love and peace are our weapons

snippets, that’s a funny word….


waiting here for you cover art

waiting here for you back cover art

The album “waiting here for you” by “tunnelmental” will be available everywhere May 26th 2017.

Here are some snippets…..


apologies and reality checks…


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It is with deep regret that we have to cancel our scheduled May/June visit to the UK.

Our aim was to play at Alice’s Wicked Tea Party and we are very disappointed that both funding and scheduling cannot allow us to be part of what we believe to be a brilliant festival. Our plan for an early spring release of the album “waiting here for you” has been pushed back to 26th May 2017. We offer our sincere apologies.

Nigel and Derek of tunnelmental.

a sense of his story…”barely holding on”

ave a proper gander…see what really happened…how will you find truth…when his story lies…

If we have any potential for progress at all as humans experiencing our lives, it can only be fully achieved if we seek our own truth. We must take individual responsibility in order to make collective progress. Freedom of choice relies heavily on our “beliefs” and our education. All our beliefs are based on our daily conditioning. Since the advent of the spoken word it has been very obvious that lies can shape our lives. The outright lies are now more of a smokescreen used for distraction and deception; whilst a buffoon lies and distracts, the real villains move freely in for the kill. Let’s assume you already know that politicians lie, I really don’t need to expand on that do I? What if they always did, all the time, believing some of their lies were truths. We are back to “beliefs” again. So I gaze through history, most of the time an event is listed with the date and a name but what makes it truth? You do, yes you. Sure that event happened on the date written on the page but what really shaped that event and also did it really happen at all, so many questions unanswered. Every split second of every day history gets made and then gets distorted by his story. The longer we live within a belief system the more it gets compounded and distorted. The sheer weight of history is crushing our truth today, yet we continue to follow the lies and distortions, we let his story become our reality.

Where is the truth and how do we find it? I tried to find it in philosophy, it helped me understand what truth is. I tried to find it in religion, it showed me an idea of truth. I searched high and low, I even studied the psychology of truth, which showed me how fragile our truth really is. I delved deeper into more mystic paths and they shed a light on what we call truth. I eventually started letting go of finding what truth is and found it. It was with me all the time, the truth is mine and mine alone. Is it all an illusion, everything we see, hear, smell, taste and touch, is it fake? Could it be an ever changing pulse, a mirage created by each and everyone of us. Probably.

So, who do we trust? I can answer this for me and me alone. I trust my instinct, my intuition, my inner moral compass. I have no idea what I am doing, most of the time. I am exploring the outer reaches of our galaxy on the inside, somewhere between my brain and my heart, somewhere clearly undefined by science. Talking of undefined, when did my moral compass get set? When did I start using a bullshit detector? Why do I exist? How small do I have to be in order to be everything? I can only start this explanation of what I am if i know who I am and I can only know who I am if I let go of what I was and accept I may never really find out. Sounds like gobbledygook nonsense to me, lets turn on the bullshit detector and find out….

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Just as I thought, its bullshit. Wait a minute….who calibrated this detector? Hmm, I did! Was I using my intuition? Yup, sure was. Wait up, how did I get that intuitive feeling? Yup, I learned it from my experience. Is my narrow human perception truly able to decide what is real and what is bullshit? Nope. One step forward two steps back. That was fun for a bit, now its old and I’m bored with it. Faulty machine anyway.

“In my humble opinion” what a strange and ridiculous statement that is, it so undervalues my opinion, my belief, my take on what comes next. Am I able to make a value judgement? Am I to trust my meandering thoughts? Are my thoughts, values and judgements any better or worse than the next man? “In my experience” I believe many wild and brilliant things are possible. Even now after approximately 200,000 years of humans being on this earth, I still believe we can choose to change our current course, move towards a greater understanding of ourselves and fulfill our full potential as kind, loving, caring beings.

I no longer believe I am on a journey, I no longer believe that someone will come and save me, I no longer believe I am merely flesh and blood, I no longer believe I am a victim of circumstance, I no longer believe I have a destiny or destination. I do believe I am a man having a human experience as Nigel Roland Mitchell and everything is possible. That being said, I will not follow fools. I will lead by example and be kind, caring and considerate.

I will re-write his story as my story and make it musical and entertaining.

This is a good start point….

pre-release “barely holding on” single.

itunes pre-release of “barely holding on”

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I want to share something special…


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I did not and still do not know.

Moby remixed by tunnelmental

We actually enjoy remixing, we get to put our spin on someone else’s music…moby remix (you wanted more) art best.jpg

Dangerous Minds Article


and there are Monsters…


Do I choose too much? Is there really too much to choose from? Is choice free? How “conditioned” am I?  I firmly believe in freedom of choice but one must truly look at what we choose from. Is it unlimited? Is it truly free? I have answered these questions of myself and have found so many anomalies, mostly based on my “conditioning” or in other words, my life experience. So much so that I have chosen to try and circumvent that conditioning and look at my basic needs and wants. Now I start to question my questions, now I stop looking around me, now I forget my past, now I forget myself. Now I can start….


It always comes back to this basic question, this is the only one that is important, this is the question that we all must ask ourselves.





There is another way.

I make music with my mate Derek as tunnelmental, I love what we make, I believe I have found another way of being.


I believe that there are many alternatives to the way the world currently works, I believe if you have the will and resolve you can do what you love and through that work you can thrive. It’s sort of true that I have used music as a survival tool in a system of control’s that I see is strangling all the goodness in the world. That was a reactionary start and was pretty punk rock, I was screaming at the system and standing on the outside looking for someone to blame. I can now see the limitation’s of that stance. I still get sad and angry at the greedy oppressors and I still use that anger as a catalyst for my ranting’s. It’s only now that I can also see another way, a way forward that works for me, an inclusive and surprisingly easy way. It is simply this, I will only be creative, I will only put my 100% effort into being creative. I will not look towards destruction as a means to progress. I will try and make every part of my human existence a creative process. Sure, I will slip and fall from time to time but now I will forgive myself. I will, whenever possible, help others and I will try to light a candle instead of cursing the darkness. To this brilliant and abundant earth from which I came and into which I will eventually go, I will honour you as my Mother and live a full and creative life as a human being. I will never stop growing, for I have found another way.

Right, now that’s off my chest and out in the world. Here is a bit of what I am talking about, the result of some of that creativity…

some singles from tunnelmental

tunnelmental, an update….

me n derek gotbiff crop.jpgDerek and Nigel are “tunnelmental”                                                     Photo credit: Paul Beahan.

We’ve been very busy in our “orange groove studio” just finished new remixes for Moby. We will keep you posted on those real soon.

We are releasing a single on the first Friday of February, entitled “awake me” There will be a music film we made for it coming soon also. The music film was directed and edited by Mitch Steele.

Here is a picture of what the cover will look like for the single.


We are working on art for the album entitled “waiting here for you” ten songs that will be released in the early spring 2017.

This will probably be the front cover art.

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Keep your eyes and ears open for “tunnelmental” and “waiting here for you” 2017 is shaping up to be a very interesting year…..

Get this song now. All proceeds will go to cancer research.

Get this song now. All proceeds will go to cancer research.