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A New Year, A Thank You and Some Fresh New Things

First of all, I’d like to welcome those of you who have come aboard over the past few months. I’m not brilliant at social media and I’ve probably been a little slack in welcoming you. So, thank you for taking the time to follow what I do.

In all honesty, I have a love/hate relationship with social channels. It’s easy to get hooked into doomscrolling and find yourself three hours later sat in the same position having accomplished little except for ‘liking’ a hundred different memes. I struggle to bite my lip with threads that are just there to sow discourse. You know the sort, echo chambers for people unwilling to think for themselves, on both sides of whatever the debate is.

So for those reasons, I tend to avoid social media as much as possible. I know it can be an incredible tool to better connect with people though. So, I will do better this year. I’ll try to not get trapped in endless scrolling and instead invest my time actually connecting with people that I want to connect with, people like you!

So if you haven’t already, stop by my socials and say hello. I’m more active on Instagram than anything else but I do check in on Facebook and even TikTok every now and then. I will note that my Twitter feed is pretty dead though. It’s not the place it once was and it’s not for me right now. I was getting far too political and while I’m in the camp that believes politics and music can and should mix, I was using Twitter to vent and I’d rather put that energy into creating punchier songs.

Talking of punchier songs, I’ve got more coming. In fact, my first new song of 2023 drops everywhere in less than two weeks, on Friday 13th January. It’s called Badass Motherfucka and is all about the life of a failed Rock Star wannabe (hmm, sounds familiar, could be this autobiographical in any way)? If you can’t wait until then, you can always stop by my Bandcamp page and pre-order the single. As a thank you, the B-Side “Hustle for Gas” will be available for immediate download. I’ll drop another message when Badass Motherfucka comes out asking you to take a listen and let me know what you think.

Musically, I’m shifting gears throughout 2023. I’m being more daring with what I’m going to be releasing and it feels good. The reason I create music is that it’s an incredibly cathartic experience and it also happens to be a lot cheaper than therapy. My songs, no matter how bizarre the lyrics, come from a deeply personal place. I’m learning to let the music flow the same way and be less conscious of worrying about what people will think.

If you’ve reached the end of this message, thank you so much for your time. If my music resonates with you I’d love for you to stop by and have a chat on my socials. I really want to get to know the people who are consuming my music. So, when you get a moment tap me up on Instagram or Facebook and let me know who you are, where you’re from and how my music connects with you. I’m more than happy to receive comments or direct messages 🙂

Oh, I almost forgot. Happy New Year! I really do hope that things get better for us all this year, we certainly all deserve it.

Dazzle Rebel

Finally, a Spotify Playlist for Rock’n’Roll Rebels

It’s Friday. It’s the weekend! It’s time for some brand new music!

The trouble with many playlists on Spotify, including most of Spotify’s own playlists, is there’s never any passion in curating them. That comes across in the final playlist. Sure, Spotify will argue that you’re supposed to listen to them on ‘shuffle’ mode but that’s just laziness. Any decent playlist should be curated in a way that the music flows without anything poking out like a pussy spot on the end of your nose.

It’s really off-putting when you’re listening to a playlist and it’s grooving. You’re enjoying the vibe when suddenly a track pops in there that throws off the groove. It’s jarring and it’s fucking annoying. At least it is for me. That’s why I tend to prefer listening to playlists from people who take what order they place the tracks. Quite often, actually, most of the time that’s from smaller playlisters.

I like to think that when I curate a playlist I do it with the same care and attention. I like my playlists to flow with a certain vibe, whatever grooves with the track that came before. I’ve been that way ever since I was creating my own mixtapes with my Panasonic boom box (yes, I am that old).

And so to the main feature of today’s post. I have curated a brand new playlist that has a pretty rebellious vibe to it. It’s music that sticks it to the mainstream. Music for people like me and if you’re still reading this, music for people like you too.

So, it is my pleasure and privilege to introduce to you my latest Spotify playlist Rebel Rock Rebels! (Yeah ok, the name is rather tongue-in-cheek but you won’t forget it easily). As you’ll see (and hear), I like to sprinkle most of my playlists with a mix of new and established artists because I like to think that it helps to give more context. Have a listen, give it a save, give it a download and then follow all of the artists that you haven’t heard of before. If there’s someone else you think will like this playlist, send them the link. The gift of music is always one of my favourite gifts to receive.

Let me know how this playlist made you feel. Comments are open below but if you’d rather find me on social media here’s where you can find me:

Have an awesome weekend and rock-eth the fuck-eth out-eth!

Dazzle Rebel

It’s Fringe Rock and I Like It

To celebrate the official release of my new single ‘Let Me In’ I have updated my Fringe Rock playlist with some awesome tracks from Confyde, Billy Nomates, DEADLETTER, The Rebel Yell$, You Want Fox, Kelsey Cork and the Swigs, Pricey (ex The Chats), Amyl and the Sniffers, Surfbort, Hoon, The City Kids, The Wristslitters, Mortimer Nyx, Verity White, Inward Strange, Maggie Foley, deep tan and loads more!

So, if you fancy a change from the generic rock music you’ll hear on the radio this afternoon, stick on Spotify and download this playlist.

Let Me In – No, it’s not a song about Boris and the Tory leadership power struggle!

My latest single “Let Me In” drops one week today. With a title like “Let Me In” I have been asked by those who are yet to hear it if it’s a song about Boris Johnson and the Tory leadership? Well, I’m sorry to disappoint anyone but no it’s not. If I could have predicted what would be happening in British politics right now then I’d have put some bets on at the bookies but alas, I am not clairvoyant.

The track is subtly political though as it’s a darkly humorous song that hints at how justice is never fulfilled when you enter into a perpetual cycle of violence (sound familiar)? The lyrics are of a narrative nature that follows a criminal and his search to silence a witness to one of his crimes. With an ominous bassline and deadpan vocals, the verse sets the mood for a chorus filled with a crescendo of craziness as the narrator descends into paranoia.

Click to pre-save!

Let Me In releases everywhere on 22nd July and you can pre-save it using the link below.

Have a fantastic weekend!

Dazzle Rebel

This Darkly Humorous Song Will Leave You Unnerved!

My latest release, ‘Let Me In’ is a darkly humorous song that follows a criminal and his search to silence a witness to one of his crimes. Behind the dark satire, the song hints at how justice is never fulfilled when you enter into a perpetual cycle of violence. With an ominous bassline and deadpan vocals, the verse sets the mood for a chorus filled with a crescendo of craziness as the narrator descends into paranoia.

The song is due for general release on all major streaming platforms on 22nd July. However, you can listen and download it for FREE right now on my Bandcamp page!

Let Me In

Surprise! For you beautiful people that follow me on Bandcamp, here’s a pre-release special of my new single “Let Me In”. It’s not due for general release for another 4 weeks but you guys can have it now – totally FREE!

If you enjoy the track then any sharing would be very much appreciated ahead of its general release on 22nd July. For now though, please let me know what you think of my latest Fringe Rock offering.

You can also pre-save it on your favourite streaming service at distrokid.com/hyperfollow/dazzlerebel/let-me-in

About Let Me In:

Let Me In is a darkly humorous song that follows a criminal and his search to silence a witness to one of his crimes. Behind the dark satire, the song hints at how justice is never fulfilled when entering a perpetual cycle of violence. With an ominous bassline and deadpan vocals, the verse sets the mood for a chorus filled with a crescendo of craziness as the narrator descends into paranoia.

Have a smashing weekend!

Daz

Roadkill – New Music Friday

Although this week has been quite a quiet one as far as me listening to new music goes, this track certainly ain’t, quiet that is.

I first became aware of the awesome band that is Starcrawler towards the end of last year and I’ve been really enjoying listening to them. When they dropped this track a couple of weeks ago I was there like a shot and was probably one of the first members of Joe Public to hear it. Since then I’ve listened to it several times a day, not least because I’ve added it to my Summer Hot Rocks playlist.

In typical Starcrawler fashion, it’s a gnarly glam rocker with all the grit and dirt that we’ve come to expect from this band. I love the very pink music video which features a cameo from Jackass’s Steve-O.

What have you been listening to lately? Drop me a line with any hot tips!

Dazzle Rebel

Cookin’ in the Sun

The Fringe Rock song of the summer!

Cookin’ in the Sun

This song is one of those that just wrote itself. I wrote it one evening in January 2022, in between working on tracks for my first full-on debut album. It was cold and dark and I was daydreaming about the summer to come.

I was remembering my wedding and honeymoon in Las Vegas and how I’d ended up with a swollen face because I’d spent too long sunbathing around the pool at the Mandalay Bay Hotel. This was two days before my wedding but that’s a story for another time! It was ferociously hot and I felt my skin literally cooking in the sun.

I started writing the lyrics taking in cues from this memory and merging them with a satirical poke at the favourite pastime of us Brits to complain about the weather, no matter what the weather is doing. We’re never satisfied, it’s either too cold, too wet or in this case, too hot!

The music is written around the bass line. Something that I have decided I should do a lot more of as I am predominantly a bass guitarist!

The drums are a simple program that I put together using BDF2 (I’m recording on a PC from 2008 running Cubase 4 Essential remember). I remember trying to be a bit too flash and ‘realistic’ sounding when I was recording Condor Leader and I was never really satisfied with the results. I decided that if it wasn’t to be real drums then I shouldn’t try to hide the fact that this is a drum program, created by me, a non-drummer.

I recorded the track in between working on other music during January 2022, putting the final touches on it in February 2022. It’s my first attempt at producing, mixing and mastering a finished song entirely myself (that wasn’t intended as a demo).

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*I’m not a fan of ReverbNation and I rarely update it with new music as I don’t believe it represents value for money (not least you can’t upload anything larger than 8mb without a pro account). If enough people actively engage with me on that platform I might reconsider my stance on the platform.

Cookin’ in the Sun (Radio Edit)

This Fringe Rock Song Will Have You Dancin’ In Your Speedos! – New Music Friday

New Single, Cookin’ in the Sun – Out Now!

13th May 2022

Cookin’ in the Sun” is available on all major platforms.

Hey! My brand new single, Cookin’ in the Sun is out today! I had so much fun writing, recording and producing this track. In true Fringe Rock, DIY fashion I did everything on this release myself. Everything to do with the music right through to the artwork was done by my own hands.

I even made my directorial debut when making the music video. I mean, technically I suppose every music video I’ve produced was directed by myself but this is the first one where I was directing other people. Speaking of whom, a huge thank you to the great sports that gave up their Bank Holiday Sunday afternoon to be filmed doing crazy things in front of a camera.

So here’s a big shout out to Jason for letting us film in the upstairs function room at Ye Olde Salutation Inn, Nottingham. Of course, I need to acknowledge “the girls” Lisa, Celina and Gemma. Adi and Ali for the shots they took on holiday and Gill for taking some awesome stills.

Here’s the video, which will premiere at 8pm GMT, so if it’s not there yet you can click to set a reminder and be one of the first to see it!

The song is me riffing on a story of how I ended up with major sunburn and a swollen face on my wedding day. It’s also a farcical take on how we Brits are never satisfied with the weather. It’s either too cold, too wet or too hot! There is also a subtle nod to the fact that we’re finally seeing the negative effects of climate change in action. I mean, you’d be a blithering idiot not to recognise what’s going on in the world but I’ve already hit that subject matter pretty hard in the past. Twice in fact; with This Burning Town and Four Horsemen from The Attic Transmission. Songs that I wrote way back in the 00s. Will we ever learn?

Anyway, if you want to hear more about the story behind this song I’ll be going into more detail in a later post. To make sure you never miss a post, enter your email below and subscribe. Posts will be sent direct to your inbox and I’ll never sell off your info or spam you. I hate spam, it’s not effective and it’s very annoying so I’d never do that to you either!

In the meantime why not give the song a listen on your streaming service of choice. If you like it then I’d sure appreciate if you’d save it or even add it to one of your playlists? Maybe even download it FOR FREE on my Bandcamp page, so that you can keep it forever?

Regardless, thank you for supporting independent music and have a great weekend!

Dazzle Rebel

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