The Slow One – Stream / Download

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With one thing and another and starting my new job as Lecturer in Music and Sound Production at Ayrshire College, the release of My First E.P. has been delayed for a few more months! However! This wee delay has meant that there will be a few new freshly written tracks appearing on it!

 

 

 

In the meantime, I’d like to share instrumental of The Slow One which sits nicely alongside three other tracks on my Bandcamp site, where it is available to stream or download right now, or hit play on the player below to have a listen!

 

 

 

 

The fully loaded vocal versions of all my tracks will be released on My First E.P. in the very near future, so remember to like my Facebook page or follow me on Twitter and Instagram for updates!

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2017 A Year In Photographs

One final blog for 2017!

Following on from A Year In Photographs 2016 and A Year In Photographs 2015 this year’s ‘A Year In Photographs’ brings together every photo, person, scenario and encounter in my camera roll from 2017! This year I went on adventures in Manchester, London, Loch Lomond & Machrihanish and Romania, Norway, Denmark & Sweden.

Along the way this year I got the chance to see Steps, Little Mix, Perfume Genius, Trentemoller, Lana Del Rey, Lolly, The Cheeky Girls, Peter Andre, Whigfield, Haddaway, Dr Albarn, 2 Unlimited, E Type, Culture Beat, Sash and Snap! I finally, after a 20 year wait, got to see the awesome AQUA live in Gothenburg and saw the Vengaboys live three times in one year. Bucket list complete!

Can I just say I was this close to Lene from Aqua?! She is my Cartoon Hero.

Jack and I met some more Drag Race All Stars in the guise of Alaska, Latrice Royale, Tatianna, Alyssa Edwards, Darienne Lake, Valentina and Courtney Act!

Another year, another graduation, this time from the University of Stirling!

I finally made some progress with writing, recording and producing My First E.P. which after a slight delay due to starting my new job as Lecturer in Music and Sound Production at a new college, will be released in the Spring of 2018. If you wanna have a listen to the instrumental demos, head on over to my Bandcamp or Soundcloud sites!

And then there’s the folk I spent the year with. Whether every day, every so often, from a distance or on a group chat that would most likely get us into some serious shit… they’re all special and I wouldn’t have them any other way!

Some old friends went on to pastures new, and some new amazing friends came in and I look forward to seeing what adventures we got up to in the A Year In Photographs 2018!

In the meantime, here is A Year In Photographs 2017! Hit play! Enjoy!

 

The Ballad One – Stream / Download

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While I’m getting My First E.P. ready for release, here is the instrumental preview of The Ballad One– one of the first songs I wrote and produced! It’s a pop ballad with a big swelling piano part arranged around some subtle synths, deep strings and nice bass and drum tracks. I must give a shout out and a thanks to the one and only Emma Strummer for modelling for the artwork for the track!

The fully loaded vocal edits will be available on Spotify, Amazon, iTunes and other platforms later in the year, but in the mean time, the non-vocal instrumental edits of the track is available right now on my Bandcamp site in high quality MP3, Flac formats and more, meaning you can have a listen, have a download or have it on me!

You can Name Your Price if you wanna purchase them and give me some support- I’ll leave that up to you, you kind and generous human that you are!

Have a preview of the track on the player below and if you wanna download them, just click on the download button!

As always, I’d love to hear what you think of The Ballad One so feel free to give me a shout on Twitter or on my Facebook Page where you can give me a like, a shout and a share over there!

My First EP – 2 Track Download

It’s amazing how time flies when you’re writing and producing some songs! Having spent a long time working on My First EP; writing, recording, rewriting, rerecording, scrapping things, starting again and all that, I am almost ready to get the thing shared with the world! I have a few finishing touches to make and some vocals to record and My First EP will be available online to stream, download and purchase!

While I’m getting the final EP sorted out, I thought I’d share the instrumentals for the first two singles here via my Bandcamp site!

The tracks have been going under the working titles of ‘The Synthpop One’ and ‘The Disco One’ and the real names of the tracks will be revealed when I launch the fully loaded vocal edits on Spotify, Amazon, iTunes and other platforms later in the year!

The non-vocal instrumental edits of both tracks are available right now on my Bandcamp site in high quality MP3, Flac formats and more, meaning you can have a listen, have a download or have it on me! Or you can Name Your Price if you wanna purchase them and give me some support- I’ll leave that up to you, you kind and generous human that you are!

Have a preview of the tracks on the media players below and if you wanna download them, just click on the download button!

 

 

If you like them or wanna get in touch or wanna tell me what you think of the tracks, give me a shout out on Twitter or on my Facebook Page and give me a shout, a like and a share over there!

My First E.P. – released soon!

I have been busy writing, recording and producing my own music over the past few months and the time for releasing My First E.P. is getting closer every day!

My First E.P. is a self-written and self-produced 7 track extended play showcasing my song-writing, vocals, piano and production skills covering a whole range of genres and influences from slick and sleek disco to hi energy synth-pop, a Fleetwood Mac inspired rock song, a big beat trip hop track and a piano based cover version where I take on ‘Hood’ by Perfume Genius!

I’ve still got a few things I’m working and a few more vocals to record before the big release in the Autumn / Fall of 2017 but in the mean time, have a listen to a preview of ‘The Synthpop One’ and ‘The Disco One’ and hear me play piano and sing on my cover of Perfume Genius’ ‘Hood’ by clicking on the players below!
Feel free to give me a follow / shout / feedback on here or on Twitter and Instagram!

John McBlain – The Disco One



John McBlain – Hood



John McBlain – The Synthpop One



John McBlain: My First E.P.



Five Years of Blogging!!!!!


My blog is five years old!
5 years. 232 blog articles.
And plenty more to come!