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Knee deep in the album!

20728310_729427817264723_7076200405189500384_nEzee,  I’m lovin’ the creative process of this album!  It’s becoming a labour of love that I know will serve me well, there’s some great songs coming though me right now, I’d go so far as saying it’s some of my best work!  Created on Pro Logic X on my MacBook Air, with only a mini midi-keyboard, (there’s only one sample used as part of a hook) all the rest of the songs are original, from scratch, mostly up-beat material, with only one down-beat tune.  I’m going for a contemporary sounding album, I want to hear these songs on day time radio shows as well as credible stations.  I want these songs to reach music fans from other genres outside of Hip Hop.  My roots are in rap but there’s sung & spoken word songs on this album that will reach people outside my radar yet to hear my work.

As an independent artist & fan of good music I’ve got a great feeling about this project.  The songs are being mixed & mastered by electronic engineer Enn Leonard @ Ironskin Productions for the fullest & fattest flavour possible.  The long term plan is to have the album finished for the new year, start the process of working with musicians in spring to be able to start gigging in the summer of 2018.  A move back to the South-east is happening in autumn, where I’m planning to finish the last of the songs in the hibernation time of winter.  We’re in the demo stage at the moment, 8 songs deep & it’s already shaping into an epic sounding album to be proud of.  The theme is a journey through life, into the inner as well as the outer territory’s we travel through while alive.  I’m disclosing some personal truths as well as worldly observations.  I’m consciously not listening to the news or taking in too much external influences from social media platforms for the writing process… I threw out my T.V years ago, so censorship is only needed when I go about my day to day activities’ out doors… cos distractions are unnecessary & sway me off the path of positive intent.   There will be of course a moody reflection of that process in places, I’m a realist at the end of the day, it’s not all love & light, unfortunately!  Never-the-less there are some uplifting moments that will lead the listeners into the lighter side of life where foot tapping, thigh slapping and bodily movements are things we just can’t resist, a bit like a ray of sunshine on a bleak, wet, miserable grey day…   Music man, thank fuck for music I tell ya!

To conclude, I want this album to have a handful of potential singles I can use to promote it, I may even pass it on to a few credible indie labels, but the chances are it’s gonna be a DIY album, digital, until I get the finances to press up CD’s & vinyl if possible, it’s just the distribution & promotion I need… But that’s not for a while yet, I don’t need to worry myself with the stress of that outcome just yet, back to the creative process & most of all to the enjoyment it’s bringing me, that’s all that counts right now!

Peace.

Photo (sneakily taken) by my missus Charlie Garland @leavesbehindwinter

Songwriting

Remark walks into the silenceI’m writing a few songs with themes of light, as posed to the darkness reflected in the world and in my work lately.   I’ve been arranging the structure of songs to move with the vocals in-sync with the feel of the music as much as possible.  My keyboard skills are pretty basic 12 bar blues, but with the co-creative energy and skills of long time friend producer Nick Leonard from IronSkinMusic, the vibes are shaping into songs that are becoming fit for public domain and I’m very happy with them.  I’ve wanted to make a few contemporary songs for a while now, mainly because I get frustrated at putting a lot of time and energy into projects that seem to become quickly lost or forgotten on the underground scene,  mainly because it’s specialised music.

I want to hear my songs on contemporary radio stations in the daytime, not just on specialist online rap radio shows, it’s not a case of ‘selling out’ anymore, I’ve been true to the art-form as much as I could have been for almost 30 years!

I want my lyrics to reach further afield, which means more maturity of song writing, more chord progression and structuring, to make people want to hear the song again, and again!  There’s nothing wrong with that…  If a hardcore rap fan of mine doesn’t like it, he can listen to the back cat on repeat until he’s satisfied, I want to make as much good music as possible, as original as I can, without samples, songs from scratch that say something.  I also want to make a living out of this, like other artists I see, whom many in my opinion aren’t even that creative, they just have a money making machine and team behind them!

I still feel I have a lot to say but have been saying too much and possibly too fast for most fans of music to get, only the older avid underground UK Hip Hop fans and not even most of those it seems!   So, I’ve been putting my energy into crafting songs with shorter verses, with bridges and choruses that will have a wider audience appeal.  Similar to when I was working with the Monkey Sons band some years back.  I’m visualising what will work for live gigs with musicians in the mix.  My decision to move back east for live work next year means I have time to develop an albums worth of songs to start getting a band together for gigs next summer… that’s the plan anyhow.

I’m gonna release a few singles / music video’s in the mean time.   Starting production with an optimistic ‘light’ one in the pipeline next week with Nick (Just finalising the edit / mix) & an upbeat rowdy number with Merlin in the weeks to follow.   A few others are in the pre-production stages.  A 7″ vinyl and video collaboration with Swiss rapper Silas is about to be unleashed and an EP project with producer Systemata, alongside Graphic Bars in on the horizon also.

As the days go on my love of music grows.  I’m as much a fan of The Beatles as I am Public Enemy,  I feel it’s only right to progress with my songwriting to bring all aspects of emotion through with the music to develop songs that stand alongside the greats… High standards perhaps but standards that are realistic & possible when the mind is in sync with the music.   It is indeed the universal language and I give thanks for the ride.

Here’s a poem I wrote this week while walking through a park by a river…

I knelt before the Yew tree

I saw the sublime wizardry 

I felt my own Deliverance 

Rescue me from danger…

I once heard the story

of the Hundredth Monkey

I jumped the Phanchasm 

But fell through the gap

Now all that lies in me is my ability to rap

But few will every hear the sonics of a song

Cos the only thing missing is the money to push it on

The promotion had been missing from the beginning of the start

But it’s not like I was looking to make a living out of art

It was all for self expression 

A means to make an arc

A vessel out of hell to propel my own remark

I didn’t give a toss if It was trendy or cool

Now thirty years later I’m what you’d call old school 

A veteran at this

Spoken words within a fist

Just trying to exist 

cuttin through the worldly mist 

If I didn’t follow art

I’d follow nothing else

I’d only be an empty vessel searching for a self

I found my inner voice

Talking to the wind

Walking with the wilderness within the world I’m in

Gathering my thoughts 

Walking out the pain

Talking to the emptiness that’s calling out my name….

R to the E 

M A R K

there’s something to be said about keeping it in the day…

No matter what they say

& the wicked games they play

No matter what they say

Keep your life in the day.

Peace.

THE THING – Fan based music video

THE THING REMARKJohn Carpenters classic cult sci-fi movie has been one of my favourites since first seeing it on VHS as an 11yr old boy!  The location, the mood, the acting, the effects & the music moved me as a yongster… It wasn’t so much the horror or suspense of this movie it was the depth that stirred in me the most that got me…  Who was next to be infected?  & by what??   Many conversations with friends who loved The Thing as much as myself over the years, spurred me on to write a low-fi instrumental piece of music, so yesterday I edited the 1982 trailer to fit the short tune… which uses dialogue from Kurt Russel’s narration as well as the signature theme tune chords that John played.

The piece is available to download over@

http://remark.bandcamp.com/track/the-thing

Rap Music @Bar42

IMG_5323Felt good blasting ?Everything out of my lungs over the P.A that BOOMED out the backing track on Friday night live… Merlin did a grand job on producing that fired up beat!

It was good to hook up with old mates & meet some new ones at the gig… Worthing is turning into a hub of good musicians & rappers it seems!  I’ve known producer Crespo & electronic whizz-kid The Jezter for some years but Worthing’s doing well for local talent emerging on-the-up.  It was good to see MC’s Aleon & Graphic Bars both deliver quality rap performances on the night, as well as improvised jamming from The Jezter’s psyche-beat Perestroika band.

I’m looking forwards to getting back to Bar42, where the sound is as good as the audience’s appreciation of good Rap Music… my kinda place!

?Everything

?everything Remark

Here is my latest independent digital single release : http://remark.bandcamp.com/track/everything

Produced by Hip Hop’s hardest working concerto Merlin, over in Hamburg, Germany.

?EVERYTHING does that & then some!  Hurtling ?’s at society left right & centre Remark holds nothing back on this relentless pre-apocalyptic vocal ambush over a musical onslaught on the senses, he mans the turntable in the process while questioning society, elitism, global politics, propaganda, conformity, consumerism, terrorism & the mainstream media… We’re living in sinister times right now!

Remark highlights with intensity the insanity we face as a species in these suspicious times, where paranoia & fear ripple through the undercurrents of our psyche.

This digital single is released through bandcamp @

https://remark.bandcamp.com/track/everything

An independent hard hitting music video also accompanies

?EVERYTHING @

 

?Everything on Fresh Faves 245

Nice little review from @SteveHarris of Fresh On The Net this week…

“There are lots of ways you can have your hip hop, but to my mind it’s a genre that lends itself especially well to protest and social commentary. Remark packs a lot into ?Everything with a massive wall of sound that immediately sets the scene, and leaves you in no doubt about the message, which comes at you fast in this hard-hitting track.”

Remark, aka Remark (The Remarkable 1), is a Brighton-based vocalist, MC, producer, DJ and video maker, who for 20 years has co-created with various producers, with Hamburg’s Merlin producing this track, which is available now on Remark’s Bandcamp page.

http://freshonthenet.co.uk/2017/06/faves245/

?Everything on HipHopGods show!

hiphopgodsGood to get airplay on Rapstation by DJ Flatline… The only UK independent artist on the show & goddamn it sounded good coming in at the end of the show like BOOOOOOM!!!!

He said it reminded him of old school UK Hip Hop crews like Hijack, Silver Bullet & Gunshot, which is the closest it comes to anything to be honest, no new artists are making tracks like this that’s for sure!  Feels good to be indie right now.

Link to the show…  http://www.rapstation.com/show/3/hiphopgods-radio

?EVERYTHING

It’s taken a while for this release to manifest… Lots of production work, edits, recording, filming, editing & promotion as ever goes into each release, this one has been worth the effort.   I’m very pleased with the outcome.  Hamburg’s hardest working producer & friend Merlin has done a great job on the music & mix, while my fiancée Charlie has helped film my parts in the video… I’m blessed to have good folk around me!

The digital single is up @ http://remark.bandcamp.com/track/everything

I’ve started to send to radio dj’s & blogs today, shares have been going on throughout social media platforms.   I’m planning to give this a two week promotional campaign, it’s a purely independent & self empowered venture, as always.   It feels good to have an upbeat ‘firing on all cylinders’ heavy hitting single out there now… The time is right!