Tuesday December 16, 2014 Kill The Myths: My Trip to New York By Tom Butler
Quick Recap: New York City is overall a pretty safe place!
I currently live in London and was pretty nervous about my first trip to the Big Apple. People tols me that the subway was dirty and and smelly (which I'm sure is more of an isssue during the muggy summer months). During this winter Christmas season, however, the subway was just your basic run of the mill dirty-ish subway.
Quick question for those in New York: is the water…
I've been buzzing all day from playing the #gigs2014GIGS: Big Busk reunion show last night at The BedfordThe Bedford Live!! Such an AMAZING night! Most importantly I would like to thank each and every single one of you that came to the show and shared your time with each of us last night. Gavin, Paul, James, Stu, and I had a ton of fun playing music for you! We are supremely blessed to play music. It is a gift we enjoy sharing with you, especially during this Christmas season.
I am just checking in quickly here before shooting off to the studio today. I've been writing with Harriet and Steve Anderson (Musical Director of Kylie Minogue). We've written two songs and it's been a blast being in the studio with them here in London. I also played a spontaneous gig with a band called the Model Aeroplanes. I received a review from this gig below (from Stu Evans).
Timings: 00:08:20 - Intro and first mention 00:14:00 - Beginning of the interview 00:17:00 - On the Line (Live) 00:22:00 - Interview part 2 00:25:55 - Heart (Live) 00:36:20 - Interview part 3 00:40:47 - Boats (Live) 01:10:30 - Interview part 4 01:16:28 - Malea (Live) 01:19:55 - Interview part 5 <----the most awkward and funny bit 01:26:10 - Highway (Live)
I hope you are each doing well. It's been a Rollercoaster of the past two weeks filled with highs and lows. I'll try to write less, put more pictures etc. On October 4, I left for Berlin at 6AM (without sleep) from London. I saw checkpoint Charlie and a McDonalds (didn't eat there, just thought I'd tell you that I saw one). I took an 8 hour train to Innsbrook. I stayed at a Hostel where I made lots of friends and met someone 2 years younger that went to my SAME HIGH SCHOOL!
Last week was an amazing week for Stu, James, Paul, Gav and I as we played 5 days of music (well at least some combination of us were involved in TB music over the week). Here's a fun little recap for you!
Monday September 15 - Played a Country Roads, On The Line, and Malea during a solo set in Reading @ The Jolly Anglers Tuesday September 16 - Played Malea and Heart (coming on the next EP) in London @ the Tooting Tram & Social Wednesday September 17 - Played a full band set in London @ the Betsey Trotwood
What was it like to win the PRS Songwriting Prize for the Gigs 2014 Busking Competition?
It was like being underwater. I was standing on stage with all of the judges and the 5 other contestants for the songwriting prize (who are excellent songwriters). When Guy Fletcher said, "Tom Butler", I had no idea what to do or say. Here are some photos and videos from the experience:
After: Me giving a mumbled and terrible acceptance speech. I think I said 'Thank you...' When I went on stage to play…
I'm thankful to announce that I won the PRS for Music songwriting prize and will be playing at Glastonbury next year. Thank you all so much for your support and love during this competition and in general. The song Boats is available to listen to on spotify at: https://play.spotify.com/album/3m4fTC4ZdrkucIRiD859A9. See you all at Glastonbury!
I'm very happy to also announce that my friends Natalie Shay won the young persons category (amazing performance), Harry Houseago won the Soloists-Duos category (VERY…Read more
London Mayor's Office announced Gigs Big Busk 2014 Songwriting Finalists:
"Gigs HQ is pleased to announce the six winning songs in the Gigs Songwriting Prize, sponsored by PRS for Music. The prize was open to all Gigs acts who write their own music and the winners chosen by a panel of judges. The six winning songs are now being listened to by Guy Fletcher, Chairman of PRS for Music, who will choose the overall winner.
All six songwriting prize winners will be invited to attend a day of…
This last week was absolutely amazing. It started out with an excellent date night (no, I'm not going to expound), but then Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday saw the best band practices yet. Playing music with James, Stu, Gav, and Paul really takes it all to the next level. We enjoyed practicing Thursday night at The Breakfast Studios which we found out is where Chesney Hawkes also rehearses on…Read more
**Put on your favourite snobby British Aristocratic Accent for the beginning of this** Dearest Friends:
I bid you a wonderful Friday afternoon. It would be remiss not to mention the fortune we've experienced of good weather in London recently. ** enough of the accent
How are you doing? I hope you've been living up the summer festival season. I'm sure many of you have found new bands, so if so let me know who you're listening to, I love finding out about new music. Recently I've been involved with the London…Read more