Acoustic Jim & The Wires perform ‘Parklife’ with Phil Daniels

Written on November 19, 2012 at 12:05 pm | 2 Comments |

On Saturday 17th of January… we lived the dream.

In light of the success of ‘This House,’ (a new play by writer James Graham) at the National Theatre, the company had a party. All the cast and crew were there and a few of them got up to have a jam with Acoustic Jim and The Wires (‘This House’ Band).

One of the cast members who came up to jam was Phil Daniels who in addition to his stellar acting career, is also known for the song ‘Parklife’ which he recorded with Blur in 1994.

We got to perform it with him… need I say more?


Acoustic Jim – Musical Director

Written on August 18, 2012 at 10:31 am | No Comments |

Oooh la la, it’s been a long time since my last post. I’ve been slack… but incredibly busy.

So as well as working on the music for several TV shows I have landed the role of Musical Director for an new play – This House – at the National Theatre – http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/this-house. It’s all happened very quickly and is possibly one of the greatest most exciting opportunities of my life to date.

It entails working alongside renowned composer Stephen Warbeck who has scored films like ‘Shakespeare in Love’ and ‘Captain Corelli’s Mandolin.’ I have the honour of working with an sterling cast which includes amongst, others, Phil Daniels (Quadrophenia, EastEnders) Phil Glenister (Life On Mars). I’ve singled them out because I recognise them. There are some other legends amongst the cast but I’m generally terrible at recognising people. Just yesterday I went to tackle an intruder in my flat but it turned out to be my wife.

Not only will I be working with the cast and crew to hone and craft the musical detail of the play, but Acoustic Jim & The Wires will be the house band providing all live musical support.

The play is set in Parliament in 1974 and as such the musical numbers throughout will have a 70′s rock vibe to them. A slight departure from Acoustic Jim’s normal fare although I initially took up guitar to emulate the like of Guns and Roses so I’m no stranger to rock! I won’t be changing my name to Electric Jim just yet. If anything that may cause confusion with Electric Sam.


Stevie Wonder – Soulful Times

Written on December 2, 2011 at 11:39 am | No Comments |

I have a freind who spends far too much time surfing YouTube and he played me this video of Stevie Wonder playing live on Sesame Street. I’m a massive fan of Stevie. He’s a phenominal musician and songwriter. The first thing that blew me away was the thought of music of this calibre being part of a kids TV programme…. I should have been born in the 70s!
The second thing that below me away is that Stevie and The Band keep jammin it out for nearly 7 minutes!!!! Our consumption of music is so different today. Songs for radio today are usually tailored to 3mins 30. What happened to the soul of music? What happened to awesome musicians laying down awesome grooves without having to inhibit themselves to a commercial imperative?? I could be really cynical and ask what happened to musicians?? Answers on a postcard. Either way, I’m waiting to see the Quantic Soul Orchestra jammin out on Teletubbies very soon. Enjoy!


Bathroom Session 2 – Acoustic Jim ‘Time’

Written on November 14, 2011 at 3:07 pm | No Comments |

So here it is, the moment you’ve all been waiting for. It’s the second installment of the Bathroom Sessions.

It’s worth stressing that everything you see is performed live using a loop pedal. Time is taken from the debut album ‘Hanging Up My Cape.’ Click here to watch the incredible animated music video

Have a listen to the album here Acoustic Jim – ‘Hanging Up My Cape’


Bathroom Sessions – Losing, Lost, Found

Written on October 31, 2011 at 9:40 pm | No Comments |

Live acoustic music from my toilet!
YouTube is king and certainly in terms of music, it is the place that the vast majority of people go to consume. Just have a look at the 2010 Music Website Heat Map. So, I thought it was about time that I started getting more of my music on YouTube. What better way than with the Bathroom Sessions – live acoustic music from my toilet!

It’s not secret that the best acoustics in most people’s homes is the bathroom, so I thought I’d make a series of videos performing my back catalogue and a few cheeky covers from the comfort of my bathroom. The first in this series is ‘Losing, Lost, Found’ which is take from my debut album ‘Hanging Up My Cape’


Great Music Video

Written on September 22, 2011 at 6:30 pm | No Comments |

When looking to do a music video I used a company called Radar Music Video. I posted my budget and brief and got budding video directors contacting me with ideas. I ultimately chose Chob Animation who presented me with an incredible animated idea for the track ‘Time.’ The result is below

The theme is based on the ‘Bucket List’ concept of two elderly gents who having found out they they don’t have long to live, embark on an adventure to do all the things they never made time for. The theme of the track Time, is that despite always saying that we ‘don’t have time,’ we do actually have time. It’s just a question of what we choose to do with it.

Chob’s 2D animation pays hommage to the greats like Tex Avery and Warner Bros and is filled with pathos as well as the tongue in cheek comedy that was typical of the era. Look out for a similar video for Superhero – coming soon.


Why pay for music?

Written on September 16, 2011 at 10:06 pm | No Comments |

In brief, if you like an artist, and want them to continue making music for your listening pleasure then buying their music, rather than downloading it for free, goes a long way to helping them make more music……

The internet is saturated with millions of songs by millions of bands. Each one hoping to be heard by the ever-elusive A&R guys or major label management. Peer to peer file sharing means that in the same way as back in the 80s when I used to copy friend’s cassettes, (what else would you use a double cassette deck for?) people are sharing music but with unprecedented speed and ease. I don’t need to go round to my mates house now and record in real time. It was a given that this was going to happen so why all the furore? The major labels have the most to lose as their dwindling revenue shows but forgive me if I don’t shed a tear for them. It’s the artist that loses out.

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Acoustic Jim – FREE Music

Written on August 1, 2011 at 11:06 am | 1 Comment |

So it’s now official! The release of my debut album is the 12th August. It will go on pre release on the 5th August and if you are lucky enough to see me live between 5th and 12th you will be able to get a physical copy!

The album will be launched at the same time as a fully animated music video for Time – watch this space for a teaser!

In the meantime, by way of celebration, I’m giving away my back catalogue for free. Feel free to TELL THE WORLD!!!!


Props to Ed Sheeran

Written on July 19, 2011 at 7:27 pm | No Comments |

Back in 2007 when I played my first gig I was lucky enough to play the same night as Ed Sheeran on several occasions – in particular the T Bird on Black Stock Road. He had an awesome voice, great songs and used the loop pedal to amazing effect. In fact he inspired me to incorporate the loop pedal in to my set. He was amazing three years ago and is still an incredible performer today. He is a classic example of how the cream eventually rises to the surface. Hopefully he is paving the way for a new wave of singer song-writers on the mainstream UK music scene.

He’s famous for the A Team but check out this set on Jools Holland – simple but awesome.


Acoustic Jim – Forever

Written on June 25, 2011 at 3:07 pm | No Comments |

Officially the 2nd track from the new album to be finished and mixed.

 

It’s a stripped back acoustic track with acoustic guitar and double bass inspired by listening to Amos Lee.

 

The Theme: Love

 

I got married in 2010 and ahead of the ceremony I was browsing for readings. Everything I found was quite generic and impersonal so I decided to write something myself. The result was The Gift’ which I later decided to turn it into a song called ‘Forever’.

 

The songs tracks the first time I knew I was in love which was back in 2001 when I was living in Frankfurt Germany.  It was a strange feeling but one that literally occupied my thoughts from the moment I awoke to the moment I fell asleep. It then talks about how falling in love essentially made me a less selfish person because when you love someone else you start to love yourself a little less. I also touch on the feeling of giving away a part of myself, whether that be my heart or my soul, and that in order to do so you have to completely trust that that person is the right person. My favourite line from the song is,

 

‘Life can never be that hard with my best friend by my side.’

 

I opted for some female vocals on the chorus as it seemed fitting for a song about eternal love. A special thank you to Edie Lobo for providing them.