Thanks to One World Music Radio for including my single “Little Bit” in their Mini Playlist #6!
Category: What’s New
Limitless New Possibilities
Huge thanks to Sean Michael Paddison for giving me the opportunity to guest host on his show Limitless New Possibilities! Listen at http://oneworldmusicradio.com
Four Broadcast Times: 11:00am, 5pm, 11pm and 5am EST
Time To Choose
Live in the studio vocal version of “Time to Choose” from my album Who Said It Was Easy?
Neumann NDH 20 Headphones
Very occasionally a product works pretty much exactly how I would like it to. Checks all of the want/need boxes and actually goes beyond what I was hoping for. The Neumann NDH 20 Headphones that I picked up a little while ago are just about perfect for what I do (whether that’s writing, recording or engineering).
First off, the NDH 20’s are extremely comfortable, so I’m able to wear them for long periods of time. If headphones are uncomfortable in any way I just can’t use them — simply can’t concentrate on the music I’m working on. The build quality is also incredible. They feel rock solid and substantial. My guess is unless you are really hard on gear (I’m not), these headphones will last for a long, long time.
The NDH 20’s are closed back headphones, which is important for me. My studio is by a somewhat noisy road and the NDH 20’s cut out quite a bit of the stuff I don’t want to hear. This isn’t to say the headphones completely isolate me from all of the V8 pickups, muscle cars and leaf blowers, but they do help me to better focus on my music.
Obviously, sound quality matters a lot and can be very subjective. Some people want headphones (and/or speakers) to give them a hyped vibe (i.e. boatloads of low end, sizzling high end, etc.). I’m the opposite — I want whatever system I’m listening to to be as neutral as possible. This is where the NDH 20’s really shine. I have an Apogee Element 24 and when using the Neumann’s with that interface, the sound is very flat and remarkably clear. The headphones are also loud — they have way more output than I need.
So what’s not to like? Well… I don’t like the sound of the cable rubbing against my shirt. Neumann used a texturally rough cable and you can definitely hear the cable when it touches your clothes. The sound transfers inside the headphones. Also, they flipped the cable output — put the cable out on the right headphone instead of the left. Not a big deal and it actually works better for my setup, but still it’s different than I’m used to.
Would I recommend these headphones to someone? Maybe. Really depends on what you’re looking for. If you’re primarily a casual listener, then I’m not sure these guys are for you. I find the NDH 20’s to be very revealing — I hear details in music I’ve listened to forever that I never noticed before. Personally, when I’m listening to music for enjoyment, I can find it distracting to suddenly be aware of amp hiss, weird edit points, etc. On the other hand, if you’re working on the creative/production side of the equation, the Neumann NDH 20’s are an amazing tool and I’m happy I have the opportunity to use them.
Just released a new single called Little Bit. Clocking in at just over two minutes (hence the title!), this is one of the few pieces I’ve written where the guitar part came to me pretty much complete. The incomparable Henrik Bridger added his first rate bass playing to the track and he truly lifted up the energy of the piece. Little Bit is available now digitally everywhere and, as always, I hope you like the music!
Listen on Spotify and Apple Music
Port Moody Canada Day Virtual Celebration Concert
Thanks to the City of Port Moody for including me in their Virtual Canada Day Celebration Concerts! Truly had a great time playing my seven song set. Hope everyone is having a safe and happy Canada Day!!
Art Focus Artists’ Association 2019 Fall Art Show & Sale
Happy to be playing at the Art Focus Artists’ Association 2019 Fall Art Show & Sale reception this Friday night from 7-9 PM. Always have fun playing in amongst all the paintings and getting to hang out with the great artists!
#1 on the ReverbNation Local Instrumental Charts (Vancouver, BC)
Just hit #1 on the ReverbNation Local Instrumental Charts (Vancouver, BC)!
New Acoustic Pedal Board
Put together a new acoustic pedal board yesterday. Pretty much in line with my ongoing quest to simplify/streamline my gear, this board is even more refined than my previous one. Just four pedals (Radial StageBug, TC Electronic Polytune 2, Mooer Radar with IR from 3 Sigma Audio and a TC Electronic Hall of Fame) all mounted on an Outlaw Effects Nomad Rechargeable Powered Pedal Board. It’s light, battery powered and most importantly, sounds amazing!
“Who Said It Was Easy?” – Nominated for “Best Instrumental – Acoustic Album” (2019 ZMR Awards)
Pleased as punch that my new album, “Who Said It Was Easy?” has been nominated for “Best Instrumental – Acoustic Album” for the 2019 ZMR Awards! As the album title alludes, this was a tough record to make, so I’m particularly grateful for the nod. Thanks to ZMR for the nomination and best wishes to the other nominees!