September 6, 2018

‘Virtue Signal’ by Steve Stroud

Virtue Signal by Steve Stroud

I finally got around to writing and recording a new original track which is titled ‘Virtue Signal’ by Steve Stroud.  It’s my first new solo song since I finished my solo album ‘Lavalamp‘ in 2017.

I had a piano riff in my head and based it around that. It was also a good opportunity to put to use a couple of new plugins I’d recently purchased.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Waves Abbey Road Reel ADT is a brilliant replica of the Automatic double tracker the Beatles first used in the 60’s. Great for analogue sounding chorus or flange effects.
The Universal Audio Galaxy tape echo is a psychedelic sounding old school tape echo / reverb unit that adds a bit of retro other-worldliness to your delays.

Anyway, I expereimented and wrote and recorded the song in a few hours one morning recently. It’s now on itunes, spotify etc, but I’ve put the link to my Bandcamp page below if you’s like a listen.

Let me know what you think?

You can hear the results here and don’t forget to get in touch here if you want me to work with you on your next project. CONTACT

Written by Steve Stroud ©2018
All vocals and instruments – Steve Stroud
Produced, Mixed and Mastered by Steve Stroud
Recorded and Produced at Big Cloud Productions in Liverpool
www.bigcloudproductions.com

 

September 6, 2018

‘Our Whingy Gayle’ by David Barker

Our Whingy Gayle

Had a great time recording the original song ‘Our Whingy Gayle’ by David Barker , the Jack Russell music recording artist this month. He brought the wine and his music all the way from France to come and record here, so he’s a little bit like Dionysus in my book.

Dave wanted a 6o’s vibe on the song and after tracking his vocals and a guide guitar, he left me to my own devices to add the other instruments. I’m pleased to say David is very happy with the results and is planing to release it as a single on vinyl.

Dave also mentioned he wants to come back later on in the year to record a full original album with me, so that’s something to look forward to.

You can hear the results here and don’t forget to get in touch here if you want me to work with you on your next project. CONTACT

Written by David Barker ©2018
Lead Vocals – David Barker
Backing vocals and all instruments – Steve Stroud
Produced, Mixed and Mastered by Steve Stroud
Recorded and Produced at Big Cloud Productions in Liverpool
www.bigcloudproductions.com

March 20, 2016

Song Production : Needle Change X by Tincture O feat. Lisa Von H

Liverpool singer/songwriter Tim O’Neill came into the studio recently to work on a new project.  He wanted to record a new song he’d written and produce a music video for it also. I’ve done some video work last summer on the big cloud podcast, so I was happy to give it a go.

We recorded the song first. A fantastic, textured track which lyrically spoke about the greed of the western political systems. The track was rich, but seemingly open to a lot of experimentation. Tim already had the basic song, chords, lyrics and melody written before he came into the studio, but he wanted me to create some kind of intro and coda to help frame the track.

I recorded some vocal lines, reversed them, then looped them over the radio static and the specific audio samples that Tim had already suggested.

I then added guitars, pianos, synths, bass and drums before writing and arranging a string and brass part which I then reversed on the breakdown at the end of the choruses.

Tim also had the great idea of accentuating the verse with dramatic stabs of strings. I added an overdriven guitar to these parts too.

Once the song was almost complete, Tim decided he’d like to have some female vocals on there too. There’s really nobody better than Lisa Von H for this and we were both really pleased when she agreed to contribute a vocal to the project. She even graciously agreed to send us some footage for the video that was still yet to be made.

It goes without saying she did an amazing job as always. Her previous work with us on another one of Tim’s songs ‘Honey’s Dead’ remains one of my favourite production moments.

Once the track was complete, we recorded some footage of Tim in the studio for the video and he also recorded some himself at home. That, along with Lisa’s footage and some visual samples Tim suggested made up the bulk of the Video. I just added the old, black and white footage, the eye shot and then pieced it all together.

Tim graciously offered me a co writing credit due to the work I did on the intro and the outro and the rest of the song, I really appreciated it, but I must say the bulk of the song was already written before I even touched it, so it was very generous of him.

Finally he wanted to call the project ‘Tincture O’ rather than release it as a Tim O’ Neill solo record as I think he felt it was a more collaborative project, with Lisa and Myself’s input.

So here is the finished video and song. Please let us know if you enjoyed it and get in touch if you would like to be a part of a similar project.

 

‘Needle Change X’ by Tincture O feat. Lisa Von H

Written by Tim O’Neill / Steve Stroud ©2016

Lead Vocals / Electric and Acoustic Guitar / Audio Samples – Tim O’Neill

Lead Vocals – Lisa Von H

Acoustic Guitars / Electric Guitars / Bass Guitar / Piano / Synths / Organ
Drum Programming / String and Brass Arrangements / Backing Vocals – Steve Stroud

Produced / Mixed / Mastered – Steve Stroud

Here is the audio only version.

Visit Tim O’Neill’s website to discover more genius stuff
http://buoyantsmokeorange.co.uk/

Visit Lisa’s pages to hear lots more brilliant music from this prolific artist
https://soundcloud.com/lisavonh
https://twitter.com/LittleLost_Soul
https://www.facebook.com/LisaVonH

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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

 

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