Two quick things:
If you’ve bought my book The Underground Storyteller, please go to Amazon and review it because it’s now available on Kindle! You can buy it, rent it through Kindle’s lending library or read it through an Unlimited subscription.
Also, we have a new Sopio deck out! It’s really good and funny and I’m very proud of it – you can play even if you’ve never played Sopio before and it’s great fun with friends. There’s also a physical version of our app, King of Sopio, available as a real deck of cards. Get those here :)
I’ll keep this to five sentences because Tim Ferriss says five sentences is the maximum number you should include in an email to be an efficient communicator :)
All the decks are £5, boosters are £1 and our combined deck+booster boxsets are cheaper than ever :)
Hi, this is your online habit Alex Day telling you of some news:
I’m obliged to email you at least every three months otherwise my email provider considers this mailing list ‘inactive’ and I have to make you all re-sign up. I hope you’re doing well and that you managed to hear back about that thing you’re waiting for. I’m sure it’ll all work out.
My new album’s coming along, I should have finished songs in my cloud in about a week, and then I’ll start filming music videos and raising money to pay for CDs to sell to you (if you’re interested; or I’ll just sell them digitally, or you can stream them through your personal free-music service of choice and I’ll get a job in Tesco because I went broke making my album).
That’s a point actually; would you guys be interested in a physical copy of my last album, Nowhere Left To Hide? Reply to this and let me know your opinions.
Best wishes and kind thoughts
It’s easy in this overshared world of ours to think that success has to be obvious and visible and glamourous. My success is comparatively smaller, but no less significant.
I grew up playing trading card games – Pokémon, Yu-Gi-Oh, Cardcaptors, Digimon, the short-lived Harry Potter TCG, others I seem to have forgotten (I didn’t get into Magic until much later).
Five years ago today, my cousin and I brought our card game Sopio to the market – initially through our YouTube audience, later through card game and hobby conventions, trade fairs, card/hobby shops and live tournaments across the country. We’ve dealt with major companies like Firebox and Forbidden Planet, been nominated for nationally-recognised card game awards, released seven decks and sold at least 30,000 of them worldwide (I haven’t asked Danny for the updated number).
If you’ve been a part of that in any small way – either through buying, playing or even just sitting through one of my stupid videos rambling on about this game we made and love – thank you so much :)
Right through this weekend, if you want to buy either our first ever Sopio deck (the easiest way in for people new to card games) or our newest deck (with the best and funniest puns), we’re offering them for £5 here:
Thanks for reading! Much love
When I was recording Nowhere Left To Hide, I started to feel my production was getting a bit stagnant. Scared Like Me, Exploring Tomorrow, Make It Rain and Beyond You are solid tracks but they’re very safe. I found myself getting into the same habits when making production choices.
I felt I wasn’t pushing myself enough and didn’t wanna record more of the same.
Then I went to Edinburgh with Tom Law and he took me to a jazz show (because he knows how to treat me right), and I was amazed four musicians could play a two-hour set using just a piano, saxophone, double bass and vocals and make the songs so varied and dynamic.
Thus, I decided it would be an interesting challenge to record an album with 100% real instruments – nothing electronic.
Epigrams and Interludes was mainly influenced by Lady Gaga, and Nowhere Left To Hide was influenced by Les Miserables; in the last twelve months I’ve been hugely influened by Ed Sheeran, who blew up with his album ‘X’ (which is great), and I was also inspired hearing Taylor Swift share her goal for ’1989′ to have a cohesive sound – to feel like an album, not just a collection of songs (which is something I’ve not done since Parrot Stories really).
So my first new track, Breathe Again, has only four instruments (in the spirit of that jazz show) but the total count for the album so far includes electric and acoustic guitar, piano, bass, drums, harmonica, harp, violin and saxophone.
I’ve only recorded four songs so far and it’s been incredibly collaborative. I usually work alone, playing every note myself (usually into MIDI keyboards) but for this, the violin will be played by a guy called Richard, the sax by a guy called Nathan, I have backing vocals done by a girl called Liliana, harp played by a girl called Scarlett, and even the album artwork will be designed by a girl called Robyn. Recording is taking place in London, Bristol and California. Again, it’s very different to how I do things normally and that’s exactly what I needed.
The name of the album is Split Infinities (I’ll explain why another time). Here’s the track list (not in order yet):
All We Have Is Now
You Are Loved
More To Life
Where Is My Friend?
Can’t Get Enough
Learning How To Love
If I write anything great between now and then, it might change. Also, I put ‘Everything’ in those quotes cos I’m not super happy with that title but haven’t found a better one.
So that’s how things are going :) Looking to have the whole thing recorded by summer and the album promo beginning around October with lots of music videos!
Thanks for indulging me in reading this, you’re very kind. If you want some fantastic musicians to listen to, google Natalie Shay, Kate McGill, George Reece and Charlotte Campbell, they’re all brilliant, you won’t regret it.
Much love xx