An Australian living in London, I'm a songwriter, producer and musician. Starting with classical guitar as a kid to performing in garage punk bands as a teenager, I progressed to playing in various bands internationally as songwriter and lead guitarist/keyboard. During this time I released a number of CDs with the various bands and worked with producers like Martin Terefe (Martha Wainwright, Ron Sexsmith etc) and Gordon Rafael (The Strokes, Damon Albarn, Ian Astbury etc), with Martin asking me to write and perform for (Diana Ross' daughter) Leona Naess' album.
I focus on songwriting and production, having had some success in this area in the past (writing for film/TV/advertising). As a result I'm actively pursuing this area further and am looking for opportunities to release my music in a variety of mediums.
I'm currently writing and producing music in a variety of styles, ranging from the 'Tyre Kicker' EP's widescreen alternate musical excursions encompassing an eclectic mix of hairy psych rock, bubble-grunge, fractured swamp blues, sharp post-punk, all with cascading vocal harmonies, skronky guitars, lush strings and riotous harmonica!
In parallel with this my recent EP 'un-read' channels contemporary-classical instrumental adventures, whilst the recently released 're:read EP is an eclectic meeting of 'contemporary classical, jazz, folk, blues, alternative, and beyond'.
column:inches music is thus full of contradictions, where eclectic sonic palettes of folk guitar and contemporary-classical weave together with psych-rock and alt-rock influences.
column:inches' track 'ungreen' was recently played on BBC 6 Music on Tom Robinson's show where he presented a mixtape of his personal selection of tracks from 'BBC Introducing'. Tom Robinson described column:inches as 'like a one-man Penguin Cafe Orchestra'!
The column:inches track 'redux' (from recently released 'reread' EP) was selected by the 'Signal Committee' for their final 'Eclectic Picks' playlist for 2020! All tracks were selected from the full inbox of 200 tracks that were submitted each week to 'Fresh On The Net' (the independent music blog founded by BBC Radio 6 Music presenter Tom Robinson, who's mission is to help independent musicians find new listeners, and independent listeners find new music..). ‘Eclectic Picks' playlists are "orientated to the alternative music fan, where abstract ideas are embraced and the fusing of different genres is encouraged."
The column:inches track 'comma' (from recently released 'reread' EP) was selected by independent music blog 'Fresh on the Net' to feature in their 'Fresh Favs' January 2021. 'Fresh on the Net' wrote: "The instrumental ‘comma’ presents some expert guitar playing, including some very seductive slide-guitar, and is taken from column:inches‘ latest EP, ‘reread’. The video accompanying this track is another beauty, apparently created from some 30,000 images by Tokyo-based videographer / photographer Christopher Rudquist. Column:inches is an unnamed Australian songwriter, producer and musician living in London, and this track is available to buy now on Bandcamp and the artist’s MusicGlue page."
In more exciting news - the column:inches video for 'comma' was officially selected for New York Lift-Off Film Festival 2021! With music by column:inches, the accompanying superb and distinctive video was directed by the super-talented Tokyo-based videographer/ photographer Christopher Rudquist. The 'New York Lift-Off Film Festival' is a "celebration of American and International Indie Film", aiming to "bring true independent film from emerging artists around the globe, connecting the US and international markets. Our aim to maximise artist's connection with audience, and provide an experimental platform for indie creatives to help nurture voices and launch careers.” The festival started Thursday 1st July - Monday 2nd August 2021, and films will be screened via Vimeo On Demand.
Just back from Steve Albini's (producer of Nirvana, The Pixies, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page etc) 'Mix With The Masters' seminar at La Fabrique in the South of France (where Radiohead, Morrissey etc have recorded), where he shared his in-depth studio experience and knowledge with a select group of 13 professional-level participants from all over the world. The focus was his incredible technical knowledge of recording to analogue equipment (including analogue tape), how to run sessions, how to handle artists, how to manage a career, the right attitude, and how to remain successful. Mind altering and life-changing, it has given me a fresh focus on my work and approach.