This is not my usual jam but it was a heck of a lot of fun to write and record. This track was actually the music to accompany a school project.
Alex needed some music that he could use without having to worry about getting permission from anyone or dealing with all the hassles involved with using someone else’s music.
If you enjoyed this track, you can help me get more exposure if you:
- FOLLOW my artist profile on Spotify, or
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- Share the track on your social channels
- Make a playlist and add one or more of my songs and share with the world
It definitely makes a difference to the black box algorithms if you can get even one or two people listening to one of my songs, especially if it’s on a playlist you made.
Listen to JOSH CANDLESTICK on Spotify
Listen to JOSH CANDLESTICK on YouTube
Just in case you haven’t figured it out, Josh Candlestick is a parody of – you guessed it – John Wick.
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Please enjoy and share. Sharing helps my songs appear in other algorithmic playlists and generally just helps with promotion and music discovery.
Please check out this page for the rest of my music. And make sure you follow me on Spotify and Instagram, and subscribe on YouTube. Like I said, it makes a big difference to the algorithms. And that – in turn – makes a difference to other people’s music discovery experiences.
Discover new music
If you like this track you might also like these ones also by THISISGRAEME Music:
- Wood Pidgeon Blues on Spotify or click here for all listening options.
- Lo-Fi for a White Guy on Spotify or click here for all listening options.
Elevator Music for the 0.01% on Spotify and YouTube
- Coming soon… stay tuned…!
Play Before the Comet (BTC) on Spotify
Play Before the Comet (BTC) on YouTube
Play THISISGRAEME DISCOGRAPHY on Spotify
If you enjoyed this you should check out the rest of my music including other collaborations with friends.
Play THISISGRAEME DISCOGRAPHY on Youtube
Check out all of the links for all of the tunes on my blog
Not everyone loves Spotify or wants to use Youtube. If that’s you, or you’re just curious, you can check out all of the links to all of my tunes on all of the available streaming platforms on my blog here. They are organised as follows:
- Latest releases
- Album links
- Discography links
- All tracks
Frequently asked questions
Where are you based?
I live in the North Island of Aotearoa New Zealand. I’ve lived abroad and travelled to Australia, Japan, Singapore and Taiwan but New Zealand is home. I’m married and have three kids, a cat and a dog.
What’s your set up for recording and publishing?
I write and record all of my own music at home in a small shed that doubles as my office and recording studio. My set-up is very simple and is largely driven by a MacBook with Logic Pro X recording software.
Other than that I have a bunch of guitars including electric, bass and acoustic and an old mandolin. I use a small USB keyboard for piano and synth. Most synth sounds are on-board with Logic Pro X although I have used a few 3rd party plugins, sounds and beats. I also have a Blue Yeti USB mic which I occasionally use for recording audio or acoustic instruments.
I use an AI algorithm for mastering songs and then I upload them to CD Baby for distribution to all major streaming audio platforms including Spotify, Youtube, iTunes, Deezer and others.
Are you making any money from this?
Is there any money in this for artists like me? Hell no…! It’s a hobby and I do it because I love the craft of making music and I love sharing what I make with the world. The big platforms are the ones making the money. Mostly, streaming audio is a terrible deal for artists.
The reason I continue to do it is that platforms like Spotify and Youtube allow me to share my work with people in every country around the world. For example, I have people listening to my music in the following countries:
- New Zealand
- United States
- United Kingdom
This global reach allows me to share and promote the work of friends who are also writers and artists. For example:
- My friend, Bianca Rae::
- My friend, Saylene:
Or sometimes it allows me to promote certain messages or projects that I want to support, like this one:
Do you play live anywhere?
Firstly, I live in New Zealand which is probably on the other side of the world from you. Secondly, no… at the moment I’m not playing live anywhere and I have no plans to at the present time.
Making music happens in my spare time, often late at night or in between time spent on real work or with family, so it’s hard to imagine adding live gigs and band practices to my already busy schedule and life.
I may look at live gigs at some stage in the future, especially if I could incorporate aspects of what I’ve recorded with a drummer or other instruments played live, but it would be a hybrid model.
Can I tip you, donate or buy you a cup of coffee?
Would you drop a couple of bucks in my guitar case if I was busking and you happened to walk past? I’m not in this for the money, but if you really wanna support me you can make a donation here on my Givealittle page.
Just for context:
- If you donated USD$5, that’s the equivalent of 1250 streams of a single song on Spotify.
- If you donated USD$40, that would cover the costs incurred uploading a single song and is the equivalent to about 10,000 streams on Spotify.
- If you donated USD$1000, I’d probably write and record a song especially just for you.
Here’s the link again if you wanna donate to a great cause (me, that is):
THISISGRAEME Music is me – Graeme Smith, a New Zealand musician, writer, teacher and maker of cool things. My music is a combination of downtempo vintage-sounding synthesizers, world music influences, ambient melodies, rock-influenced guitars with funky bass and drums. Find out more here