Forest Records 20th birthday album

Forest 20/20 is a new double-sided compilation celebrating 20 years of Forest – Edinburgh’s only volunteer-powered grassroots arts space. Some of my favourite gigs of all time have been at this magic arts and activism space so I was really happy to have a tune included on the album.

Forest 20/20 – much like Forest itself has always been – is an eclectic mix of styles, themes and creativity – from poetry to punk, chiptune to folk tunes – Forest has always had time and space for everyone. I hope you will enjoy the sounds of Forest contained within and find something old that will trigger a memory of good times past and something new to help celebrate the good times still to come:

Hitting the 5m streams mark on Jamendo

In November of 2008, I uploaded a collection of recordings to a website called Jamendo. Back then it was a myspace-type music social networking site for people who released music using creative commons licenses.

It was peak Napster and some bands were trying to sue fans who shared their music online. Embracing creative commons licenses felt like an appropriate response to this.

I uploaded my music to lots of websites back then, many which have since sunk without a trace, in the belief that some might survive and if my music was any good, someone might listen to it.

Last month I passed 5m streams on Jamendo. I have no idea who most of those listeners are; all I can say for sure, is that it’s not just my mum who listens to my music anymore. Thank you if you are one of those people.