london you broke my heart but i’m learning to live without you filling the void as best I can but nothing stops the grappling got your hooks in deep scarring my guts the huh huh stifled breath i can’t believe you made me choose
it’s here or there it’s us or them there’ll be no winner in the end no ticket tape parade no screaming boy fans waiting hotel room to please please please me you no me know me no just this missing this divided longing one year on i’m breaking it down
friends i broke my heart and I’m learning to live without you eating the void like cancer trying to stop the grappling fade into the memories deflating my ego the cr cr laughing i don’t regret a thing it has to make me stronger
winter is winter wherever you are. not that i ever thought the contrary. but my memory has perhaps fabricated things a little, tampered with the evidence maybe. what I need is a good english pub, an old mans pub, unspoiled by meddling hands trying to improve something that already fits the purpose perfectly…
i guess i do miss london… for all the things i love about melbourne, it’s like a city censored, a family friendly affair… while london is all tits out, debauched, get your kicks here… it’s morning.. i’m tired… my moods swing wildly at times..
it’s been a while since i last did an update like this, but then again it’s been a while since I last had something worthwhile sharing.
music firstly i have some new music on the horizon. work began in London back in June 2010 and continues here in Melbourne. 12 tracks are in progress and should be ready for release later this year. the title of the album will be ‘explosions’.
triple J unearthed visit my page on triple J unearthed. listen to the tracks, download them, rate them, be cruel, monstrous, or real nice, but do something please.
free stuff in anticipation of the new music i thought i would circulate some music that i created in 2010 that has just been sitting on my studio hard drives taking up space. it’s a collection of 5 tracks entitled ‘dancing in slow motion’. You can download a zip file with the 5 mp3 tracks at 320 bit rate quality, along with the cover artwork, all for free, i hope you enjoy .
sharing is caring be a star and forward this email around to your friends. unfortunately i don’t have the budget to launch a marketing campaign with billboards on bourke street mall or piccadilly circus or even a bus shelter in croydon. remember even if you don’t rate my music someone else might. or at the very least you could have a laugh amongst friends.
new blog, first post. i’m going to write under the assumption that someone is reading this. weather this is true or not makes very little difference to me, the ego is a fragile thing but one that can be easily fooled.
background i’ve just returned to Melbourne after 4 years in London with my partner of nearly 9 years, the transition has not been without its share of doubt and anxiety but it’s done. there is comfort knowing that nothing is forever and more importantly i have a British passport.
i’m a self-taught musician, i play various instruments at varying levels of competencies but always with passion and always with the aim of capturing a moment. blah, it’s not a job interview. i have gathered together a modest home studio over the last decade and recorded several albums/ep’s, most of which can be heard and downloaded from Last FM http://www.last.fm/music/Jay%2520Westfold?ac=jay%20westfold.
right now I am working on a collection of music that i am extremely proud of called explosions. work started in the spare bedroom of our little flat in Chalk Farm, London, June 2010.
explosions an update on the album. i’ve made good progress so far, it’s been 6 months since I have been back so i would be concerned if i hadn’t. 12 tracks in various states of completion, i would say only 4-5 need a bit more work then the rest. i’m trying not to rush through things this time round. my short attention span has often led to settling for less in the past and there is just no point. hopefully with the onset of winter i will find more time to spend in the studio (otherwise known as our spare bedroom).
current list of tracks in no particular order…
exploder a positive monster i want you to hear this moving forward facing backwards super love night falling the nihilist and the pretender the last magic dance lost and found big rock seven days waiting to die
studio and equipment i have just had after a week off work thanks to a date with dental surgeon which resulted in the removal of 2 wisdom teeth, ouch, still a bit sore. whilst i couldn’t do much in that time what i did manage to do was update my studio setup.
i finally took the plunge and updated to windows 7 64 bit OS (yes i’m a pc user, i have worked with pc’s since my early teens and never saw the point of switching to apple). i have up until now been concerned about how my laptop would cope running Pro Tools 8 with w7 but after a year or so putting up with xp i’m happy to say my setup has never been so quick and stable. it was getting to the point where i would find myself in a creative mood, switch on my equipment and after battling for an hour finding my mood had soured somewhat. now, touch wood, it’s running like a dream.
custom built laptop intel dual-core processor 2.8GHz, 4GB ram digidesign digirack 003 Pro Tools 8, Ableton Live 8, BFD2, Reason 4 and a plethora of other plugins KRK Rokit 5 Monitors Fender Bassman 250 210 Vox AC15 VR Kaoss Pad 3 various microphones, keyboards and guitars, bass, glockenspeil, chopsticks, drumsticks, wine glasses and other random instruments.
future posts admittedly this was a fairly dry first post but rest assured things will be more colourful going forward.
"Whoever loves becomes humble. Those who love have, so to speak, pawned a part of their narcissism." Sigmund Freud.
my life is full of love but I still have a healthy portion of narcissism left. this blog is an attempt to document the creative process behind various projects. currently the focus is on a collection of music entitled 'Explosions'.