Scruffy, Indie folk-rock from Transylvania

Budapest Gig, December Album, Collaborations, News

Posted by admin On November - 26 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

Before you ask, the “Monsters In The Christmas Album” campaign is going great this year! I have recorded this Christmas EP/album or whatever back in 2010, when I took part in the Hmtpng (read: hometaping) project. This meant, I had to record the entire thing in one month. It was a struggle, but I squeezed some decent songs out of that session, I think. The video for The Eyes, The Beard, The Nose, The Stomach, The Lungs is still my top viewed on my Youtube channel. So…all in all, I am still OK with having done that – so much so that I’ve re-released this digital indie Christmas EP again this year. And, know what? The response is even better than it was last year! And we’re not even in December yet. So that is very cool!

What else I’ve been doing, you ask?

Well, December brought forth an opportunity I have been long awaiting: my first gig in Budapest.

I really like playing in Hungary, I have played there a few times before, but I never got to play the Capital, so I am very glad that this is going to happen on the 14th.

As far as new music and new videos, I will have a whole bunch of stuff to share very very shortly! Here’s what I’ve been working on lately:

– My first collaboration with another singer/songwriter on a recorded track is complete! I’ve joined a friend of mine on one of his songs, and we will be recording a video and sharing this bi-languaged single in January (he sings his parts in Hungarian while my parts are in English… you’ll see, it’s fun 🙂 ).

– I have also finished recording all songs for the MUSICAL that I’ve been talking about since last year. I had some ideas in my head for a long time, but it is only now, in November 2011, that I finally managed to make time for it (thanks to Hmtpng, again). The piece will be presented on stage sometime in January/February 2012 and it will be in Romanian. But not on the album. That is in English. Kind of.

– Aaaaand… we are also working on a VIDEO for Why, the song that will be making all David Gray fans go !HAEY… Just kidding, it’s a great song – and it will probably make your jaws drop :P. Heh. I am working on this one with my band, and they will be in the video also, as you’ll see shortly (but not before next year!).

– Remember my first album? Monsters In Rome? Well, those monsters in Rome are going to have their own video very soon also. And not just any video! A good video! A goooood video. This, again, sooooooon.

Tataaa! And another blog post written! Now I can resume my duties as a musician.

I’ll write again!

Greetings, Friends!

P.S.: Keep spreading the word on my indie Christmas album, if you liked it! Please. It means a whole lot!

David Gray Lyrics, As Seen By A Singer-Songwriter

Posted by admin On October - 19 - 2011 2 COMMENTS

I can’t stop being amazed by the talent that English recording artist, David Gray, seems to have when it comes to putting together a song. I’ve read somewhere that he stated in an interview: he’s no closer to knowing what makes a good song than when he first started out as a singer-songwriter.

Although I don’t believe this is perfectly true, I can see why he would say this: as you write more and more songs, you get to the point where the process gets so familiar to you (but not to everyone else) that you no longer find it magical. I mean, it came out of your own head. You can’t expect to be surprised, can you? Plus, it kind of fits into the indie folk lifestyle not to ponder over these things too much – and just get to writing your next song…

But enough ranting about what makes the best singer-songwriters what they are. David Gray is definitely a leader of this generation’s singer-songwriter pack, and there is no question about that.

Just listen to the build-up to that amazing chorus:

If you want it
Come and get it
Crying out loud
The love that I was
Giving you was
Never in doubt
Let go your heart
Let go your head
And feel it now

Babylon, Babylon

In conclusion: if you ARE a singer-songwriter, I’m sure you will agree, we have a lot to learn from this man. Folk musicians shouldn’t ONLY be listening to Bob Dylan, as David Gray clearly has something new and different to show us when it comes to writing really good indie folk songs.

My Favorite Folk Musicians On Twitter

Posted by admin On July - 22 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

Here’s a list of all the musicians that I follow on Twitter. Some of them aren’t very active, so I provided a short description to let you know what to expect.

Amanda Palmer
Oh, she’s tweeting the hell out of Twitter. She’s one of the coolest ones out there, so follow her no matter what!

The guys from Beirut sometimes tune in and they do reply from time to time to @mentions as well.

Bon Iver
I think someone else is running this account for Bon Iver but it is fun to follow nevertheless. Plus you get all the yummy info via Twitter. Can’t beat that!

David Gray
Run by the team! They actually specify that, so you don’t get the wrong idea. He’s such a gentleman.

The Bowerbirds
They are definitely worth following. They write their own tweets and they are very fun.

Bright Eyes
Mostly tour dates and promotional tweets from the band.

Fleet Foxes
I am quite sure it is them tweeting. And they are fun!

Iron & Wine
Tour dates and releases and other official stuff. Looks like Sam doesn’t like tweeting.

Jason Webley
Jason is quite active on Twitter. And he is also a cool musician, so I definitely recommend following.

Joseph Arthur
I see him tweet from time to time. I really think that is him.

Joe Purdy
Mostly promotion on Joe’s behalf – it would be nice to actually have him from time to time though.

Katie Melua
Not much going on on Katie’s Twitter feed. I really hope she will start using it soon.

Mumford & Sons
Mostly official stuff. Not much about their private lives on here, but they do reply to @mentions from time to time.

Norah Jones
Norah doesn’t like to tweet. I heard her say that in an interview once. She also said that her record company keeps trying to convince her to start. Hope they succeed.

The Low Anthem
I am not sure if it is them running this, but I like their music, so I am following for the info anyway.

Tom Waits
Official stuff. I don’t think Tom himself ever tweets… unfortunately.

And if you’ve made it this far, I wouldn’t mind if you would started following Indie Folker on Twitter as well. Thanks!