Mix Tape Stories

Chapter Three 

Meticulous planning. A narrative arc… 

I won’t pretend I had these things, I didn’t. But I very much did not expect Chapter Three of the mix tape stories to be coming out like this. I also didn’t expect to not have any music out yet but I do have all the parts for my portable vocal booth so that’s something. 

My main motivation for writing this now, is to ask a simple question. 

“What can I do for you?” 

Everything is moving so fast at the moment I feel like it’ll take a while to catch up mentally, physically and spiritually. 

I’ve been thinking of a few things… music trivia nights, listening parties, virtual festivals. If you want in on any of these things let me know. I’m here. 

Personal Charts at 28/03/2020  

  1. Bon Iver 
  2. Matthew And The Atlas 
  3. Tool 
  4. Dermot Kennedy 
  5. Pearl Jam 
  6. Killswitch Engage 
  7. David Gray 
  8. Sleep Token 
  9. Kyle Lionhart 
  10. Sam Fender 

In the absence of live music I’ve been voraciously consuming concerts from YouTube. 

This one is cool

The goals: 

Gigs played: 0/15 (might have to readjust or count live streams this year!) 

Songs released: 0/20 (but it’s getting there!) 

The finances: 

Initially I was including this as a deep dive into the world of a songwriter, for better or worse, but I’ve made a decision to shelve this at the moment out of respect to everyone going through a tough time. I hope you’re all alright.

Chapter Two 

What was the compilation tape you best remember making?  

I have a few: 

I’ll start with the ones that I give pass marks to. 

My school bus home tape: a mix of songs I’d meticulously recorded from the radio - Saturday night’s Top 40 countdown mostly (editing out Barry Bissell’s back announce where possible) combined with the songs I couldn’t hear on the radio but were on TV so I could just point my recorder at the TV speaker - sound quality was not a consideration at this point. 

For the record, two songs I remember doing this for were “Superstitious” the follow up to Europe’s “Final Countdown” and “I’m Always Here” by Jimi Jamison (aka the Baywatch theme song... I know you can hear it in your head now...) - neither of these were particularly worthy of the effort I went to to capture them. 

The second that strikes me is a tape I made for the drive to school where I tried to convince my father that “my” music wasn’t all bad. 

It’s a story worthy of its own post. 

And the mix tape failures? Well they were many and the fall out was harsh. So maybe we’ll save that too... 

What are your favourite mix tape melodies? 

Wanna be part of my mix tape experience? Side A coming soon. 



Personal Charts at 05/02/2020 

1. Bon Iver 
2. David Gray 
3. Matthew And The Atlas 
4. Killswitch Engage 
5. Dermot Kennedy 
6. Tool 
7. Sleep Token 
8. Epicure 
9. Kyle Lionhart 
10. Pearl Jam 

The business stuff:  

Gigs: 0 [Aim: 15 for the year] 
Songs released: 0 [Aim: 20 in 2020] 
Income: $0 - :(  
Expenses: $75.21 (MailChimp, BandCamp and webpage costs)

Chapter One 

I used to like making compilation CDs for people - it was a nice gift I think, a bit of time taken to give a piece of yourself to someone else. 

...and I made a lot of them, unfortunately my labelling wasn’t so organised and as a result I have what could be about a thousand blank or hit packed CDs in my garage. Doesn’t really matter I guess, I don’t have anywhere to play them so… 

And playlists! I have heaps of those but honestly compiling them doesn’t bring me the same joy - and why would it? It takes no time at all, you don’t really have to think about them and half of the ones I have are auto compiled anyway. Whatever. It’s the future I guess. 


Mix tapes! 

That’s where the memories lie - I still remember the first one I got. I remember the ones I used to make to convince my parents that the music I listened to was “good”. The ones I made for road trips, the ones I made for other people. 

It was effort. In real time. Or half of real time if you had the good ol’ High Speed Dubbing. 

If you’re going to spend 90 minutes (not including song changes!) putting something together you have to mean it. 

Well I’m going to spend 12 months putting a mix tape together, so you know I definitely mean it! 

It’s the story of my music and the experiences I have making it. I hope you like it. 


My very own personal music charts 17/1/2020 

  1. Bon Iver 
  2. David Gray 
  3. Dermot Kennedy 
  4. Epicure 
  5. Matthew and the Atlas 
  6. Kyle Lionhart 
  7. Killswitch Engage 
  8. Tool 
  9. Sleep Token 
  10. Jack Savoretti 


The business stuff: 

Gigs: 0 

Songs released: 0 

Income: $0 - :( 

Expenses: $0 - :)