A Life Spent Online: Privacy Essentials and What to Look For

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I’m certainly not the messiah or anything more than an armchair privacy advocate, but to supplement my first two articles in DeGoogling my Life (here and part II is here) I figured I’d continue the theme with some suggestions. I am the first one to put my hand up and admit that going from Google’s mail service to Microsoft’s isn’t exactly brave and courageous; they’re both big evil companies, aren’t they? It’s like politics. You sometimes must take the lesser of two evils. Also, obligatory disclaimer: I have experience in the publishing world as the founder of book publishing company, […]

DeGoogling my Life Part II: Exploring Mountains of Extracted Data and Revealing How Much Information I Handed Over

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After deciding to dump Google (or as much as I could, at least) I figured I’d go through the export of my main personal account that I have had for many years. I’m by no-means an online privacy connoisseur. As stated in the first part of my DeGoogling journal, I opted for Outlook as an alternative to Gmail and I am still predominantly a Windows user with multiple Android devices in my office. Whilst I maintain the view that Google has many great features that are hard to match, I know that they’re not the only company out there using […]

DeGoogling my Life Part I: Moving emails, contacts and calendars from Gmail to Outlook

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It’s not me, it’s you… Technically part one for me would have been moving to DuckDuckGo and trying to rely a little less on Google for services like maps and cloud storage, but this was the big one for me. An email account — well, actually several accounts spread across Google’s business suites, really — I’d had since the very early days of Gmail. Earlier this month, after several years, I made the decision to remove hundreds of notes, business details, album details and lyrics and general information from Evernote over privacy concerns and my annoyances with the company limiting […]

Checking in!

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It has been a while since I have been this busy (a.k.a not being a lazy shit) I’ve been designing and working on a desktop/mobile application which will be revealed soon. I’ve also finally decided to push forward with the second album – the sequel to Surviving on Borrowed Time. I had written and recorded last year – and now the completed (in my opinion) tracks are off to Alan at IvoryFlyer in the Isle of Wight. I think he did a great job of the last release so I have entrusted him to take on the sequel as producer […]

Be dark

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I’d like to think that some of my lyrics paint a picture for those listening, reading, interpreting… When writing a song, I often have a vision of what the song could mean to the person sitting on the train, the person I’ve given a copy of the album to, the person scrolling through various YouTube videos trying to find a new artist to listen to. My lyrics were mostly always morbid. Maybe if I were just a little more experienced at the time, I’d have been penning words for an emo band during the big emo days. When I was […]

I Broke the “Don’t Master Your Own Music” Rule

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Speak to musicians, producers, recording engineers and especially mastering engineers – – or simply look on the internet – – and you’ll hear pretty much the same unanimous suggestion. “Don’t master your own music”  There are plenty of genuine reasons for this. A fresh set of ears are incredibly beneficial. You’ve written and recorded a song and you’ve either mixed it yourself or you’ve sat in on the mixing sessions. Your ears have been somewhat conditioned to the sound and maybe you don’t know it, but you are fatigued with the song. Do you ever listen to another artists song […]

My Biggest Regret in Music

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There are plenty of things I regret in music. I regret not safely backing up the original stems and early project files for some of the music I’ve released. I also should have taken more notes throughout the late 2000s and early 2010s of those recording sessions and even the guitar tabs and musical notations. But my biggest regret? The first thing I ever released. Why would I cringe at the thought of the first major worldwide release? One that charted in Mexico on the iTunes charts? One that had backing from a serious record label and studio? Because it […]

CASK’S AUDIO PRODUCTION AND MIXING TIPS

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Here are a few valuable tips I have used over the last few of music production I figured I’d share. Do what suits you and find your own style, but this is what works for me and I’ll be sure to keep posting various things that I think may benefit aspiring amateurs and home-studioers alike.   Don’t add too much of anything Listen to your mixes on as many systems as possible (use fancy headphones / crap ones / use your car stereo / even use your TV) Mono your bass Expand your mids Leave the faders alone. Mix with […]

Amusing Occurrences in Spain

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I’ve been here yearly for the past three years and I think it’s safe to say I’ve adapted to the wonderful Kingdom of Spain, but there are some crazy facts and things I’ve noticed that need to be shared:   Their is at least one night a week when fireworks will go off in a local town for a few hours. Each little suburb essentially chooses its own rules. It’s a bank holiday in one town and a normal day in the next. It doesn’t matter where you go,  chances are you’re going to get there and all the stores […]

Bucket List:: Amusing Budget Flight with Strangers? Check

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It was the 14th of April and the Ryanair flight departed at 6am. Edinburgh to Alicante. I was sat on the aisle seat beside two middle age Scottish women with their daughters behind on the opposite side. Within a few drinks (they spent a good £50 in the first go) they laughed and bantered with me until one of the daughters convinced me to draw a beard on her mum’s face as she slept. As word got around, half the passengers laughed as we all took photos and the other half death stared. When the plane landed, I shot off to […]