House On Fire

House On Fire is a psychedelic rock song which will be on the new upcoming album, as yet untitled. You can check out the video over at Youtube here: http://youtu.be/SEmY5HF4UTs .

It was entirely shot with a Windows 7 Mobile Phone using the operating system Mango 7.5. The images were mixed and produced with Power Director.

The song will soon be available for download on this website. Keep checking back for details

Welcome Home

This being the first post on my brand new website, I would like to thank and welcome you to my new home. Hopefully we’ll meet here on a number of occasions in the future to exchange opinions and discuss the music.

As explained on the homepage, we want this to be the meeting point for all Robbie Tee friends and fans. In fact you need look no further if you want to follow the latest news, events, or even if you want to listen to and buy the latest tracks.

I will also be posting unreleased material from time to time, which will either be free downloads or in some cases sold at very low prices to cover the production costs.  Remember that all prices found here are exclusive to this website. On iTunes, Amazon and the like you would have to pay the full prices as set down by that particular platform.

Soon I will also be launching a guitar course for beginners wanting to learn how to play this fantastic instrument. There are also many more ideas shifting around in our heads, but first we need to kick off and start the ball rolling.

So to get things going I’m giving away the single “NEVER” for free. Just go to the homepage and download it from the player at the bottom of the page.

Gear: Homebase and Mobile

My equipment for home recording and composing has been diminished to the bare essentials that allow me to create music quickly with a solid sound.

I have put aside the Protools, Cubase and Ableton stuff for now, although they are all excellent examples of music making software and probably used by most artists both pro and not.

I’m not sure if I’ve taken a step backward or sideways here, but I’ve gone for something that allows me to plugin my guitar, keyboard and microphone, hit record, and just go track after track, overdub after overdub until I’ve finished recording the entire song without opening a user’s manual, switching pages or searching for extra plugins or add ons.

I have found this in one of the simplest D.A.W.’s out there today.  Mackie’s Traction 3.  Everything and I mean, everything is there on one single page. Just drag and drop, midi or wave files, VST effects and instruments, then mix it all and save. Simple and effective. I love it

Once again, my mastering has been taken to it’s simplest form. We all know that this final act is probably one of the most crucial for any musical recording. If you really want to get this right, you should take your files to a pro, because more than the software or the hardware, you need the “ears” that understand where to take your sound.

Quite frankly good mastering is very expensive. Don’t be fooled by those adverts that say they’ll master a song for $20 dollars. That’s a no can do!

They will master your stuff with generic auto presets. You can do this at home by yourself.

I do!

Using T-Racks 3. It has all the presets you need to get the most out of your sound, quickly. And then if you feel you have the ears, this software has enough little knobs, sliders and effects to make you master like a pro anyway. But let me repeat…you need the ears above all else!

My official guitar at the moment is the Epiphone Goth G-400. A lovely little guitar that weighs nothing and makes a big fat sound. It’s an SG copy made for a real rockers and some may in fact find it to be not very versatile for other types of music.

Epiphones are made by the same people who make Gibson (in fact they’re owned by Gibson), they only have smaller price tags. I drive the guitar sounds using GTR3 or Guitar Rig 4 on recordings, depending on which sound I’m looking for. If it’s live playing, I use whatever’s in the house. Beggars can’t be choosers.

As for other electrics, you more or less know what I’ve used on older recordings. Yes those two. The famous ones.

I still use my 6-string acoustic made by Arrow on recordings, which I’ve had for about 20 years now. I think Arrow has since disappeared. The guitar which is an Ovation type design is still in perfect shape and keeps in tune like no other!

I also use a midi keyboard by Pro Keys to drive Steinberg’s Hypersonic 2 software for all piano, synth and string sounds.

I mic up the vocals with either a Behringer B1 or Shure SM58, good all round microphones. I monitor sounds using AKG Headphones, specifically the K77 budget model.

For mixing I use Empire and Philips monitor speakers to get a grasp of the all round home sound.

Ultimately I mix specifically for headphone sound, as today everybody listens to music on iPods and such like.
Stereo systems for cars and homes are all but obsolete. So keep that in mind when mixing and mastering other than dance hall stuff.

In fact sometimes my music sounds quite wierd through home hi-fi speakers, and I have to remind myself that it’s not been mixed for that!

At the end of the day all this stuff is driven by a simple Focusrite Saffire interface to a Hewlet Packard Pentium Dual Core CPU 2.20GHz with 4 giga ram and a 22″ monitor.

Lastly, through all my software changes, which have been countless in the last few years, there will always be a place for Steinberg’s Wavelab, a utility that’s almost always on my desktop.

So as you can see the setup is very simple and cost effective. But it gets the job done quickly…anywhere! At home, on the bus, in a hotel room and live!

These are real musicians tools…not a producer’s technical dream ( or nightmare, depending which side of the desk you occupy!)

When the SG or “Solid Guitar” was introduced in 1961 as a replacement for the Les Paul, it was called the “fretless wonder” for its low frets and fast action. The twin horn cutaway design was like nothing on the market and its light but balanced weight made it the perfect guitar for stage and studio work. Later ‘60s models introduced the SG with humbucker pickups, and since then, the SG has become the go-to guitar for artists like The Who’s Pete Townshend, Tony Iommi, Paul Weller, AC/DC’s Angus Young, Eric Clapton and Derek Trucks of the Allman Brothers Band.

The Epiphone Goth G-400 has to be one of the most menacing looking guitars you’ll see. Bathed in Satin Pitch Black with open coil humbuckers and black nickel hardware, the Goth G-400 is truly one of the meanest and best guitar values you will find today. Every serious player wants an SG and here’s the real thing that sounds as good as it looks. The original SG not only rivaled guitars of its own era for sonic variety but also proved to be a sign of things to come. Hard rock, metal and scores of rockers embraced the original SG and made it a classic. Now, the G-400 gives you the sound and look of a real SG without the vintage price tag.

On my new single ” Never”, as on the entire upcoming new album,you’ll hear the sound of this little baby.

The model I have is a 2009 Epiphone G-400 Goth. Its features consist of 22 frets, a solid body, bevelled and cut in the shape of the famous SG, two tone controls and two volume controls (one volume and one tone for each pickup), a three-way position switch, and Grover tuners. It has two open coil Alnico Classic humbucker pickups, mahogany body and set neck of the same material, with the fretboard made from Rosewood. The twelfth fret inlay is XII ( the roman numeral for 12 for those of you not in the know), which of course adds to the gothic/metal rock feel to the guitar. The bridge is tune-o-matic which only adds to the beautiful simplicity of this great guitar.

The body is painted in a satin black, with all hardware in black. This guitar is very light. Of course, as with all SG’s, the head is heavier than the body, so when you’re wearing it on a strap and not playing, it might be an idea to just keep hold of the neck, so that it doesn’t swing down and hit something, this being something that I have done a couple of times.

The latest single track “Never” has been launched on Jamsphere Rock Radio as their single of the month. We conceeded a 60 day exclusive to their web radio as they have been supporting Robbie Tee music rigorously. Jamsphere also have a web magazine which can be found  here. They deal with indie and label artists and are one of the fastest growing rock music magazines on the internet. Give them a read and listen to their radio station.

Brave,New…and Absurd the 2011 album released in the month of February has reached a sales total of over 50,000 units. This for any major international artist this would be peanuts, but to any little known indie artist battling with the world wide web and it’s global markets, fifty thousand is more than just a number. It goes way beyond.

The album intentionally “softer and more commercial” than it’s predecessor has definitively amplified the Robbie Tee fan base, initially frequented by die hard guitar rockers due to Robbie’s gritty left-handed guitar playing style.

Robbie has stated that this does not mean he will be moving away from his guitar niche sound, but will certainly explore other avenues and styles in future. He is particularly looking forward to collaborating with artists and singers from diverse genres.

The next few months should see the release of the follow-up album to Brave,New…and Absurd which was recorded in both Sweden and Switzerland.

Rock, pop and blues, it’s all in there. Robbie Tee brings his unique left handed guitar playing style to the masses. Instrumental rockers or melodious ditty’s are the specialty of the house. Music without boundaries or limits are all that matters. Genres are secondary. Robbie has always maintained that music is just “3 little chords and a heartbeat.”

Since his comeback a couple of years ago Robbie Tee has released 4 albums independently. All featuring various line-ups, including friends from his past musical 25 year musical experience.

With the advent of the powerful web and communication tools available to musicians today, Robbie has been able to relaunch a career that otherwise would have been doomed by the way major labels recruit their artists.

Finally the music is returning to it’s rightful owners and that is, the musicians. The major labels and their formal door closing tactics are fast disappearing. Digital downloads and mobile apps has opened more doors than any major label can ever hope to close, giving artists like Robbie Tee the right to be heard and appreciated by fans all over the world.