Defy Designs http://defydesigns.co.uk Tue, 15 Mar 2016 11:28:24 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 Some thoughts on band etiquette… http://defydesigns.co.uk/some-thoughts-on-band-etiquette/ http://defydesigns.co.uk/some-thoughts-on-band-etiquette/#respond Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:27:29 +0000 http://defydesigns.co.uk/?p=471 (Caution, I don’t normally swear a lot in my writing, but I do here. Sorry in advance if it bothers you.) I’ve been in one band or another for well over 10 years. I’ve played in a 300 year old … Continue reading

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Some thoughts and advice on a life of sobriety! http://defydesigns.co.uk/some-thoughts-and-advice-on-a-life-of-sobriety/ http://defydesigns.co.uk/some-thoughts-and-advice-on-a-life-of-sobriety/#respond Tue, 05 Jan 2016 14:32:49 +0000 http://defydesigns.co.uk/?p=464 It’s that time of year again! Resolutions, hopeful goals, idealistic mantras…call it what you want. One of the most common statements made some time between Christmas and New Year is “I’m going to ease up on/quit alcohol for (add time … Continue reading

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Best Albums of 2015…in my humble opinion. http://defydesigns.co.uk/best-albums-of-2015-in-my-humble-opinion/ http://defydesigns.co.uk/best-albums-of-2015-in-my-humble-opinion/#respond Sun, 27 Dec 2015 18:33:14 +0000 http://defydesigns.co.uk/?p=460 This is coming in no particular order, as I doubt very much I could pick one over the others. 1. Murder by Death – Big Dark Love Murder by Death are easily one of my favourite bands in the whole world, they haven’t recorded a bad album, … Continue reading

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STOLEN: Fender Jaguar Baritone, Squire Jazz Bass and Squire Bronco. http://defydesigns.co.uk/stolen-fender-jaguar-baritone-squire-jazz-bass-and-squire-bronco/ http://defydesigns.co.uk/stolen-fender-jaguar-baritone-squire-jazz-bass-and-squire-bronco/#comments Thu, 19 Nov 2015 23:31:33 +0000 http://defydesigns.co.uk/?p=448 I woke up on the morning of the 19th of November to a text message from my bandmate that our studio space had been broken into and three of our instruments were stolen. This is not the kind of news … Continue reading

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Suicide awareness week/month/forever… http://defydesigns.co.uk/suicide-awareness-weekmonthforever/ http://defydesigns.co.uk/suicide-awareness-weekmonthforever/#comments Tue, 22 Sep 2015 22:49:08 +0000 http://defydesigns.co.uk/?p=441 I don’t know if you’ve seen a plethora of Facebook statuses about suicide awareness week (September 6th – 12th), month (all of September), being copied and pasted around. Awareness is an excellent step, because it still frightens me to know … Continue reading

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One Microphone and some magic! http://defydesigns.co.uk/one-microphone-and-some-magic/ http://defydesigns.co.uk/one-microphone-and-some-magic/#respond Fri, 21 Aug 2015 09:50:39 +0000 http://defydesigns.co.uk/?p=423 My most productive period of blogging was during the last run of Burning Red Red Matter, its a content creation club, reasons to blog, simple inspiration, that sort of thing. It has been rebooted for season 2, so I am … Continue reading

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Sam Russo, Cory Branan and Tim Barry at Le Pub http://defydesigns.co.uk/sam-russo-cory-branan-and-tim-barry-at-le-pub/ http://defydesigns.co.uk/sam-russo-cory-branan-and-tim-barry-at-le-pub/#respond Wed, 18 Mar 2015 23:06:02 +0000 http://defydesigns.co.uk/?p=417 After the successful trial of tech that was filming Sammy H Stevens & Jonah Matranga play at Le Pub, I decided to give it another go! This time I planned ahead a little, chatted to the lovely folks at Le Pub first … Continue reading

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Why I’m not interested in contemporary rock music. http://defydesigns.co.uk/im-interested-contemporary-rock-music/ http://defydesigns.co.uk/im-interested-contemporary-rock-music/#respond Sun, 19 Oct 2014 16:07:04 +0000 http://defydesigns.co.uk/?p=410 Please be aware I wrote this at 2am on a Saturday night after getting home from a gig. Just be thankful I don’t drink or it wouldn’t make any sense. This is a weird statement to write down. Partially because … Continue reading

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Green City Events – The Shelley Gardens Community Food Festival http://defydesigns.co.uk/green-city-events-shelley-gardens-community-food-festival/ http://defydesigns.co.uk/green-city-events-shelley-gardens-community-food-festival/#respond Wed, 08 Oct 2014 15:52:08 +0000 http://defydesigns.co.uk/?p=405 I really enjoy making films like this. I’m not sure why…It is almost like a video version of the photos I love to take. Does that make sense? On a bright sunny afternoon in June, Green City Events asked me to … Continue reading

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From Designer to Developer – Talking at Design Stuff Cardiff http://defydesigns.co.uk/designer-developer-talking-design-stuff-cardiff/ http://defydesigns.co.uk/designer-developer-talking-design-stuff-cardiff/#respond Wed, 08 Oct 2014 15:37:20 +0000 http://defydesigns.co.uk/?p=389 I’ve realised this has turned into quite a long post, somewhere between loads of photos and quite a few words, I’ve written a piece about my adventure in doing the talk and a bunch of advice on how I deal … Continue reading

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