DC’s been busy… new videos, benefit album, gigs etc!

Hi, DC here,It’s been a busy time for me!First of all, I’d like to invite you to help with raising money for the innocent victims of the war in Libya. I was asked to contribute a track to the MUSIC FOR LIBYA album, which is available HERE for only $9.99. All of the proceeds will got to purchasing food to send into Libya. More details at the site.

Secondly, if you’re in Melbourne, I’m playing at a benefit for the Christchurch earthquake on Saturday night (9th April 2011). It’s in Bayswater at Truth, Liberation & Concern, 265 Canterbury Rd, Bayswater (Melbourne). There are some other excellent artists on the bill.

[EDIT: here are some highlights of this gig, featuring me along with Adrian Austin, Marjorie Cardwell and our son Samuel.

Thirdly, I had a great gig at the Chandelier Room with Victor Stranges and the band and you can see a 15 min. video of that here:

Fourthly, many people voted in my Facebook poll, “What Song Would You Like Me To Cover?” and the top votes were for:

1. HARVEST MOON: 48 votes
2. BLACKBIRD: 37 votes
3. WATERLOO SUNSET: 32 votes

I already have a version of Blackbird on YouTube so I recorded myself singing Harvest Moon and Waterloo Sunset and posted them on my YouTube “Covers“.

Harvest Moon – Neil Young cover by DC Cardwell
Waterloo Sunset – Kinks Kover by DC Cardwell
Blackbird – Beatles cover by DC Cardwell

DC Cardwell records with Jaymee Carpenter in LA [Newsletter 21st Jan 2011]

Hello! DC here…

I told you in last month’s newsletter about my impending trip (in December) to Los Angeles to record some songs for a movie. Well, it all went very well and I had a fantastic time!

Jaymee Carpenter at the controls in the studio.
Jaymee Carpenter at the controls in the studio

The producer, Jaymee Carpenter, was a joy to work with and we managed to get six songs done in five days which was pretty good going. The director of the film, Michael Garcia, dropped by and seemed very happy with the songs and what we were doing with them. And I enjoyed every minute of my time there… now I can’t wait to go back!

Jaymee has a very impressive resumé which includes writing music for That 70’s Show and 3rd Rock From The Sun. He also composed the music for Crime After Crime which right now is nominated for an award at Sundance Film Festival. Also, Jaymee has two songs in the new Paramount Pictures blockbuster The Fighter starring Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale & Amy Adams. So you can see what a privilege it was to work with him.

[Addendum from 2012] I started out by recording the acoustic guitar for each song, followed by a guide vocal. Then, unlike my own recordings, most of the overdubs were by Jaymee and his regular session men. Jaymee overdubbed drums, and then Bryan Fouts put on some lovely bass. Jordan Shapiro brought along a large selection of guitars and amps and overdubbed 6 and 12 string electric, dobro and pedal steel. I played piano on a couple of tracks, and overdubbed harmonica on “A Minute Of Your Time”, and then on the last day I overdubbed the final vocals, much faster and in fewer takes than I would have at home!

The full list of songs we recorded is:

  • I Am Still The Same
  • Know Me
  • A Minute Of Your Time
  • Peace And Love
  • The Way Of A Woman With A Man
  • Birthday Present

The first five were destined for the movie in question. However, as of late 2012 the news is, unfortunately, that the project has been shelved and Jaymee and Michael are no longer involved with it. This is unfortunate news for me, however Jaymee intends to use my songs for some other project at some point so hopefully all the work will “pay off” eventually!” [end of Addendum]

And don’t don’t forget, my album Some Hope has been released in the US. It’s newly repackaged in a beautiful gatefold LP-style cardboard sleeve with new artwork. Sixteen (true!) tracks of pure goodness. The CD is available worldwide from CD Baby, my website (dccardwell.com) and our own Madcar Records website. Or you can download the album or individual songs from Madcar Records, iTunes or Amazon.

Anyway, after you’ve bought my album 🙂 come back and watch this little video I made about my experience in LA… and you can hear some of the music we recorded there…

Click here to watch “DC In LA”!

BIG news from DC Cardwell [Newsletter 2nd Dec 2010]

DC Cardwell's Some Hope album with CD (200w)

Whew! It’s all happening!


(1) My album Some Hope has been re-released in the US on a small company named Gladyce out of Portland, Oregon. It’s newly repackaged in a beautiful gatefold LP-style cardboard sleeve with new artwork. Sixteen (true!) tracks of pure goodness. The CD is available from Bandcamp, CD Baby and my website (dccardwell.com)

Or you can find it on iTunes or Amazon. [EDIT: Also Spotify]


(2) Possibly even more exciting for me, next week I’m flying to Los Angeles to record some songs for a movie with ace producer/composer/musician Jaymee Carpenter (www.jaymeecarpenter.com).

Jaymee has a very impressive resumé which includes writing music for That 70’s Show and 3rd Rock From The Sun and the Paramount Pictures blockbuster The Fighter starring Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale & Amy Adams.

“How did this come about?”, I hear you ask, not unreasonably. Well, just a couple of weeks ago a friend of mine sent a youtube link of my song ‘Birthday Present’ to someone else, who then sent it to Jaymee. He loved it, checked out the rest of the album, and contacted me to say he wanted to work with me for this movie project. Which just  goes to show how important it is to get your music out there and for your fans and friends to share it in every way possible!

DC & Victor play Ruby's Lounge, Nov 2010, with Samuel and Chris
DC & Victor, Ruby’s Lounge, Nov 2010, with Samuel on bass

(3) And finally… this coming Sunday, my friend and partner-in-crime Victor Stranges are showing off our new band at www.chandelierroom.com.au in Moorabbin (just south of Melbourne). The show’s at 4pm and it’s free entry to this really cool family-friendly venue! We’ve played there before and everyone agrees that it’s one of the best places around to play in. Really nice vibe, good stage and PA and a nice little bar/shop. It’s at:

Ruby's Lounge 20101117-Chris Haylock-203h
DC & Victor, Ruby’s Lounge, Nov 2010, Chris Haylock on drums

New song! It’s called – SOMETHING WORTH VOTING FOR [Newsletter 20th September 2008]

Hi there,

I’ve finally recorded a new song which you can hear on my Reverbnation player right now!

It’s called “Something Worth Voting For” and it’s my first new one in over a year. I kinda rushed it a bit because, even though it’s not totally specific to the upcoming US election, I thought it would be good to have it out there in time for it.

But it’s been good for getting me back into the swing of things with my new home studio and some new gear. Let me know what you think… but be gentle!

And if you like it please pass it round. 🙂

– DC

New studio, new gear, new songs… [Newsletter 5th Jan 2008]

Hi friends!

Edirol M-16DX Digital Mixer and Audio Interface
Edirol M-16DX

First of all, thanks to all of you for subscribing to my newsletter… it’s very much appreciated!

It’s been a very busy few months since my last one. I’ve moved house and with that and setting up the home in general and also my new home studio, and getting the yard organised, and also starting a new job, I’m afraid music has been on the back burner for a while.

The new studio has turned out really well, though. It’s very effectively soundproofed so I can make a racket at all hours without disturbing anyone. And I’ve splashed out on a new digital interface, the Edirol M-16DX, which is about a hundred steps up from my previous Soundblaster Live game soundcard that I recorded on. I’m hoping to piece together a new and improved drum kit and actually purchase some non-broken cymbals, so you should notice a difference in the drum sounds on the new tunes.

I’m now ready to record some new songs. Some of the titles are “Can’t Try Hard Enough”, “The Truth”, “The Sun, The Moon, The Stars”, “27 Kinds Of Tears” and “The Spirit Is Willing”.

Cheers ~ DC

PS: I bought a cheapo mail-order violin ($40!) last week to make some noises with. Another good reason to have a soundproofed room. Here’s a prehistoric photo of me pretending to play a violin… that’s my good friends Rodney Cordner to my right and John Montgomery to my left.

Rodney Cordner, DC Cardwell, John Montgomery c.1981
Rod Cordner, me and Mont around 1981 at Rod’s place.

What’s Happening In My Life?

My first newsletter, from 8th October 2007

Well, here it is: the first DC Cardwell Newsletter. Thanks so much for reading it – I really appreciate your interest in my music.

I don’t want this to be simply a duplication of stuff you can read elsewhere. On the other hand, it’s also aimed at those of you who don’t hang around Myspace or Facebook, so I do want to keep you up to date with what’s happening with my music.

MySpace Tom in the 50s
MySpace Tom in the 50s

Well, I’m still in the day job, in case some of you who know me from way back are wondering what on earth has happened. But a few years ago I started writing some songs and singing them myself, a bit of a departure for me. I seriously thought no-one would ever hear them, and in fact, even my own family didn’t hear them until relatively recently. However, I’d heard a lot about Myspace and decided to sign up for an account there, and pretty quickly I got fed up explaining to even newer people who its founder Tom Anderson was. I’d say “Tom Is Everybody’s Friend”, and of course, that’s just asking to be a song title. So one day when I was off work sick (really!) I recorded the song. I don’t think I’ve ever written and recorded another song so quickly and carelessly. I put it up on Myspace and suddenly found that people liked it, and they liked my other songs too.

And if you’re wondering why I’m not “David Cardwell” anymore, it’s simply because there are already more well-known “David Cardwell”s than you might imagine, and I didn’t want to have to compete with them on Google. Try searching for “David Cardwell”. Now search for “DC Cardwell”. See?

So if it ooks impressive, it’s really not. I’m still a medical scientist, still only play music for fun, and I still haven’t made a dollar out of my songs – I’ve sold a few mp3s on Martian Music but still haven’t recouped my sign-up fee! Nothing would make me happier than to be able to give up the day job (I’ve never liked it), but at my age, it’s probably not going to happen. But it has been an absolute joy to be able to make music and have people around the world listen to it and appreciate it! That, in itself, is success!

To bring you right up to date, my family and I have built a new home, in a suburb of Melbourne called Langwarrin, not far from Frankston where we live right now. It’s almost finished and we’ll be moving in sometime before Christmas.

DC in his new home recording studio, Oct 2007
DC in his new home recording studio, Oct 2007

THE BAD NEWS: I’ll be really busy for the next few months, as you can imagine, and probably won’t have time to write or record any new songs.

THE GOOD NEWS: Our new house incorporates a small (one room) soundproofed recording studio! Yeah! It will still have the same paltry recording gear in it, at least to begin with, but if the soundproofing is as effective as I hope it is, I should be able to make lots of noise more easily without annoying the rest of the family and the neighbours quite so much. Bear in mind that the rooms I recorded in up until now have been upstairs in a wood-framed house and so I have had to try and record extremely quietly, except for when I did the drum parts, at which time half of Frankston could have heard me. The other advantage will be that I can keep my gear set up and ready to use when inspiration strikes!

This photo is not exactly exciting, but in future newsletters I’ll include pictures of it as it starts to look like home. I hope to add to my gear to some extent as time goes by – with a proper audio interface for my computer and a better drum kit high on the list of priorities, but don’t expect a huge mixing desk – it’s not Abbey Road, just a small room, and I don’t really need a lot of inputs.

WHERE CAN YOU HEAR MY MUSIC?

MYSPACE: www.myspace.com/dccardwell [Yes, my MySpace page is still there as of 2012!]
I’ve already mentioned MySpace, which most of you are probably familiar with. This is where I first started to get some attention for my music, and really, let’s face it, right up to the present time just about my whole virtual “career” exists there! You don’t actually have to be a member to view my profile and listen to my songs there, in fact I think you can even read my blog without signing in. However you can’t send me messages, comments or friend requests or see my photos (big loss). On the other hand, it’s very easy to sign up if you can’t live without any of those features.

But if you dig around MySpace profile a little bit you’ll find all kinds of interesting things. It would be pointless to go into them here, so all I can say is, check it out!

If you want to help me out there, sending bulletins, comments, blogs and messages with some of my ReverbNation “widgets” would be fantastic. You can find a couple right on my MySpace page. Bulletins are probably one of the best things, as they go to a large number of people. Give them a catchy title. Repost some of my bulletins that you think might appeal to your friends. Also, you can put a widget on your profile. Mentioning me in groups or forums, or really anywhere, would also be good. Be creative! If you don’t know how to do this kind of stuff, ask me and I’ll help you out. My greatest weapon is you guys spreading the word around!

As well as MySpace, I’ve put some of my songs up on various sites over the last while but I haven’t really had time to “work” them the way I have with MySpace. Some of them could use input from my fans to give me a higher profile.

REVERBNATION: www.reverbnation.com/dccardwell
That’s the site which hosts this newsletter. Again, you can view my profile there without becoming a member. However, I highly recommend it for musicians because of the widgets and the FanReach system, which is how I run this newsletter. [Not any more – as of 2012 I’ve switched to Fanbridge] You can also sign up as a “fan”, and add me and other artists as your favourites. (I’d love you to do that!)

GARAGEBAND: http://www.garageband.com/artist/dccardwell/ [dead link]
This site is supposed to be good for the system whereby other people review your music and you can make it into contests and up charts. The catch is, to be eligible for entry to these you have to review a certain number of other artists’ tracks. I’ve started to do that but haven’t got around to doing enough reviews to gain entry to the charts… someday!

TRIPLE J UNEARTHED: www.triplejunearthed.com/dccardwell
An Australian site associated with the national radio station Triple J. Signing up here and writing a review of my songs would be cool.

NEIL YOUNG’S LIVING WITH WAR SITE: www.neilyoung.com/lwwtoday/lwwsongspage.html
This is a page which Neil Young set up as part of his neilyoung.com site, where he posts songs that are in some way related to questions of the war in Iraq in particular, and also war and peace in general. My song Peace And Love actually reached No. 3 there at one point, when I was actively encouraging people to go and click on it there, but now it has dropped down to number cough cough! Speaking of Peace And Love, did I ever tell you why I wrote it? My friend Tony told me that Ringo Starr uses the phrase “Peace And Love” all the time on his website, so he said I should write a song of that title and maybe Ringo would cover it. So I did. Of course, I haven’t the slightest clue how to get Ringo to pay any attention to a song of mine, and even if I did, I don’t exactly think it’s the kind of jolly singalong anthem that Tony had in mind!

YOUTUBE: www.youtube.com/DCCardwellsMusic
Videos… and more to follow presently!

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/dccardwell
I was amazed to find that you can add a few of my songs to the iLike application in FaceBook! I think it’s because they’re on Garageband and they automatically get linked across. So if you’re on FaceBook you can easily dedicate my songs to people or add them to any of your message or wall posts. Please feel free – it all helps! [“iLike” never really took off, did it, but Facebook did, and so did “like”… it’s now the best place to share my music – 2012 DC]

~ DC

[2012 note – for places to buy my music (and Marjorie’s) go straight to madcarrecords.com]