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VYB release 2 songs for download.

Great news!! Vyb have released their first 2 tracks – Across the Line & To Find Me – now available from all major download sites.

As work continues on Vyb’s debut EP; they decided to release the 2 tracks after quite a bit of interest was shown for the videos on Youtube. With people asking where they can get the songs – rather than wait until the EP release, they therefore have put the songs out as single downloads.

“We’re happy to release the first 2 tracks, Across the Line & To Find Me. Both songs have a certain feel to them which we hope is going to be our trademark sound, and hopefully one which people will like.

We have so many influences to draw from… Annie Lennox, Enya, Vince Clarke, Hans Zimmer, Petshop Boys, OMD, M83… the list goes on and on...

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Introducing VYB.

During my 30 years of making music – from stage to studio; I’ve worked with many bands and vocalists covering a vast range of musical genres.

With my musical interests moving more towards the ‘production/recording’ side of things, I’m delighted to announce that I’ve discovered a singer who not only is great to work with, but can capture the very essence of what my songwriting & music is all about.

I was introduced to Bernadette McNeill several months ago after some family and friends heard her singing acapella at an event and suggested we meet up.

We got in touch, Bernie sent me a test vocal, I wrapped some synth and drum tracks around it, and before it was finished I knew I wanted to record her in my own studio with some material I’d been working on.

I was very interested as to how m...

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Guiding Light, re-released with lyric video.

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I’m fortunate to be doing something in life that I truly enjoy. ‘Enjoy’ is perhaps the wrong term to use when  so many feelings and emotions are brought about by songwriting and music production. It just takes you to another place… another level.

I wrote Guiding Light back around 2009/10 as part of my Rainbow Run album – anyone who knows about my music will have a good idea what the song means to me; but it’s actually a song that meant a great deal to a lot of people.

When Guiding Light was first released and played on local radio, it quickly became a favourite among listeners; often being requested on a daily basis. I think the fact that people still request a song 5 or 6 years after it’s first release is quite a statement as to the power of a song and what it can do to people...

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Latest Project Nears Completion.

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When I decided to re-launch two of my older songs, along with a new 3rd addition (Far Away From Me); I had no idea of the work that would be involved.

Household Honey & Guiding Light have already been good to me – at least on home soil… why would I want to change them?

When I wrote and recorded the two songs quite a few years ago, I had a multi-track recording machine, a keyboard, microphone, and a cd recorder. No computers, no additional production software; and if I’m honest, absolutely no idea what I was venturing into.

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       My first recorder – the Boss BR8

Today, that has changed quite a bit.

I starting building up a home recording studio with a custom built computer, digital recording software, and a plethora of production tools and digital instruments to match the typ...

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A Life On The Road

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As more people are finding my website, and reading about my music; I realise I have given very little space to my ‘live’ shows – how it began; and what I do most weekends… playing around the country as a solo entertainer.

I don’t gig a quarter of what I used to any more. Where I used to be on the road 4 or 5 nights a week with various bands; I’m now happy with a handful of bookings a month in the places I want to play.

Any of the long-standing (or ‘old school’) musicians will tell you that ‘life on the road’ certainly isn’t what it used to be – what was once a difficult enough job (to get right) now brings new challenges in order to scrape together some form of existence – if you’re lucky.

My gigging life began around 1987 when I provided 5 hours of music for a wedding...

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‘Faith in Me’ & ‘Far Away From Me’ released.

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It was around 2010 when I decided to write a few songs which were more emotionally charged than my previous work. I wanted to give more attention to the lyrical content of my songs; exploring a deeper, perhaps more personal side of my songwriting.

It hadn’t been that long since the release of Guiding Light, and the response had been absolutely overwhelming – perhaps I’d just been wondering if I could do it again.

It was as a result of this that I put pen to paper, which resulted in ‘Faith in Me’ & ‘Far Away From Me’ being written..

While Faith in Me was recorded down as a rough demo; it was only very recently that Far Away From Me was recorded and produced.

I’d recently been looking for some inspiration – found the lyrics of Far Away From Me by complete accident, and thought “I remember...

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Two Major New Songs

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‘If I Could’ – the latest song from TightRope Studios, and one which I’m very proud to put my name to, has finally been released – and even includes it’s own additional video on Youtube!

The song, which is being considered as a mixture of Bowie, U2 and Pink Floyd; takes in a number of musical genres; with underlying tones of good old 80’s synth production.

I used a different set of synths/keyboards from my usual ‘go-to’ instruments, and immediately loved the sound and feel I was beginning to create. This mixed with a brand new delay unit (from Izotope) on drums, completely opened up a groove and pulse that just had to be produced into a fully-fledged track.

Again, like a few of my songs to date; ‘If I Could’ features a spiritual element; and this is really brought home in the video...

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Subliminal joins Fade & Unity.

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As the summer ends and the darker (and colder) nights close in; it’s great to be adding my latest song ‘Subliminal’ onto my ‘finally done‘ list, after four weeks of writing, recording, re-arranging, mixing and producing.

Firstly, I’m giving out a huge ‘thank you’ to my great friend Ryan Belshaw for his guitar playing on the track; and for giving me his time and patience – I really do appreciate it.
Ryan is the front-man of Sintasia – a 4-piece melodic rock band from my hometown of Lisburn, and great songwriters and performers in their own right. If you get the chance, please check out their stuff via Sintasiaband.com. Great guys all-round, and an excellent band worth checking out.

Secondly – a special shout out to my good friend and fellow songwriter over in Arizona, Brett Lloyd for h...

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