Daniel Wakeford - Songwriting Co-creating.
I met Daniel Wakeford in 2008 working with him in 1 to 1 song writing and recording sessions, he is a great singer, performer and writer who happens to have autism.
We have worked together for the last 14 years writing original material which is often toured by his band the 'Daniel Wakeford Experience'.
We are currently writing tracks for Eurovison, a musical and future albums. Daniel is recording his latest album from our demos and will be on tour asap!!
We work line by line and chord by chord writing and recording each song in 2 hours sessions. Daniel has a great ear for music and is also great at deciding structures of pop songs.
DELTA 7EVEN -
Songwriting / production.
Making music that comes from the heart.
Delta 7even are a band of diverse people based in Eastbourne supported by Culture Shift, I have worked with them on and off for 5 years writing songs, producing albums and setting up and creating performances. They have made 2 albums Summer Waves co-written and produced by me and The Lockdown sessions co-written with Sam Baldwin and Darrell Barrett and recorded and produced by me. We are currently rehearsing and writing again for a new EP and hoping to rebuild a local scene after the lockdown.
Mongoose Publishing was founded in 2001 and within 6 months became the UK’s largest publisher of roleplaying games. Initially concentrating on d20 based products, Mongoose Publishing's first book was the Slayers Guide to Hobgoblins, part of the Slayers Guide series of books. Subsequent product lines followed in rapid succession with the release of the Encyclopaedia Arcane, Travellers Tales, Quintessential and Cities of Fantasy series of books.
Mongoose approached me to write a song for their nw Traveller release and I have since written another song for their Shield Maidens crowd funding campaign.
Theatre - Soundtracks
Pre-pandemic I had worked with a number of theatre companies producing live and semi recorded soundtracks for shows.
Initially at Carousel I co-created the Rock Opera 'Debbie Rock Angel' with Beat Express and High Spin dance company. I then worked with Jane Gordon to create 'The Fishes Tail' a touring show for integrated audiences.
In 2013 I started working with Feral Theatre creating live soundtracks for Triptych, White Bear River, Freaks of Nature and The Invisible Giant.
At this time I also create 'Sorted' a touring show by Octopus Ink another show promoting creative play between parents and children.
Then working with Becci Kenning to create Wrapped in Colour at the Unicorn Theatre and Moonbrella a touring early years show that promoted creative play selling out in 2016 and 2018.
I also worked with Becci and the LSE to create sound collages around the theme of protests.
Below is a selection of videos and highlights.
Rockhouse / Carousel
From 2000 to 2012 I worked with Brighton learning disability arts organisation Carousel. When I joined Carousel their music was mainly based around using percussion for live arts. But over the years I formed bands such as Beats Express, Zombie Crash, Sabien Gator, The Dancing Rock Queens, ran DJ production sessions creating contemporary dance music, supported Beats Express to run their own songwriting outreach sessions and created Debbie Rock Angel the first Learning Disabled Rock Opera.
In 2009 with Richard Phoenix from Constant Flux we create the Rockhouse. An event that would give young musicians with differences the same opportunities as I had had as a young musician. To play their music to their peers and to feel part of a scene. I was running 1 to 1 recording sessions with about 15 local musicians to create material for these sessions, working with Ryan O'Donovan, Deji, Dan, Stevie and James Barnett, James Hearn, Mikey, Daniel Wakeford, Chris O'Flynne, Luc Eisenbarth, Clare Offley and Jolene Green writing original songs every weekly session so acts had things to perform. I ran the club for 2 years and felt in that time it had created a music scene in Brighton for pwld that was vibrant and important. Carousel then took over the event and have been running it ever since.
The Rockhouse had equality and co-creation as a deep part of its psyche and a resident band could step in to support any creators who turned up as well as having slots for local bands and inviting regional bands to come and join the vibe.