New techie stuff, new song and a new EP?

Well after a good 10 years, Ive replaced my trust old condenser mic. No more static or poor recording quality, hooray!  The old one was a USB mic and I’ve gotten a bit cocky and bought an interface with this one so I can record mandolin (yey!) and guitars! The only problem is that it will probably take me another 10 years to figure out how to use it properly! Ha!  I’m not that tech savvy as you can probably tell!

When I start recording myself, time just seems to speed up and I can never find the perfect mix or sound and end up in a downward spiral at 4am. Not great if you’re working to a deadline or have to be up early the next day.  I’m not a morning person either by the way!

I feel like I’m turning a corner though, fingers crossed everything is falling in to place!

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Yesterday, I shared a new video of a new song called ‘Without Me’.  I wrote about the story from the perspective of the person who’s left behind.  It just seemed like a story thats hardly been told.  You can watch it here…

 

The last song ever to be recorded on my old mic!

If you’re a budding producer or tech wizard and have any tips, then please throw some advice my way! (If it sounds like I’m begging, I AM! I can use all the help I can get!)

Tomorrow, I’m off to York for one night to explore! But when I’m back, the first thing I’m going to do is re-record Yours and add some little extra bits and that will be the start of my next EP!  I think this time round, my sound will have changed and be more piano based but we’ll see, who knows what might come out in the process! Which of the new songs do you want to see on it? I’d love to know!

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Have a lovely Easter break everyone! Eat loads of chocolate and spend loads of time with the ones you love, its the only way to do it!

Thanks for reading,

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Katie Ellen x

Ps- Kacey Musgraves new album ‘Golden Hour’ came out today and it’s definitely going to be my Easter weekend obsession, superb!

Broken fingers, drunk co-writing and being a self sufficient artist.

I finally have a minute to update my story in a bit more detail!

So it’s been quite quiet online but in the real world I’ve been super busy writing music. There have been a few setbacks this year with a bad sinus infection and a a broken finger thrown in which meant I couldn’t play Guitar for a while either.

I’ve been doing some co-writing this year, something I’ve only done a couple of times in the past.

My friend and amazing musician Lillias asked me to help her finish a song she’d started. She already had 2 gorgeous verses written, we wrote the chorus together and the middle 8. The process was very different to how I usually write but we had a lovely session doing it. At the end, we both got a bit emotional over the lyrics and story behind it. I think everyone has a person in their history that they c any forget no matter how they try. Here’s the finished result…

I’m sure we will write together again soon. You can check out her other music here

https://m.facebook.com/Lillias-Hobson-929022420452454/

I also co-wrote a song with my friend Jordan (https://www.facebook.com/circlecasinoband/)

A totally different process and style! We started writing after a visit to the pub and a few beers. We recorded a video and it’s so funny and no I will not be sharing it! I love the chords Jordan writes with and the style we created! Here’s the end (sober) result…

I’d love to hear your thoughts on these two very different songs!

And of course I’ve been writing by myself but I have been trying to improve my recording and producing skills at the same time. It’s really important to be as self sufficient as possible in the current music industry, more than ever before.

About a week or two ago, I wrote a song called ‘Yours’ and had some ideas for how it should sound so I sat in my living room and recorded it.

I’m really happy with the result for maybe the first time ever when I’ve recorded myself.

The response when I put it out on my Facebook page was so great, and unexpected. But I’m so grateful that people connected with the song enough to contact me and tell me! Sometimes when you put something out there, it’s difficult to cut through the rest of the stuff on social media as well as the fact that Facebook doesn’t always show your posts to your audience. It can make you feel like giving up at times.

But now I’m rating to go with another EP, aiming for a summer release and exploring my genres and styles!

This song will most definitely be on it…

In the meantime, make sure you like my Facebook page

http://www.facebook.com/katieellensinger

And let me know when you see posts by sending me a comment or a message! I love reading them!

Thanks for reading!

Katie Ellen x

It’s been a while…

I know, I haven’t written on here for a while but I have been writing!

I’ve been writing a LOT actually but this is the first thing I’ve shared in a while.  Last night I decided to sit and record a new song that I wrote about a week ago, it feels like a special song to me. Just piano and voice (apologies for the quality of the voice recording, I definitely can’t put off buying a new condenser mic much longer!) and then I sat and decided to do a lyric video too!

 

The song is about an obsessive kind of love that draws you in and you know you will never escape it even when you want to.  I think everyone has experienced it, even if it isn’t in a romantic way.

 

What do you think? Let me know, I love hearing your thoughts and how my songs relate to your life and experiences!

Here is ‘Yours’.

 

Katie Ellen x