January 2, 2016

Song Production: ‘Basecamp’ by Steve Stroud

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I’ve been meaning to record the follow up to  my last solo album (2014’s ‘Hot Pink Flamingos‘) for AGES. I’ve just been so busy recording and producing everyone elses great songs I haven’t got round to it until now.
I’ve wrote about 20 new songs and done basic demos for nearly all of them, but just need to produce the finished tracks.

I think the album is going to be called ‘Lavalamp’ and I have a rough sketch of an album cover already done.

I had a couple of free days, so thought I might as well treat myself to some studiotime. I had the intention of going in and recording the title song ‘Lavalamp’ again (I’ve already done a basic demo), but as I sat there drinking my coffee, I started playing the two note riff that starts this new song.

Within 20 minutes the song was written, so I thought I might as well record it instead of Lavalamp. So here you go!

The new Album, (Lavalamp), I think I’m going to just release track by track. So the album is there now in Bandcamp, with just the track in it. When I record the next track (probably the title song) I’ll add that to the album too. Saves waiting 6 months for me to record all the songs.

Let me know if you like it.

Written by Steve Stroud © 2016

Acoustic Guitar: Gibson J-45
Electric Guitar: PRS S2 Semi Hollow Custom 22
Bass Guitar: Gibson EB14
Piano: Steinberg The Grand 3 with Flange
Synths and Arps: Steinberg Retrologue 2
Drums and Percussion: Fxpansion BFD3
Vocals: Neumann TLM 103 through PRE 73 MK II

All instruments and vocals by Steve Stroud

Produced, Arranged and Mastered by Steve Stroud using Steinberg Cubase 8.5 Pro at Big Cloud Productions Jan 2016

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December 18, 2015

Song Production : ‘More to Me’ by John Daniel Prosser

Song Production : ‘More to Me’ by John Daniel Prosser

We had a really enjoyable recording session with John Daniel Prosser this week.  I’ve known John ever since we gigged together years ago in Liverpool when he was in Lyons and Tigers and I was pursuing Solo material.
Johns always been an amazing songwriter and also a fantastic live musician. Added to that, he’s a really funny, genuinely nice guy who’s great to have around the studio, Made the session really fun.  Working with someone as talented as John made the project run very smooth and we were all done very quickly which was great.

More To Me is one of two songs we recorded together,  (The other being ‘Ghostship’) John had the songs completely written before he came in, and he played all the instruments. I just had to produce it. What an amazing  track, a great arrangement too, I really love it.

Here is my mix of the finished version, let me know what you think?

‘More To Me’ by John Daniel Prosser

Written by John Daniel Prosser (C)2015

Vocals / Acoustic Guitar / Bass / Drums – John Daniel Prosser

Engineered / Produced / Mastered – Steve Stroud @ Big Cloud Productions

p.s Follow John on Soundcloud and Twitter

 

December 18, 2015

Song Production : ‘Ghostship’ by John Daniel Prosser

Song Production : ‘Ghostship’ by John Daniel Prosser

We had a really enjoyable recording session with John Daniel Prosser this week.  I’ve known John ever since we gigged together years ago in Liverpool when he was in Lyons and Tigers and I was pursuing Solo material.
Johns always been an amazing songwriter and also a fantastic live musician. Added to that, he’s a really funny, genuinely nice guy who’s great to have around the studio, Made the session really fun.  Working with someone as talented as John made the project run very smooth and we were all done very quickly which was great.

Ghostship is one of two songs we recorded together, (The other being ‘More To Me’ )  John had the songs completely written before he came in, and he played all the instruments. I just had to produce it. What a fun, well written song, brilliantly played and a great arrangement too, I love it.

Here is my mix of the finished version, let me know what you think?

‘Ghostship’ by John Daniel Prosser

Written by John Daniel Prosser (C)2015

Vocals / Acoustic Guitar / Bass / Keys / Drum Programming – John Daniel Prosser

Engineered / Produced / Mastered – Steve Stroud @ Big Cloud Productions

p.s Follow John on Soundcloud and Twitter

November 11, 2015

Live Recordings : The Skin Imps

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TV Theme Tune Rock Gods ‘The Skin Imps’ visited Big Cloud and recorded their set including their mash up The Fresh Prince of Grange Hill and Monkey Magic during a live session at Big Cloud Productions in Liverpool on 11.10.2015

 

November 10, 2015

Liverpool Ghost Mates Halloween Podcast 2015

‘Liverpool Ghost Mates’ ‘Hallowe’en Podcast 2015 is a new collection of real life experiences and EVP experiments from the dedicated team at LMG who continue to offer much needed support and guidance to all those in the Liverpool area affected by the supernatural.

If you’d like to listen to the Audio only version you can hear this here

If you’d like a podcast making for you, please get in touch HERE

November 10, 2015

Custom Backing Track : ‘Counting Sheep’ by SAFIA

I was recently approached by a client in Australia to produce a Custom Backing Track for her of the stripped down version of the excellent Led Zepplin flavoured SAFIA track ‘Counting Sheep’ . She wanted a copy of the version they played on the ‘Triple J’ radio show in Australia.

This is a kind of obscure track and version of the song, not the kind of backing track you can just download from any old website, so having a service like Big Cloud who will make you your own bespoke track anyway you want it can be invaluable to clients. Check out our Backing Track page HERE

Here is the first mix of our studio version Produced by Steve Stroud @ Big Cloud Productions.

Custom Backing Track : ‘Counting Sheep’ by SAFIA

Written by Ben Woolner-Kirkham, Michael Bell & Harry Sayers of SAFIA (C)2015

Piano / Electric Guitar
Engineered / Produced / Mastered – Steve Stroud @ Big Cloud Productions

 

If you’d like a track making for you, please get in touch HERE

November 10, 2015

Song Production : ‘Burn’ by Tim O’Neill

Another fantastic solo track by Tim O’Neill.  We’ve worked a lot together now and Tim is obviously one of my favourite singer songwriters, I’m not just talking about local songwriters, but songwriters in general. I really think he’s very talented. He brings a real depth and clarity to his songs, which are always expertly crafted and the lyrics are always first class. It’s a pleasure to work with an unsigned songwriter like Tim and help him bring his music to life.

Here is the first mix of our studio version Produced by Steve Stroud @ Big Cloud Productions.

The song credits are as follows.

Song Production : ‘Burn’ by Tim O’Neill

‘Burn’ by Tim O’Neill

Written by Tim O’Neill (C)2015

Lead Vocals / Acoustic Guitar – Tim O’Neill

Acoustic Guitars / Electric Guitars / Bass Guitar / Piano
Drum Programming / String and Brass Arrangements / Backing Vocals – Steve Stroud @ Big Cloud Production
Engineered / Produced / Mastered – Steve Stroud @ Big Cloud Productions

 

September 15, 2015

Song Production : ‘Paint On My Toes’ by Harry Bowness

Fantastic first solo recording by Harry Bowness. First heard on The Big Cloud Podcast EP1, Seventeen year old Harry came back to Big Cloud Productions in Liverpool to record his brilliant Studio Version.

Here is the finished Big Cloud Productions version Produced by Steve Stroud.

 

The song credits are as follows.

Song Production : ‘Paint On My Toes’ by Harry Bowness

‘Paint On My Toes’ Written by Harry Bowness (C)2015

Lead Vocals / Acoustic Guitar – Harry Bowness

Acoustic Guitar / Slide Guitar / Bass Guitar / Harmonica
Drum Programming / String Arrangements – Steve Stroud @ Big Cloud Productions

Engineered / Produced / Mastered – Steve Stroud @ Big Cloud Productions

 

See the Original version as played on The Big Cloud Podcast EP1 here

September 5, 2015

The Big Cloud Podcast (EP7) Alun Parry

Episode Seven of The Big Cloud Podcast features 5 fantastic live performances of original songs by the amazingly creative and active Liverpudlian singer/songwriter Alun Parry. We also have a wonderful chat where me and Alun discuss his activism, politics, Jeremy Corbyn, Ian Prowse covering his songs and his musical heroes like Woody Guthrie and Pete Townsend. We even have time for a quick footy chat about AFC Liverpool.

You can also stream, subscribe and listen to a free version of each podcast on iTunes,

Soundcloud  as well as watching a full HD version of the podcast on our YouTube Channel or our Website.

The Big Cloud Podcast (EP7) Alun Parry can now be enjoyed here

 

If you just want to listen to the audio, you can do that here too.

I really enjoyed meeting Alun and talking about his activism, his politics and his approach to songwriting and obviously, hearing his brilliant music. We had a great chat and Alun performed 5 brilliant original songs. Please listen, like, share etc. Alun’s music and campaigning deserves all the exposure in the world x

Check out Alun’s music on his website http://www.parrysongs.co.uk/ and his Soundcloud page https://soundcloud.com/alunparry

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August 19, 2015

The Big Cloud Podcast (EP6) Kevin J Eustace

Episode Six of The Big Cloud Podcast features 5 fantastic live performances of original songs by the brilliant Liverpudlian singer/songwriter Kevin J Eustace. We also have a refreshingly honest interview were Kevin discusses his feelings about certain aspects of the local music scene, Frank Hedges and the Lomax, The Dapper Overture and his interest in the Supernatural.

You can also stream, subscribe and listen to a free version of each podcast on iTunes,
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-big-cloud-podcast/id1019285694
Soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/big-cloud-productions/sets/the-big-cloud-podcast as well as watching a full HD version of the podcast on our YouTube Channel or our Website.

The Big Cloud Podcast (EP6) Kevin J Eustace  can now be enjoyed here

If you just want to listen to the audio, you can do that here too.

I really enjoyed meeting Kevin and talking about his approach to songwriting and hearing his brilliant music. We had a great interview and Kevin plays 5 brilliant original songs and I think this is yet again, another great show to listen to. Please listen, like, share etc. Kevin’s music obviously deserves the exposure x

Check out Kevin’s music on his Soundcloud page https://soundcloud.com/kevinjeustace

 

If you’re interested in The Big Cloud Podcast, bookmark our podcast page here.

https://www.bigcloudproductions.com/the-big-cloud-podcast/

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