|I had a good feeling about MySpace and
set up a profile in 2005 just before it went stratospheric. It was an
amazing time before the majors had muscled in and the spammers started
flooding it. It felt like a level-playing field where an independent
artist's music could be judged on merit and even rub shoulders with the
big players if it was of a suitable calibre. I soon built up a strong
following and was getting great feedback and Top 10 chart positions.
Into this exciting period of possibility I released Freaky Drum, at
the time a quirky dance track that I had uncharacteristically put together in just
3 days. When
inspiration struck the vocal was recorded straight into my mp3 player as
my studio gear was still in storage from my
recent move from London to Melbourne so this vocal recording had to suffice and
actually worked fine in the mix. The track was created on a laptop with
Ableton Live and mixed on headphones and a pair of PC speakers.
Freaky Drum was originally released on my Electronique album in 2006 and went into the Top 5 on MySpace alongside mainstream artists Moby, Basement Jaxx and Paul Van Dyk. The days soon focused around hundreds of MySpace friend requests, label contract offers and remix requests. The best bit was having major artists post comments on my profile including one from Mark Moore of S'Express fame and a track that had greatly inspired me and also spurred me into buying a very expensive sampler back in the 90's resulting in me suddenly having no money for food, gas for hot water or bus fare to work and having to be bailed out by my lovely Auntie Carol!
Here then are some of my favourite
comments I received on MySpace in 2006: (Language Warning)