About Ballard

I’m past 40. So if you’re an A&R man looking for a young kid who you can mould and shape, you might as well piss off.

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This page used to be some press release type stuff about my musical history. It didn’t really feel like me so here’s another, more honest About Me page.

I’m past 40. So if you’re an A&R man looking for a young kid who you can mould and shape, you might as well piss off. I only do what I’m told at work, I’m not gonna let a dick in bad clothes tell me how to do the thing I love.

I used to record things properly. Do an acoustic demo then record a full version with nicely EQ’d instruments, everything beautifully separated in a nice stereo spread. I’d record several takes of my vocal and cut and paste the best bits so it sounded like I was a proper singer. All guitars in tune and solos played again and again and again until I got it right. Took me fucking ages and hardly anybody listened.

These days if I get an idea I record it as quickly as possible and more often than not mix it in mono. Everything’s over-compressed because I like the way it sounds. Everything is the first take, apart from the bits where I really cock it up – they’re usually the second take. Most of the songs take a couple of hours from having the first idea to completing the final mix. It sounds rough as hell but I don’t mind, I like it.

And amazingly, it seems like other people like it too. Way more than used to like my polished stuff. So, apart from the odd bit of fun in a ‘proper’ studio everything I do will be lo-fi. I have to do it quickly, I’m too old to take my time.

I’ve started playing live now. Got a band backing me, three kids who play in a punk band when they’re not propping me up. We often sound nothing like my recordings. I like that but it makes things awkward when trying to get gigs – “Here’s my album, we sound nothing like it.”

You don’t need to know what my influences are, my music’s all over the site, just have a fucking listen.