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“The sound of dustbins full of marbles tumbling down a metal staircase…”

9 Feb

I’d always liked making a noise, we had a weird old electric organ when I was a kid that I enjoyed playing on, I used to borrow my sister’s Casio keyboard for ages, I bought a rubbish guitar from Argos with my first proper pay packet in 2001 (working for Subway in Truro, Cornwall) and never learnt to play it, but none of that stopped me.

I bought a piece of software for the PC called ‘Dance eJay’ and would use that to make decidedly non-dance music tracks, using their sample libraries for drum beats but adding my own out-of-tune cacophony on top of that using whatever instruments was to hand.

I borrowed a friend’s keyboard around 2002 to make my first solo album (it was called ‘Clambake Surprise’), and many more terrible efforts followed.

However, despite all this, despite loving music, despite pretending to be in a band with a friend during Maths class, despite becoming the gigs and events officer in the University Indie music society, I never played music in front of anybody and – apart from uploading a few tracks to MySpace and its ilk – never encouraged anyone to listen to anything I made.

I also wrote music reviews, I was the sub-editor for unsigned bands on a website, and got to listen to loads of fantastic demos and DIY releases from all sorts of great bands, including one called Muarena Helena.

Through my solo project’s MySpace I added Muarena Helena to my friends and started an email correspondence with Joel from the band, I sent him a CD of my music and he sent me back a cover version of one of my own songs, which was such a confidence boost.

We then set about collaborating via email making peculiar tracks throughout the Spring and Summer of 2009 for an online project called Neuschwanstein. I had a pretty shoddy keyboard, though I also contributed such random stuff as playing coat hangers.

Eventually in August – because of some plot – I had to move from Brighton to London, and Joel suggested that now we lived in the same city we should meet in person. We did, and we got on, so Joel suggested I come and play some music with him and Andy, who had been in Muarena Helena as well.

Joel let me borrow a nicer keyboard, we played as a three-piece (guitar, bass, keys) and decided we needed a drummer. Joel had just moved into a house-share with Rosie who played drums.

In February 2010 we all met up at Kafri Studio on Kingsland Road and played together.

In February 2019 I had my last practice session.

Between those two dates we were three different bands; BAANEEX, Giant Burger and Magic Mist. Joel and Rosie and me were in each iteration, Andy played bass in BAANEEX, then when Andy left and we became Giant Burger with Oli on baritone guitar, and we turned into Magic Mist in 2018 and Oli started playing a keyboard as well.

As BAANEEX we released two CDs through Odd Box Records, a tape and a bunch of tracks online.

As Giant Burger we released two 7 inches, a tape and a 12 inch vinyl album, again through Odd Box Records.

We played hundreds of shows as BAANEEX and Giant Burger, and one show as Magic Mist.

We practiced almost every Tuesday at Sound Savers studios in Homerton, East London, recording most of our music there as well – both independently and with the engineering services of Mark Jasper and Alex Clegg.

We also recorded at Dean Street Studios in Soho thanks to the generosity of Ketih TOTP.

Most of our artwork was created by CM Carter, who I’ve known since primary school.

We made a bunch of videos for our songs too, directing them all ourselves.

We did a lot.

My time in London has sort of been defined by being in these bands, playing music with these people, and now I’m moving to Manchester so the band must come to an end.

We’ve got our final release coming up, it’s the most DIY thing we’ve done, Joel recorded and mixed it all himself, and it’ll be out on Odd Box Records later this year.

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Oxygen Thief – Lost In The Post

25 Oct

Hello,

On Sunday 7th October I was in Bristol to film a music video for my friend Barry and his band Oxygen Thief. I’ll write a more detailed post about this soon, but, for the time being, here’s the finished video hosted over on Louder’s Facebook page:

Hope you like it!

Owain

Magic Mist: Flare Path

8 Jul

Hello,

Since moving to London in 2009 I’ve been in a few bands, first there was BAANEEX (2010 – 2012), then there was Giant Burger (2012 – 2017), and now there’s Magic Mist.

Here’s the music video (that I directed) for our debut single ‘Flare Path’…

You can download the single (it’s pay what you like) through Odd Box Records here:https://oddboxrecords.bandcamp.com/album/flare-path-tentacle-finger

Hope you enjoy it!

Owain

In The Articles

11 Mar

Years ago I picked up a copy of The Fly, a free music magazine often found in HMV (specifically HMV Truro in Cornwall), and read a review about a chap called Aidan Smith, the review made his music sound good so I took a punt and bought one of his At Home With… EPs. It was fantastic, so I got the other one and then eagerly awaited further releases.

This year I finally bought his most recent LP ‘Phone Me If You’re Bored’ and – out of the blue – Aidan offered me a chance to make a video for one of the songs. I said yes. Here’s the resulting video:

 

You can buy Aidan Smith (and his indulgent friends)’s stuff here: https://aidansmithandhisindulgentfriends.bandcamp.com/

Do Nothing

3 Apr

Had some time spare last weekend so I made this music video:

Hope you enjoy it.

O.x

Brain Food

14 Jun

G’day,

The band I’m in – Giant Burger – have a cassette tape out on Odd Box Records, you can order it here.  To celebrate the release of this tape I have a video for one of the songs on the cassette.  The song is called Burger Rites and the video looks like this:

 

 

I hope you find it tasty and nourishing.

 

Owain. x

Wedding Friendly

7 Nov

The band I’m in (Giant Burger) are on a slight hiatus whilst two of our members are in Canada. We’ve got a gig coming up just after they return on Saturday 24th November at the Tipsy Bar in Stoke Newington.

But, in the mean time, I had to test a new camera for the office I work at and so, very quickly, made this music video for one of our songs:

Hope you find great meaning in it.

Owain