New video! Dance to the Rhythm

Oh my what an incredible day this was. Hats off to Ruth Pickett who created and directed this video, and to all those who lent their time and skills to making this happen.

The Line Of Best Fit said: “Endlessly fun and compelling in equal measure. The chorus explodes with tireless excitement and will no doubt become an earworm.”

Time Elastic album out April 13. Pre-order here

UK/France April tour dates here

Enjoy – and if you do, share! x


Blink of an Eye live video

Blink of an Eye is a song inspired by my dear uncle Paul, who was recently diagnosed with a serious illness. I wanted to write something for him and I was inspired by the speech he made at his 40th wedding anniversary, a beautiful declaration of loving gratitude to his family. I wrote this song in response to those words. “40 years of my life in the blink of an eye”.

This song is taken from the Time Elastic album. Here’s a stripped back live version we recorded at Tim Bidwell’s Clockwork Owl studio in Brighton, where the album was made.


Time Elastic live video

Recorded recently for an invited audience at Brighton Electric, this is an extended version of Time Elastic.

The album, Time Elastic, is out on 13th April via Talitres. Pre-orders of ltd green vinyl/cd/digital are available here.

Here’s the Spotify link.


13 Deal, The Lighthouse
16 Brighton, The Greys – tickets
17 London, The Borderline – tickets
18 Lancaster, Yorkshire House – tickets
19 Newcastle, Cumberland Arms – tickets
20 Stroud, Stroud Valley Artspace – tickets
21 Bristol, Cafe Kino – tickets
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Hey you!

I’m very happy to announce we have a new album and it’s called Time Elastic. It was recorded in Brighton at the end of last summer with a bunch of great friends and musical legends. I poured my heart into this one and I’m very excited for you to hear it.

Here’s the title track video and soundcloud link. Like, comment and share people!

The album will be released on April 13 via Talitres on vinyl/cd/digital. Oh and as you are my crew, you get first dibs on the LIMITED EDITION KELLY GREEN TRANSPARENT VINYL. I felt that deserved caps.

As of now it is on Spotify/Apple/iTunes preorder so do add it to a playlist and send it to your lover.

If you would like to help out, please share the video/song on your preferred social media. Also, feel free to drop me a line to say hi. I miss you guys.

Tour dates
We will be hitting the road in April, doing a series of album release parties – our first UK tour since 2013. Tickets available now.

13 Deal, The Lighthouse
16 Brighton, The Greys – tickets
17 London, The Borderline – tickets
18 Lancaster, Yorkshire House – tickets
19 Newcastle, Cumberland Arms – tickets
20 Stroud, Stroud Valley Artspace – tickets
21 Bristol, Cafe Kino – tickets

We need you for our live video! 
One last thing, we will be making a live video recording in Brighton on 10th February at 1pm at Brighton Electric and we would love to play for an audience. If you would like to join us for a very fun afternoon, then please mark yourself attending on the Facebook event page and bring your friends.

I think that’ll do for now. I’m going stick on a Fall record and imagine what Mark E Smith might say about my band.

Hope to see you in person soon. Stay strong.

Danny Laish x

Pendulum Swing album out on Friday!

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Laish – Pendulum Swing

Released on 4th November on vinyl/cd/digital via Talitres Records. Click here to order.

Launch party, with full band and support from Low Chimes (formerly Hot Feet) on  16th November at Courtyard Theatre: tickets



1 – Vague
2 – Learning to Love the Bomb
3 – Love on the Conditional
4 – Song for Everything
5 – The Last Time
6 – My Little Prince
7 – Pendulum Swing
8 – Wrote of Freedom
9 – Rattling Around
10 – Gambling
11 – We Haven’t Made Any Money
12 – Isolation

Danny Laish speaks: “I could feel myself becoming fossilised in Brighton, hardening into the grooves of my drinking and laziness so before I became fully set in amber, I dragged myself away and moved to London. Landing in the capital as a single and penniless adult was a harsh slap in the face, a mirror held up to my failure and lack of preparation for any kind of real life outside of music.

I spent a year of gradually learning to love the pace of life in the city and I finally found the nerve to book a real studio and get to work on the album that had been forming during this turbulent period. I was honest with myself about the sounds and the kinds of songs that excite my ears. I wanted to get across a simple truth but for there to be no barriers to the listener, for it to really sound vibrant, sexy and humorous.”

Here are the three music videos taken from the album, all directed by Ruth Pickett at Square Cat Films.

European September tour

I am very excited to announce that I am supporting the amazing Icelandic band, Junius Meyvant, on their European tour in September. Here’s what the journey looks like.

junius tour poster

Here’s what they sound like…

Song for Everything Music Video

It is partly a song about songwriting. I find it is a strange process. To begin with it is utterly solitary as I write alone, late at night and then later it becomes a public performance to be shared in a room or on a record. This process is quite harmful to me in many ways, but I do it anyway. The song is also a love letter to my girlfriend who has to put up with my strange existence.

The video was directed and produced by the wonderful Ruth Pickett who was inspired by the idea of manipulating the movement of time marching both forwards and backwards. We filmed it all in one short winter day before the sun set and I learned to sing half of the words the wrong way round and to follow her very precise direction.

If you enjoy, please share.

Indiegogo Fundraiser, new EP


I have just launched an Indiegogo fundraising campaign in order to complete my new album, Pendulum Swing, and get it into your hands. This is the first time I am reaching out to my family, friends and supporters and I’m really excited!

How you can help: support the campaign today! By joining the campaign, you will have access to my brand new EP, Song for Everything today, and the new album when it is ready. There are some really great rewards and exclusives.

Danny Laish x


Laish Italy tour starts tomorrow

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Hi, how are you?
I have good news, I will return to Italy for a two week solo tour starting tomorrow.

This will be my third tour of the country and I am very excited to be exploring Italy in the winter.
I will be travelling for the first time with my electric guitar and I will be performing a lot of new songs. Also I have put together a tour-only cd called ‘Gennaio’. This will be only a limited edition of 60 copies with exclusive new tracks, covers and rarities. Each one will have an individually hand drawn sleeve, made by me on my travels.

Here’s some examples:laish handdrawn covers collection

There are a few gaps in the schedule from 17-21st January so if you can help with organising a show or a house concert then get in touch with my booking agent, Davide at Hang The Dj – booking agency,

8 Verona – Osteria ai Preti – Facebook
9 Schio Vicenza – Old Barrell – Facebook
10 Varese – Twiggy – Facebook
11 Torino – house concert – Facebook
13 Genova – Taverna Zaccaria
14 Roma – Na Cosetta – Facebook
15 Vasto – Vico degli Artisti
16 Foggia – Tolleranza Zero
22 Livorno – ExCinema Aurora
See you soon?

Artwork by Jessamy Hawke –


We Come Alive Covers Project!


Here is something amazing! Allow me to unveil the first instalment of the We Come Alive Covers Project.

I drew up a list of musical friends and heroes and asked each one to submit a cover song chosen by someone else on that list. I love hearing good covers, it is such an interesting process seeing how people approach performing and recording someone else’s material. I also wanted be part of bringing together the musical community that surrounds and inspires me through running We Come Alive shows in London.

Click here to hear four songs from the project right now which are:

1. Ezra Furman – Oxygen (originally by Willy Mason)
2. Laish – The Great Divide (originally by Pat Dam Smyth)
3. Left With Pictures – My Zero (originally by Ezra Furman)
4. Mouth 4 Rusty – Hard Hand to Hold (originally by Willy Mason)

Initially around 20 songwriters and bands agreed to participate. As I write this, 13 tracks have been recorded and I absolutely love them! The collection is an incredibly enjoyable, surprising, varied set of songs and I would like to begin sharing them in instalments as they are worthy of taking time to savour. More tracks are due to appear soon, including recordings by Willy Mason, David Thomas Broughton and This is The Kit.

Please show your support by sharing these and checking out more material by the artists involved.

And this Sunday it is the 10th We Come Alive show at The Harrison, Kings Cross with Laish (full band show – 6 piece electric new songs yeah!), Scarlet Starlings and Nuala Honan. It is going to be amazing, and a few tickets still remain here.

As a little treat, everyone who attends the show on Sunday will get a unique access code to hear all the 13 available songs exclusively before anyone else.

These great artists have already submitted tracks (clears throat)…

Ezra Furman
David Thomas Broughton
Left With Pictures
Mouth 4 Rusty
Chris Belson
Kristin McClement
Rowan Coupland
Alabaster Deplume
Ellie Ford
The Magic Lantern
Love V Fear
Office of Aurora
Also expecting tracks from:
Willy Mason
This is The Kit
Pat Dam Smyth
Nuala Honan
Scarlet Starlings
Hot Feet
The Gentle Good
and maybe a few more…

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy,

Danny Laish

Laish – Concerts in the Capital

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Hi folks

It’s been a busy year with a lot of shows and festivals in UK, Switzerland and Italy (back in Italy, Jan 2016), running a new music night called We Come Alive, and also preparing tracks for a new full band Laish album.  Perhaps equally excitingly I have spent the last ten minutes knocking up this little poster to let you know about the London shows happening in the next few weeks.

(I have the new Julia Holter album on repeat this morning. Have you heard it?!)

For all those people in other, calmer parts of the world, or who prefer to keep me at arm’s length, here is that Laish Union Chapel show in full.

I am very excited to be playing with a band again.  It has taken shape over the last year or so, and I am grateful to be sharing my music with such wonderful musicians.  You’ll have to get down to The Harrison at one of the below, to check us out.

25 Oct – The Harrison, full band, All Day Folk Festival (stage time 10pm)
13 Nov – St Pancras Old Church, solo, supporting Junius Meyvant – sold out
15 Nov – The Harrison, full band headline at We Come Alive – tickets
15 Dec – Green note, solo – supporting John Lawrence – tickets

One last date for your diary – Sun 18 October, the next We Come Alive show features some excellent musical friends, female fronted joyous indie pop from The Graphite Set, songwriter extraordinaire Andrew Butler and one extra special guest I can’t announce but who is achingly brilliant.  Details and tickets.

Until the next time, where I trust the news will be less London-centric.

Thanks for joining me.
Danny Laish

Laish back catalogue is here.

NEWS! Laish solo tour dates of Italy in July + new song online

Laish Italy 15 tour announcement

So the good news is, the second half of July will be spent navigating the hot paths of Italy.  I will be armed with an acoustic guitar, a box of cds, and hopefully enough clean shirts to keep me fragrant.  I am very excited!  As well as my proper albums, I will be carrying 50 copies of a CDR album called ‘Discarded Miscellany’, containing demos, covers and unheard songs which won’t make my new official Laish album.  Each copy will have an individually hand drawn and signed cardboard sleeve which I will make while travelling on the trains between the shows. These are strictly limited to 50 copies and will only be available on this Italian tour, so you know what you have to do.  Be in Italy.
All dates booked by Hang The DJ booking.
14 Genova, Beautiful Loser
15 Padova, CO
16 Lugo, Groove
18 Montecarotto, Palazzo Baldoni
20 Valmontone, Les Maudits
21 Lucera, Kublai
22 Avellino, Godot
23 Nocera Inferiore, Punto Lab
24 Bellizzi, Freadom
25 Ercolano, Cratere
And if that bombshell wasn’t enough, then here is Pace of Life, a song produced this week, made specially for this Italian adventure, available to buy/stream now.  It is like a slow philosophical meditation on my increasingly fast way of life in the capital city.  The melody got stuck in my head so I had to capture it as quickly as possible.

We Come Alive party VI next Sunday!

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Yes the next We Come Alive is on next Sunday.  I’m really enjoying curating these nights at The Harrison, Kings Cross – a pub with amazing ales, delicious food, smiling faces and a great sounding music room. We are quickly gaining a reputation for pin drop audiences and truly magical music.  Rozi Plain described it as a night of ‘relentless quality’.  A punter described it as like being at End of the Road Festival, but in a pub.  It’s what I’m aiming for.  Buy your tickets now and get down early for a Sunday roast.

Sun May 17 Line up:

  • Secret Headliner (Full Time Hobby Records)
  • Pat Dam Smyth (band)
  • Shevek

Ticket | Facebook
£10 adv, £12 door

Secret Headliner
I’ve gone and booked a band who I can’t actually announce for legal reasons. They are sophisticated four piece with a magnetic front man. And I think you’ll love them. I can tell you they are on Full Time Hobby Records (home of Timber Timbre and The Leisure Society). You’ll have to place your trust in me that I would only book quality acts for you.

Pat Dam Smyth (band)

I heard this Northern Irish songwriter’s debut album, The Great Divide, and proclaimed the resurrection of John Lennon. Fantastic songwriting, it is a work of such depth, honesty and precision. I immediately called him up and booked him for a full band show. Very excited about this one. The Independent said: ‘The Great Divide conquers beautifully’


Incredible guitarist and singer from excellent Willkommen Records band, Eyes & No Eyes. A glacial voice and prize winning songwriter. I asked him to play his first solo show for us and he obliged. Come and make history.

It’s going to be a special night. See you there?

We Come Alive


Union Chapel / Lexington show / Switzerland tour / We Come Alive V

So the first video emerges from the Union Chapel show. Very happy to share this with you. If you enjoyed it, why not give it a youtube thumbs up and share it? That’s the world we live in right?

Next Laish show is supporting the amazing Guatemalan songwriter, Gaby Moreno at The Lexington. For this show I will be accompanied by Tom Chadd on piano and Sara and Talitha from the chorus you see in the video. Tickets are selling out and cost £14 but I have some £7 list, so drop me a line if you want one:

Then I’m off to Switzerland for a few shows there. Two of them are online. More details when I have them.

April 7, Zurich, Bar 3000 – Facebook

April 9, Nyon, La Parenthese – Website

And lastly our next We Come Alive show is happening on April 26th.  The incredible Left With Pictures, Mouth 4 Rusty and Dave Gerard are performing.  More on that soon, but take note that these nights are selling out, so don’t hang around if you want to get in the room!

Facebook | Tickets

We Come Alive 26 Apr 15 poster

Live at the Union Chapel and We Come Alive

laish and the we come alive chorusHi folks

Exciting times in the world of Laish. I am like a giddy cackling child with a new glockenspiel at the moment. So many projects are happening at the same time which are getting my blood racing.

First up, I have been invited to perform at The Union Chapel (pictured) on March 7 at midday. Now this I do not take lightly. I have been to this incredible venue many times and watched countless musicians neglecting to acknowledge the fact that they are playing in The Union Chapel, not say, a pub, or their mum’s bakery. What I have learned is that acoustic instruments and voices work amazingly well. Drums, synths, electric guitars and lycra don’t really.

So with this in mind, I will be performing on acoustic guitar joined by Tom Chadd on piano, and a lovingly assembled choir called The We Come Alive Chorus made up of members of Sons of Noel and Adrian, The Mariner’s Children, Scarlet Starlings and Kristin McClement who will be singing with me. I’m so excited at the moment, I can barely remember to tweet. It’s also my birthday that weekend and I really like cheesecake. So come join in and be a part of this rare event. They only ask for £3.50 on the way in.

We Come Alive poster 15 Mar 15
And if that wasn’t enough. We Come Alive, my new venture at The Harrison, has another amazing gig coming up on March 15th. I’ve persuaded the legendary Rachael Dadd to perform her first and only show of this year with a full band. Her last album, We Resonate, is such a warm, rhythmical, textured piece of work and I’m so happy she agreed to do this one. And to support?  Kristin McClement from Brighton who has just released the best album of this year IMHO. And to open? Laish and the We Come Alive Chorus doing a reprise of the Union Chapel set of course! You really should pick up a ticket while they still remain. Those who know, it’s a very cosy room.

There is more news to come, but that’s off in the future and, who knows, we could be 3D printing our halloumi burgers by then.

Until then, enjoy the coming of spring

Danny Laish x

PS A CALL TO ACTION! Would you do me a favour please and go to my facebook page and like it (if you haven’t already). Someone told me I have an embarrassingly small number of likees and frankly, it hurt.  So come on, if you like me, why not LIKE ME?!

We Come Alive III – this Sunday

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This Sunday sees the next instalment of We Come Alive, my carefully planned evenings of entertainment at the best intimate venue in town, The Harrison.  Doors at 7.30, music starts at 8.  I recommend getting there early for a roast as the food rocks!

Tickets        Facebook

One reason I’m really excited about the evening is seeing Mary Hampton perform again.

Mary was such a positive influence on me during my long stay in Brighton.  I saw her play many times both solo and with an extended band and she never failed to completely silence me. The Guardian describes her perfectly: “Mary Hampton is a rare talent, her most potent weapon is a keening, haunting vocal that burns like a laser through her sparse songs and resonates with a rare and tender beauty.” It turned out we were neighbours and I spent a few memorable evenings at her place by the sea, drinking wine and discussing obscure treasures of film and literature. It seems Mary has been rather quiet on the scene recently but I am told she is crafting her third opus, and will not be disturbed, except just this once for us on Sunday.”

She will be supported by Alabaster Deplume who is quite an extraordinary gentleman who blesses every room he enters.  He is restlessly creative, collaborative and eternally grateful of his part in the game.  Part performance poet, part Leonard Cohen, part jazz saxophonist and something of the Ivor Cutler – yet these comparisons mean nothing for this unpredictable and hypnotic performer.

And to open proceedings is Benedict Benjamin, the man you may have seen fronting The Mariner’s Children and playing with Peggy Sue.  He has such a powerful and delicate voice and a magnetic presence.

Laish – Vague, live at Sofar Cambridge

The rain that night was intense.  There was an unusual energy in the room.  One girl got so drunk she starting repeatedly slamming one of the doors until she was forcibly ejected.  I was ready for the unexpected and also sweating profusely.  You can’t hide for one second in these house shows.

This song, Vague, is inspired by this trilogy of novels by Lars Iyer following a pair of drunken intellectuals as they ramble and pick each other apart with ferocious love.  The opening line is lifted wholesale from one of its pages.

Have you been to Sofar Sounds?  Intimate house concerts in locations across the world. You sign up on the website and when you get that email notifying you of a house gig in your area you have to be quick to reply to get on the guestlist as they are enormously popular.

We Come Alive – The Wave Pictures

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Today’s good news, The Wave Pictures are headlining the first We Come Alive night at the Harrison on 16th November!

The Wave Pictures don’t normally play venues this small.  I think it may be because I stole the name of one of their songs for my night so they wanted to check it will be good quality and what better way than to play it themselves?

That night I’m also playing and Rozi Plain too who is a personal fave.  I’m very excited – it will be quite some party.  And no doubt I will be nervous about it all running smoothly.  So do come along and join the celebrations.  Pre booking is advised on the link below.

Here’s the ticket

Here’s the Facebook 


The gears turn!

Suddenly finding myself very busy here in the capital. Good, that was the idea.

I have been writing and recording a lot. Also co-writing with some new friends. I am aware that it’s been ages since I’ve released anything proper so there’s a little something for you below: two solo guitar instrumentals that I recorded at Dave the Well’s house in Brighton last year. I am fully intending to finish a new album with these songs that have been sloshing around, fermenting for a while now.

I have been teaching guitar, ukulele and music production skills to children and adults. It’s been a really rewarding experience. Always open to new students in the London area.

Got some wonderful gigs coming up. From Ninja Tune Records I’m supporting the excellent Grasscut at Vortex Jazz on Thursday 9th October.

I’m playing some instrumental musical interludes for the Daylight Music show at Union Chapel on 11th October. Here’s a taste of what it might sound like…

Playing at Surya, Kings Cross on Monday 13th October.

And then Bristol’s Lion Den at the Golden Lion on Tuesday 14th.

And then the really exciting news for me is that I am starting a regular monthly night called ‘We Come Alive’ at the beautiful pub, The Harrison by Kings Cross. I have played many times at their old night there called ‘Into the Warm’ for years and I will be running this as a night of handpicked bands, songwriters and musicians.

The food there is incredible and they always have a great selection of ales. I should move in…

The first night party is on Sunday 16th November and has some very special guest secret headliners who I really can’t tell you until November. I can tell you they have been going 17 years, and have released an album for every year of their existence.
(the amazing) Rozi Plain
(the me) Laish

Rozi Plain is a unique songwriter with a truly original voice. Poised, elegant and with a simplicity that invites interpretation, she is endlessly inventive and restlessly creative. She has toured the world and collaborated with the likes of Rachael Dadd and This is the Kit.
So far she has released two remarkable albums that possess a fragile magnetism and have been championed by tastemakers and audiences alike. She has played at all the best festivals like End of the Road, Green Man, Mandstock and Great Escape.

Laish is me. I am hosting this evening and will be opening proceedings. I may well be nervous and frazzled as it is the first night and I have booked a band that shouldn’t really play venues this small anymore. Expect to hear some new songs from me, doing my sweet thing.

Last London full band show for the summer


When? Thursday 7th August  – doors 7.30pm

Where? The Good Ship, Kilburn. 289 Kilburn High Road, NW6 7JR

Who? Laish new full band, poised and ready.  And some other lovely bands – see poster.

Why?  Last gig of the summer.  New songs.  Pre-End of the Road performance.  For the damn heck of it.

Tickets?  Sure:

Facebook?  I love Facebook!  Ok:

Got it?  See you then.


This Saturday in a field in Bethnal Green

Nest Collective campfire club


WHO?  Bridie Jackson and the Arbour, Daniel Green (me)

LOCATION: Phytology, Bethnal Green Nature Reserve,
Middleton Street, Bethnal Green, E2 9RR, London.

TIME: Saturday 12th July, 7pm

WORDS: You’re invited to join in the Campfire Club! In time-honoured fashion we will gather around roaring blazes enveloped in music and entertainment. High spirits will be maintained with good ol’ sing-a-longs, storytelling, special guests and who knows what else. Every fire will be a unique event with a magic concoction of spontaneity, rare talents and the unknown, all drenched in the sepia tones of firelight and tinged with wooded aromas.

More info




New Band Show

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You there!  There is now a band of Laish.  The new sound is muscular and smooth. Come watch us do it for the first time in public.  It won’t cost you a penny, but it will cost us everything.

Weds 16th July, Strongroom 120-124 Curtain Rd, London EC2A 3SQ, from 8pm, Free Entry

Daniel Green (shoutings, pickings)

Patrick Lawrence (rumblings)

Ollie Tunmer (battering)

Tom Chadd (plonking)

Talitha Gamaroff (screaming)

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by Patrick Lawrence


Laish Italian Tour begins this Friday

Laish Italian tour


LAISH – Italian Tour 28th March – 5th April

Marzo 28 Verona at Rivamancina

Marzo 29 Milan at Ohibò

Marzo 30 Varese at Twiggy

Aprile 1 Rome at BlackMarket

Aprile 2 Gioia del Colle at Circolo Lebowski

Aprile 3 Foggia at Tolleranza Zero

Aprile 4 Civitavecchia at Il Balaclava

Aprile 5 Scafati at Circolo Culturale Tenax Ex Ferro 3 

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Italian Tour March/April

laish poster newest2 smallIt is with great pleasure and excitement that I announce my first tour of Italy. Lovingly pieced together by the wonderful folks at Indie For Bunnies, Unplugged in Monti and Cabezon Records, I have 8 shows across quite a decent spread of Italy.  I’m very excited.

Ondarock Magazine who made our Obituaries album their album of the month in March last year, have already picked up the story.

More info to be added here.

Here’s a new solo song to celebrate.

See you soon!


Mar 28 Verona @ Rivamancina

Mar 29 Milan @ Ohibò

Mar 30 Varese @ Twiggy

Apr 1 Rome @ Unplugged in Monti

Apr 2 Gioia del Colle @Circolo Lebowski

Apr 3 Foggia @ Tolleranza Zero

Apr 4 Civitavecchia @ Il Balaclava

Apr 5 Scafati @ Circolo Culturale Tenax Ex Ferro 3

Danny Laish reclining

See you soon!



The Congested Noisy Cloud (taken from For Folks Sake website)

Hi! Pleased to meet you. In case we haven’t met before, my name is Daniel and I am the singer, guitarist and songwriter who goes out under the name, Laish (lie-shh). I’ve been kicking around in Brighton and now London for a wee while, bandying this rather awkward band name about on posters in large, bold fonts. I’ve released a couple of albums, a few music videos, and played a hundred odd gigs, both solo and with a tremendous band. And all of the music I have created, I have just set as a free download on Bandcamp.


Well, here’s the thing. The most recent album,Obituaries, was released in March. There was a huge spike of interest during the release campaign as I did all the things a switched-on, modern musician does for his/her baby. I spent a load of money getting it professionally mixed and mastered. I involved a small record label to help distribute the album into record shops and online retailers. I invested some serious cash into a press and a radio campaign. I organised release parties in London and Brighton. I organised a UK tour. I arranged for a couple of wonderful music videos to be created. I Tweeted and Facebooked to my heart’s content….

I coordinated this whole military operation because it was my job and because it feels great to do all these things. It is hard labour, but it is a labour of love. It is very satisfying watching all this work lead to something. People were finally listening to my music and enjoying it and the reviewers were writing very positive reviews. And some people were buying the CD and paying for the download. Hurrah!

But a release has a life span. The sales have stopped. Flatlined. I am still yet to recoup the costs I spent on producing and marketing the album. And now the album is old (where’s the NEW one?!). And now as people discover the songs from that album they can stream it all for free on Bandcamp. You can stream it all for free on Spotify. You can watch all the videos on Youtube for free. It’s all for free! Everything is free!

So I set them as free download on Bandcamp four days ago and did a few tweets about it. Here’s a stat. A third of every copy of the Obituaries album that has ever been downloaded from my Bandcamp page happened in the last four days.

If people don’t want to pay for it, why fight it? Will those people invest later on in the Laish fund? Maybe. It’s a risk. Perhaps they will fall in love with the Obituaries album and come and see my next show. Or perhaps they will be ready to spend £8-10 on the next NEW album.

I decided that I would rather someone download my music from my own outstretched arm than do it sneakily from a torrent. I would rather they did it as a high quality download and gave me their email address so I can tell them about the next gig and new release than listening to it on Spotify, as an anonymous and passive listener.

The reverse option would be to remove my albums from as many free services as possible. Take down all the Youtube videos. Remove it from Spotify. Set the Bandcamp album so that only a couple of tracks are streamable and you must buy it to hear the rest. Well I could do that. But doing so would be to fly in the face of the internet. I would only further encourage the torrenters and I would simply reduce any online presence the name Laish would have. We would be invisible.

We live in the internet age. As musicians or content creators we are all simply contributing to a congested and noisy cloud. Increasingly people don’t want the physical product of the cd. They just want the music, silly. So we’re asking people to pay for something essentially invisible that they can legally get for free. No wonder there are a few teething problems with this arrangement.

So instead I scream loudly from my desk: “Take it, take it all!”

It would be my honour and pleasure to freely contribute to your iTunes library. Add Laish to a playlist. Find a suitable time to listen to it. It’s definitely not party music, perhaps it’s too intense to listen to when you’re making love. Maybe it’s driving music. You could definitely clean a mean kitchen to it. Why not send one of our videos to that guy on Tinder you want to impress. Or do a Tweet about the varying lengths of my hair on Google images. Come see me at a show and tell me what you think. Buy the cd as a Christmas present for that uncle who still has a cd player.

Lend us a tenner.

Just don’t ever ask me to play a gig for free. Unless you like emails that contain only one line and are 60% swear word.

Merry Christmas!

Daniel Green, Laish