'One Minute With Dec' 22 Nov 2009

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"My Emails Are Written With Good Humour And Should Be Read With A Smile"

[-The views of any contributor to 'One Minute with Dec' are not necessarily the views of Dec Cluskey-]

"The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it."
Jacqui Hogan [Marlow Orators]


Lena the next Eva Cassidy? [great excitement at You Tube]
Nevada Music present top names at their demos. [you should not miss these days]
What a compliment? [a nice spontaneous bit of praise]
Cheeky? [a guitar recording article that is far too close to my best selling manual]
Subscriber's Section [ recording equipment – Roland? ]
The gags: ..... [A gift to mom? … from Dorothy ]

Lena the next Eva Cassidy? [great excitement at You Tube]

It’s a while now since Lena Zavaroni passed away … one of the victims of that terrible condition Anorexia Nervosa here in the UK.

What a loss to the music industry and her passing was almost an Eva Cassidy situation only more poignant. She was one of the youngest child stars ever and matured into a stunning vocal and performing talent. But she couldn’t survive on just half a Mars bar a day.

I produced the last four tracks she recorded and she thrilled me by saying it was the first time she had ever been produced in a commercial Pop Record way … we all knew the tracks were sensational … recorded at Red Bus … the string section was the Liverpool Philharmonic and all the rhythm players were the top rockers available, Clem Cattini on drums … tracks arranged by my favourite arranger Reg Guest [Dusty Springfield, Lulu, My Band – The BachelorsThe Bachelors, Georgie Fame, Alan Price, Walker Brothers and hosts more]

It was the first time she had ever multi tracked her own harmonies … essential in today’s music recording world. Sadly Lena was too ill to promote the tracks and they have laid quiet … she left behind a massive fan base.

Now there is a huge surge of interest and many of Lena’s performances are on You Tube … lots with my band in the 80’s.

Check out this track … a hit if ever I heard one. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yR9Ek5ElOs

"Young cat! If you keep your eyes open enough, Oh, the stuff you will learn!
The most wonderful stuff!" Theodore Seuss Geisel.

Nevada Music present top names at their demos. [you should not miss these days]

What a promotion Nevada Music are presenting in the next few months ….

Each Saturday, all day, 10am to 4pm they will present top demonstrators for major brands like Roland, Line 6, Peavey and of course, Marshall … with my pal Chris George showing how the new MA range of Marshalls perform. Chris is just the most amazing guitar player around … bring some ear plugs! And dark glasses … his finger speed will blind you.

Tom Allen is in charge of the Peavey gear with Paul Hindmarsh showing the Line 6 equipment and amps.

Dean Lawrence will be demoing the Roland piano range … altogether this is a ‘not to be missed’ series of days … Nevada have always got fantastic free draws … so pop along to their site. www.nevadamusic.co.uk

Nevada Music
12 Fitzherbert Spur
Farlington, Portsmouth, PO6 1TT
023 9220 5100

"Don't be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every
time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little
jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves." Albert Schweitzer

What a compliment? [a nice spontaneous bit of praise]

Every first and third Wednesday we hold a Toastmasters International evening at The Bibendum, 1 Grange Rd, Eastbourne, BN21 4EU … 7.15pm for 7.30pm prompt start.

I am proud to be President of Eastbourne Speakers this year and last evening met some stunning prospective members visiting for the first time [no charge is made and all are welcome]

The club is non profit making and visitors are left to choose whether to join as members or not [mad not to?]

One guest Dina Gohil quietly wrote a critique of the venue and the meeting for www.yelp.co.ukhttp://www.yelp.co.uk/ … and guess what? She was impressed … what did she say about me?

“I believe I had the wondrous experiences of holding the most important conversation of my life in one night with a excellent speaker, business man and lovely personality, Mr Dec Cluskey”.

Hey! She didn’t even recognise me as a music guy? Now that is a compliment.

See the complete critique at http://www.yelp.co.uk/user_details?userid=FEzuJ7zyXkJ6sE0wkC5Siw and maybe follow Dina’s continuing critiques?

"Doubt yourself and you doubt everything you see. Judge yourself and you see judges
everywhere. But if you listen to the sound of your own voice, you can rise above doubt
and judgment. And you can see forever." Nancy Lopez

Cheeky? [a guitar recording article that is far too close to my best selling manual]

Dolphin Music always alert me to new products and new ideas.

Their latest newsletter has a very cheeky ‘Recording Guitar’ article … almost every idea is precisely the same as I recommend in ’So You’re thinking of Recording Guitar’ … the Industry standard manual on recording all types of guitars and presenting the sound live on stage.

What a cheek? [grin!]

Here is the link to their article …. Article here

But if you want the genuine methods in the most complete manual on the subject then go here: http://www.makehits.com/recordingguitar.htm

Not only do you get the knowledge but you get direct access to me with those tricky questions …

"Do your best, one shot at a time and then move on."
Nancy Lopez


“Hi Dec

First of all let me thank you for all the advice on the drummer and publishing.

The tour was excellent and well worth it - loads of new fans and mailing list entries. Some shows with 4000 people, cool. The session drummer was excellent and we never sounded so good.

Signed the licensing deal for US/Canada/Japan, Worldwide Digital Release end of November, physical release date March 2010.

Andie Cayne”


“The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing, and
becomes nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn
and feel and change and grow and love and live.”
Leo Buscaglia

Subscriber's Section [ recording equipment – Roland? ]

“Hi Dec

With the help of your advice via the serious writers guild I have

built up a home studio around a Roland VS2480 workstation. I have had

great results over the years with the Roland synced to an ancient but reliable Atari.

Should I and how would I upgrade to Mac?

Glass Planet”


My Reply:

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Hi Glass Planet [strange name ... grin!]

I have had exactly the same set up for years ... progressed through the years from the original 8 track Roland ... Roland still has the best RSS chorus in the world ... used by all the top Hip Hop producers [pushes the left/right way out past the speakers ... great for back vocals]

I probably recorded four/five of my band's major albums like that.

I toyed with the idea of linking my ProTools set up to the current 24 track Roland and have been advised that it is possible ... I have never actually taken the time out to investigate it.

The real truth of the matter is that all the great producers [including me] use ProTools exclusively. No matter how much amateurs protest, it is the accepted world Industry Standard ... used by every major studio and is infinitely transportable between studios and by Email. [in WAV form]. The learning curve is steep ... but then you would have me as a 'phone buddy' ... have you joined 'The Serious Writers Guild' at http://www.makehits.co.uk ?

I started my Pro Tools experience with an MBox1 ... around £150 ... and a Mac 4 tower and screen [£200 from a broke muso] ... I quickly outgrew that system and went for Digidesign 003 rack ... with 8 inputs and 8 outputs [from memory, about £500 from USA]... that brought me up to, and surpassed, the output power of the Roland [6 usable outputs] .. I still run many midi sound modules and mix on two Soundcraft 24 channels linked together [I prefer that mixing desk setup as I have 12 Auxs available for FX and each channel has an insert for compressors or specific effects]

I still use the Roland for quick recordings ... like my 'Demo Consultation Service' http://www.makehits.co.uk/demo.htm

My current set-up is the 003 still ... now using a Mac5 dual core Tiger [from USA] upgraded to the latest Leopard running ProTools 8 [the latest]

The power and stability is stunning ... I also run a standalone hard disc - so every project, when finished, tracks consolidated, is stored on that ... the main computer then runs clean with nothing stored but the current project. I repeat ... it is absolutely clean ... that is important.

A particular member of ours is currently one of the most sought after hip hop producers in London .... he got all his acclaim recording on a Mac4 with Digidesign 002 and no mixing desk ... he mixed on screen ... how about that? Of course, he now has all the money rolling in and has upgraded. It has to be said that I helped him in advising re. his recording space, vocal booth etc.

Check out http://www.makehits.co.uk/artintro.htm for articles through the years, up to present, advising on the latest thinking ... all the way from Atari days [which I still recommend to broke music makers]


Dec [Cluskey] dec@makehits.com

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that you can be what you want to be."
Leo Buscaglia

The gags: ..... [A gift to mom? … from Dorothy ]

Four brothers left home for college, and they became successful doctors and lawyers and prospered. Some years later, they chatted after having dinner together. They discussed the gifts they were able to give their elderly mother who lived far away in another city.

The first said, "I had a big house built for Mama."

The second said, "I had a hundred thousand dollar theatre built in the house."

The third said "I had my Mercedes dealer deliver an SL600 to her."

The fourth said, "You know how Mama loved reading the Bible and you know she can't read anymore because she can't see very well. I met this preacher who told me about a parrot that can recite the entire Bible. It took twenty preachers 12 years to teach him. I had to pledge to contribute $100,000 a year for twenty years to the church, but it was worth it. Mama just has to name the chapter and verse and the parrot will recite it."

The other brothers were impressed. After the holidays Mom sent out her thank you notes. She wrote: "Milton, the house you built is so huge. I live in only one room, but I have to clean the whole house. Thanks anyway."

"Marvin, I am too old to travel. I stay home, I have my groceries delivered, so I never use the Mercedes. The thought was good. Thanks."

"Michael, you gave me an expensive theatre with Dolby sound, it could hold 50 people, but all my friends are dead, I've lost my hearing and I'm nearly blind. I'll never use it. Thank you for the gesture just the same."

"Dearest Melvin, you were the only son to have the good sense to give little thought to your gift. The chicken was delicious. Thank you."


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  • “Hi Dec £170,000 I've made in the past six months ... so many projects I haven't a minute. Number 4 in Music Week chart ... can't wait for next year ... they are predicting huge chart success for my productions. Unbelievable.
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  • In 2010 film, just budgeted in LA, for full theatrical in the US for $8.7mill with Paul Kay attached.
    Two Liverpool 08 commissions. First with 200 choir Second a major CD Brass Band album with Fairey Brass Band ... Phil Lawrence [UK]

  • I had my first Top Ten Hit in Germany as a songwriter, great things are happening ... I'm on tour all over Europe with the band that I'm producing. We're the official support act for 50 Cent. 15 shows in the greatest countries of Europe. Marcell Brell [Germany]

  • We played The Cavern Club in Liverpool
    Patchwork Grace were the best thing they'd ever seen!!
    Ian - Thanks again Dec! [UK]

  • I was asked to play at the Pepsi Music festival in Buenos Aires. The most important festival held on the whole South American continent. it lasts 10 days every major local star, as well as many international acts like Megadeath, The Wailers, Die Toten Hose, etc. Thanks again Dec ... Emiliano Canal [Argentina]

  • Recently I have finished a score for an independent movie called “Treehouse”. I am now composing tracks for various music libraries for licencing and am also discussing publishing the MUNKIE catalogue with various publishers. Jason Clarke. [N. Ireland]

  • This is Yosi & Ofir Nafkar from Israel member of The Serious Writer Guild Membership No NET0778030W. We wrote music for an Australian Movie By Kerry Bowden. She is a great woman who helps children in need. The movie and the music had a great success. Together we gathered 1million$. [Israel]

  • Hi Dec, some good news regarding my girlfriend Erin's songs, 3 are being used on a new American TV show. Anyway thanks again for your invaluable support, knowing your there makes this leap into the publishing world feel a lot safer ... Roger O'Donnell [The Cure]

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