Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Release Date set for "Ranch House On A Hill" Friday 22nd January 2016

Great news today - my debut single "Ranch House On A Hill" is set for release on Friday 22nd January.

It's pretty chilled, with funky but laid back electronic beats.  It's been released before the other planned single "Today Is All" as there's a few things to sort out with that yet - so this is a one off independent release. I think it suits this time of year well though - it's got a good vibe for January.

It's a song I started writing in the mid-noughties and then picked up one night and finished it in 2010.  I'd completely forgotten about it until I was moving house and found an old song lyrics folder with all my guitar songs.  As soon as I heard the song again, in my head, I just had an idea for this trip hip / electro beat and went to work on it and within a couple of days I'd finished it.  There's no guitar in this though - it's pretty different from the original acoustic version.

The lyrics are a twisting story of lost love and there's 2 x references to Joni Mitchell songs within them.  One person plays the role of the 'Free Man In Paris'; the musician travelling the world, making his own rules and having many good and bad experiences on the way and the other plays the role of the character in her song 'The Hissing Of Summer Lawns'; a woman who has found a rich man and she has a beautiful house but she is locked away and she watches the people in the valley having parties whilst she sits alone on her expensive furniture.  The song is playing on those two characters from each song and taking the idea a bit further.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Hipnotic Jazz X Web Sheldon - Unfollow The Leader

If we want to change our future, then we have to change our behaviours today; whether that be on a personal level or about how the country is run. So many decisions about how we live are taken away from us, it's hardly surprising that we feel we don't have the power to change our lives or our situations - and we have to remind ourselves that we do. Most of the time we are too tired from work to think about things that matter to us, our families or people less fortunate than ourselves or we just want to enjoy life in the little free time we do have. So we go out and party, drink, sit mindlessly in front of computer screens or televisions and we forget about our problems. Until the next piece is removed from us. And then we're angry again.

This is a new song I worked on with Hipnotic Jazz - it's on his new album "Infinitely Inconsistent"

Listen/Stream/Download the full Hipnotic Jazz album here: https://hipnoticjazz.bandcamp.com/album/infinitely-inconsistent


Regular play; dismissed and unequal
Minimum wage, they’ll raise it in the sequel
Enraged inside,     
When I think of our wasted lives

For a decent life, we gotta play by rules
Fill the deepest pockets; 
Obedient fools locked in X Generation cubicles
Wishin' away the hours, thinking its a cruel...

Way to spend our years
It’s a miracle we’re here
And the beauty of life we should stand for
Means nothing anymore

I remember a night, the side of Lake Geneva
No red wine, no smokes, no lines
No words I find, take me back in time
Meditating, clearing corners of my mind

As I grow in age, I’m linking bigger pictures
Old days seem like a parallel vision
I’m a different person, my worries got worse and
Lost but fighting and feeling the curse of

These monsters we created
Low esteem, money, impatience,
Breathing heavy, standing steady in line
These are temporary times

Recite the same lines?
Read the same papers?
Write the same history?
Repeat ideologies?
Unfollow The Leader

The sad thing is we don’t give a shit anymore
And thats perfect for them
They don’t want us to
They want us drunk, drugged and hooked on their fear

They want us too tired, too scared and too intoxicated to care

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

New Song Collaboration: Out Of Our Control


The new album from Hipnotic Jazz has been released and I was involved in a couple of tracks on there.

This is the first one; 'Out Of Our Control'

Vocals performed by Web Sheldon (chorus/song) x Pteradigm (verse/rap). Produced by Hipnotic Jazz x Sycho Gast. Mixed by Hipnotic Jazz. Mastered by Manics.

Extract from Infinitely Inconsistent by Hipnotic Jazz.


[Web Sheldon]
Once you’ve seen the cracks in their stories
There’s no turning back then
And you realise the divide is wider
Than you ever
Ever could have imagined, yeah

If you’re standing up, I’m coming along
If you agree, that makes two and we’re strong
They building walls, they get higher
They’ve wired the city
Out of our control

prophet of dichotomy composite
locked logic
televise the images condition
...passengers captured
massacre captured on amateur camera
no caption
reports are subtraction  
scattered redactions 
the vacuous animus clashes with savages
leave the compassionate vanishing
the matador renders the raw
the abattoirs filled with inanimate carrion
while scavengers travel in packs 
to examine the damage report to their managers
parameters hazardous malice
and avarice chancellors sip from the chalice
xanax and cannabis
coalesce so the hopeful can
vocally hold the rest accept the unchangeable
stand up and challenge oppressors repossess

[Web Sheldon]
We deserve to know the truth
This is our land too

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Autumnal Update

So I've been a little quiet recently... I've been working full time on my IT Contracting, then taking a few months to go back into music full time and then going back to my IT work again.

At the moment, I'm preparing my debut solo single 'Today Is All' which will have remixes by futuristic beats artist Chic Futura, a broken beats remix by Hipnotic Jazz and an electro/pop remix by me.

So it's been taking a while to get everything together; but I'm almost there now.  Priveyt will be featuring with 2 x different raps - the remix I did got a little out of hand and we started writing new parts for it...so now it's almost a different song but with similar themes.

I also have 2 x completely different remixes of Today Is All that were earlier versions.  I'm wondering if many other artists do this; produce a song until it is almost complete and then randomly do a remix of it...and then later, even another remix.  I'm pretty sure they're getting more interesting each time though but more than anything, I think they just suit my mood at the time of writing.

On the weekdays, I'm living in a hotel in Newbury at the moment so the only time I get chance to record is at the weekend and I'm trying to finish my vocals off for my Today Is All remix.  But my weekends of recent times have been more like UHHHH-MOVING-HOUSE-OH-DEATH-OH-DOOM-OH-WHY-IS-THIS-HAPPENING-TO-ME-AGAIN type thing.  So the weekends have been a write-off.  So I packed up my mini suitcase and took my mic to the hotel with me last week with a plan to get the whole single finished off like a BOSS.  It didn't really work out though.  I'm sure I was only singing a normal level but I think I upset someone in the room below me as they were banging like crazy!  I swear they must have damaged the roof to make that kind of abusive noise.  Maybe they just loved my singing so much and the only way they knew to show appreciation was by destroying their ceiling.

That's what I'm going with.

So, this weekend.  Unpacking the last of the boxes.  And recording the last of the vocals for my single.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

CRHØMA - Geek Freak (Web Sheldon Remix)

London Alternative / Electronic-Indie band CRHØMA released their single Geek Freak on 16th September!  You can buy the original version here: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/geek-freak-single/id1040843938

...aaaand you can listen to my remix of this single HERE! (and errr..below)

Monday, August 17, 2015

New Website!

My new website is now live!

Click on the pic below to go and take a look....

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Logo Competition Winner!

Thanks to everyone who voted in the competition for the new Web Sheldon logo!

The winner of the competition and my personal favourite too was this one:

Congratulations to Austinminded who was the designer of the winning logo and worked with me a lot in the last couple of weeks whilst we were trying new ideas and changing things.

You can visit Austinminded's profile on the 99 Designs website here: https://99designs.co.uk/profiles/austinminded where you can also send them a message if you're interested in working with them.

Friday, August 14, 2015

New Song Remix up Online

I've been working with West Hollywood urban pop artist Too Shay on a couple of tracks recently.

Here's the first one of the bunch, it's my remix of his song 'Mistakes'.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Tramlines Gig Cancelled

Unfortunately my spot at Tramlines Festival in Sheffield this weekend has been cancelled.

Sorry to anyone who was planning to come and see me - this was completely out of my control.

If you're going though, enjoy the weekend and make it a good one :D

Monday, July 20, 2015

Tramlines Festival in Sheffield: Redhouse (Saturday)

Soooo at Tramlines Festival this Saturday, in Sheffield, I'll be playing at a venue called The Redhouse! The stage time is yet TBC! I will let you know as soon as I do!

I've pretty much decided on the set list already... which is going to be BALLS LOADS of new songs - so pretty much the new EP, aside from the general crowd favourite 'Purple Steeple' (which I'll be singing for sure!) and because I always HAVE to do a cover, I'll be playing my own stylee acoustic version of The Fugees' "Ready Or Not".

This is the map!
See you there!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Off to Glastonbury 2015

Off to bed early now ready to wake up in the early hours to head off to Glastonbury festival!

So I'm going to be off the radar for a few days (my iPhone battery last about 4 hours... so I definitely won't be around until Monday afternoon next!)

See you soooooon!

My Mix for Backseat Mafia

Thanks to Backseat Mafia for uploading my latest mix and publishing an article too!

There's a Bio about my music and I talk a little about my inspiration for the mix.  Check out the link above!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Gig Booked - Tramlines Festival in Sheffield

I confirmed a gig this morning at Tramlines Festival in Sheffield!


Sheffield is the city where I grew up and the city where I first got onto the music scene so I've got loads of memories there and it'll be my first gig in Sheffield in 10 years!

Tramlines Festival is running from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th July this year.

Click on the picture above to visit the website.

More details to come soon!

Friday, June 12, 2015

New Single is OUT NOW!


The new joint single between myself and Beatm4n HAS LANDED TODAY.

Spirit Like You (Beatm4n Remix) is now available on iTunes, emusic, Amazon in Spain, Italy, Germany, France and many more to come yet!

You can also listen to a preview of the song on Soundcloud or YouTube:

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

NEW SINGLE! Out on iTunes - Fri 12th June!

Oh yeahhhhhh!

The joint single between myself and BeatM4n is out on iTunes THIS FRIDAY! 12th June!

It's called Spirit Like You (BeatM4n Remix).

It's a stomping electronic/house summer anthem with dirty skrillex style synths, pop vocal hooks and the amazing production of BeatM4n himself.

Here is the cover in all it's glory...


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

"Spirit Like You" Colloboration with BeatM4n - Release date TBA

Soooo... Beatm4n and I have finished our song "Spirit Like You" and I'm currently uploading it to CD Baby - which is a website that helps you distribute your music via iTunes, Amazon, and many other websites... And I'm registering with the PRS at the moment (a copywrite collection society for the UK).  This is all new to me as it's my first ever official release so it's all very exciting!

I was planning to release my debut solo single "Today Is All" in June, but I still have to finalise the remix b-sides yet, and we're totally ready to go ahead with this.  The remix that Stefano (BeatM4n) has done of this song is just like a proper stomping summer anthem.   When I listen to it, it makes me want to be on a beach in the sun with an ice cold pint! lol

It feels perfect posting this today as it must be the nicest day of the year so far in London! Having said that, there are a number of clouds looming in the distance!! (>.<)  That must to do with PRS registration lol

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Throwback Thursday - Famous Blue Raincoat (Manchester, April 2012)

Ok I'm borrowing the term 'Throwback Thursday' for this post...

A special time for me was the Summer of 2012.

Leading up to that period, I'd made a couple of bad decisions in terms of career direction and had also got myself into quite a destructive long term relationship.  The change started when I'd got a new job and I'd moved to Manchester into this studio apartment bang in the city centre (near Piccadilly station if you know it).

I hadn't even realised at the time how much of a dark place I had gotten myself into until things started to change.  I hadn't been trying to 'clear any clouds', because I didn't know there were any clouds to clear.  But naturally, things suddenly started to change; I became healthier, more confident, my creativity was soaring.  I found the courage to end the destructive relationship I was in and my life changed massively from that point.

Whilst all this was happening, I remember sitting down one night and just feeling a huge sense of relief because for first time in 18 months, things just 'felt right'; I didn't have to fight, or rush or worry - I felt like I was responsible for my own destiny again and I had control back over my life.

I set up my mic and recorded a cover of Leonard Cohen's 'Famous Blue Raincoat' and I love to watch the video because it takes me back to all the feelings I was having back then.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

What's Next for Web Sheldon?

I mentioned in my last post that I'm spending a week in Cornwall at the moment.  It's in a place just 1 mile from Land's End called Sennen - one of my favourite places in the world!  But what's next when I return to London?

A whole of things, and in no particular order...

My first solo single 'Today Is All' which means getting a couple of remixes together, deciding on a 'b-side' song and making a music video.

A collaboration single between me and BeatM4n 'Spirit Like You' which is going to be a STOMPING summer anthem if there ever was one!  Release date coming soon!

Purple Steeple Remix EP which I'm compiling remixes for right now.  I have a ZIP file if there's any producer's reading this that are itching to make a remix for me ;-)

And later in the year; a collection of songs whether it be an EP or an album.  There's enough material for an album now though :)

Once I have some release dates scheduled, I will start gigging in London again too!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Cornish Clarity @ Trevedra Farm

I'm lucky in that I've never really felt like I get writer's block; if I'm not feeling a melody, I'll write a rhythm, or I'll have a jam on guitar, or switch to piano or I'll write lyrics..so there's always a spark somewhere to get started and inspire a creative flow...

There's one place where I come to though and it feels like I'm hyper sensitive to both music and words.  When I come to Sennen (Cornwall) it's like there's an abundance of ideas just flying around my head waiting to be plucked from the air.

I was here last year cycling along the cliffs near Land's End and I got an idea to remix one of the Bilamie songs (Nu Slave Crew) - which is the version we have on the album now.  There was another Deeper Interaction remix too - but I'll probably write that as a Web Sheldon song at some point and build on the original 2007 version I wrote.  I came here in 1999 to work and I wrote a gazillion songs on guitar that year.

For the first time in a long time, I didn't bring a guitar this year.  Although I'm regretting that now - there's nothing like sitting on the cliff top overlooking the blue ocean and singing my heart away...or heading down to the beach, on a level with the sea.  I love it that my old guitars have Cornish sand in them!  I have my laptop though, so if there's any quiet moments, I'm turning to the collection of songs I'm putting together at the moment to continue writing and mixing for those.

Cornwall is such an inspiring place.  Tori's always been full of good ideas! Maybe it's because there's less people here, there's so much space!  It feels like the air is clear; if we could imagine invisible clouds of noise, thoughts and clutter in a city - here it's like all that is taken away and it leaves just yourself and your own thoughts... Or maybe it's all a state of mind and I just feel extra comfortable.

I've been coming here since I was a child though and we always stay at Trevedra Farm - which is a campsite in Sennen with a footpath leading down to the beach (very handy! lol)  We arrived on Thursday night and even the smell of the grass and the air was mesmerising!

Sennen, Cornwall

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Why I Love Yoko

Back in 2007, I heard some music for the first time, by an artist I knew very little about.

From that moment onwards, I was hooked on a lady called Yoko Ono.  First, I bought the 2007 remix album and was introduced to many songs from throughout her career, but they had been re-interpreted and remixed by other artists such as Cat Power, Peaches, Le Tigre and Porcupine Tree.
After this I bought my favourite Yoko album, 'Rising' and I'm slowly working my way through them now - and trying to do that as slowly as possible to make the experience last longer.

Share The Love

Whenever I learn about a 'new' artist though, I find it impossible not to shout about them to my friends, work colleagues, social media etc - I guess this is natural for most music lovers.  However, I've never been met with so much hate, bitterness and narrow-mindedness as I have when I try to talk about my appreciation of Yoko Ono.

On one side, I don't mind; I am used to rooting for the underdog, and I admit there's something strangely satisfying about enjoying something that is either ignored or rejected by others - with the accompanying thought of 'it's their loss'.  But that kind of defeatist attitude doesn't work for me.

I *want* people to like Yoko, I *want* people to understand the depth of her lyrics and I *want* people to appreciate that *sometimes* she does crazy songs that are challenging to listen to, but for ART'S SAKE, it's OK!

If Tori, Joni and Björk can make excessively long, challenging (and yes, also brilliant) songs, why can't Yoko not be allowed the same freedom without being ridiculed?

  • Because she's not the best singer? Well, if that's a pre-requisite, then yes, maybe it's better not to listen to her. But you should also drop Dylan from your playlists as well.
  • Because her songs are just screaming? Click 'play' on my playlist above.

So, Why Do I Love Yoko?

1. Her lyrics blow me away.
For a woman who has received hate on a MASS level for decades, she still sings about love, sensitivity, peace and self belief. Here's 3 examples...

'Listen to your heart,
Respect your intuition
Make your manifestation
There's no limitation
Have courage, have rage
We're all together'
(from 'Rising') - see the playlist

'Don't ever give up on life
Life can be so beautiful
Especially after you've spent a lot of years with it
Because then life becomes like a lover
You have been close to
You know him so well
Yet every day he gives you a surprise
When you say I love you
Remember you're not just saying it to the one you love
You're saying it to yourself
The planet and the universe'
(From 'Unon. To') - listen to this in the playlist above

'Bless you for your anger
It's a sign of rising energy
Transform the energy to versatility
And it will bring you prosperity'
Btw if I never get around to making a will, THIS is the song I want playing on that fateful day.. hahaha I think the lyrics throughout the entire song are beautiful and so inspiring.

2. She is the dark abyss vs. the shining light.
Both her music and her lyrics incorporate everything from the darkest expressions of pain and anger right through to bliss, love and peace.  That mixture of the 'dark and light' is something that I think we all identify with on many levels.  We like to watch movies with the 'goodies and the baddies', we like to involve ourselves in religions with Gods and Demons.  And how amazing is it to watch the sunrise after hours of darkness?  Her music incorporates these extremities in many ways.  It's how she expresses and interprets her emotions through the song that have a big influence on me.

3. She is a woman of immense strength.
I cannot imagine how I would cope if I had been in her position for the last 40 years.  Being one of the most hated women in popular culture.  How do you overcome something like that? How do you continue to make art in the face of this constant and passionate aggression? If her lyrics are anything to go by; she takes this energy and she transforms into something else and uses it to her advantage.

4. Her creativity and innovation.
I have spoken about her music already and I do not pretend to be a big fan of visual art.  But some of her pieces that I have seen online I find intriguing.

For one piece, you climb a ladder, you get to the top, take a magnifying glass and look at the word 'yes' written on the ceiling. I love the concept of this and how it can be interpreted differently for each person.

And that is something she encourages with her art; the person who views it or interacts with it can continue the piece themselves and they can make their own conclusion.  I don't feel I can talk about her visual art in a way that is deserving of the magnitude of it's innovation, but this is a good article if you want to read more: http://www.artbouillon.com/2013/07/yoko-ono-yes.html


One of my favourite tracks by Yoko is the last song on the playlist above.  It is *not* a song that I particularly enjoyed to begin with.  I liked the beginning parts because of her lyrics and her chanting, the guitar, and the bass, but at 15 minutes long it was just not accessible for me on a first listen - and for the most part, she was making these pained and tortured noises with her voice.  This was only the second album I bought by Yoko, so I was an early fan at this point.

But then, somehow, at some point, this song just 'clicked' with me and it became more than a song, more than I had ever experienced with a song before.

Those screams at first were an endurance that I would listen to because I liked the lyrics, I liked the quirkiness and backing music. Then the 'screams' became more like pain rising out of your body so that you could release it, almost like a birth of something new.  Finally, they became like a meditation - the constant rhythm of the bass in the background and the amazing journey that Yoko takes you on, with the emotions of her voice.  They're not screams or noises anymore, they are a roller-coaster of beautiful and raw human emotion.

And what else do we want from our art than to be taken to another place?  To experience something outside of ourselves?  To become immersed in someone else's emotions and feel that deep connection between the artist and ourself?

A New Era For Yoko

The reason I'm even writing this today is because I read this article posted from Yoko's Facebook page earlier today: http://www.vulture.com/2015/05/yoko-ono-one-woman-show.html It's a piece taken from New York Magazine.

"Here [2014 Grammy's], at last, she seemed liberated from the hate and punch lines that had plagued her entire public life."

I've noticed a shift in the last few years; people actually seem to be appreciating her now.  Not to mention the rave reviews from Pitchfork, Q Magazine, Mojo, Uncut and Rolling Stone on her most recent albums.  I haven't even talked about her success as a dance artist, mentioned in this article for her 6 number one consecutive singles in 2013: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/yoko-onos-surprise-rebirth-as-a-dancehall-icon-20110308

Maybe she doesn't need this new surge of appreciation or attention.  But more than anything, I am content in knowing that she is beginning to be truly respected as an artist, once again, after all these years and within her lifetime.  Too many artists do not receive this admiration until it is too late.

We are humans.  Sadly, hating is instinctively human.  It's easy.  It's like sometimes we just want an excuse to hate, and Yoko Ono seems like an easy target.

What takes strength though is to challenge what everyone else is telling you and to make up your own mind.

So, did you listen to my Yoko playlist?

What did you think?

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Recording 'Purple Steeple' Video

My mate Priveyt is moving to Ibiza for the Summer this week but we just managed to squeeze a few hours together last night to film some scenes for my song 'Purple Steeple'.  It's going to be featured on the album and also on a remix EP!

Here's a picture I took of Priveyt whilst he was setting up the camera last night...

In the background, you can see the ExCel Centre on the left and everything else behind is looking out further to the East of London, towards Woolwich.

Priveyt on top of the footbridge, Royal Victoria Docks (11th May 2015)

Remix 'Purple Steeple' with a chance to be featured on the remix EP!

In case you didn't know already... ;-)

Saturday, May 9, 2015

New Music: Kentish Fire - In Our Band (Web Sheldon Remix)

A couple of weeks ago I made a remix for London Indie/Dance band Kentish Fire of their awesome song "In Our Band".

The remix is now online read for all listening pleasures...

To hear the original version, watch the video and read the lyrics, see my previous blog post below:


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

MC Brinquedo - Roça Roça (Ruxell & Marginal Men Remix) - Free Download

I found this track the other morning and I checked today and it's still on free download so I'm posting it up here...

Loving the mixture of rhythms, the guitar and vocal samples... I think it all comes together very nicely... It's sounds so modern with the electronic elements they've used but also has a world vibe to it.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Her - Quite Like (Free Download!)

I found this song online last week and posted it on Facebook/Twitter - it's my favourite song of the last month!  And now it's been changed to free download!! Probably only for a temporary time, so go visit and download it whilst the offer is on ;-)

I can't find much out about Her on the interwebz, so I can't post much else, other the link to the Soundcloud account (below) and also the Facebook fan page: https://www.facebook.com/thebandher


Gig Preview - 20th May: Norell & The Dub Factory + On a Bed Made of Money + Brightlight City + El Deyma + Dead Pedestrians

Norell & The Dub Factory, a dub reggae band from London that I discovered just recently are playing at Curiosity Shop soon - which is at Roadtrip & The Workshop, where I played a few weeks ago.  Really nice underground venue in the heart of Hoxton!

The gig is on Wednesday 20th May and you can join the Facebook Event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/637836459650466/

Here's a 15 track playlist of all the bands playing on the night that you can listen to whilst reading a little about the bands.

Norell & The Dub Factory

Norell & The Dub Factory

"An unusual mix of Dub/Reggae tracks with Rock-Pop vocals create Norell & The Dub Factory’s unique sound for all to enjoy.

When people think about Italian music, most people will think of the late Luciano Pavarotti or Andrea Boccelli amongst many other amazing opera singers. Norell & The Dub Factory are an Italian Band here to prove that Italians can rock! Singer, Norell and bass player, Niko set up Norell & The Dub Factory in September 2014 in order to divert from mainstream Italian pop and instead create an original Anglophone project. Niko, a very experienced writer, was able to introduce Norell to Reggae music and she fell in love straight away. Niko's rhythms and nuances are soft and 'dub', making every song unique but also commercially viable and easy to listen to. The name of the band gives an insight into Niko’s method of songwriting - relentless, passionate and technically precise. The first single to be released was “Shake Your Body”. Both their first single and their ep are available on iTunes, ReverbNation.com and several other online outlets."

See their official website here: http://www.norellandthedubfactory.com/ or visit their page on Amazon to download their latest EP.

On A Bed Made Of Money

On A Bed Made Of Money

"A mix of popular and alternative with a strong feel for melodies and grooves.

A mix of popular and alternative with a strong feel for melodies and grooves, OABMOM will undoubtedly be appreciated by lovers of bands like the Mars Volta, System of a Down and Radiohead to name a few."

To listen to more tunes like this, visit their Soundcloud page: https://soundcloud.com/oabmom

Brightlight City

"Slice up some British punk, add a teaspoon of the Seattle sound, a dash of pop melodies and a few scoops of tasty rock riffs seasoned with hardcore and you have BRIGHTLIGHT CITY.

A rock band made up of long term friendship and brotherhood, brought together by their shared love of bands such as Hundred Reasons, Million Dead, Foals, Yourcodenameis:milo, At the Drive-In, Refused, Hell Is for Heroes, Thrice, Biffy Clyro and Jimmy Eat World.

The Surrey five piece started 2014 by releasing 3 songs coupled with mini tours encompassing the UK which they steadily built on their existing fan base. Soon after they headed back into the studio to record their debut EP, ‘Breaking Straight Lines’ with producer Jason Wilson (You Me At Six, Fightstar, We Are The Ocean, Reuben).

The band's aim was to capture the energy and intensity that is present in their live shows, by building on their melodic pop hooks, dovetailing guitar riffs into sweet grooves and setting it to a pulse pounding rhythm section. As Jamie Giarraputo (vocalist & lyricist) states, “We wanted to capture the enthusiasm and positivity that is the essence of the band, but also not shy away from writing a set of anthemic rock pop songs.”

Check out their official website here: http://www.brightlightcityofficial.co.uk/  Their new release 'Adventures' will be available from 15th May onwards via iTunes.

El Deyma

"All three members of this London based rock band have an international background. Flo has lived in Paris, New York and Prague and has played with some amazing artists such as Dan Daecon, Mick Quinn (Supergrass) and Turner Harrison (TiNG). Giulio comes from Treviso, Italy, and has toured in China, Bosnia and Austria as a guitarist with Giorgio Barbarotta Finally, Dan built his own drum-kit at the age of seven and went on to become a professional drummer. He recently recorded with The Afterwards at Abbey Road Studios with the collaboration of Bill Bayley.

Before moving to the UK, El Deyma’s first single, UFO, was selected to appear on the “Le Son du Transilien” disc (100.000 copies). They were elected best band at the Bus Palladium in Paris in 2012. Since their UK adventure started, they have played several festivals: ROX Music Festival, Forever Sun Festival, Brentwood Festival, London’s Brixton Splash, Suoni Di Marca (Italy) and some famous London venues, such as Proud Camden, Vibe Bar, The Church, Lock17, Camden Rock, Paradise…

After releasing “Bad Kiddo” with Matchbox Recordings and HisStory Records, they worked with international class members of the National Conservatory of Paris for their new single “Exclusive Try”, which was released in October 2014."

Check out their official website here: http://www.eldeyma.com/ (inc. a link to their new single available in iTunes).

Dead Pedestrians

Rock band from Brockley in London with Henry Roe (Drums), Pawel Adamek (Bass), Matt Harper (Guitar/Vocals).

Check out their Facebook Fan page here: https://www.facebook.com/deadpedestriansband

All band info and photos from band websites/Facebook pages.

Beatm4n Remix Collaboration! Single release brewing... "Spirit Like You"

When I first started my hand at producing electronic music, it was back in 2009 when I'd just moved to Ireland.  I'd bought an iMac and Ableton 8 Suite.  And when I wasn't playing with the camera that turns your face into weird shapes, I remember a few weekends that I spent from dawn until dusk sat in front of the computer all day drinking coffee and recording/mixing!

Back then I didn't know much about mixing - I was just trying 'make things sound nice' - but I guess thats what it comes down to in the end... lol One of the tracks I made those days was called 'Spirit Like You'.  I'm a little embarrassed when I listen to it now - but we've all got to start somewhere :D

Then when I was at music school last year, I met BeatM4n and he heard the song and instantly asked to remix it.  How could I possibly refuse?? ;-)  So now his remix is finished, sounding awesome and very 2015 and we're planning the single release!

As soon as there is news on the BeatM4n collaboration, I'll be posting it up here!

In the meantime, here's my original 2009 version of "Spirit Like You".

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Remix my song 'Purple Steeple' - for EP release later this year

One of the releases thats coming up for me this year is a remix EP of my track 'Purple Steeple' - which is going to be released via Groove Democracy Records.

Soo.. A shout out to producers/remixers/DJ's - there's still space on the EP for more remixes!

If you'd like to remix 'Purple Steeple' yourself, with a chance of it being included on the EP, send me an email to management@websheldon.com

Listen to the demo version below:

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Purple Steeple - Remix EP to be released via Groove Democracy Records

As you might know, I'm recording a bunch of songs at the moment ready for my first ever official release later in the year.  In addition to this though, I have some excellent news to share - I'm going to be releasing a remix EP of my song Purple Steeple via Groove Democracy records.  There'll be the original version plus a whole bunch of remixes by producers and friends that I've worked with in the past.

You can take a listen to some of the other releases available on Groove Democracy here:

Demo version of Purple Steeple:

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Deadmau5 - Some Chords [Dillon Francis Vs. Beatm4n Remix] - Free Download

One of the musicians I've been lucky to work with in London is Italian producer BeatM4n.  We collaborated on a new track of his last year and he's also done a couple of remixes for me too; one of them was a remix of a Bilamie song (Dead & Walking) which is on its way to being released soon and the other is an old song of mine called 'Spirit Like You'.

For now though, here's one of his remixes that is available for free download.

If you like what you hear, you can hire his Production/Mixing/Mastering skills by emailing him for a quote: beatm4n.official@gmail.com

Over and out!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

London Indie/Dance act: Kentish Fire - 'In Our Band' (Free download & Music Video)

Last week I spent some time remixing a track by London electronic/indie band Kentish Fire.  It's not available to listen yet as I've only just sent it to the band, but I wanted to post the original up here.

As soon as I heard the track, I wanted to remix it.  The vocals are what stood out most for me - great delivery by the lead singers - and clever lyrics too.  The story behind the song is talking about (either fact or fiction) that they used to be a cover band and in the third verse they use a whole bunch of song titles to complete the story of moving from covers band to an 'original music' band.  Love this idea.

We weren't there in the summer of '69
But we were living on a prayer, we were born to be wild
We would smell like teen spirit, we would drink red, red wine
We were wearing baggy trousers, we would stop...Anna time
On the stairway to heaven we would get our teenage kicks
We would rock an Abba medley and a Grease megamix
When we went under the bridge, we would do the Louis Louis
When we rode with Mustang Sally we would lick her tutti frutti
But these blue suede shoes gave us the summertime blues
We weren't the sultans of swing, we were just daytrippin'
We would get no satisfaction when we played My Generation
We were losing our religion, we had growing superstition
Never Johnny B. Goode, this was bad to the bone
So we just said  'Screw it all!
Show us the way to go home!' 

This song has that extra bit of sparkle that you're always hoping to hear when looking for new up and coming bands. And by that point, I hadn't even seen the video - it fits the song perfectly.

If you want to download 'In Our Band' for free, click on the Bandcamp link below.  I've also listed a few of their other websites as well...

Bandcamp: http://download.kentishfire.co.uk/
Official Website: http://www.kentishfire.co.uk/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KentishFire
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/kentishfire
Twitter: https://twitter.com/kentishfire

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Bilamie - Dead & Walking (WS Remix) - FREE DOWNLOAD!

From a project that started in 2013 and ended in January this year, the album of my electro/alt pop duo BILAMIE is almost upon us.

Whilst we're preparing the uploads and final details, here's a previously unreleased Bilamie song, remixed by myself.

The original version of Dead & Walking will be on the album - it was going to be our first single and we'd already got an *amazing* remix by the uber talented producer BeatM4n - I'll be posting this one up shortly after the album release.  Another remix for the single was the one below that I made late last year.

It's free download as well!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Priveyt - PL&PT (full album stream and download)

Here's the new album by my mate and hip hop artist from Madrid Priveyt! Recorded between 2009 and 2014 and featuring a whole bunch of interesting collaborations and producers.

You can download the individual tracks here:
Priveyt - PL&PT - Parties, lovers and political troubles

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

EP News: New Collaboration with Of Embla

I've gone a little bit quiet on the live scene at the moment. 2 reasons for this: first of all, I'm dedicating some time to finishing off my EP and secondly I'm saving some money.  I took a good break from work for the last 9 months (I work as an SAP Consultant) but once the EP is complete I'll be heading back to save up some pennies again ready for the next musical excursion.

More news on the EP though, as you know already I'm collaborating with Priveyt for at least one of the songs - he also has a new album out this week, I'll be posting an embedded link to this tomorrow.

And a new addition to the EP is a song I'll be working on with the Norwegian jazz/folk artist Of Embla.  The song is more similar to vein of my track 'Purple Steeple' with a dark Trip-Hop/World influence.

Of Embla

In the meantime, here's my favourite song by Of Embla. Get ready for jazzy, sensual gorgeousness.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Moving House

I may be a little quiet on the social media front at the moment - I'm moving house. Back to normal very soon though!

Tomorrow is a day of recording as I have some vocals to do for BeatM4n and an EP to work on and then Friday I'm getting ready for Saturday's gig at The Islington!

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/809080812509660/https://www.facebook.com/events/809080812509660/

See you soonly!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Playlist - February '15 (Electronic / Hip Hop)

Here's some of my favourite tracks from the last few weeks!

Click Play below and listen to the music whilst reading a little about the artists.

1. Clarence Clarity - Meadow Hopping, Traffic Stopping, Death Splash
London electronic musician.  This is a brilliant song - it's reminds me a little bit of Gorillaz but for 2015.
"a charming churn of psychedelics and sputtering electronic beats" (Stereogum)

Clarence Clarity

2. Rangleklods - Lost U
Danish electro-pop duo.  I'm mentioning mainly London artists here but this track is one of the exceptions because its too catchy.
"a bubbling dream-dance cut, encrusted with monolithic percussion and house hooks" (The Line Of Best Fit)

Rangleklods (www.oliver-ruskovic.net)

3. The Very Best - Hear Me (Feat. Vampire Weekend's Chris Baio)
An afro-western mix of dance, hip hop and pop.
A collaboration between London based DJ/production duo Radioclit and Esau Mwamwaya, a singer from Lilongwe, Malawi.
"a song about the corruption, poverty, struggle of Malawi, and how frustrated he [Esau] was about the fact that very little has changed since independence" (press release via Stereogum)

The Very Best (https://www.facebook.com/theverybest)

4. TĀLĀ - Alchemy
Underground Pop from London based Singer & Producer.
"Her hazy voice soars over the sparkling, skittering production that meld together to reach mesmerizing peaks. It’s a delicious morsel of the producer/singer’s incredible talent." (Pigeons and Planes)

TĀLĀ (http://www.dazeddigital.com)

5. Eyeshadows - Jump
Chilled Electro from this London duo.
"I am happy to report that it is damn perfect in every regard and even though we have a long year ahead of us – I am slating the yet to be unnamed EP as one of the top of 2015." (I Vacation In Your Hell)

Eyeshadows (https://www.facebook.com/eyeshadowsmusic)

6. Leks Rivers - When I'm High
Hip Hop from 20 year old London Singer & Producer.
"Unlike so many other new singers who meander around in this alt-R&B zone of cool production and lackluster songwriting, Leks brings a powerful spirit driven by big hooks, strong melodies, and no regard for the trend-following bullshit." (Pigeons and Planes)

Leks Rivers

7. Sme Blqck Kid - Fade Away
Hip hop artist from London. I was meant to play a gig with this guy a few weeks ago but we didn't get the chance unfortunately.  Make sure you listen to the lyrics on this track!

Sme Blqck Kid

8. Priveyt - What Goes Around
Bolivian reggae/urban artist based in London rapping about society, philosophy and the economy.
Love the late night vibe in this track! Also check out the video for his track Partytime here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7iWPEQC4AV0

Priveyt (https://www.facebook.com/priveytprojects)

9. sHef X Hipnotic Jazz X M.O.N.G.R.E.L. X Matthew Watson X Precinct Phantom - The Cypher [Alt version]
A collaboration by sHef, Hipnotic Jazz, M.O.N.G.R.E.L, Matthew Watson and Precinct Phantom. I know this track from Hipnotic Jazz's album Freedom To Fail - a leftfield blend of hip hop, jazz, soul and funk. Also check out his experimental electronic alias Hipnotech.

10. Kweku Collins - Lonely Lullabies
Chilled hip hop from Evanston (IL, United States) artist Kweku Collins (Kway Koo).
"Kweku Collins peaked out from behind the Internet’s infinite curtain towards the end of 2014 as a promising talent, a capable rapper and singer with a style that charmed, adolescent honesty delivered with vibrant sing-song rapping." (Pigeons and Planes)

Kweku Collins (http://pigeonsandplanes.com)

11. Marvel Alexander - Better Days
Hip hop artist from New Jersey.
"will likely go down as one of the best things you hear in 2015" (Hard In The Paint)

Marvel Alexander (https://www.facebook.com/MRVLALXNDR)

12. Flako - Kuku
A slight change of tempo for the last track...
Downtempo/Balearic artist based in London.
"The production is dense, with all manner of synth squelches resounding from the speakers. The percussion retains that latin American kick, except this is viewed from a hyper-modern vantage point." (Clash)
EP on Bandcamp: http://www.juno.co.uk/products/flako-kuku/546857-01/

Flako (https://www.facebook.com/natureboyposts)

Hope you enjoyed the Playlist as much as I did ;-)

I also make music myself, you can take a listen here: https://soundcloud.com/websheldon

Monday, February 23, 2015

Gig Preview: Empathy Test + Vivien Glass + DOLLS + Fauxplay @ The Islington, Fri 6th March.

I usually put together a quick post like this when I'm preparing for a gig I'm due to play...  I won't be playing this one, but I *will* be going to it because it's going to be a night of awesome electronic/synth music which I couldn't possibly miss.

Strangely enough, I'll be playing as part of another mainly electronic line up the following night, in the same venue with New Opera Hero, Crhøma and more: http://web-sheldon.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/gig-preview-tango-pirates-new-opera.html

Back to the gig on the 6th!

Click play below to listen to music from the bands playing on the night, whilst reading a little about each of them further down.

Tickets £5: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/149775

Empathy Test

"With an insistence on glorious hooks and instantly memorable vocal lines, Empathy Test are refreshingly unafraid to be pop music. soaring synthetic chords, precision beats, and jubilant 80s melodies — all coated in soft, irresistible melancholy — the London-based duo takes inspiration as much from modern acts like CHVRCHES and Purity Ring, as it does from Vangelis and Depeche Mode. But, instead of sounding like a mere update of 80s’ electro, Empathy Test produce a mesmerizing and immersive identity which sets them apart from pretty much everything else currently on the scene."

"Since self-releasing their début EP “Losing Touch” in February, Empathy Test have picked up thousands of fans via sheer word-of-mouth and late-night tweets, and collaborated with Richard Swarbrick on numerous viral animation videos for ESPN and Liverpool FC. Empathy Test signed to Brooklyn’s Stars & Letters Records in the spring of 2014, with their follow-up EP “Throwing Stones” released in December 9th, 2014. Three singles from the EP have premièred on CLASH Music, KCRW and Idolator."

Click here to visit the official website.

Empathy Test

Vivien Glass

"Vivien Glass is an Indietronic three-piece band, merging the elegance of synth driven electro, with modern primal pop."

"Born in 2010, Vivien Glass marries the aggression of industrial music with the elegance of synth driven 80’s electro. Inspired by the dark sound of Depeche Mode and the lyrical musings of such artists as PJ Harvey and Kate Bush, the masculine and feminine intertwine to form a sound which is both haunting and driven."

“Vivien Glass- Stark synthscapes with gently gothique leanings and a cool ambient aura fronted by the lovely ice maiden Ms Glass…John Foxx meets Marilyn Manson via This Mortal Coil…” (BugBear Productions)

Official Website / Visit Amazon to buy their debut album Awake, My Sleeper

Vivien Glass


"DOLLS was born in mid-2009 as the more offensive byproduct of a commercial pop career gone AWOL. Drawing her influence from Joy Division, Tears for Fears and Depeche Mode, DOLLS juxtaposes apocalyptic pop vocals with gritty lyricism, creating a uniquely dark synthpop signature.  Bored after penning and performing two mainstream hits for Warner Music (charting top 10/20 in national video/radio), DOLLS moved from Toronto, Canada to London, UK and relaunched her music career as an independent artist, releasing the self-produced SECRET SULK in January, 2013. DOLLS’ inimitable style has enchanted international artists of all descriptions (Salman Rushdie is a fan and Rough Trade‘s Carole Pope described SECRET SULK as “The Best Album Ever”) and she is, as ever, terribly sought after but difficult to pin down."

Click here to visit the official website.



"Fauxplay is producer and DJ, Doug McCourt. Doug started DJing and producing back in 1992, with seminal dance music producer Simon Noble (aka Rebound, Breeder & Maurice & Noble). Producing under many guises over the years, with releases as early as 1993 and support from the likes of Pete Tong (BBC Radio 1), Annie Mac (BBC Radio 1), Eddie Temple Morris (XFM), Sasha, Jon Digweed, James Sabiela and others, Doug has since gone on to produce tracks under the guise of Hassassins, Idiotek, Kenzo and Riot Radio (with Suicide Sports Club front man and DJ/Producer Luke Brancaccio), and his new project 'HAARP' (with producer and collaborator Paul Moloney).  Fauxplay has been holed up in the studio over the last couple of years producing a solo album project, and continues to release remixes and mashups for singers and DJs. Recently Fauxplay has teamed up with bitchpop queen 'Dolls' for a fusion of synth pop and electro beats - coming to a dance floor near you soon."

Click to visit the Fauxplay Soundcloud page and Facebook Fan page.


All quotes and info regarding the bands is taken from the band's Facebook Fan Pages.

Birthday Covers: Taylor Dayne

NEXT, in the series of Birthday Covers...

At my next gig on 7th March @ The Islington, it's Taylor Dayne's birthday and I'll be covering her first single from 1988, "Tell It To My Heart".  I remember I bought a double vinyl with this track on it when I was but a tiny childlike creature - it was called something like 'The Greatest Hits of 1988'.

I've no idea how popular this song is or how many people know it... but it got to number 3 in the UK and I've loved this for many years now so I can't wait to get composing a remix/cover for it.

Here's the track in its original synthy fantastically 80's glory (plus some very appropriate clothing, hairstyles and dance moves). Unfortunately I won't be covering these too haha

25th Feb UPDATE: So the song is ready now and it's going to be a mash up between me covering Taylor Dayne's 'Tell It To My Heart' with samples from Tori Amos' i i e e e and Missy Elliott's Get Ur Freak On.

Come down to the gig to hear it!

Taylor Dayne - Tell It To My Heart

Tori Amos - i i e e e

Missy Elliott - Get Ur Freak On

Join the Facebook events here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1545945535667799/?fref=ts (Web Sheldon)
https://www.facebook.com/events/809080812509660/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular (Crhøma)