As I approach the end of the year I always start to reflect on what has happened over the last 12 months in the world of ATP.
I have just be re-reading my similar post from last year and this time last year the main thing I wanted to do was get ATP:LIVE up and running. I am pleased to say that this happened.
2010 has been a rather eventful year for me, it started off slow but picked up in the last 6 months.
In the summer before my back operation I released the ‘Repeat to fade EP’ this got lots of good reviews but failed to get the radio plays I had hoped for. It always frustrates me how difficult it is to get national airplay.
It was during the recovery of my back operation that I made the ‘Flat on me back EP’ – a little project to keep me busy during the recovery – but also had a few great ideas on it, some of which will be expanded for ATPLP2.
The recovery of the back operation also gave me time to deconstruct my songs and work out how to do ATP:LIVE.
The first ATP:LIVE show took place in September and following that I did a few other gigs including playing Brighton:Live on the Great Escape Stage which was a real pleasure. Since then I have gone on to support some really cool bands such as Seefeel, Men, Teeth and Small Black.
In November there was the Brighton Music Awards for which I (or rather Maria) won best artwork, again a great achievement and it was nice to be part of a local awards event.
So in reflection 2010 has been a good year and I have achieved a lot, but as always I am hungry for improvement and want to achieve even more in 2011.
What are my aims for 2011?
I want to carry on perfecting ATP:LIVE, bringing new songs into the shows and making each show sound better. I want to play gigs outside of Brighton and also do a tour (or two) during the year. I also want to play festivals in the summer and realise this is one of the hardest things to do, but I am determined to get my name out there and get booked for as many as possible.
I have already begun work on ATPLP2 (for those of you who have my debut album you’ll already know what its going to be called). I am really hoping to make a big progression with the second album. I have learnt a lot over the last few years and feel that I have created an ‘ATP sound’ which I hope to improve and develop.
I have three new songs that are being worked on at the moment, these are called ‘The Man Who Smiles When Things Go Wrong’, ‘FutureDeadRockStars’ and ‘The Inherent Racism of Doves’. All of them are sounding rather good.
The other thing I want to say about these titles is all of them have come from what ATP fans have said on either Facebook or Twitter – I am constantly monitoring what you are saying and if I like the order you put some words in I may nab it for a song title.
The other aim I have with ATPLP2 is that it will get released on a small independent label, once I have finished the album I will be sending it out to see what reception it gets. I also hope to get more national airplay with the singles I release off it.
I am going to keep making remixes – I have a few that I am finishing at the moment and will update the blog when they are done. But I love doing these so if you want one made – get in touch!
So I guess in reality 2011 will just carry on from 2010 as after all the change of year is just another day.
I do hope that over time I can take things to the next level – I want more people to know about ATP and maybe eventually have someone who takes on a management kind of role to allow me to make music and play live whilst they do the other stuff. Who knows.
Anyway – I just wanted to thank anyone who is reading this for their support during TwentyTen and here’s to everyone having a great festive time … x