create space and energy? At which point does the first chorus come in? How long can we tease the listener with the threat of a crescendo so when it finally arrives it carries more impact? Questions like these are a consideration for the following weeks as I revisit the song and add and adjust parts accordingly.

Once my preferred arrangement is predominantly present I pass the track over to my musician crew to lay parts down. The tracks make their way over to my Bassist Brother; Cliff who writes and records a bass part for the finished piece.

The final moment of any recording (before final mix and mastering) is to lay down the main vocals and backing vocals. It is at this point most if not all of the final instrumentation is in place for me to put on the headphones and disappear into the ‘whole’ sound with all its dynamic and progression. This is a crucial part of instilling the heart and soul into the piece with all the emotion needed to reach to the listener and tell this story.

What should I expect to see or hear?

I work on tracks daily and regularly export new songs and ideas and progressive mixes of the pieces I’m creating so you can expect to receive a daily music post of whichever piece I’ve been tinkering with and a written breakdown of the process and the meaning behind it.
I aim to post a daily snap of what is happening behind the scenes and a written daily progress blog to go with it.

What would I be becoming a part of?

Take a listen to the preliminary demo of the new album ’Sinner’. You can hear my songwriting styles and decide if it’s something you’d like to help become a finished article. Being a patron of my work helps me continue to create new pieces and take demo quality creations to radio ready tracks.

What is the aim of the game?

The aim is to continue to provide original pieces to real music lovers who seek something out of the mainstream media and to finally secure a publishing contract so I can deliver custom written pieces into the hands of some larger and lesser known artists. I’ve dedicated over twenty years to learning how to create a piece of music and then instil it with heart and soul and to realise my dream of being a legacy songwriter would be invaluable to me.

Why do art creators need patrons?

The Arts have struggled to continue to receive funding over the years as austerity measures have devastated any support available for the creatives in this country and the music industry as we knew it has changed considerably forcing artists to wear multiple hats and work as a manager, agent, promoter, publisher, marketer and distributor, all while wishing to work on creating.

In the past, the UK had one of the most thriving music industries in the world and the levels of investment into new acts was monumental. Record companies and publishers put their people and chequebooks to work to develop and release breakthrough artists and bands and managers were enthusiastic music lovers with the ability to back a band to tour and build a fanbase. The landscape of the modern industry is totally different and requires either a social media following or you are required to pay out of your own pocket to ‘hire’ an industry representative who may or may not push you based on what else is on the roster.

For example, a couple of years ago I was contacted by a Canadian producer who had worked with The Beatles among many other big names in the past and I felt excited and enthused to receive interest from one of the older minds of the industry. Unfortunately after weeks of ‘pitching’ to me I was asked to pay $6000 to continue to hold his attention. This is seemingly common practice in the industry now and writers like myself are expected to pay quite large sums for the tiniest of chances to even feature in the diary of someone influential.

While we have faith in our work, we are generally ‘struggling’ artists that are dedicating their time to art over more fiscally rewarding practices. A sacrifice we accept when living our career choice however without the guarantees of *anything* happening from paying big fees is a risk we are not willing or able to take. I have a book of stories like this and I’ve wished to see a change in the industry for years now that can allow artists to create directly for their appreciators and since crowd funding organisations have arrived on the scene I can see control move back into the hands of the makers and not the talkers.

Patronising our favourite creators is the only real way for us now to keep art alive and I wish to implore all lovers or art in its many wondrous forms to commit their support to keep our wheels turning!
Check out Patreon’s other creators too, such talent to be discovered and patronised!

Many thanks!

Recent posts by Cantrose Buchanan

Tiers
Fan
$1 or more per month 1 patron
Official patron status! This means you'll get access to my patron-only feed which contains; 


  • Original songs
  • In depth Creator's Blog
  • Behind the scenes Photographs
  • Live and Alternative versions of new and old material
  • Artistic Lyric Sheets designed by Cantrose 
  • Finished Album 'Sinner' on release


New content is usually posted every 1-2 days and can fluctuate in quantity depending on the project and each week a progress review is posted with the most current content.

Cypress
$10 or more per month 3 patrons
Everything in the tiers below 

Plus access to >>

Back catalogue song posts

Photo posts

Live performance videos

Behind the scenes photographs

Music inspired artwork

Cantrose & Friends live videos

Live Q & A Stream with Cantrose

Draft recordings of new material

Brand new song releases