Side Projects

I’ve recently been creating a lot of my own music just for the sheer enjoyment of it and thought I’d share it with you here.

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Smoky

I release ambient guitar drone EPs under the name Smoky.  All the tracks were recorded very simply, with an Epiphone Les Paul Custom, a Strymon Timeline and Strymon Big Sky. These EPs have proved pretty popular; one track, Penarth Pier, taking on a life of its own on Spotify with over a million plays. I’m delighted with the EPs and there will be more coming your way soon!

Listen on Spotify or download from Bandcamp.

Smoky & Coop

As above, but with vocals by Dan Hadfield.  All tracks completely improvised in one take.

Listen on Spotify or download on Bandcamp.

David Benjamin Haynes

I’m a good guitarist and drummer but my piano skills have always been a bit lacking.  I’ve been teaching myself to play piano and recording these mellow, hazy, English, instrumental piano compositions as I go.

Listen on Spotify.

The King Of Indecision

Another ambient alter-ego – this is more synth-based and diverse than the Smoky EPs, and a mate of mine called it “the best bath music ever”.

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Pala

I played drums and sang backing vocals in an indie band called Pala between 1996 and 2001. Widely renowned as a great live band (and well known for our hard work ethic when it came to incessant gigging), here is a compilation of some of our work, plus an EP that we recorded in my studio in 2017.

Listen on Spotify.