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Steve Ather

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About Steve Ather

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  • Birthday 04/12/1985

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    England (UK)
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Music Background

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  • Musical / Songwriting / Music Biz Skills
    Songwriting for over a year, played the guitar for a total of 7 years, now gigging with covers.
  • Musical Influences
    Oasis, The Verve, Passenger, OCS, Stereophonics, Coldplay, The Eagles, Catfish and the bottlemen, Arctic Monkeys, Foo Fighters.


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    Any and All
    Give It To Me Both Barrels
  1. Going Away

    This sounds really good, I like the structure and it's got a 60s 70's sort of vibe coming off. The harmonies work very well, and it is definitely catchy.

    I really like this, I started out writing rap, and listened to allot of old school Eminem, and most recently professor green and dizzy, hear allot of this more chilled out rap now and I'm not a great fan of it, but it's because am 32 and I'm getting old in music years ha! It is original and it's got some brilliant similes, I dig the backing track and definitely think this song is worthy of a top radio station play list. Nice one!
  3. Crime to commit re-written updated rough

    Thanks, you sound allot like my last lead guitarist and would probably get on well with him. I've never studied chord progressions that much, I guess I have influences from allot of well known bands, but I normally come up with a progression by noodling about, then I'll get something out of the blue thar sounds good and I'll use it, then I'll go somewhere else with the song for the chorus. My structure is just about feeling, but I often get quite stuck in the same melody for the chorus or verse, within my songs I think that is a problem. I love the idea of using 7 instead of just the straight chords. And I probably did rush this recording, I had the guitar turned up from the recording of 'Train' (a previous song) and the reason for that is Train uses a picking pattern so needed to have the guitar at high volume. Thanks I'll use that advice and get to it.
  4. Free

    I wanna take this picture, I wanna take it home with me tonight, coz we could make a sculpture, sign it's guna be alright. And we can wait forever now, Or we'll never make a sound, We can write a better song, Take the world on, Make the top some day, Or we can do it now, Shout out loud, All because we're (Chorus) Freeeeeeeee, we're young and free, I wouldn't beeee anything else We're Freeeeeeeee, we're young and free So let's be. I wanna paint a picture, I wanna paint a picture of our lives, and we can paint it how we like, the future bright, the stars are ours tonight, we can paint the neon sky, or the sun can shine, all because. We can be together now, or we'll never make a sound, we can write a better song, take the world on, make the top some day, we can do it now, shout out loud, because we're (Chorus) Needs a bridge but haven't got that far yet lol.
  5. Song for critique.

    Thanks! Sorry for the late reply, just been really busy.
  6. Song for critique.

    Sorry about that, I've placed a totally new recording of the song on this now, and even put a bridge in.
  7. Drowsy Ones And Sleepy Eyed

    That's my kind of music, I thought I was back in the brit pop period or the back end of it anyway. The only think I noticed about this song, before you go into the lead solo, when you say 'Lonely ones' I would try and change the octave up by shouting it, then the lead solo comes in, it gives that emotion before the Very fitting and well played solo hits the song, then maybe change the last chorus up an octave to keep a hold of that emotion until the end of the song. I think the lyrics are good, the music's great, the symbols clashes at the end don't seem to work or they're out of time slightly. But apart from that and the bit before the lead solo I think you've got a great song.
  8. Teng with Spring wind

    I really enjoyed this, the music is brilliant, and the que between instrument's is perfect, I think the only improvement I would make, not that I would, is to change the melody up slightly or have the instruments playing at a certain point, I was taken on a journey, bit wanted that journey to go to another place so far through. But was still happy on the journey I was on, if that makes sense, good work.
  9. Here's the updated version of Crime to commit, put a bridge in, and even changed one of the verses melodies.
  10. The Better Man

    Im not that into folk music but the first place I ever played was a folk and acoustic night, and the music's proper grown on me. I think it's got a really good feel to it, love the way it calms down at the end of the chorus, and you've got a really good country and western voice. There's a point to it as well. Don't think there's anything I would change about this song the music, structure and lyrically.
  11. Plasm - first song on soundcloud

    I liked the sound of that song, I feel a bit of Muse inspiration, but sounds really original and up to date with modern music. Well written lyrics and melody.
  12. Guiding Light (WIP)

    I loved listening to this, it's got that 80s retro sort of feel to it, it's definitely inspired by that sort of era and I think that sort of music is definitely coming back in. I think the lyrics are definitely well written, and the music is fitting to the lyrics or vise versa.
  13. Please lock this!!! Thank you!

    Yeah that's what I generally do, but normally it's because I'm writing songs late at night and my neighbours wouldn't appreciate me singing ha! The reason I ask is, nearly every song I've written in my head and then practiced singing during the day (when I can be loud) feels like my voice is stuck down in my throat when I'm singing, it sounds like you've got a really nice tone, but my theory is, when we write songs in our heads, our imagination thinks we can sing in exceptionally high, when we go to actually sing it we sing it in a lower octave. I bet if you put the music up by 1 or 2 octaves it pushes your voice into a more comfortable position,. Just my theory on the vocal stand point.
  14. Please lock this!!! Thank you!

    The lyrics are well written, I like the music, did you write the song in your head and imagine how you would sing it, or did you sing it while you were writing it? Sounds like a daft question but there's a method to my madness.
  15. Sea Of Glass

    I definitely like this, instrumental's are not normally my thing, but yeah definitely love this. Tuning? Sometimes it's the imperfections that make things perfect.