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How To Almost Make It

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

How To Almost Make It

Almost exactly ten years ago, I happened to answer the phone in my parents’ kitchen, and, much to my surprise, the caller asked to speak to Mr Fogg. It was Louise Kattenhorn from BBC Radio 1 telling me that Rob Da Bank was going to play my first self-released single that night, and asking if I would be willing to record a short interview. That phone call set me off on an adventure that has seen me perform live in 13 countries and on radio and television; open a pop-up shop; work with million-selling record producers, an Oscar-nominated Hollywood filmmaker and a royal harpist; take over Trafalgar Square for for a one-shot music video; start my own record label; and contribute to ground-breaking releases by Thom Yorke and Imogen Heap using BitTorrent and blockchain respectively.

In the weeks before my last album, Youth, was released, I wrote a book about what it is really like to be a musician on the lower rungs of the music industry, based on those ten years of experience: working with people who are made of equal parts creativity and chaos; navigating the murky waters of the major label system; travelling to contrasting worlds of Hollywood’s glitz and Eastern Europe’s DIY music scene; narrowly avoiding a tabloid scandal involving the royal family; and trying to implement huge ideas on a tiny budget. I snuck it onto Amazon last year, but never told anybody about it.

The book is called HOW TO ALMOST MAKE IT and is available now in paperback from almost any online bookstore. I hope that by passing on my learning from the front line of the music industry I can help people younger and more talented than me avoid making the same mistakes that I did. And, hey, maybe it will also be entertaining.

Purchase links:

Amazon UK

Amazon US

The music video for “Youth” is here

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Song premiere: No House For These Thoughts

Friday, August 28th, 2015

Yesterday 45 unelected men and women became new members of the House of Lords. These people – selected at the whim of the Prime Minister – will now vote on the laws of the United Kingdom until they die or retire, without having to bother themselves with the dirty business of elections. That we still have an unelected second chamber is indefensible for a modern democracy and hypocritical for a country that advocates democracy around the world.

Among the 826 peers that now sit in the House of Lords are 26 Church of England bishops – the Lords Spiritual – who describe their presence in the House of Lords as an “extension of their general vocation as bishops to preach God’s word”. The idea that preaching God’s word is an acceptable or desirable activity in a modern parliamentary institution beggars belief. Not least when unelected bishops are arguing and voting against motions that have a majority of support among elected representatives in the House of Commons, such as legislation to allow same-sex marriage.

No House For These Thoughts is a song about those bishops.

Youth – Out Now!

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

It’s finally here! Youth – the product of two years’ worth of blood, sweat and tears – is out now on CD and digital download.

It may not be a record that anybody in the music industry or media was clamouring for, but it is the album I have always wanted to make and in my humble opinion the best set of songs I have ever written. I hope you like it.

Click here to buy on iTunes

Click here to buy on Amazon

 

I hope you like it

 

– Fogg

Youth: Album Pre-order

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

It’s getting closer!

Youth has started to pop up for pre-order on CD, for delivery on June 6th.

Below is a list of the stores that have it available at the time of publishing this post. It is by no means exhaustive. I will aim to update it as more links come in. In the meantime, your local record store – wherever you are in the world – will be able to order it from the distributor if you ask them nicely.

UK

Rough Trade

Amazon

USA

Amazon

Collector’s Choice

Japan

Rakuten

HMV

Amazon

France

Fnac

Germany

Saturn

Italy

Discoteca Laziale

Canada

Amazon

Denmark

iMusic

Norway

iMusic

Time To Ascend Music Video

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

I’m excited to announce the video for Time To Ascend. It was brought to life from a story idea of mine by the beautiful illustration and animation of Gustavo Wenzel. Watch below!

Brighton Festival

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

Since Youth is a new kind of record for me, I wanted to do a different kind of live show. So I’m excited to announce that I will be performing for five nights at this year’s Brighton Fringe Festival from 6 to 10 May. I have chosen a cosy venue that I think will be perfect for the intimacy of the album and I hope to bring it to life with live strings, just as on the record. Tickets are now available from the Brighton Fringe Box Office. I hope you can join me! MR FOGG - YOUTH - BRIGHTON FESTIVAL - ONLINE FLYER