May 19, 2018 in Blog

Doing It Yourself in the Digital Age

2018! It’s an exciting time for music.  The industry has changed beyond all recognition over the last 20 years,  as the Internet has changed how we find and listen to music and big record labels have scrambled to react. In many ways, it’s harder for bands to make a great album these days as labels are much more cautious – there is far less money around for artist development and for taking risks with bands who are unsigned or who don’t fit a particular musical niche. That means more bands have to go it alone when it comes to recording…  though we’d argue that is not inherently a bad thing!

 

Although label support and funding has dried up considerably in the Internet age, we have better access to more information than at any time in human history.  Even better, recording technology has advanced to the point now that it’s entirely possible to get good results with relatively modestly-priced gear and with skills learned from experienced professionals sharing their know-how online. So while it’s that much harder to get a recording session in Abbey Road Studio Two, it’s that much easier to get a decent-sounding recording of a great song in a humbler setting – without having to compromise on the band’s vision. Witness the explosion of diverse, vital, tremendously exciting songs taking over 6 Music in the last few years.

 

Ringlefinch is a band built on DIY. Most of us are self-taught on our instruments, and we’ve shot all our videos ourselves (as well as doing everything for many of our recordings, particularly the soundtrack we did for comedy film Making It). For our debut album, we’ve been taking this to extremes – not only recording and mixing the album ourselves, building on the lessons we learned from working with the marvellous Ben Walker on the Mass Trespass EP, but doing so in a studio that we built (gear and all!). It’s maybe not the quickest way to make an album, but we’ve learned a huge amount, it’s a lot of fun, and most importantly it’s sounding great so far!

 

 

Of course, this doesn’t mean that it’s a golden age for the musicians or recording / mixing engineers themselves – although information, skills and tools are easier to access, the money itself hasn’t been democratised in the same way  as the bigger labels try to protect their bottom line by mostly putting out songs that sound like the last big thing, rather than trying to find the next big thing. It’s that much harder, then, for artists and engineers to make ends meet while also making interesting, challenging music. Perhaps this is where blockchain technology (such as Imogen Heap’s Mycelia initiative) can help make the difference, by ensuring the rights – and the money – are more closely tied back to the people who made the music in the first place?

 

 

 

February 14, 2018 in News

New shows, new cities, new music…

Happy Valentine’s Day, dear reader!

OK, it’s been a little while since we said “Hello!”, but don’t think that means we don’t love you any more… Behind the scenes we’ve been hard at work on the album – writing, arranging, recording, and building a recording studio(!) – and things are shaping up very excitingly! Here’s a snap of William hard at work at our most recent recording session last weekend:

Recording - William!

We’re going to be debuting some of our new material over the next couple of months, and we’ve got some great gigs coming up that we’d love to see you at – including our first ever show in Brighton!

Wednesday 11th AprilFolkroom London at The Harrison, Kings Cross, London (with Jelly Cleaver, Nick Dudek and Matthew Shepherd)
Thursday 12th AprilFolkroom by Sea Brighton at The Village, Brighton (with Martha Bailey and others TBC)
Sunday 13th May (afternoon gig) – Softly Softly at Kiss The Sky, Crouch End

Finally, we were going through the archives recently and stumbled across a gem of a live video from the Magic Garden in Battersea of us performing Nick Edward Harris’ atmospheric classic ‘Angra Mainyu’ with our good friend Emily Mae Winters. Enjoy!

July 26, 2017 in News

Summer gigs!

Hello! We have a couple of special gigs coming up that we’re bursting to tell you about and aching to see you at!
We’re playing one of our more epic gigs on Sunday 30th July when we’ll be performing two 45 minute sets at the Lamb in Surbiton. So if you have a favourite Ringlefinch song, the chances are we’ll be playing it!

Then on Saturday 5th August, the folks behind the legendary Folkroom and Before The Goldrush nights are joining forces to stage a variety show, featuring a pub quiz, live comedy and music, at The Harrison near King’s Cross. We’ll be providing the music and maybe some humour too (some of it possibly even intentional!).

Ringlefinch bandstand

Photo by Liat Wicks Photography

April 14, 2017 in News

SPRINGLEFINCH!

Hello there! Now that winter is over, warblers are warbling, cuckoos are cuckoo-ing and it won’t be long before we hear the first Ringlefinch of the spring. A little bird tells us that this will happen at the monthly Folking Around night at Woodys Bar & Kitchen in Kingston-upon-Thames on Wednesday 3rd May. Alongside old favourites we’ll be giving a first live airing to some new songs from our upcoming debut album which we can’t wait to share with you later this year as it’s sounding epic!

Springlefinch
Spring is in the air! Photo by Liat Wicks Photography

January 31, 2017 in News

NEW YEAR, NEW MUSIC!

Greetings Ringlefriends! Things may appear to have been a tad quiet on the Ringle-front lately but in fact exciting things are afoot. We are busy holed up in a studio recording our debut album! It will appear later this year but in the meantime we are occasionally venturing out, blinking into the daylight, in order to play some gigs.

Ringlefinch recording
On Saturday 28th January we will be playing the Folkroom Faux Croon event, a night devoted to swing classics performed by various acts from the Folkroom roster. So come along and witness the new Rat Pack, London folk-scene style!

Then on Wednesday 1st February we are headlining the Folkroom Fortnightly with amazing support from Sincere Deceivers, Emily Mae Winters and Laura Greaves. We are busy honing a few new songs to debut at this gig and they are sounding pretty damn exciting!

We hope to see you at one or both of these gigs. If you’re there do come up and say hello!