Great night yesterday at The Star By Hackney Downs playing for Starry Starry Nights. A rusty performance I felt. First gig, live performance of any kind for a while but great to back out on a stage playing my music.
Here is a video of me play my song I’ll Get By at The Boogaloo, in London. I’ll be very honest and say I wasn’t actually planning on performing this song. I had another song in mind I wanted to do, but my mind went just blank and I couldn’t remember it. Bit annoying but I’m quite pleased by the performance of this song. It is alway interesting seeing yourself back playing and most of time you find what felt like not a very good performance at the time, wasn’t all that bad at all.
Richie Phillips – I’ll Get By – Live at Blue Wedn…: http://youtu.be/mAjqxz4yG5c
Here’s a video of me performing my song I’ll Get By at the Haberdashery, in Stoke Newington back in December for Blue Wednesday.
It has been a while since I’ve posted anything on my website. So here’s just a little post about what I have been up to music wise over the last few months.
Performance wise I’ve been hitting the open mics in London over the last few months. I’d finished writing a lot of new songs but as odd as it sounds, sometimes you need to learn how to play them. The best way to get working on a song or songs, to figure the ins and outs is to perform them live. A song can complete change with a live performance, crowd reaction, feedback off other musicians and simple just hearing it through a p.a. system. All kind of things really and open mics are perfect for this.
So I started heading out and playing 2-4 times a week, trying out my new songs. Apart from figuring out certain parts of the new songs, just the getting out and playing regular made an obvious improvement in performing. I think I can honestly say I’m not the same musician, weather performing or songwriting because of this.
Also it has been brilliant fun, minus a couple of times where it just wasn’t the right venue for me.
Not an open mic but for a while every Monday I was part of night playing at a venue in Camden, London. This was a massive help in helping me make the improvements I feel I’ve made. It was great just to have this venue where I could learn ‘my chops’ in kinda live rehearsal and hang out with some cool, brilliant musicians/people.
Unfortunately this has now come to an end, for reason out of my control and the others who took part in the night.
Recording my debut album, which I had hoped to had finished a long time ago has been difficult. Problems with equipment and also me being too fussy, but I know what I want and things have been put back. The delay has help me though just and iron out a few things, hopefully making the album I have in mind. More about the ablum very soon.