Wednesday, October 29, 2014

CHAPTER'S END

Hi there,

Well here we are on the edge of the abyss and at a book end. I am within a whisper's breath of finishing university and starting a whole new chapter of my life. I have just finished some new music which I will be sharing with you over the next few months. Below are some FYIs.

Last book I read: Riding this Road by Joy McKean, so inspiring and honest - an important part of Australian music's history

Last song I listened to: Out of the Woods by Taylor Swift, a new era for a established artist - cue the media frenzy

Last person that impressed me: Chilly Gonzales, continuously - the ultimate musician/thinker

Last time I laughed: when I was watching Shaun Micallef's Mad as Hell, so intelligent, witty and fun - not to mention those goldfish in the background, very classy


Here's a bunch of flowers, because you deserve it!


See you on the other side!


Jessie Ryan-Allen


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

WRITE IT DOWN

Hello!

Well lately I have been consumed by my last semester of university which is exciting and scary at the same time.

Recently I saw the film, Begin Again which I am obsessed with, I'm not usually a fan of soundtracks (with the notable exception of Romeo & Juliet) but the original songs written for this film are divine. The story is optimistic and showcases a part of the music industry rarely seen on screen for fear of its complicated ever-changing nature (which is the great bit, in my opinion).


Here's just one of the fantastic songs below, but my favourites from the film include Lost Stars, A Step You Can't Take Back and Tell Me If You Wanna Go Home.


More shows will be announced soon for the end of the year. Thought I'd just share some inspiration with you today.


Until next time,


Jessie Ryan-Allen


Thursday, August 28, 2014

MISEDUCATED

Hi there,

Since my last blog I have had my album celebration show at Room 60 which was a fantastic night!
A GIANT thank you to all those who came, you ROCK.

Included are some photos (taken by Sean Ryan) from the evening I haven't posted yet.

Two days ago I finished recording some new music...... and I am lucky to have an amazing team of mixers who are helping me out so needless to say I'm pretty excited! I can't wait you share these creations with you.

Some music I have been listening to lately includes Kimbra, Lauryn Hill and David Bowie.



Current Favorites-
Book: How Music Works by David Byrne
Film: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Quote: "Don't look back leave it all on the track" -Racing Stripes
Stationary: Highlighters
Hat: Pirate



Just a short hello today.


Jessie Ryan-Allen



Wednesday, July 16, 2014

INSIDE OUT

Hello there,

The last two weeks have contained recording in the studio drums and bass guitar for some new music I am working on. I am luckily enough to have a fantastic team of engineers and musicians working with me on this project which makes it really exciting!!
The amazing part of recording for me is being able to bring the sounds and parts in your head out into the world and hopefully nurturing the song so it comes to life. Below are some photos from these adventures...

The first day we recorded drums and bass together. 
Drums: Reece Baines. Bass Guitar: Steven Dalamaras.

Engineers: Guy Cornwall & Daniel Hitzke with Reece, so many snares so little time :)

Mallet season

...in the zone


Putting thoughts to words, putting sound to sight, this is me following my bliss. 



Jessie Ryan-Allen 





Saturday, June 21, 2014

WE CAN BE HEROES

Hello wanderers,

Well you've found me at a busy time but thought I'd share the events of the last month with you. :)

I am very proud to say that in the month of May the below radio stations played songs from my debut album on the airwaves!

Solid Gold Independent Music - 3RPC 99.3 FM - Victoria, Australia
Hard Rock Lounge - Valley FM 95.9 - Queensland, Australia
The Right Side of the Bed - 88.3 Southern FM - Victoria, Australia
Good Vibrations - 3RPP - Victoria, Australia
Wednesday Night Coffee Morning - 100.3 FM 2MCR - New South Wales, Australia
Something New, Old and Blue -UG FM Radio Murrindindi - Victoria, Australia
Millicent Community Access Radio Inc - South Australia, Australia
Where It's At - RPP FM - Victoria Australia
The Dog on Lino Show - 5GTR FM - South Australia
Friday Drive - 2RDJ - New South Wales, Australia
Gove FM - Northern Territory, Australia

Australian community radio gives the radio presenters control over what music they play on their radio shows and I am feel privileged to have been a part of their shows in a small way.

Yesterday I played on the rooftop of The Edge (next to the State Library) as a part of the Fete De La Musique in Brisbane. It was a great day full of sunshine and a wonderful all day line up.



Until next time,


Jessie Ryan-Allen

Saturday, May 24, 2014

A REAL LIFE MAJOR FANTASY

Hello!

A lot as happened since last we spoke, I have released my self-titled debut album, and for all those who have enjoyed and shared it -thank you. More creations stemming from the album are being planned as we speak and of course you will be the first to know when they reach the sunlight.

I went down to Melbourne (for the first time!!) to attend the Big Hearted Business Un-Conference (founded by Claire Bowditch) this month. The weekend included a crazy combination of nuts & bolts skills combined with amazing guest speakers thinking big. My favourite speakers were Missy Higgins (no surprises there!), Joost Bakker and Correne Wilkie. I met some amazing creative people who do everything from cheese-making to stationery.

Thank you Claire Bowditch.

Upon celebration of the release of my album I went to Noosa Community Radio 101.3 FM for a chat with radio presenter Chris Lofven on his show, Magic Bus. A wonderful way to spend a Saturday morning.



In other radio news, I was accepted into AMRAP's AirIt unsigned program! AirIt is an online database where Australian community radio presenters can find new music and play it on their shows.

The soundtrack of my blog writing today was brought to you by Chilly Gonzales...



 Until we speak next dear friend.



Jessie Ryan-Allen


Saturday, April 5, 2014

GROUND LEVEL

Hello there!

I am very proud to announce that I will be releasing my self-titled debut album on the 14/4/2014. The album has 10 songs on it and was recorded over the last two years by friends and myself. Since starting this blog in 2011 I have learnt so much about the art and science of the recording process as well as the creative process, and I hope the album reflects this moment in time.

This project wouldn't have been possible without the belief and expertise of: James Jelliffe, Sean Van Gennip, Jared Adlam, Nick Rigby, Josh MacPhee, Christopher Ambrose, Leah Tharlai, Emily Hosking, Ryan Miller, Zachary Miller, Brodie Graham, Joshua King, Lachlan Bambach and Dale Prinsse.

Here's the album cover, photography by Cynthia Lee and graphic design by Renee Shackell.


The first song on the album is called Nowhere and you can check out it's lyric video below!


I saw an artwork today and it had in big letters on it -"YOU HAVE TO BURN TO SHINE" - this made me smile a lot. :)


Jessie Ryan-Allen