Sleep deprivation song creation

Now that my new record is finished I’ve dedicated myself fully to these three weeks in the US writing county music, resisting writing anything for myself and not listening to my record at all. I’m having a hugely creative time writing for and with some incredible artists.

I’ve been adding a bunch of videos over on my instagram and IGTV (instagram TV) so go and check them out here especially if you like guitars!

I’ve updated my Battelle FM playlist on Spotify with a bunch of songs Im enjoying right now- listen here

Back to the U.K next week then Berlin and before I know it US again

New solo music next though

Writing in Berlin..Pt 10 Billion_with a twist

Since first going with LostAlone Berlin has been one of my favourite cities to visit and especially to write in.
I wrote a lot of Exit Brain Left and a a few songs from my forthcoming second solo record within the city.
This week I was again in the city but along with my friend Chris, we went to write songs for his band Hightown Parade. It was a great trip and I really enjoyed showing the place I know so well to Chris who’d never been – he’s now a big fan of the city!
We wrote some great songs which he will now work on with his band.
It was also great to see long time supporter of my music Matheo who kindly lent us a guitar. He’s been following since he fist saw LostAlone with Enter Shikari back in 2006 and was at my first solo show in London – thanks for the support!

Back home now for a couple of weeks before flying out to the US for more writing!
All the while release plans for new record are taking shape.



Sat at the airport after a fantastic week writing in Belfast. Filled every day with activities to stimulate the melodies and then all night demoing up the days catch.
Highlights over the past two days were the Titanic museum and the Game Of Thrones tapestry.
Time to return home and get on with the releasing of new music.

Giants, Thrones and songwriting

Spent the yesterday travelling around various locations, dreaming up new music and generally being inspired.
Just spent all night back in my studio set up here in Belfast demoing the songs I’d been imagining during the day.

Giants Causeway BLEW MY MIND! Its an incredible place to visit. I also went to various Game Of Thrones locations which as a fan of the show was so cool to see, The Dark Hedges were really cool and inspiring.

More travel and writing today, hoping to go to the Titanic  museum and explain to them that the Titanic never sank, it was its sister ship – The Olympic….. look it up, its fascinating.

The weird limbo of the just finished record.

I’m in that strange middling period of time which occurs directly after finishing a record and yet before you can really do anything with it. So in that spirit I’ve done the only thing I know…. WRITE MORE and WRITE MORE WHILE TRAVELING!

Next stop is mastering the record. I love setting the track listing out and making the choices about how songs flow in and out of each other. The flow of a record is something that I’ve always cared deeply about and why listening to my music in the context of the full record is in my opinion the optimum listening experience.
In the meantime I’ve to plan exactly how I want to put this record out and what I shall do around it.

My live band is up and running now, learning the new songs and refreshing how we approach the songs from Exit Brain Left and my EP

Special mention to the breathtaking Susanne Sundfør show I saw at the Barbican, took my breath away! If you’ve not listened to her may I recommend her new record “music for people in trouble” and also the record that got me into her “Ten Love Songs” I’m going to listen to the new Chvrches record now and then write some more songs.