artists and a call to forward thinking mofo’s everywhere….
Posted: Mon Feb 27, 2017 6:29 pmby tunnelmental There are many ways forward and looking around the various places in this world that are trying to go forward, I see that. The only “real” way forward I see is to accept a certain responsibility to making change and by helping create a better world. I see some countries are even trying to test the principle of “universal basic income” and I salute that effort. The real problem I see is “the test” part of that, for an isolated test will only give one an isolated result. After all, it is a test that has the word “universal” in it and that should be what it does, test it universally. Slow progress is still progress, I suppose! The next sentence has struck me as sometimes funny and sometimes very sad; “there is nothing permanent in this world, yet people cling to the old ideas and are very reluctant to change.” It is this that makes me sad, the current “ruling elite” are using this reluctance (and a sight lot more) in order to keep their “status quo” running smoothly, thus allowing the old ways to continue the flow of wealth (not just money) in their direction. I often wonder what killed off the dinosaurs all those years ago? Did the larger predators get so greedy that their world became endemic? Here’s a good one, the only “constant” in life is “change.” Have we as a society lost all faith in our humanity? Not me, not yet, I believe we are able to positively advance mankind by being kind, caring and compassionate. Around the world there is much talk and some action; sadly the timing is (in my humble opinion) a little too late for the “old template” brigade preaching bloody revolutions. I believe that the current rulers of this world are not only well aware of those “hotheads in hotspots” they are pouring petrol on that fire and in some cases supplying the matches. So what do we as artists do? We really must do something, we have that fire inside that burns, that need to create, that desire to show the world our inner most being. Is that enough? Yes, in most cases, though not in all and I am one artist who is willing to show more of me than before. Are you ready? who cares, you are going to get it anyway. It is clear to me that we have been conditioned by fear, you may or may not agree but I believe that is true. I think we should face our fears, especially those that society has fed us. I acknowledge danger is real but most fear is manufactured. There are no real failures and the biggest lie, in that list of fears that has been fostered upon us is the “fear of failure.” That feeling in your gut that you are not worthy, that “little you”, who was deceived into believing you did not matter. I was told to “not get ideas above my station” by a careers teacher at school, be a good little worker like your Dad, accept your lowly birthright. What a load of bollocks. The opposite of fear of failure, depended upon my measurement of success. So, how do I measure success, you may ask. I will try and answer, though it may challenge many peoples idea of success…. I think being able to rely on each other in times of need, is a success. I think having food, shelter, healthcare and education is a success. I think standing up and being able to say whats on your mind is success. I think compassion and empathy for those that suffer is success. I see this forum for artists who challenge “the status quo” is success. Well now that I am successful, I will buy a villa on a nice island and retire….Oh, wait a minute….Some people don’t have food, shelter, healthcare and education. Bugger, now I have to make more music and art that helps raise awareness, I have to start shouting and screaming that “we all should have the basic requirements of food, shelter, healthcare and education.” This time I mean it man, everyone, yes even “them”…. and stop with the bullshit, we can afford it easily, it just takes a little shift towards kindness, caring and compassion. Okay, I will sell the imaginary villa and live basically, I will make music and art but I do have some demands….go to the start of this post for instructions. Round and round and round we go, where we stop, no-one knows…..
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Who are we at war with? Could it be that we are at war with our Masters? Are the “ruling elite” starting to get a little concerned? Will they try and distract us from our awakening? Anyone know the lottery winning numbers? Did you hear what that politician said? Did my team win? They are having a sale at the mall, have seen that new restaurant? Oh, look a cute kitten typing? Do you smell burning? Have you seen the crazy guy who is promoting peace and love? Are the door’s locked? That girl on X-factor can sing and they own her?
Q. Why put 18 tracks on one album? A. Because we can, does not truly answer it, though it’s true. We were writing, recording and releasing a single a month and we got ahead of ourselves, we were accumulating so many songs that we decided to catch up and consolidate. These 18 songs fit together.
Q. Why re-release some of the singles that are already out there? A. Because we added to the mix, re-mastered them for an album and they sound better but mostly so people can have the added value of buying an album that includes them. It’s cheaper to buy the whole album, than buy them individually. “A Few Are Souls” is good value, in many ways.
Q. Why is it important to release this album now? A. It’s important to us to put “A Few Are Souls” out now as our methodology is changing. This is in no way going to stop our output but will see us focus more on how we write, record and release our music. We are working from our constantly improving studio set up at “Orange Groove Studios” collaborating with guest musicians and singers. Also we are working on music for film and TV etc. The management side of our music is ramping up for us and we are happy about that, here is our website.
Q. Do you think “A Few Are Souls” is relevant in todays market? A. I believe that is covered in most of the lyrical content of the songs, yes it is relevant. The very idea of “today’s market” has had no real influence on why we write or record our music, aside from knowing that “market forces” are only really interested in profit. If an artist creates solely with that in mind, they are not being truthful as an artist, in my opinion.
Q. Do you consider the songs on the album dark? A. Yes, for the most part, they reflect what I observe. I am surprised more music does not do this, though I do understand it can be too dour for some. I do think however, it is overall a well balanced album. These are the times we live in. I do need to keep a sense of humor though, hence the wordplay.
If you have any more questions about “A Few Are Souls” please contact us, we like to hear from you.
I once rode a horse at Ascot in a big hurdle race, we finished third at 66/1, I think my Dad bet on her each way and made a few pounds. Not sure why I dreamt about it last night but I did, perhaps it was the mares name that sparked it, Perversity. Recently, I have been trying to find words that resonate with my self and my existence. Aside from the obvious like unorthodox, erratic, rebellious etc. Perversity seems very fitting.
To be transported in dreams is a strange feeling for me, especially if it is linked to my youthful past; I think I was 19 year old when I rode in that race. Oh, by the way I was also becoming very aware of the way a class system worked. I felt I could beat the system by being good at what I did. That joke has followed me all my life. One of my racing trainers described me best when he told me “I was either brave or brainless” of course at nineteen I thought the former when in reality it was the latter. I am meandering through this writing like a staggering drunk, sorry. I woke this morning after the dream of Perversity with the intention of listing the highlights of this almost past year of 2019.
Derek Pippert is brilliant. I just want to start with that simple statement because it’s the truth, he has worked on every single part of our music so meticulously and diligently he deserves the praise. He and I (Nigel) are music partners, we write, produce, remix, mix and master all our own work in our custom “Orange Groove Studios” in Pasadena. It is “my happy place” and we love it. Right back to 2019 and our musical accomplishments…. Firstly we continued our plan and kept recording new songs, they flowed out at such a rate we released almost one a month and have built up more than twice that that has yet to be released. We intend to put out the 18-track album in early 2020, it will be entitled “a few are souls” and we are currently mastering those eighteen beauties. During 2019 we also updated our website and started working with a British based Music manager called Gordon. He is taking care of “business” because Derek and I are not; we both admitted quite freely to each other we are not businessmen. Gordon is a good bloke and we are lucky to have him on our team. Here is a link to our new website. http://www.tunnelmental.com/t.e.a./index.html
One of the reasons and there are many, that Gordon came on board was a single that largely went un noticed that we put out on Mayday 2019 that featured JOY who wrote the lyrics and recorded her vocals for it when she was 11 years old. I love it but I am biased because Joy is my daughter, who is now 16 years old. Gordon loved it and Derek was truly genius on producing the song “We Can” here is a link to it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5xbVooId8c
Another highlight of 2019 was the brilliant and inventive remix that Tony Byker did for our single “Allegiance” he really did an amazing job. In his studio in Tokyo he re-imagined it and remixed it superbly. I even re-edited the music film for it, here is a link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oSx5f5EyT0 Please also support Tony Byker here. https://tonybyker.bandcamp.com/
So, in summing up. 2019 we wrote and recorded, mixed and mastered about 20 songs. It flowed out of us and we loved it. In a perfect world, working at our “Orange Groove Studios” would already be supporting our progress. As we wend our way into 2020 I have very high hopes that this will happen, most of my hope is in the hands of the aforementioned Gordon and his business plan. It will also rely on all of those that already know us, stepping up and telling everyone we exist. Please understand that we rely a lot on organic growth that comes from our current supporters, friends and relatives. So get busy please. Love and Peace. Nigel of tunnelmental.