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Finally I have carved enough time into my arm to write you kids some words..
When we last met, er, I can’t even remember probably pre Christmas.
It’s gone quick but the Daffodils are creeping up and I’m starting to come out of hibernation. I tend to try and stay in after work for the whole of Jan and half of Feb, approximately Feb 15th is when I feel ready to leave the cave.
Post Christmas is spent locked away writing and recording in my little hub of a studio, (I’m yet to name it – it was called the Rose bed, then HQII)
I’m in the second stage of completing the album process, and this will be my third album. The first stage for me is to get 20 songs down in basic demo form, voice, guitar/piano.
The second stage is to get them all arranged with basic beats/sounds/general srtuctures etc…So that’s what I’m in the middle of now..
Then comes the exciting bit, finding a producer to help mould it all together, finish the words and polish.
Then finally, spend a few weeks with it, Mix it, tweak it and master it. Then out it pops, not sure how but I’m aiming to get a bit of funding from somewhere and release a limited 1000 then we’ll see what happens.
‘What does the new stuff sound like?’
I hear you cry….
Well, from constantly Djing and spending a few toes in the dance music arena I’ve been influenced by a bigger sounding beatier sound.
‘Oh shit – bandwagon jumper’
I know what you mean, with this current crop of ‘Electro/dubstep/waffle’ music being championed it does make me have a little cringe, and even as I write this I’m watching all the bigging up of the electrodubstep new breed by all the same DJ’s who were championing Guitar music until it became apparent they would lose their jobs if they continued….it’s all music dough….
It’s not electro but I’m not going to ignore the benefits that tougher beats can provide, so I’m hoping for a happy medium, it’s hard to achieve the middle ground I seek. I think Steve Mason does it well. Guitar based songs within a framework of electronic musical arrangements.
So there you have it, for those of you who didn’t get the second one ‘Suburban Timebomb’ why not!! I need to break even on these things to progress with more manufacturing so get spending. It’s still available from me etc etc.
There’s also a few solo accoustic gigs left.
16th March – Newcastle under Lyme – Old Brown Jug
23rd March – Wimbledon/London – The Grove
27th March – Pivo Pivo – Glasgow
28th March – Paisley Arts Centre – Paisley
I don’t intend to perform much solo guitar stuff after these, I’m hoping to be able to start performing the new stuff, with a kind of backing! Don’t run! it’s not like karaoke, well I suppose it is a bit but I’m just getting bored of playing timidly on an accoustic. I need some more power so I’m using my telecaster and some backings. It might not work but I want to try it. I can’t tell you how hard it is as a performer when you’re playing with an accoustic and trying to get some meat out there to people that need to be shouted at.
It’s ok if you have all your fans there that know your songs or if you’re playing pub knees up shouting stuff, but trying to combine guile and melody on an accoustic is a challenge….for me anyway.
There’s a little snippet of the new sound in the members area of my site, just put in your email.
Expect new and interesting things experiment in the live field!
Er, I met up with Patrick the other day, we spent some time setting him up with his online stuff so go join him .
He’s currently lining up some gigs for us both in France so that’ll be a fun thing to look for around May time. He played some of his new songs!! wallop, can’t wait to hear them.
I’m twisting his arm to play on my 3rd album, almost there with the twistage…
Also I’ve uploaded a little preview of my new sound in the members area of my site.
I’ve had a few blinding DJ outings recently, the first being in Bern again, club Bonsoir, this club is ran by ‘The Roundtable knights’ an Electronic music group from Bern, top guys and top club. I have a total freestyle policy there, wherever the night fancies going that’s where the tunes go.
Another stormer for London Guns in Traunstein, Germany, we turned up not knowing how it would go, but it was probably one of the most buzzed crowds we’ve ever played to. Can’t really remember much but our two hour set turned into five hours, and I played UB40 against an electro thing, which sounded ace at the time, but I’m now thinking I was probably very drunk and it sounded total shit….but it was a ball.
Again, I apologise for the lack of re-edits on my site, I have a blur one ready to go but I just haven’t got round to it as I’m being absorbed by LG, RKCIII and something else which I can’t tell you…
As always, keep up the support, spread the word and keep on consuming.
Ok, this blog is a short and sweet shout about the new single, new album, video and a few other bits.
I’ve just returned from a small solo tour of Germany, Berlin, Hamburg, Frankfurt and Munich. As always I met loads of great people and it constantly reminds me of why I do these things.
Some of the venues were busier than others but the prize for me went to Munich, the crowd understood the RKC thing and it was great to hangout in the atomic cafe after. Big thanks to all the venues for taking a punt on me, lot’s of venues and promoters out there book big names that will sell out and make ££££ but you guys do it for the right reasons. When I’m a famous pop star, I’ll give you a ton of freebies.
So the RKC thing is in full swing, album released next Mon! Don’t expect to hear the music on this thing called radio as I have no plugger or no big PR behind me so it’s up to you to dig it out from itunes/spotify or our site.
As you can see I’ve put a few offers on the site for all you that haven’t got the first album or ep’s etc.
And…..let’s not forget this tour, I wanna see yer faces there, it’s a 6 or 7 piece band touring it so give us some love.
And If you haven’t signed up…go sign up to my mailing list, all it takes is your email and you can download all the demos.
and….here’s the new free single and video.
To buy or not to buy that’s the question?
Also before I forget – thanks to everyone who asked me questions. here’s the article in full. Big thanks to all that took part especially Sue and Ross for sorting it out.
Roses Kings Questions
As we go to press, Adam Ficek is gearing up for another Roses Kings Castles outing, to celebrate the release of the new self-funded album “Suburban Timebombs”. He’s just back from playing several gigs in Germany and about to embark on a full band tour of venues across the UK before also taking in venues in Italy. Taking time out of his hectic schedule, he agreed to let YOU interview him…
We put the word out on various forums, social networks, Twitter – and so on – that questions emailed to us at email@example.com would be passed on to Adam, that he’d answer at least a few of them and that the results would be published. After a slow start (not helped by Adam’s web access being broken just when he was supposed to be letting everyone know about this!!) the questions flooded in.
After floundering around in a sea of questions for a bit we finally built a raft, found dry land and got things vaguely organised and here at last is the resulting ‘interview’ – the questions YOU asked and Adam’s replies.
What is the best Babyshambles track recorded in the studio for Shotters Nation which didn’t make it onto the album and why?
I think everything we made got released with the album and b-sides etc, apart from some rough takes of ‘fireman’ ‘torn’ and ‘I don’t know that man’. I’ve got all the demos and out takes so….
What is the best Babyshambles track recorded in the studio for Down in Albion which didn’t make it onto the album and why?
352 days was a song that came together quite late, Patrick wrote it and was going to be a possible single on the next album but circumstances, etc…
I have noticed you have LOTS going on. If you’re not DJing, playing live with RKC or creating projects with Gary Powell, you’re gardening, building a studio, recruiting band members and juggling family life. How DO you keep on top of it?
It’s really hard to find time, sometimes I do feel that I should just dedicate all my efforts in one area, but all the creative output seems to lead to the same place so why not? Family stuff, well that’s the most important. Cut all the bullshit out of the industry and we are all ‘uwe-man beans’ – I wish more people would realise that, they eventually do but it takes time.
When and why did you decide to expand Roses Kings Castles, and will this be a permanent fixture?
In a toilet in Spain, I decided to as I had no choice – the situation in Babyshambles had deteriorated for me so I needed to evolve my side project, quite simple really. I always wanted to play with more musicians but the touring budgets didn’t allow, they still don’t but hopefully it’ll work out somehow.
Would you rather have a bionic arm or a bionic leg?
A bionic arm.
Would you rather have your face and body but the brain of a chimpanzee or be a chimpanzee but have your human brain?
I’d like the head of a chimpanzee and the body of a wasp.
Would you rather do a duet with Lily Allen or a sixtet with Girls Aloud?
If you could duet with anyone, who would you choose?
I like Kate Rusby’s voice, not all her stuff but there’s a pureness to her singing.
I like Graham’s guitaring, I’m still working on getting him in.
I like Dan Treacey’s words, we’re releasing stuff in the future.
I like the way Doorly makes drums swing.
What will become of the Adam Ficek/Drew McConnell bromance now that you’re no longer in Babyshambles?
With regret – that’s all over.
How many jumpers do you own?
Too many, but I’m into dark colours at the moment.
Do you think The Beatles were/are over-rated?
No way. Better than the Stones.
What was the first album you ever bought?
Can’t remember.….the Dubliners
Are there any good new bands around these days or are they all rubbish?
I’m more touched much by electronic stuff at the moment, just a matter of time though until something comes and kicks the band thing up again.
Would you rather wear Crocs for a year or Uggs for a year?
Uggs, especially in winter.
How do you feel about being a fashion icon for women everywhere?
It was always going to happen.
(Won’t you tell me) Where have all the good times gone?
They moved to the Continent. It’s lovely there and Audrey loves the wine.
What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?
Be very wary.
Would you ever consider a perm?
Yes, it’s something I’m considering for 2011.
Have you ever considered becoming a vegan?
I like the concept and I don’t think it’s right that animals should suffer for us and our taste buds but, I’m not a vegan. I would like to be. Hypocrite.
Fruit or veg?
Fruit but veg is more important.
Which of your songs are you most proud of?
Inner Love, One Born Every Minute, Unstookietitled.
What has been the best moment of your career?
It’s yet to happen … but probably looking across at Patrick at some point and thinking, this is what all the work was for, the years of graft, perhaps the first tour of Shambles ‘05 time.
With hindsight would you do anything differently?
Yes, I don’t really want to embellish it, but if I knew then what I know now I would have …..
Favourite shop in Midsummer Place?
Would you describe yourself as an intuitive person?
Which super hero / villain would you be?
Can you please tell us something about the other musicians in the RKC band?
They’re all computer generated.
Do you ever get recognised in public and if so how do you feel about that?
Not really, sometimes it’s nice for the ego, other times I just want to be left alone to buy some marmite in Tescos.
Who are your favourite drummers?
Alan Wren, Mitch Mitchell, John Marshall, Robert Wyatt.
Who are your favourite lyricists?
Morrissey, Robert Wyatt, Syd Barrett, Dan Treacey
Tea, coffee or hot chocolate?
Depends on the time frame.
Do you eat cake?
Yeah too much.
If you could only play one instrument, which one would you chose?
Where was your best audience and why?
It changes but recently – Munich, I just felt like they understood the music and the performance.
What were your influences for “Suburban Timebombs”?
A lot of it was written during a slightly troublesome time so it may have been influenced by that, or maybe not.
Are you on bad terms with the members of Babyshambles?
I don’t speak to any of them or their circle, except a few of the techs.
Would you consider working with Peter again?
At this time I don’t think that is a really an option.
What is the inspiration in your lyrics?
Things just pop out, it’s only later that I realise what they were about. I find a lot of lyricists try too hard to write meandering poetic lines, it can often come out as trite and cringeworthy.
How would you recommend getting publicity in London?
Pull a media stunt.
How do YOU get publicity?
It’s linked to being in Babyshambles and spamming.
Do Belle & Sebastian inspire you?
I like their melodies.
What is your favourite poem?
Bah Bah Black Sheep.
Where did you get the name “Roses Kings Castles” from?
In a dream.
You seem disillusioned by some of the ways in which the music industry works. If a major label were to approach Roses Kings Castles, would you decline an offer?
I’d snap it up. I would need to have creative control though! Major labels can press buttons we littl’ans can never do.
How much do you think the music industry will have to change in the next few years?
The whole thing will completely change; it’s scary and exciting at the same time. I just returned from Germany – I played a venue in Frankfurt called the Yellowstage, this venue is a recording studio and label. I think the future is going to be like this, the whole thing is ran from a passionate stance but they also have enough business skills to know who and where to tap into to make it work. A great ethic. Check it out and support.
What bands have influenced – and continue to influence you – the most?
I’m inspired by bands that just put their heads down and tour/record and put the hours in, bands that have worked hard to achieve.
So there you have it, we hope your favourite question found its way into this interview! As I’m sure you all already know the album is out on itunes on the 7th (itunes pre-order) and elsewhere on the 8th (www.recordstore.co.uk and all usual outlets). Meanwhile you can check out the new free single Subtleties of Love and video here. If you have more questions then go find Adam at one of his many upcoming gigs – see http://www.adamficek.com and http://www.ficekforever.net.tc .
A big thank you to Adam for agreeing to do this and thanks to everyone who sent in their questions.
Ross & Sue