Really pleased to be able to announce the first of some upcoming gigs… I’ll be playing a special show to officially launch the new album, Lift, at The Voodoo Rooms in Edinburgh on Friday 17th April. The show will feature a number of very special guests and will include a full band set in addition to a shorter acoustic set. Tickets are £5 and are available to buy HERE.
Hello all, and a happy new year – I hope 2015 has started the way you wanted it to!
A big thank you to those of you who have already bought the new album Lift, it’s great to have your support and to receive your messages through Twitter & Facebook about the new songs. It’s been fantastic to see the songs getting airplay on the BBC over the past couple of weeks too (the first and last tracks on the album), it definitely makes all those hours of recording, editing and mixing worthwhile.
Remember, the album is available as a download from iTunes etc, and is available on CD in a lovely digipak case from this website’s SHOP page.
Thanks also to everyone who streamed or downloaded the 12 Downloads Of Christmas during December, there were a few unusual little things in there so I hope you enjoyed having the chance to hear something different.
On another (but still musical) topic, I thought I’d share the news of my new turntable with you all…a truly wonderful Christmas present! I’d always been a vinyl fan (in fact I’d recorded & released a CD before I owned a CD player) but with my old turntable out of action the past 6 or 7 years, having one again has really reminded me of why I loved it so much.
It’s not so much to do with the superior sound quality (alas, my hard-of-hearing ears don’t distinguish some of the frequencies finely enough!) but is more to do with the fact that it makes listening to music an event again. It’s such a physical process – removing the inner sleeve from the album, taking out the vinyl, lifting the lid, putting the needle on the record – it somehow seems to place more value on the music and generate a greater appreciation of it.
It’s been a true joy to sit down and do nothing but listen to an album – and of course study the full 12″ artwork & credits – and has made me realise how long it’s been since I did that regularly…at least to anything other than mixes or masters of my own material. Needless to say, it’s made me think about possible vinyl releases of my stuff…you have been warned!
See you soon,
With Christmas fast approaching, it’s time for the return of The 12 Downloads of Christmas.
We’ll be posting a live / rare / previously unreleased / classic DK track every day from the 13th December right up to Christmas Eve, for you to download and keep…and they’ll all be absolutely free!
The 12 songs will be posted on Douglas’ Soundcloud page but you can access the tracks as soon as they’re posted by clicking the link below:
Something to keep you going as you struggle with those Christmas tree lights…the 2014 extended mix of “On Christmas Day”.
Available on CD on the album Lift and as a download from iTunes.
Released on the 21st November, it features a total of 14 songs (including a bonus track, the new version of On Christmas Day) and is, I think, my most balanced album to date. I did a session for Black Diamond FM on 29th November, during which I played four songs from the album, and that will hopefully be available online soon.
In the meantime you can check out Soundcloud to hear some of the songs or listen to the album sampler on YouTube:
It’s been a busy few months with recording, followed by the Edinburgh Fringe and then finishing off the album. The great news is that it’s all now done and the new album, “Lift“, is set for release on CD and download on Friday 21st November! I’m really happy with how it’s turned out and huge thanks must go to Paul Gilbody for mastering & Alan R Davison for the artwork, and also to those musicians who contributed to the songs; Kari Paul, Martin Philip, Andy Tucker, Dianne MacKenzie and Alan R Davison (yep, him again).
The album is available to pre-order NOW from the website – click here to buy the CD and get the downloads immediately.
There are a couple of live shows coming up too – both at Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh. I’m playing as part of the charity benefit for Edinburgh Omid on Sunday 16th November and will be playing a set as special guest of Soulacoaster the following weekend, on Friday 21st November (the album’s release date). Hope to see you at one of those shows, but failing that you can hear me chatting to Barry Dickson and playing a live session on Black Diamond 108.7FM on Saturday 29th November.
Take care & happy listening,