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Original Funk/Fusion Music

Post by stonecoldbass » 26 Jul 2018, 15:06

Last month my band Pickpocket released our 2nd offering in the form of a 6 track EP called 'Permutations'. This is the follow up to our 2016 debut album 'Sojourn' and hopefully sees the band progressing stylistically and compositionally. As per the album, this EP was all self produced with the mixing and most of the tracking being performed by myself alongside the composing and arranging.
We were stoked to have a few special guests record solos on some of the tracks: Nils Landgren and Tom O'Grady. Nils is widely known in Europe for his 'Funk Unit' albums and is a monster of a trombone player, while Tom has been touring with Incognito and has his own amazing funk/fusion band called Resolution 88.
I decided to record a solo bass track on this EP as opposed to a bass solo on a track ;) 'The Croft' is dedicated to my Celtic roots and was recorded in one take on my Iceni Zoot Funkmeister Classic J. I also used my F Bass VF5, a 1975 Fender Jazz bass and my first ever axe: an Ibanez Musician. See if you can spot which is on which track ;)
Here are some videos from the launch as well as links to listen to the EP on Spotify, iTunes and Bandcamp.
Feedback and thoughts welcome, I hope you enjoy the music! :)

Spotify:


Bandcamp: https://pickpocketfunk.bandcamp.com/

Itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sojou ... app=itunes


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Re: Original Funk/Fusion Music

Post by BazzBass » 26 Jul 2018, 16:51

Oh yeah that is some nice groove you have going on.
Band sounds great, your bass playing is very smooth mate. Great recording job too, I only listened on a little boombox but I can clearly hear everyone.
Interested in your recording setup as I'm currently recording my band. What DAW, interface , mics etc.
Will give it a listen on better speakers later :)
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Re: Original Funk/Fusion Music

Post by stonecoldbass » 27 Jul 2018, 13:54

BazzBass wrote:
26 Jul 2018, 16:51
Oh yeah that is some nice groove you have going on.
Band sounds great, your bass playing is very smooth mate. Great recording job too, I only listened on a little boombox but I can clearly hear everyone.
Interested in your recording setup as I'm currently recording my band. What DAW, interface , mics etc.
Will give it a listen on better speakers later :)
Hey Bazzbass thanks for checking out the music, glad you liked what you heard! I can give you some info with regards to the record setup for what I did myself, we recorded horns and percussion at an outside studio.
Bass -> Demeter Tube Preamp -> Golden Age Pre73 -> Golden Age Comp 54 -> Golden Age EQ73 -> Focsurite Saffire Pro 26 -> Mac Mini running Logic Pro X
Drums were recorded in a rehearsal room in Spotswood with Miktek and Audix Microphones in various preamps via Behringer X32 into Mac Mini.
Guitars were recorded in my hallway with Audio Technica 2020 and sm57, but I also took a clean di and ran it through some amp modelling, namely Slate Audio Suffham amps and Waves GTR3
Keys were DI's into my Focusrite via a 4 channel BSS DI from the 80's
Mixing was done using mainly Waves Platinum and SSL bundle with some Steven Slate plugins and also the Vulfcomp from Goodhertz. I used a lot of the SSL plugs on the drums, Slate reverbs and delays, automation and some synth plugins to doible keyboard parts.
Hope this helps, let me know if you want anymore info!
PS how did it sound on your big speakers..?
Thanks
Craig
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Re: Original Funk/Fusion Music

Post by stonecoldbass » 15 Aug 2018, 13:54

Anyone else dig these vibes or am I barking up the wrong tree by posting this kind of stuff here...?
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Re: Original Funk/Fusion Music

Post by cleary » 15 Aug 2018, 15:34

stonecoldbass wrote:
15 Aug 2018, 13:54
Anyone else dig these vibes or am I barking up the wrong tree by posting this kind of stuff here...?
I do :)

Congrats on the 2nd album! I apologise, I just haven't had an opportunity to listen through it in a sitting, it's constantly only bits and pieces here and there, but I've enjoyed it (just trying to find time/opportunity to get my teeth into it).
The little feedback I can offer - overall it feels more confident (and this isn't directed at your playing specifically, but overall). To clarify, Sojourn had a feel on a few tracks/solos where it felt ... very careful, for lack of a better description. Don't get me wrong, I love that album, and being careful worked - but sometimes that feeling became quite "present" in the track.
This one feels a lot more natural/relaxed/free flowing, which I love :)
The bass-ing on it is just great :D
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Re: Original Funk/Fusion Music

Post by narcdor » 16 Aug 2018, 09:57

I'm really digging it, feels more accomplished, more refined, like an evoultion from the first album. Well done!
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Re: Original Funk/Fusion Music

Post by stonecoldbass » 16 Aug 2018, 10:19

cleary wrote:
15 Aug 2018, 15:34
stonecoldbass wrote:
15 Aug 2018, 13:54
Anyone else dig these vibes or am I barking up the wrong tree by posting this kind of stuff here...?
I do :)

Congrats on the 2nd album! I apologise, I just haven't had an opportunity to listen through it in a sitting, it's constantly only bits and pieces here and there, but I've enjoyed it (just trying to find time/opportunity to get my teeth into it).
The little feedback I can offer - overall it feels more confident (and this isn't directed at your playing specifically, but overall). To clarify, Sojourn had a feel on a few tracks/solos where it felt ... very careful, for lack of a better description. Don't get me wrong, I love that album, and being careful worked - but sometimes that feeling became quite "present" in the track.
This one feels a lot more natural/relaxed/free flowing, which I love :)
The bass-ing on it is just great :D
Hey mate!
Thanks for the feedback, really appreciate your detailed musings as always and no need to apologise! I'm really glad that you feel this new release feels more confident than Sojourn, I think that's definitely down to having gigged more as a band and me knowing what our strengths are in terms of performance and writing accordingly. I wanted it to be an evolution from the first release and so I tried to compose tunes that were perhaps a little less 'orchestrated' but also more focused in their delivery.
Thanks for checking it out!
Craig
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Re: Original Funk/Fusion Music

Post by stonecoldbass » 16 Aug 2018, 10:22

narcdor wrote:
16 Aug 2018, 09:57
I'm really digging it, feels more accomplished, more refined, like an evoultion from the first album. Well done!
Hey thanks man! Exactly what I was hoping for :)
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