Glasgow Based Lewis Tollan Talks About Crow's Feet And The Hardships Of Making It
Editor's Note: Crow’s Feet is the project of Glasgow based Lewis Tollan. Lewis runs a recording studio as his day job and we thought it might be interesting to get a commentary on how most musicians today need to have some sort of other job to supplement their income. This is a guest-post.
Crow's Feet's first single, "Alarm Clock Bones", showcases a deep sound with comparisons like Mogwai,Explosions in the Sky or Barbarossa. The song draws on a number of thoughts and feelings but centres around the story of two people, making mistakes in their lives but how those mistakes can be interpreted to mean different things. Guest vocalist Calum Stewart shows off an incredible vocal range, soaring to heights that bring to life the emotion of the song, while the harmonium and strings at its base give it a sombre wintery overtone.
I'm Lewis, I run Old Mill Studios and also started a new musical project called Crow's Feet.
I've been lucky so far with what I have done musically and career wise. I have now been a professional sound engineer for 3 years, and that has been my only income. Currently it is the perfect job for me, I'm always around music and musicians, so it's really easy for me to do both record bands etc and then record my own stuff with help from the musicians I have met doing this.
Most bands etc who come to record at the studio do it for fun or for a hobby. It is nearly impossible to make a living now a days from just being in a band. I can only think of a handful of people I know who do it for a living, and even then they do some busking/wedding bands on the side.
One of the big problems today for bands are promoters.
I recall my friends band playing at St. Luke's for a major Glasgow promotions company, they got asked to support a big local band. They ended up selling 70 tickets, which was around £400 - £500, they ended up getting paid £50. That was £10 for each member. Think about what goes into playing a gig. Practices maybe 5 - 8 practices before a gig, that's £30 each time. Travel, instrument maintenance, arranging to sell tickets because the promoters don't actually do anything to promote the gig. it's about £100+ of your own money to play a gig, then you end up with a tenner.
It's sad that it's like this now a days. People aren't willing to go out and see local bands any more unless it's their pals band. No one is willing to pay £12 for an album which the band or musician has put thousands of pounds and time into.
Don't want to end on a downer, Currently I would say I know a lot about the Glasgow scene. It is one of the best for bands and people, so if you're in the area come see a band and buy their fucking shit.
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