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ITM Ep#008 Kaity Rae

Kaity Rae is a singer-songwriter from North London set to take the UK Country scene by storm in 2016 following a two week songwriting trip to Nashville in April and winning a place in a [...]

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ITM Ep#007 Roxanne de Bastion

Roxanne de Bastion grew up in Berlin and decided to move to England ‘to remove myself from my comfort zone’. In 2013 she released her first album of solo material, recorded in back in [...]

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ITM Ep#006 Apple Rabbits

Apple Rabbits is a one man band comprising of Jay Fisher.  An active musician from an early age, Jay has worked as a singer, songwriter, session musician and composer including playing a support [...]

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ITM Ep#005 Minnie Birch

In her own words, “I make sad and dreary music that will leave you feeling happy”.  Emily Minnie Jaques has been playing in a band of some sort since her older sister first introduced [...]

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ITM Ep#004 Andi Osho

Andi Osho is a writer, actor and director well established as a regular contributor on TV and Radio, on shows including appearances as a stand-up comedian on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, [...]

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ITM Ep#003 Lewis Bootle

Lewis Bootle is a singer and storytelling musician with influences including Bob Dylan, Jack Johnson and Jamie T. His first release ‘Do What I Need’ was featured on BBC Introducing and Tom [...]

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ITM Ep#002 Emma McGrath

Emma McGrath is a writer and performer and recent recipient of the Lynsey de Paul Prize for Female Songwriters from PRS for Music. She picked up the guitar properly for the first time at the age [...]

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ITM Ep#001 Lauren Deakin-Davies

Lauren Deakin-Davies is quickly generating a name for herself as an up and coming producer and writer in the making. Collaborating with artists such as Roxanne de Bastion, Emma McGrath and Lewis [...]

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The more things change…

I’ve just discovered new magazine The History of Rock.  It’s a monthly that collects the interviews and writing from issues of the NME and Melody Maker, with each issue dedicated to a [...]

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New Music Production at The Cream Room

It’s been a busy week of recording and music production sessions.  Firstly Ben Simmons – singer / songwriter based in St Albans working on a brand new track with Lauren.  We’d [...]

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Fantastic Plastic

A few days ago I was in Cambridge and found myself with a little bit of time to kill.  I wandered a while and discovered what must be one of the few remaining HMV shops.  It’s been a long [...]

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Who’s really in control?

When CDs were first introduced, record labels were reluctant to move their artists to the new format. That was until they figured out that it was a great way to get people who had bought music on [...]

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Get Ready for the Recording Studio!

When you’ve made (or are about to make) the decision to book time at a professional recording studio to start recording there are a few things you should be thinking about. We often [...]

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Let’s Get Physical

With so much focus in the music business directed at the growth of downloads and streaming services it would be easy to think that physical formats are, if not dead, then at least seriously [...]

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Has Apple got Radio Right?

The biggest recent news in the world of digital music was the launch of the new Apple Music service on 30th June – their long predicted and long awaited move into digital streaming as [...]

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Girl Power 2

A couple of years ago I got riled up enough to write a post in response to XFM compiling a list of ‘Women Who Rock’ that clearly struck me as pretty uninspired.  That original article [...]

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The Cream Room Sessions

We like recording stuff, and you like playing.  When the two come together it makes for a magical and sometimes tingly experience. Earlier this month we welcomed Edward Alice to the studio; [...]

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The Best Of 2013 – #1 Paper Aeroplanes

So here we are then, it’s the last day of the year and we have reached the number 1 spot on my short list of favourites from 2013.  I’d keep you in suspense – but that would be [...]

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The Best Of 2013 – #2 Lucy Ward

The penultimate installment from my countdown of the best new music from the last 12 months. #2 Lucy Ward Links: Facebook / Twitter Lucy Ward is an award winning 23-year old acoustic artist from [...]

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The Best Of 2013 – #3 Roxanne De Bastion

More from my end of the year review of the best new music I discovered in 2013. #3 Roxanne De Bastion Links: Facebook / Twitter Roxanne de Bastion is a Singer / Songwriter born and raised in [...]

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The Best Of 2013 – #4 Fred’s House

Continuing my countdown of the best new music I discovered this year. #4 Fred’s House Links: Facebook / Twitter Fred’s House are a five piece band based in Cambridge, their sound is a [...]

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The Best Of 2013 – #5 My First Tooth

It’s that odd time of the year between Christmas and New Year, and with a weekend thrown in between it’s difficult to know quite what to do with yourself.  But if you’ve got a [...]

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The Cream Room launches new record label

The Cream Room is launching a new record label with the aim of offering support and distribution to artists and musicians that have recorded at the studio.  The first release from the newly [...]

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Alexa Mullins Releases Debut Single ‘Lone Wolf’ on 6th May

The single ‘Lone Wolf’ is released by Hertfordshire’s Alexa Mullins on 6th May. 14 years old (yes, that’s right 14!) Alexa has created her very own sound that combines mature vocal style way [...]

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Girl Power

It is International Women’s Day today, and I’ve just seen an extremely disappointing list on the XFM website entitled ‘Women Who Rock’.  I’m not suggesting that they [...]

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Get set, go – why I’m sad but not sorry about HMV

This morning I heard the news that HMV has entered administration, which put a little bit of a downer on what I’m sure we all hope will be a positive and exciting new year.  HMV marked the [...]

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And finally…

…for 2012 (unless the mood takes me all of a sudden and another one pops along) here’s that promised list of albums – it’s not a best of, it’s just the ones that I [...]

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Try Something New.

While it was a lot of fun putting together the Cream Room Top 10 pop tracks from 2012, I couldn’t help feeling little pangs of guilt for re-promoting tracks that have already had plenty of [...]

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yes, december

December is, of course, that time of year when we look back at the previous 11 months and decide what was the best ‘whatever’ of the year, hoping that nothing really special comes [...]

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What would you say?

I was recently approached by an colleague from a previous life (before The Cream Room or B.C.R as I think I’ll refer to it from now on).  He’d contacted me as he has friends whose [...]

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Developing Talent – Alexa Mullins

Earlier this year we introduced a formalised mentoring and coaching format to our range of services at The Cream Room. Many of the bookings that we take at the studio are from bands and singers [...]

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Happy Birthday to Us!

On 15th September 2008 we officially took over the premises at Home Farm and launched ourselves as The Cream Room Recording Studio.  It’s been an exciting 4 years that started with simple [...]

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What? The Folk

Exactly a year ago on 28th August 2011 I was sitting in the ‘Serendipity’ cafe in the centre of Hertford having a fairly leisurely late breakfast / early lunch with a friend (visiting [...]

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