It’s high time I wrote a blog.
Things are happening. Musical progress is being made. I am alive and buzzing with so much energy and inspiration that I might just pop. I’m loving my creative process at the moment and trying to find a balance so I don’t burn out… I’m good at doing that.
My daily tasks consist of piano lessons, running an AirBnB, album recording, Patreon and all the unseen admin and emails and faffery that goes with running a DIY rock band. I love it, but definitely finding it hard to get to my piano practice and exercise these days! It’s a good job I have all this energy.
We’re currently gearing up for another European tour to tour our Better Man EP and test out a couple of new tracks from the upcoming album The World Conspires. It's coming together, sounding incredible and is very very different from the other Birdeatsbaby records... you're going to love it.
Anyway, let’s get to the point. You guys are going to receive a very special package of ‘things’ this month. I have been working over the last few months on Oli Spleen’s new album, Gaslight Illuminations.
The Oli Story
Oli is an old friend of mine, we must’ve known each other through the Brighton music scene for well over 10 years. Our paths have crossed numerous times at gigs, parties and gatherings on and off over the years until we eventually worked together on a duet of Some Velvet Morning and later, Wuthering Heights.
(this is Oli's artwork on the cover)
Mister Spleen is a fascinating character with an amazing story, and one of the most truly expressive and creative people I’ve ever met. He’s also incredibly sweet and humble despite his body of artistic work being overwhelming and he has a lot of really good things to say. His various projects include Pink Narcissus, Fag Machine, Spleen band… intrigued? Read this interview here for a good starting point.
The album Gaslight Illuminations came about sadly after his dad’s death, and is mostly a tribute to him. I’m honored that Oli has asked me to arrange some of the songs from the album, it’s been a really, really fun project and the piano parts have just been coming out really easily which is always a good sign that the songs are strong.
If you want to hear a preview of the album, his first single “Almost Young” is up on YouTube now with a beautiful and poignant video. Watch it here.
Now here come the rewards…
$1+ Access to the Patreon-only webcast where we perform songs from Oli’s record, an acoustic set from me, and Hana will be doing a harp set to promote her Kickstarter Project “Wednesday’s Child”.
$3+ A selection of Oli’s songs, the first ever previews to go out so keep them secret!! J
$5+ A bonus folder of stylish photos from a shoot me and Oli did at Hotel Pelerocco with Ele Berrie
$15+ My video blog – this involves footage of me recording the new album, my general ramblings and other exciting updates
$25+ Hawks! You’ll be getting streaming all month of us rehearsing for the webcast, recording the new album and my piano practice. I am going to try and make sure there is a minimum of 10 streams per month. Doing it every day was becoming very difficult and stressful, 10 is totally manageable and you’ll probably get streams of better quality!
$50+ Oli is putting together some handwritten treasures of lyrics/notes from the record – we’ll both sign them and put together for you guys
$70+ My selected cover for this month could be anything – requests? Otherwise I might just do a Frank Carter song.
$100+ Nicholas, we love you. Please let us know if there’s anything you’d like added to your package this month. Your wish is our command 😊
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X Mishkin X