Ooof, it's been a while
It's 5 August 2012. I've been enjoying a long break. I needed it. The other day I realised I hadn't picked up a guitar in around eight months without really thinking about it. For someone who used to play most days as a way of life that means something.
What have I been doing? Eating chocolate. Enjoying listening to so much music. Anything and everything.
Just before I took that break I finished working on a side project with my friend the Pussycat Doorman. Call it my band. I had a great time working on it. It's very different. More on that soon, but in the meantime you can hear it here
28/7/10 SPECIAL LONDON GIG WITH JAYSON AND ELIZA ON SAT 21ST AUGUST
I'm looking forward to playing with my friends Jayson Norris and Eliza Wren Payne at the Spice on the 21st August. This is something we do every once in a while and it is always a great vibe and special night. Last time it basically descended into one big jam and this time... who knows, the possibilities are endless.
Peace, see you there!
16/4/10 WINNER OF RECHARGED RADIO AWARD 2010: BEST MALE
:) www.rechargedradio.com. Special thanks to the crew @ Recharged Radio for a great year. Peace, KF
19/3/10 NEW STORE TRIAL:
26/11/09 MAD MASTERS CARTOON ONLINE TODAY
The Mad Masters cartoon is previewing on youtube right now... Click here to watch it. Special thanks to Galen Wainright for the artwork and directing the video, and to Eva Crespo for the editing . Peace, KF
7/09/09 MAD MASTERS EP RELEASED TODAY
The Mad Masters EP is available for download from a good digital retailer near you! itunes link
28/08/09 MAD MASTERS IS STILL PREVIEWING
Tracks from the forthcoming Mad Masters EP are still rotating weekly on the myspace player in the run up to release. Architect's Son is currently the full length featured song.http://myspace.com/karimfanous There is also a blog entry to tell you a little bit about the song... read it here
04/08/09 MAD MASTERS IS HERE (PREVIEW NOW)
As part of the pre-release run for the Mad Masters EP, the first track (Mad Masters) has been uploaded on myspace and will be available to hear in full for one week. http://myspace.com/karimfanous There is also a blog entry to tell you a little bit about the song... read it here
18/06/09 !NEW RECORD IS FINISHED!
It's been a topsy turvy time but the good news is that the Mad Masters E.P. is finished and mastered. I will be previewing songs from it at gigs from now on. More news re the release date soon. For now, catch the last few recording updates at twitter (you don't have to be a twitter user to see this so go click!): http://www.twitter.com/castlefanous
27/05/09 NEW RECORD NEARLY FINISHED
I've been working hard on my new record and it is nearly there. It has been a grand, intense experience and I'm quite satisfied with it so far... I have just finished mixing with Thomas Juth @ Kensaltown and am taking it to Abbey Road today for mastering. More news soon, but for now keep track of my twitter updates for realtime reports on how it is all going! http://www.twitter.com/castlefanous
27/04/09 RECORDING TWEETS AT TWITTER
http://www.twitter.com/castlefanous for updates on the new record and realtime tweets.
25/2/08 QUEENS AND BUGS GALLERY LIVE ON MYSPACE
As part of the Drama Queen and Superbug single release there are some great new idents to complement the songs... you can see them NOW at Karim's myspace picture gallery.
The Queen still wants to dance... ITUNES.
23/2/08 DRAMA QUEEN AND SUPERBUG ARE LIVE ON ITUNES TODAY!
Drama Queen and Superbug are released on Itunes today!
After the build up, the Anti V Day gig and a cheeky appearance from yours truly in the Metro newspaper, these two tracks are now available on ITUNES.
The Queen still wants to dance...
7/12/08 NEW DOUBLE A RELEASE READY TO DROP! THE QUEEN IS COMING...
15/12/08 SUPERBUG AND DRAMA QUEEN AVAILABLE NOW!
The Queen Bug double A is here, and the Queen wants to dance...
Drama Queen and Superbug are released today!
These two new tracks are available to preview and purchase from the new Castle Fanous shop at Indiestore.
You can purchase and download these tracks easily by credit card, paypal or even text message.
Go now to http://www.indiestore.com/castlefanous
7/12/08 NEW DOUBLE A RELEASE READY TO DROP! THE QUEEN IS COMING...
The Queen/Bug Double A drops THIS MONDAY (15th December), and Castle Fanous has a very special preview for you:
Queen Bug Radio Preview Part One : Watch Vid Here
Queen Bug Radio Preview Part Two : Watch Vid Here
Listen/Download The Whole interview :
17/11/08 A DAY IN THE LIFE DOCUMENTARY AND MEDIA : LIVE ON THE STEVE PAYNE RADIO SHOW
Follow me around on my recent day trip up to Birmingham to co host and sing live on the now legendary Steve Payne Radio Show on Rock247online.com . I took up a mini video camera for my last visit and there is a nice little group of media snippets collected from the day. You'll see all sorts of shennanigans from singing to ducks, Ellis the black metal dog, me singing live on radio, hear my playlist and more!:
Day In The Life Documentary Part 1 : Watch Vid Here
Day In The LIfe Documentary Part 1 : Watch Vid Here
Ship Is Sinking Live On The Show : Watch Vid Here
So Long Jenny J Live On The Show : Watch Vid Here
Listen/Download The Whole Show :
These vids form part of the Sunday upload at Castle Fanous. We try and upload a new vid on the Karim Fanous music channel every Sunday morning so check in for regular updates and loads of new content: Youtube Music Channel
13/10/08 SPECIAL NIGHT WITH ELIZA AND JAYSON
It's the time of year which is just right for a special gig and this will be one! I'm delighted to be bringing together my friends Eliza and Jayson to share the stage with me at The Spice Of LIfe on Friday, October 24th. There will be sets from all of us and to make the night unique we will be joining each other at various points and for a few collaborations as well. I can't wait.... Hope you can make it! See the gigs page for more info...
Things have been a bit quiet on the public front but the good news is that this is because I have been writing.... for a couple of projects but most importantly for my next releases. I'm finishing about 14 songs which will take a while and then I'm going to figure out how to release them... I've also been in with Steve and recording a few live takes which are sounding gorgeous so I'm already looking forward to putting the next records out....
3/07/08 ARCHITECT'S SON!
People I am very happy.
I've been away from this myspace and concept for a while and for a reason. I finished the demo of Architect's Son late last year and gave it to my friend Martin Terefe to see what he thought. He liked it and offered to produce which put me on cloud nine for a while. Martin is a great producer and has this year alone overseen and produced albums for Jason Mraz, Tristan Prettyman, Craig David, Martha Wainright and many others before (James Morrison, Kt Tuntstall, the list goes on merrily)...
So first of all it was a great compliment to the song! Second of all, he had a great vision for it, in line with the song and structure concept : an industrial approach, leftfield, we were gettin' on that arty vibe. We agreed and got to work!
I had a lovely time recording my vocal and acoustic guitar at Kensaltown with Dyre Gormsen, who's brother, funnily enough is an architect. Martin then got the mightily talented, multi instrumental magician who is Claes Bjorklund to play the other instruments (and noises). Martin felt Claes would be well suited to the track and indeed he was! Jonna Lee was in the studio at the time and put down some great BV's.
The track was then mixed by Thomas Juth on a gorgeous API desk (bought off a Disney studio, this thing was used to record the old Disney soundtracks!)
I'd like to say a huge thanks to Martin, Claes and everyone at Kensaltown for a great time and some beautiful sounds.
Now I need you to check out the track, I think you might like it! :) Go listen here
Peace, creativity and good mojo to you! Karim
4/06/08 Rock 247 Radio Show Co Host Online For You To Hear!
Go straight to the media section of the site and scroll to the down and you can hear the whole of my Rock 247 show co host with Steve Payne and find a video or two from it!
26/05/08 Live on 209 Radio Show
Looking forward to visiting the guys on the Living Room show at 209 radio on Monday and play some songs live too! Tune in on 209radio.co.uk or if youíre in Cambridge you can get it on 105fm. 7pm till 8pm 209 Radio
19/05/08 Rock 247 Radio Co Host!
I'm looking forward to checking into the Rock 247 radio sofa and co hosting the morning show with Steve Payne on Wednesday the 21st May. That's three hours of me and Steve having a laugh at the daily papers, talking music and spinning tracks from my album and loads of my influences. I'ts gonna be bosh. Tune in on Wednesday to http://www.rock247online.com at 11am!
1205/08 New Media Added!
Loads of really cool media from the Sometimes tour has just been added to the media page... Go check it out and find my performance live on the Channel M Breakfast Show and interviews with BBC Stoke and BBC Leeds
22/04/08 One Tour Down, Hopefully Many To Go!
Just got back from an interview with BBC Radio Stoke and that is the end of my first tour! I had an AMAZING time and there is so much to tell, all coming to you in a tour diary which I am writing up at the moment and will post soon! I'm reunited with my band The Austrian Wrecking crew this Friday to smash Soho up so see you there!
4/04/08 Sometimes UK Tour Starts Monday
Well peeps I'm looking forward to my first mini tour across the UK! Over the next two weeks you can catch me in Leeds, Sheffield, Camden, Chelmsford, Cambridge and Birmingham. You can also see me on channel Manchester TV and hear me on BBC Bristol, BBC Leeds and BBC Stoke. :) Check the gigs page for complete listing.
19/03/08 TFest Radio Interview
This is a funky little recording that has just surfaced of a live interview I did at Tfest towards the end of last year (remember, the album is already out!) Click here to hear it
14/03/08 Interview with Glasswerk
I did an interview with Glasswerk journalist Ant Standring shortly after I won the award for Best New Singer / Songwriter last year, and they have posted it recently. Itís a cheeky little number, you can find out more about my music, life, and song and structure idea: Click here to read it!
25/02/08 SOMETIMES REGIONAL TOUR AND RADIO SESSIONS
'Sometimes' has been chosen to lead my April promotional campaign (why? Because we love it!) We've put together some dates for my *first* UK regional tour with live radio sessions to be added soon. It's all listed at the gigs page. If you know any people in these areas send them to the gig or make them tune in for some Fanous magic! (March 12th: Manchester, April 2nd: London, April: 7 Leeds, April 8: Sheffield, April 9: London, April 10: Chelmsford, April 11: Cambridge., April 15th: BBC Bristol live radio session, April 16th: Birmingham) . Check back for more radio dates soon.
22/01/08 KARIM FEATURES IN BBC STREETSTARS PROMO
Fresh off the plane from the Norway Mini tour in December '07 I made my way straight from Stansted to London's Embankment to start filming a promo for a new BBC series concept called 'Streetstars' . The idea is that they pick 'shabby', 'gritty', 'hard working' street performers (that's me by the way) randomly off the street and take them to the 'big stage'. I had a great time with the lovely crew which culminated in an afternoon's filming at The Criterion Theatre in London (perhaps I was the winner too ;) ). Go straight to the media page to see the promo video and two behind the scenes videos of filming my live performance in Theatre. Thanks for a good time and big up to the BBC crew! Assistant Producer: Camilla Cope , Director: Mat Hodgson , Project Manager: Claire Louise Cooke, Executive Producer: Gareth Williams, Creative Director: Ben Hall.
3/01/08 HAPPY NEW YEAR
Wishing you peeps a very happy new year and nice and lovely 2008!
12/12/07 NEW GIGS ADDED
Venues and dates for January and February and March have been added on the gigs page... There will be a couple more added soon so keep checking back!
10/12/07 SONG AND STRUCTURE MYSPACE AND NEW SONG 'ARCHITECT'S SON'
Well it's here peeps - the inevitable but very groovy move to myspace for music and buildings has been made. It is now called SONG AND STRUCTURE and can be found at here
There are a load of very cool new comments so go have a look and leave some more! Also posted is a BRAND NEW SONG called 'ARCHITECT'S SON' which I have written especially for the project. It's different, and lovely, and still very me. You can hear it here
6/12/07 NEW VIDEO FROM NORWICH GRAPEVINE GIG
A new live video of 'On Top Of The World' has been uploaded onto the media page from the Grapevine gig in Norwich. For your viewing pleasure on the media page!
4/12/07 NEW PRESS REVIEWS Have a look at the press section for two new reviews from Glasswerk and Music-News.com
20/11/07 GUARDIAN ARTS BLOG FEATURE MUSIC AND BUILDINGS PROJECT
Chris Cottingham on the Guardian arts blog has picked up on the music and buildings idea that I am running. Read the article here
15/11/07 NEW WEBSITE UP AND RUNNING
Welcome to the new website! The ship almost sank, we nearly went stir crazy but a whiff of sweet perfume brought us back and now there's only the thin bits to do. Scroll to the bottom of this page for info on how to use the site. I would like to say a HUGE thank you to David Sherwood for sailing the stormy seas and getting the site up and running!
24/10/07 KARIM WINGS BEST SINGER SONGWRITER IN GLASSWERK NEW MUSIC AWARDS 2007
Delighted to announce my win in the Best Singer/Songwriter category at this breaking talent awards ceremony, in good company alongside a host of other nationwide acts like Koopa who have had top 40 chart success.
'Thank you, I would like to say a few words' :)
The awards night was held at AKA Kings Cross and was hosted by Peter Brame of Fame Academy and Tony Right of Terrorvision/Laika Dog. They also screened my 'Perfume' music video and I sang a couple of songs at the after party. It was a cool experience, and a nice reward for some hard work! As I said in my now 'legendary' acceptance speech: "This is the second time in my life I have been given an award for my music and they have both been nice surprises. The first was for a clarinet solo when I was an eleven year old little tinkle." :)
15/10/07 DEBUT ALBUM STIR CRAZY RELEASED TODAY
We're happy and proud to announce that my debut album 'Stir Crazy' officially goes on sale today. You can buy it in cd and groovy artwork form from Amazon , Play.com , or HMV.co.uk , or download it from itunes
01/10/07 PERFUME MUSIC VIDEO THREE TIMES A DAY ON SKY TV ACROSS EUROPE
The Perfume music video will be featured in Europe on Extreme Sports Channel's 'Extube Show', on sky 419 between 4 and 6 every day this week and next (repeats between 11pm and 1am and 7am to 9am)! Clips to come soon in the media section.
4/09/07 PERFUME ON RADIO 6
Yo peeps! Thought you might like to know that 'Perfume' has been played a couple of times on BBC Radio 6 music, during Nemone and George Lambs' shows. Fingers crossed we'll get some more plays soon so keep your ears peeled!
HOW THIS WEBSITE AND MY ONLINE PROFILE WORKS:
Ok simple stuff first! The player in the menu bar at the bottom will automatically play you clips of every song on my debut album 'Stir Crazy'. You can stop it or skip to the next song. The links at the bottom take you through the site, and the little arrows on each page at the bottom of the text scroll up and down for you. Text which is a slightly different colour is usually a link, so run your mouse over it and find out! If you click the 'Karim Fanous' in big letters at the top of each page you will be taken back to the front page of the site. Write your email in the box on the menu bar if you want to join the mailing list.
N.B. This site works best with your browser on it's original text/content settings and at a screen resolution of at least 800 * 600 but bigger is better. If you have different text sizes and fonts set up, things may go a bit funny for ya but we'll leave you to take that risk! ;) . If you are having problems seeing all the text, then reduce your text size in your browser menu.
Between myspaces, facebooks, twitters, bebos and whatchamacallit's this whole web thing is getting a bit nutso. So this is how the internet works for me and my music:
Myspace seems to be taking over the musical world for internet artist pages. Check out myspace.com/karimfanous for the whole Karim Fanous media and music thing on one concise page, with interactive commenting etc.
Not everyone likes myspace or can access it. So that's why we like having our own website here at karimfanous.com This site will be kept update with everything important: news, gigs, info and media content etc.
What about blogs and rambles?: There is a regularly updated blog on myspace which is kept mainly for music and live perfomance related stuff. If you want extras and the whole picture of what I get up to (pranks included), music and not music, then have a look at my vox.com blog. This is where I like to ramble
Basically what it comes down to, is we hope you enjoy the website, and we hope you check out all my profiles everywhere else, that way you will get the WHOLE Karim Fanous experience!