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Time To Ascend

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

After far too many weeks, months and even years I am thrilled, nervous and excited to be able to bring you the first song from my new album.

Perhaps more than any of my previous records, this album is a labour of love,  carried out stubbornly in chilly churches and farm buildings and written hunched over the same piano that I used to write my first melodies as a child more than twenty five years ago.

Much of the content of the album is deeply personal – written as it was in the months following the sudden death of my father in 2012 – but as always I can’t resist pushing it out towards the splinter of light in the doorway and letting it communicate with the world.

This song is called Time To Ascend and is the sound of the return of hope and optimism after a period of scrabbling around in the darkness.

You can read Clash Magazine‘s premiere of the track (they reckon it is “joyous…incredibly emotive”) by clicking here, or simply press play below to hear what I have been up to all this time. I hope you like it. The album is called Youth.

NME Interview

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

I am interviewed in the Jan 10th issue of NME talking about my work for Thom Yorke and Radiohead – and trying my best to give nothing away!

NME Jan 10th

Free Download : Micachu Remix

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Many of you will be familiar with Mica Levi aka Micachu’s score for the Jonathan Glazer/Scarlett Johansson movie Under The Skin. Well, seven years ago – two years before her first album came out – Mica did a remix of my original 7-inch demo of Seciov which never ended up being released for one reason or another.

I re-discovered it last week in a pile of old hard drives and thought I would make it available to download as a kind of Christmas bribe to you to hold on a bit longer for the new album. It’s a fascinating document of the kind of restless sonic experimentation that Micachu was up to early in her career – not for the faint-hearted!

Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Thom Yorke : Tomorrow's Modern Boxes

You may have noticed a number of articles in the media recently speculating about the people who were involved in Thom Yorke’s BitTorrent experiment. My ‘real’ name has come up in one or two of these articles, so…

If you’ve been following Mr Fogg for a while you will know that I have always been curious about new ways of doing things.

Like many musicians, one of the things I have spent a lot of time thinking about over the last few years is the massive impact that digital technology has had on the incomes of musicians, labels and publishers. I have no intention of rehearsing arguments that you have heard elsewhere, but one of the great frustrations for an independent artist is the lack of influence that you have over deals made higher up the food chain.

A couple of years ago I made the decision to try and do something about this instead of just shouting from the sidelines. My first step was to learn more about the world of business, which I did by applying for the MBA program at Oxford University. Starting in September 2013, I spent an amazing twelve months learning mind-bending concepts from finance, economics and strategy and mixing with people who couldn’t be further removed from the world of Mr Fogg – investment bankers, management consultants, accountants, social entrepreneurs and even a NASA flight controller.

My first chance to see whether I could apply any of this to digital music came in February this year when I was asked to work on an extremely secretive project for Thom Yorke: the first commercial release of an album via BitTorrent. I have been a huge Radiohead fan ever since I heard Karma Police on the school bus in 1997 and had written to the band’s management “offering brainpower”. I ended up spending four months working on user experience, media strategy and economic analysis for the BitTorrent concept. You may know that the album – called “Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes” – was eventually released on September 26th and has seen almost five million downloads.

Working on Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes was an amazing experience, not just for the pure adrenaline rush of being on the inside of such a big musical event but also because it really rammed home for me that the opportunities to exploit digital technology for the benefit of musicians and labels go far beyond downloads and streaming. Both are crucial parts of the mix, but I am now full of new ideas about what else might be possible. The next step is trying to turn those ideas into reality.

I’m writing a book

Sunday, October 5th, 2014

This is what I’ve been working on while I go through the machinations of preparing the new record for release:

I'm writing a book

Are You Listening? Festival – April 27th

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

I’m very pleased to announce that I will be playing at the first Are You Listening? Festival on April 27th in aid of Mencap, which features 50 acts across 7 venues.  I will be playing at 10pm at RISC.

For tickets and more details please visit Facebook.com/AYLFestival

Watch : Headlock

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013