Hi thank you for taking th time to read this page.
They say there is a time and place for everything, which, is possibly true in my case.
Music in one form or another has been with me throughout my life. Music was always playing at home on the Blue Spot radiogram. What the hell is that some of you may ask. Well, it was the must-have piece of kit in a West Indian household in 1950s and 1960s. I remember Fats Domino's Blueberry Hill blasting out "I got my thrill on Blueberry Hill...". Anyway enough of that.
The music evolved Ska, Rock Steady to Reggae. My uncle who lived with us had a sound system and that really raised the excitement level with the latest and best reggae music readily available.
I got the real taste for creating music when, with my brothers and some schools friends, we started a reggae band. This all started when my mother bought my younger brother Leroy an acoustic guitar with a couple of strings. However, that didn't stop him working out the basslines to songs and he proudly proclaimed that we were starting a band and so 'The Instigators' was born.
We had some moderate success with singles in the UK reggae charts and being a backing band to most of the top Jamaican reggae artists touring the UK. However, as time went on the usual tensions arose and the band broke up. But my brothers went on to be renowned reggae producers in the UK reggae scene and internationally.
For me, music had to take a back seat. Other priorities needed to be taken care of and I didn't believe I had what it takes to earn a regular income from music. However, that creative urge always remained with me as well as the feeling that I had unfinished business. I knew that one day and somehow I would get back to creating music and continue chasing the dream.
The key to my comeback was just to start the journey. So what could I do with the time I had? I had plenty of dead time, you know, stuck in traffic, waiting at airports, overnight stays in boring hotels. Then the answer hit me, songwriting! All I needed was my imagination, creativity and a pen and paper to begin. So I started writing songs, found a couple of good self-help books and the quality of the songs began to improve.
The next step was how to create a finished musical production. I didn't have the budget to outsource the whole production on a long term basis. I knew I had to do as much of the production as I could whether by skilling up and improving my singing or taking on as much of the instrumentation as I can. All I needed was equipment to turn those song ideas into a finished product. That was the incentive for my home studio project.
On this website, you will find out how my journey has gone so far. As well as information that I hope will help you to further your ambitions and dreams in the music business whatever they are.
As an independent musician, songwriter, producer and blogger my musical resurrection has begun and will not end until those songs and ideas in my head become reality under the banner of 'Miss Tun Pickney'. So join me and become a music maker directly, alternatively, your support will be a great inspiration.
Dingazz (a.k.a Miss Tun Pickney)