I arrived in Sydney 3 hours ago. Hopped in a cab real quick (man I like the new 'smartgate' system at the airport, so swift) and jetted to my hotel. I think the cab driver had a malfunctioning CD player, either that or he really loves track 1 and 2 from The Gossip album. I'm staying at a fairly tidy 3.5 star spot down the bottom of George St. And this is where I'll be based for the next week as we do promotional visits with radio, TV and online people to launch the new single "Say Yeah" ft David Dallas & Aaradhna in Australia.
I have the video in hand and will be debuting it online tomorrow morning. Check back here for that! Post production on the clip went right down to the wire. Had me stressing, worried that I wouldn't have it in time for this trip. But thanks to the crew at Native Post we got it in the nick of time (although I think we may have killed one of the operators there who spent 3 consecutive 20 hour days on the job, madman!).
All the bits are coming together for the album now. Single kicking off at radio, about to hit TV, album master is in hand, review copies have gone out and we're just waiting on the final album artwork before things go into production. Production of the CD takes place about 6 weeks out from release so we can have finished stock to show the buyers from retail stores. The album is to be released digitally and physically in NZ on May 3rd. Not sure of the exact release date in Australia yet, but I'd like it to be somewhere around that same mark.
I also have 3 club gigs this week, Sin City - Gold Coast on Tues, Kit & Kaboodle - Sydney on Friday and Magic City - Brisbane on Saturday. Come check me at one of those if you're in the area. Those Gold Coast and Brisbane clubs are heavy on the R&B/Club vibe and the Sydney show I think is a little more suited to a diverse set, so I'll be mixing it up a bit in there. Nice one.
My good friends at Grindin and Central Station Australia are putting on a little get together for us to present the new single "Say Yeah". We'll be playing some tracks from the new album and kicking back for a couple hours (with beverages courtesy of Tiger Beer thank you very much). RSVP if you're able to join us. You're welcome.
VENUE: Doctor Pong, 1 Burton Street, Darlinghurst, Sydney DATE: Thursday 11th March TIME: 7pm-9pm RSVP: email@example.com by Wednesday 10th March
This here is the lead single from the new album. "Say Yeah" features David Dallas and Aaradhna on vocals. They killed it! The production credit is shared by Me and Ben Grymm. We made the beat for this at his place in London and then I finished the song with Dave and Radz back here in Auckland. Evan Short did his magic on the mixdown and there you have it. It's a dope combination of dance/house/rap/pop and rnb. Video drops next week. Choice :) NZ Release date is March 22nd (File has some dropouts to prevent bootlegging, as requested by my distributors).