MAEVA LIVE IN THE STUDIO

 

 

Hello everyone, I’ve been meaning to make a little post like this for a while but have been so busy with writing / recording and changing nappies that I’ve struggled to fit it in! So for any singers / vocal students out there or people looking for vocal coaching you may find this video interesting or of use to you on some level.

 

I recently made a close up, live performance of ‘Maeva’ from our Skyharbor record ‘Blinding White Noise’, which was released in April 2012 Basick Records. As well as being a lot of fun to do, I personally feel that this is a good example of being able to vocally execute a song that I consider (for me) to be quite difficult to perform and stay in pitch. It isn’t the greatest example by any stretch but I thought it would at least be good for my students to watch as they know I’m always banging on about staying relaxed! 

 

Unbeknown to the majority this is probably one of the hardest songs to sing that I’ve ever written and it takes a great deal of effort and concentration to nail! So this will hopefully explain why I’ve changed the execution from the album version to cater for a live performance. It’s a fairly diverse song with the need for a lot of control in many areas. There have been a few people comment on how it appears to be ‘effortless’ which is a lovely compliment but in reality there’s a lot going on.

 

While my range is currently G2 – D#6, ‘Maeva’ is performed between A3 – D5 so it’s not the broadest range I’ve ever executed on a song. Although if you listen closely it’s quite a varied performance using a variety of voice types from the application of characteristic / pitched / compressed vocal fry to chest / mix / head / falsetto and mezza voce. As the resonance is constantly moving this means the more diverse the vocal performance the more need for control so this reflects in my posture and the placement of my head, which is all about control and feel, thats also another reason for relaxed vibes.

 

Breathing and breath management / control really plays a large part in being able to stay focussed and decompressed enough throughout to actually pull the whole song off in one go, especially in a sterile environment like my sound proofed studio. Getting a good monitoring sound obviously really helps. As you progress through the track into the ending there is an element of compression building on the voice, breathing and staying relaxed is so important, that’s why it looks like I’m chilled but in my head I’m working flat out.

 

Without all the control, pitching is sacrificed to a degree. The hardest part is executing the pitched vocal fry right at the end and co-ordinating my voice to connect into a high chesty mix for the end phrase! Have a closer listen and enjoy…right back to demoing new Skyharbor!!

 

Anyone looking for coaching or vocal production and mixing please do get in touch at rockwithdan@gmail.com

 

Thanks, Dan

DIGITAL SENSELESS BY ‘DZYEN’ Ft Daniel Tompkins

Hello!

Hope you’re all doing well as we approach the busy Christmas period! Now as many of you know I’m an active vocal coach. Sometimes…just sometimes I like to be creative and have some fun with my students…Here’s a great example of that! Digital Senseless by DZYEN. Go check out the track and say hi to the band 🙂

 

WHITE MOTH BLACK BUTTERFLY RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM ‘ONE THOUSAND WINGS’

 

ONE THOUSAND WINGS HAS FINALLY ARRIVED AND IS NOW AVAILABLE WORLDWIDE FOR DIGITAL AND PHYSICAL PURCHASE BELOW 

 

One Thousand Wings

 

“An exceptional album from Dan Tompkins. An absolutely essential work. Experimental, accessible and quite brilliant. This ranks high amongst this year’s progressive releases.” – Classic Rock Presents Prog Magazine.

 

“White Moth Black Butterfly strips down Tompkins’ songwriting to its most visceral form yet. The leftfield ambient project also features some of the most eminent musicians to have grazed his vocal prowess, and for all their grandiose instrumentation and spectral soundscaping on record, their aural synapse in the live domain is definitely something to look forward to” – Vh1

 

“Pressing play on any of these songs will submerge you in a world of pure atmosphere, aurally pleasing and conceptually huge. The primary focus is in creating unique, flowing, multi-layered soundscapes for fresh ears to traverse.” – The Circle Pit

 

“The incredible sincere delicacy of Tompkins’s vocals is a perfect compliment for the programmed beats, plaintive strings and pulsing electronics throughout this album.” – Windswept Edge

 

“Above all, the impression that “One Thousand Wings” gives is one of talented musicianship and a desire for sonic exploration, resulting in quite a hypnotic and memorable experience.” – This is Not A Scene

 

“Sublime and emotive; ‘One Thousand Wings’ is fantastic.” – A Metal State of Mind

 

NOW AVAILABLE TO BUY ON THE FOLLOWING LINKS:

 

Bandcamp

iTunes

HMV Japan

HMV Hong Kong

Amazon UK

Amazon Japan

Virgin Media

Sainsburys

 

More to be announced soon …

 

 

 

 

BRAND NEW WHITE MOTH BLACK BUTTERFLY SINGLE RELEASED ‘THE WORLD WON’T SLEEP’

 

White Moth Black Butterfly release second video single ‘The World Won’t Sleep’ featuring the wonderful Hayley Martin of Shadowboxer. The single can be downloaded here! Video directed and produced by Roy Warner.

 

 

White Moth Black Butterfly (WMBB) is the ‘experimental’ creation of UK singer / songwriter Daniel Tompkins (In Colour, Skyharbor, Ex-TesseracT) With influences stemming from the likes of Massive Attack, Enigma, and Sigur Ros, this new musical endeavor of Dan’s is to be taken live following the release of the debut album ‘One Thousand Wings’ in November. The live line-up will consist of Keshav Dhar (Guitars, electronics) Chris Haywood (Bass/Contrabass) Ben Ansaldo (Drums) and Dan (Vocals). The project offers endless unique line-ups in the live arena, and will hopefully be a USP for the band when it comes to touring in various territories, allowing for different musicians to contribute something exceptional to the live performance.

 

Within ‘One Thousand Wings’, Dan’s songwriting abilities, accompanied with contributions from Acle Kahney (TesseracT), Keshav Dhar (Skyharbor), and Ben Ansaldo emanate huge cinematic soundscapes, juxtaposed with classically and electronically vibed songs, nested with powerful vocals that are quite comparative to that of his other projects.

 

The album has guest appearances from Hayley Martin of ‘Shadowboxer’, singer/songwriter Jordan Bethany and Kevin Albis.

 

PRESS:

 

Unlike the technical one-upmanship and solid low-end groove that shroud Tompkins’ metal outings, White Moth Black Butterfly strips down the man’s songwriting to its most visceral form yet. The leftfield ambient project also features some of the most eminent musicians to have grazed his vocal prowess, and for all their grandiose instrumentation and spectral soundscaping on record, their aural synapse in the live domain is definitely something to look forward to – Vh1

NEW SINGLE FROM WHITE MOTH BLACK BUTTERFLY

 

White Moth Black Butterfly release brand new video single ‘Certainty’ along with new merch pre-orders. The single can be downloaded here! Video directed and produced by Stewart King Media

 

 

White Moth Black Butterfly (WMBB) is the ‘experimental’ creation of UK singer / songwriter Daniel Tompkins (In Colour, Skyharbor, Ex-TesseracT) With influences stemming from the likes of Massive Attack, Enigma, and Sigur Ros, this new musical endeavor of Dan’s is to be taken live following the release of the debut album ‘One Thousand Wings’ in November. The live line-up will consist of Keshav Dhar (Guitars, electronics) Chris Haywood (Bass/Contrabass) Ben Ansaldo (Drums) and Dan (Vocals). The project offers endless unique line-ups in the live arena, and will hopefully be a USP for the band when it comes to touring in various territories, allowing for different musicians to contribute something exceptional to the live performance.

 

Within ‘One Thousand Wings’, Dan’s songwriting abilities, accompanied with contributions from Acle Kahney (TesseracT), Keshav Dhar (Skyharbor), and Ben Ansaldo emanate huge cinematic soundscapes, juxtaposed with classically and electronically vibed songs, nested with powerful vocals that are quite comparative to that of his other projects.

 

The album has guest appearances from Hayley Martin of ‘Shadowboxer’, singer/songwriter Jordan Bethany and Kevin Albis.

 

PRESS:

 

Unlike the technical one-upmanship and solid low-end groove that shroud Tompkins’ metal outings, White Moth Black Butterfly strips down the man’s songwriting to its most visceral form yet. The leftfield ambient project also features some of the most eminent musicians to have grazed his vocal prowess, and for all their grandiose instrumentation and spectral soundscaping on record, their aural synapse in the live domain is definitely something to look forward to – Vh1