Collabavirus: Making Music in the Digital-Only World [Manchunian Matters]

I recently had a chat with with Ethan Davies for Manchunian Matters about a collaborative project run by good friend, and regular collaborator, Jay Plent. We talk about collaboration, trust and the virus.

Here’s a snippet:

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Those more au fait with binary code know the above tells an undeniable truth about the 2020s. It’s a truth that is becoming more evident to more people as every hour of lockdown passes, and one that could influence policy debate across the decade.

And that’s because the level of data exchanged grows exponentially: Zoom meetings feature hilarious backgrounds, Houseparty Friday drinks include digital parlour games, and Instagram live gigs throb with adoring teenage fans…”

Read more of Ethan Davies’ article on

Do I Have Too Many Guitars?

This week’s video is me showing off my guitars in roughly the order I got them and silently wondering: do I have too many guitars? I’m also talking about each guitar’s origin story, mods, seeing if they work, playing a bit, generally enjoying my own company.

Some of the dates I mention don’t match up to the captions – the captions are more accurate, I couldn’t remember all the exact dates at the time of recording.

Dan Le Sac Interview

Dan Le Sac is a beatmaker who rose to fame working with rapper and spoken word artist Scroobius Pip. Dan currently interviews various creators for his podcast, Falling Forward with Dan Le Sac, between uploading musical creations to the net and composing for games.

In this interview we discuss the changing, (or not so changing), music industry, music distribution, future copyright issues, music creation and much more besides.

As promised, here’s a pile of links:

Lastly, you can now listen to this interview as a podcast – check out ep1 of the LTGuitarist podcast:

Question & Answer Guitar Soloing

Starting improvise or write guitar solos is really tricky and super awkward, but there’s not a lot of actionable advice about how to get started effectively. This video explains Question & Answer soloing which takes ques from how we form conversations in real life.

Here’s the example tab – the above part is the Question, ending on a 5th while the lower part is the Answer as it lands on the Tonic.

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Here’s the list of ideas from the end of the video – a few things to try out and experiment with:

  • What happens if you try to answer the Question with a note other than the Root?
  • Do the questions and the Answers need to be the same length?
  • Can you ask several Questions with only one Answer?
  • What Questions can you ask from outside of the scale?
  • Do the notes leading up to the Question, (or up to the Answer), actually matter?
  • Can you ask or Answer a Question with just one note?

Do Producers Earn Money?

Answering the most frequently asked questions about producers according to YouTube’s auto-complete search function, including…

Do producers own masters?
Do producers make money?
Do producers use presets?
Do producers have to clear samples?

I keep screwing up my audio levels, so sorry about that. It’s mostly fixed but still crummy in places. Not up to my normal standard so sorry about that!