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This is the home of the Sawsound – live band / music collective based in London. We make original music in a hippy chai style alchemic brew – notes of  reggae, Jazz, rock and blues among others are simmering right now, you’d better turn it up and give it a taste. “There is no thinking here, take off the MASK your face has fit to.”

FAQ 1. What does the name mean?

A: Synaesthesia – one sense activating another, i.e. seeing colour when you hear a certain sound.

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#4 – Tool VIP – Guitarist Adam Jones in San Francisco

Tectonic plates are shifting! Us Whitton brothers are taking time away from Sawsound as a band, putting that arm of this beast on hiatus for a while. We are both heavily into other music projects, three of which will release material soon. This site and blog will now become a consistent source of news on each project.

These blog entries are going to be regular now, every Tuesday and Thursday. This one is all about my recent experience with Adam Jones from Tool. The featured image is my Dad and I with Adam Jones, guitarist of Tool, who made a VIP ticket available on their site before recent shows in the South West of the States. I decided to take my Dad, making the trip that much sweeter, because he definitely needed some inspiration too!

Regardless of whether you’re a fan of Tool, they are undeniably a band that has taken a very different position in the world of music. They didn’t play the media game, only release music twice a decade, and have always taken things very seriously. This made the generous gesture from Adam Jones all the more otherworldly!

First on the agenda was a two-hour Q&A session with Adam, where he talked about his involvement in Tool, played, and answered a myriad of questions. No pictures or recording of any kind was allowed, but then we were told that we’d each have a quick meet and greet with a photo (above).

There were just under a hundred of us, led into a room at Bill Graham Civic Centre in San Francisco on 12th March. We were immediately greeted by Adam’s stage setup!! A guitar amp and original guitar were there, waiting just as […]

By |April 24th, 2014|Features|2 Comments

#3 – Are You Stimulated?

Are you stimulated when you see a live band? Is this affected by how genuine or honest the performance is? Why is this? The same could be asked of recorded music, but there are a greater number of elements to consider with music production, especially today.

If we as artists invite people to a gig to see our band, we have to be sure that we have a lot to give, and that we’re willing to give it. We have our ‘off’ shows for a myriad of reasons, but it’s just not fair on the audience if the performance is doomed from the start!

Rehearsal, communication, a good night’s sleep the night before; these things are crucial, but all are irrelevant if the music is insincere. Sawsound have always played to the very edge of our abilities, and if there is any extra energy left at the end, we will try to give it out in our performance. Posing does occur at shows, but not generally by us. We once played a show with the assistance of strippers, but that was a one-off…

Getting back to what stimulates, and what is genuine… As an audience member it would have to be the connection I feel through the performer. Far too often audiences face the disgraceful fact that they are being underestimated, and that the band has prepared something frustratingly palatable, lacking the bravery that we witness from a performer every once in a while.

Sawsound work hard onstage to touch the void, evoke an energy that is beyond us, and invite the audience to join us there. We don’t shove it down your throat, even if it is loud.

If we do not consider these things as artists and […]

By |January 22nd, 2014|Features, News|2 Comments

#2 – Inspiration vs Motivation

What inspires you? What motivates you? Until recently I didn’t spend enough time separating the two, sitting back and realising the difference.

A long time ago I threw away the idea that an art-based band has to have a ‘creative driving force’, a person whose permanent role it is to lead the band. It seemed that each person involved would need to lead the way at some point, when they would choose to. It’s all about listening to, respecting, and responding to one another, right? Other than inviting the morbidity of a ‘control freak’ situation, it’s simply leaning the project into the hands of just one person, which would surely defeat the whole purpose of being a ‘band’.

I believe the greatest tragedy occurs when one (or some) of the band members are made to feel like they are part of someone else’s project. I hear this all the time, this person is made to feel limitedly accepted in the band that they (often were) in. When they try to wear their heart on their sleeve and bring an idea to the table, it will probably just be rejected by force of habit.

This can just be a confidence issue, the lack of time they can contribute, shorter time in the band than other members, but it is probably the result of a bandleader running amok… as a ‘motivational dictator’ of sorts. This could be incorrect, depending on what you think the word ‘band’ really pertains to, or perhaps it’s just the methods by which a person leads. If everyone concerned is inspired then it should not matter, but what often occurs is that a whole band might just be ‘motivated’ to be together.

“What’s my motivation” the actor yells! […]