After almost 10 years of playing together as Los Sombreros and then Parkin and Hardwick, we have both decided to call it a day. We both felt the time was right to move in different directions. Going forward we will continue to operate individually. Thanks for all your support through the years, we hope you will all continue to support us as individuals in this new stage.
Life as an independent musician is hard work and stressful. We both work full time to make enough money to survive whilst at the same time we're trying to develop our music and trying to forge a career from it. There are days when this thing called the music business seems impossible. One issue with the music industry is that it is constantly changing. The old model no longer works. Musicians can no longer just be musicians. They need to be promoters too. They need to understand marketing and networking. Technology isconstantly changing and we are expected to keep up.
If you are like us and want to keep on top of developments and get a bunch of tips and advice, we've come across this great website recently: http://newartistmodel.com/music-news-musician-success-blog/
Check it out.
James & Russell, LS
We can't believe it's 2014 already. 2013 was a good year for us, but we are sure 2014 will be even better. As always our aims are to continue to improve, to perform more, and to finally record and release an album. What are your resolutions/plans for 2014? Let us know on Google+, Facebook or Twitter.
Happy New Year!
Russell and James,
Christmas is almost upon us. We thought it'd be good to have a few Christmassy songs in our repertoire so had a go at the classic - Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Check it out, let us know what you think, and if you like it please feel free to share it!
Russell & James
We've been working on a cover of Daft Punk's hit "Get Lucky" and our version is now up on YouTube. James has been playing with his new foot-switch from Vein-Tap.com called the Skinny Little Twins which he's hooked up to the Boss RC-3 Loop Station. Check it out. What do you think?
We hope you like it. Please feel free to share with friends.
Russell & James
The Los Sombreros website has gone through a fair few changes over the years. We used to use WordPress and had a blog based format, but then made things very simple and just had one page that had our music player, video player and dates. The initial reason for this change was due to lack of updates. We would post about gigs and that was about it. Plus we were busy with various other things too. Recently though, we have put more of a focus on Los Sombreros. We have been gigging frequently and practising fairly consistently. We want to start sharing our creative process with everyone. We are going to start sharing videos of the new songs we are working on, so keep checking this site for updates!
We are also now on Google+ so please go check that out and if you are a G+ user follow us.
Russ and James, LS