Police at the Door - Danny Ansell & co.

Thank you to everyone who has viewed our video!
Since launching this promo video with my new band Danny Ansell & co. we have seen a fantastic response to it. In just 4 weeks it’s almost topped 10,000 views on Facebook. It’s been a great time this last month with 5 gigs with Danny including Cov Uni Square One, Coventry Motofest, Godiva Festival, 2Tone Stage outside the Cathedral before The Specials play tomorrow night and Coventry Jagfest Saturday. Plenty more festivals lined up thru Danny as well - well he has been doing it for over 10 years - what a pro.

Watch the video here of go to Danny’s music page:
https://www.facebook.com/dannyansellmusic/

Bits & Bobs

Just a quickie to show a few things I’ve been getting sorted to help the summer months be even more fun.

Over the last 2 or 3 months I have been tarting up the outside area at the back of the studio. When the extension was built the builders kindly offered to lay some decking and as they did this we plopped a patio in place, but never quite finished it off. It’s been too long and I decided to tidy it up.

So starting with the patio I pulled it all up, jet-washed the slabs and bought some new ones to make relaying a more complete job and really have the farm builder to thank in helping to do this. Top job completed. The last bits involved finishing off the edges and borders, adding some outside furniture and I found some rather cool false ivy to decorate the fence - so I’m ready for suggestions for where to go next!!

The view from the decking is great and we often use out here to chill down from the parties when kids are getting too hot, plus it’s used for private parties. The pic of overgrown weeds is from 2 years ago - never knew weeds could grow so tall!

Break out gig for Danny Ansell & co.

Wow - these last 2 months have been intense working with Danny. We have 6 songs recorded (almost) with 2 that could be hits. But Danny is far more about performing live, so we have been having lots of rehearsals at the studio getting ready for the breakout gig this Saturday - details:
Venue - Square One - student hub, Coventry Uni
Doors Open - 6.30pm. We should be on 3rd at 8.30pm.
Tickets on door or via Danny

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Xv Frames debut EP

When young band Xv Frames came to the studio they didn’t know why they were called Fifteen Frames (well that’s how you say it apparently!) so maybe if you read this post you should go ask them directly!
I always ask what I think are pertinent questions of any new band using the studio to record, but have never in 25 years of owning the barn come across a band who don’t know why they are called what they are! Good start - but it got us talking.

Being young they had a small budget but big aspirations and tons of enthusiasm. With only 2 days booked to record 6 songs it was all quite feasible and they certainly had practiced well, showcasing the songs to me before we began the set up procedure. After 2 days of organised chaos we had 6 songs in the can - 3 full band songs and 3 acoustic tracks with various singers and arrangements. A well organised and productive group.

The songs are now available on iTunes and all those other streamy places:

More Than You Would Do - EP - Xv Frames

A very happy band comprising 5 main chaps (Sam, Ollie, Sean, Aiden & George) plus female backing vocalist Grace, with great songwriting skills and a good amount of punch - check them out on Instagram too:
@XvFrames_

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Vocalists from West End

A couple of weeks ago I was asked to help a wonderful local singing school (Sophisticate West End) in a large project involving over 20 of their students. The 2 main tutors also wanted to make a demo song for their students to showcase their own singing talents with a simple video. They chose a song from the musical Mean Girls titled Apex Predator which I hadn’t heard of at the time, but have since watched the film (it’s really good - definitely worth a watch) and here is their video.

The tutors (Sophie Ayers and Djalenga Scott) only needed to sing the song about twice each and delivered this amazing song with ease.
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Doing something like this is a great way to get your message out there and I regularly make simple videos like this for artists using the studio. An in-studio shoot only takes a few minutes to set up with all our specialist lights. Green Screen filming also available or outside on-location style videos are great fun to make - whatever you want really. For more information on the studio please contact BB Studio.

Happy Christmas

Christmas time is here again - awesome. Big thanks to all the folks who chose to get their recordings and video projects produced with me at BB Studio. It’s really appreciated and I’ve enjoyed making them all come alive.
Many people ask why the business is called Born in a Barn - the truth is that it’s really got nothing to do with any little babies or mangers. When I set the studio up in 2004 it was cold - real cold - and I figured the phrase ‘were you born in a barn?’ was very appropriate but underpinning this was the notion that many musical artists’ careers would be born in a barn using my studio set up - and they really have.

However this year, my own bands and music has been born too.

High Command was an adventure in going back to live drumming with a band and we recorded a superb 4 track EP, played 3 gigs and made a tongue-in-cheek video. Now the band is on Winter Break (not my term!) cos Greg the guitarist is in Thailand avoiding the chill in resplendent self-indulgence!!

Cup of English (aka COE) is a new venture which started as a studio production group, for 4 individuals with similar tastes and interests. This has grown now to a 5 member band and we intend to start live rehearsals in January. The band make trance/hypnotic indie-based music (loosely) with a good few twists as you might expect from something I get involved with. To date we have 6 tracks on the Lemon Soul EP, which is growing fast into an album. This is an underground group and it’s been a wonderful refreshing project to immerse myself in. Can’t wait to get it out there - but you gotta wait!!

I myself had a great year outside of the studio with the highlight being running my 1st marathon, in Dublin. I trained for this in 8 countries and ran just a little over 1000km, plus raised over €1,200.00 charity cash for the ISPCC or ChildLine Ireland.

Enjoy yourselves this Christmas to the max, but take a bit of time to reflect on the year you have had and other people you know who may be less fortunate.

The music industry goes crazy this time of year with all the gigs and shows. Be careful enjoying yourselves.

Who knows what is coming next year with Brexit?
One thing’s for sure - there will be plenty of stuff to write songs about!!

But lastly ….. here are some big baubles!

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New Service added to help business owners promote themselves better

This year we have been asked to help out at a few local events and take some video footage of various performances plus take pictures.  Video is increasingly popular with everyone now and some people are happy to shoot footage themselves on their phones of course, but the results are never as good. Making videos is something BB Studio is very experienced in now, but photography is another field of expertise.  

In light of this we have partnered up with a fantastic local photographer who has been shooting people for a number of years and specialises in head shots and portfolio work.  Jay Deeley has his own brand called Pop-up Pix which is fairly self descriptive - he will come to your work place and shoot various portfolio pictures for use on social media, newsletters and so on. 

Effortless Promotion has been created to combine our 2 services and provide an all-in-one session where you can talk to camera about your products or services or show us around your premises, which you may be renting to others (homes etc) or to the public so they feel more connected with you as a business, as well as have a photoshoot to gain great pictures.

http://www.borninabarnstudio.com/promotion-at-bb/

So if you have products or services you want to shout about then get in touch and a session can be set up to provide you with all the promotional media you may need to get you going.

 
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If Dave can, we all can.

How old would you say the average person is who releases a track?

I work with people of all ages and I think the youngest person to record was a young lad reciting prayers, only last year.  The oldest person I have ever worked with to date was 92 and still singing. 

Featured here in this article is Dave Jagger - Dave is an astonishing man - he turned 70 recently and is still actively recording an album with a local band at BB Studio.  He has played several gigs over the last couple of years, since being spotted, and actually works with 2 different bands from time to time.  Dave is due to release his first ever single this year and more details will be divulged very soon.

Don't ever think you are are too 'anything' for music - if Dave can, we all can.

 

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