I’ve been working on this for a while and I’m super-excited to share it with you all! Last year I started making a wee game on Scratch which would double as a music video for my song ‘Rapture’. Then a month or so ago, my good friend Gus stepped in to port the game to Unity. And now we have a finished game!
Go check it out at https://shamblesmiller.itch.io/rapture and let me know what you think. If you like it and feel like helping out an idiot musician who just quit his day job to go study software development, why not buy some of my music? You can do so at http://shamblesmiller.bandcamp.com for any price you like. And if you can’t afford to pay for it, just download it for free ^__^
Hey! In case you haven’t noticed me talking about it on Twitter or Facebook, I’ve made all of my music free for a wee while. So if you fancy downloading my whole back catalogue, including my recent(ish) EP Doing Stuff is Hard, then fill yer boots! Also, I’ll be announcing some new shows soon, and in the meantime you can catch me at Munros on Tuesday nights, hosting the open mic. Maybe I’ll see you there sometime!
I’ve said it before, doing stuff is HARD. Unless that something is making a lo-fi recording about how hard doing stuff is, and then making a wee one-shot music video for it like two weeks later. Because that’s precisely what I’ve done. Here it is.
The hardest part was getting the song from the thing I recorded it on and the video from the thing I recorded IT on onto one other thing that would let me make them into one thing.
Or the hardest thing might be understanding that sentence. Who needs punctuation? What am I saying, I love punctuation. I really, really do.
What up little homies. I’ve updated the ol’ webshite a little, in particular the Videos and Free Stuff sections. Away and take a look with your eyes. You might also have noticed that I’ve given the blog a new title. I decided the old one didn’t really reflect what a good website my website is so I changed it to reflect what a good website my website is.
It’s pretty cool, something I know a lot about. There are links to my music and stuff right up above where your eyes are looking right now, and you can also find me in a digital capacity at:
It’s not long now until the Independence Referendum and it’s no secret that I’m a Yes voter. Aside from banging on about it fairly regularly (not too much, I hope) on my Twitter (and down the pub) I’ve played a good few events now in support of the Yes campaign. Most recently I appeared at the Festival of the Common Weal, as part of the National Collective showcase and I’m performing at the opening of the Yes Pollok base this Friday the 11th of July. It was an absolute honour to be involved in the Festival of the Common Weal, and inspiring to see so many people positively engaging with the independence debate.
I know a lot of people are scared about what independence would mean for Scotland but I honestly believe it will allow our country to become a better, safer, and fairer place to live. In fact, I have trouble writing about it sometimes because it feels so obvious to me that independence is the next step for us. Talking about why we should be an independent country feels like talking about why we should be nice to each other or why people should be able to marry who they want. I imagine writing down the reasons and people saying, “well, aye, obviously”. At a basic level I believe that as a nation we should be shaping our own future and making our own choices. We have a rare chance to create a better future for our country and I believe that we have to take it.
I know that isn’t the case for everyone though. I know not everyone feels that way. If you feel differently to me, feel free to talk to me about it, and ask me why I’m voting Yes. I promise I won’t just direct you to a list of my #indyref tweets. I’ve got Twitter, Facebook, and of course you can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I even have one of those daft anonymous Tumblr things. You can also just get in touch to tell me that I suck, or to ask me if my hair is really as thick and lustrous as it looks, or to ask for free stuff. I promise I’ll (almost) always reply. Bob Hoskins, may he rest in peace, was right: it’s good to talk.
In other news, I’ve got some gigs coming up. As well as my performance at the opening of the Yes Pollok base on Friday, I’ll be playing a wee gig at the Roxy 171 on the 29th of July. Keep your eyes peeled for news about my headline show at the 13th Note on the 17th of August though. I’ve got some special plans for that one. Hope to see you guys at some of these shows, and keep your ear to the ground (or the Internet) for more news!
So to recap: I’m voting Yes, feel free to give me your chat, I’m playing some gigs, keep your eyes peeled, and keep your ear to the ground. But most importantly, you have a nice day. You deserve it.
Despite my best intentions, I’ve once again managed to not update my blog for a wee while. Happily though it’s because I’ve been quite busy. My wee flyer did it’s 50th gig last night at the Glad Cafe, I’ve got a music video coming out soon, and I recently announced that I’ll be playing a pretty big show at the ABC 2 in Glasgow on the 27th of April, supporting Geoff Rickly from Thursday. Exciting! Tickets are normally £10 but I’ve got cheaper tickets for sale at my bandcamp, with the option of a wee music bundle as well. It’s kind of a taste of my music for newcomers, or for anyone who has been meaning to pick up some of my tunes but hasn’t got around to it yet. I called it SuperBundleFunTimeYeah! You can buy tickets (with or without the bundle) for the ABC show at this lovely link right here.
I really hope you can make it, it would really a mean a lot to me. In other news, I just found out that there’s a wee feature on me in the Scotland on Sunday today! That was a lovely Sunday surprise. Here it is:
That’s made my day so it has. Anyway, I’ve been writing some new songs recently so hopefully I’ll have some new stuff for you to hear by the next time I post! Hope to see your lovely faces at the ABC on the 27th!
Happy New Year and Happy Birthday (to me)! Now that I’ve sobered up from last weekend, it’s time to get myself back into gear for the new year. I played my first gig of 2014 in the 13th Note last night, with some brilliant support from Chrissy Barnacle, TigerHoney, and Josephine Sillars. I had a blast and I already can’t wait for my next gig, which sees me heading back to Inverness on the 25th of January to play at the Market Bar. I canny stay away from that place!
In other news, I’ve got a new music video in the works, and if you keep an eye on my Twitter over the next few days, you could get your face in my new video! All will be revealed shortly…
In the meantime, I recently uploaded the full video of my performance of Confessions that I did for Occupy Sound last year. If you’ve always wanted to hear a break-up song featuring a David Bowie impression performed in a tunnel then this is the video for you.