In my time spent exploring the internet, researching songwriters and reading independent musician blogs, I have occasionally come across something known as the 100 songs in 100 days Challenge. With this floating somewhere in the back of my mind, I sat down on Monday with my guitar, coffee and iPad. I had just finished the successful run of A Man Walks Into A Bar, performed at least 15 shows in 3 weeks, and was yearning to write some fresh material. I wrote a song that I was happy with in about 30minutes.

Then it hit me – why can’t I do this every day? Sure, there’ll be plenty of mega flops… But I’m bound to stumble onto some gold every now and then.

The 100 Songs in 100 Days Challenge has commenced.

100 songs in 100 days

Rules

With an exercise like this one, there are many ways to cheat and reach the 100 songs mark in a smaller amount of time. There are some guidelines that I need to follow in this exercise:

  1. A maximum of 1hour to write lyrics, melody, structure and record song.
  2. No lyrics can be written in advance. Everything must be created within the hour.
  3. No more than 1 song per day. Don’t want to burn out.
  4. Song must be uploaded on same day that it was written.

Here’s the Soundcloud playlist with every song that I have written for the challenge so far:

Check back to my Soundcloud page every now and then to see how I’m going. If I make something that you love, please let me know! This could be a whole new album that I’m writing in the next 3 months.

I’m also going to be putting a survey up every 10 days to find the best of song for that run. Be sure to vote and have your say.

 

Ladies and Gentlemen… As promised, here it is: The official release of my first two singles from my Debut Album. That’s right, I’m throwing the definition of ‘single as one’ out the window.

The following tracks can begin to give you some idea about the contrast in sound and style that I’ve gone for with this album. Both follow some sort of narrative but take a different approach in doing so. I’ve still gone for the lush side of instrumentation and texture but given my voice a bit more of a shining role – in comparison to my EP.

You’ve probably already heard an acoustic version of Dead Man Walking on my Pozible Campaign video. Here is the full quality, studio version.

The track ‘Bill’s Lost Love’ is also the one that is currently having an animated music video produced for it by Sydney Animator – Sarah Eddowes. If you like what you hear below, I will be sending out an exclusive download link for my track ‘Bill’s Lost Love’ via the Mailing List. If you want in, sign up to the right. >>>>>>>

Listen. Enjoy. Share. Pledge.

 

Click Here to pre-order my album.

 

 

Speak soon,

 

-Sam

Announcing my Pozible Campaign to help fund the release of my Debut Album

Big News. Today, I’m announcing a crowd-funded Pozible campaign for my debut album. 

I’ve officially launched a Pozible Campaign to help fund the release of my full length Debut Album. Please share this link around. Any pledge will be forever appreciated: 

www.pozible.com/samnewton

 

In total, I’m trying to raise at least $5500. Here’s where the funds are going:

  • A music video for my song ‘Bill’s Lost Love’
  • Album artwork
  • Vinyl + CD Pressing
  • Vinyl + Digital Mastering

For all further information about this campaign, check out the pozible page. Here’s the link again.

Any pledge will be forever appreciated.

Video uploads

Just to let you all know, I’ve recently posted up 3 new videos to my Youtube channel. All 3 are completely different and present some of the many faces of myself as a musician. If you can’t be bothered to look online yourself, Here they are:

Dead Man Walking (Original):

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRYWVFvkGQE

Pachelbel’s Canon in D:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=So20tYWUp4M

Fleetwood Mac – Dreams (with Cameron Henderson):

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7LLXHDuSZw

Erskineville Hive Bar Residency

If anyone was wondering how things are going with my Hive Bar Residency, it’s been going awesome. In fact, I’ve turned many of the nights into a bit of a jam by encouraging friends to bring along their instruments. I’ve even collaborated on a couple of the weeks with the guy doing every other Tuesday – Marc O’Connor. Many, many good times had.

On the topic of Marc O’Connor, he’s gone back to Ireland for a month or so, which means that I’ll be taking over his Tuesdays and doing it as a weekly thing for the next month or so. 

If you’re in the area, come along. I kick the music off at 7pm. For more in-depth information, check out the post prior to this one.

Back to the Pozible Campaign.

Again to my crowd-funding campaign.. If you enjoy some of the DIYs that I post on here or even the music that I create. Please consider pledging to my album. I’ve also got some fantastic rewards up there.

Until next time,

Speak soon

-Sam