Monday, 26 November 2018

If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs

This one came a little bit out the blue - my brother sent me a recording of the Rudyard Kipling poem - like you do! Still not sure why but I was really moved by the delivery and felt like I wanted to add music - so I did.

It's a really powerful piece of prose and I hope I've done this justice. Thanks to my brother for sending over the file and I guess this helped this impromptu creative process.

Please enjoy and share if you feel the need.



If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too.
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster,
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:
If you can make a heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And—which is more—you'll be a Man, my son!
1985 - Rudyard Kipling
Prose read by James Playford


Written by Rob Playford

Rob Playford founded Playfio Music in early 2012 and produces and writes a variety of music under the name of Playfio. As well as writing music, Rob is always on the lookout for music collaborations with all types of musical artists and creative individuals.

You can find him on Google+ and Twitter - feel free to get in touch.

Saturday, 13 October 2018

Listen to Arcadian Rhythm by Playfio

So I'm happy to have finally released this Album (14.09.18). The only challenge now is to try and get some people to hear it!

This is proving quite a challenge and I'm now understanding the importance of promotion. Since the grand debut Album release I have clocked up an impressive 2 sales!! Although the aim was never money based - it would be nice if more people could listen to the Album as I do think it has at least a track to suit the needs of any listener.



The spotify preview player below gives a good 30 second preview of 'Arcadian Rhythm' and I've also uploaded the full album onto YouTube if you want to hear the whole album free.




Rob Playford founded Playfio Music in early 2012 and produces and writes a variety of music under the name of Playfio. As well as writing music, Rob is always on the lookout for music collaborations with all types of musical artists and creative individuals.

You can find him on Google+ and Twitter - feel free to get in touch

Thursday, 6 September 2018

Arcadian Rhythm - ALBUM RELEASE - 14.09.18

New Playfio Album
After over 5 years of handwork, I'm very pleased to be able to tell you about the imminent release of my debut Album. This will be distributed by Ditto Music and is available in all major stores from 14th September 2018.

I would also like to dedicate this Album to a late friend and drummer of my first band. Zac Lait (1983-2002). Zac was an extremely talented drummer and I have no doubt he would have gone on to great things. Much time has passed since we lost Zac yet I hope this keeps his memory alive for all the people who knew him.

The album is a real mix of genres and I hope you enjoy what you hear. I never imagined I'd reach this point of pulling together 14 tracks I'm happy with but glad I stuck with it and hope it reaches more than just a handful of people. More links to follow and I'll leave you with Amelia Vandergast's Album Review of Arcadian Rhythm.

Playfio ‘Arcadian Rhythm’ Album Review by Amelia Vandergast 

Rob Playford’s debut album Arcadian Rhythm kicks off with a cinematically resounding wave of instantly accessible Alt Indie. The wavy synths of the mix lead you through the concordant rhythm in one of the most prodigally fresh manners I’ve heard in a long time. Track 1 ‘Hanging On’ possesses all of the sultry grind that you would expect from any self-respecting Rock track, yet thanks to the digital effects, you’re treated to a soundscape which seamlessly blends the progressions of the guitar with the transcendent vibrancy of the synth. 

Make no mistake, Rob Playford’s album is not just another poor experimentation in entwining the futurism of Electro Pop with the archaic sound of Rock (I wasn’t going to mention any names, but Arctic Monkeys, I’m looking at you). Each track on the album stands as a testament to the instrumentalist and vocalists progressive style, whilst the beats are kept tight, they are also kept at a steady pacing which is all too easy to slip into. With tracks such as Enigma, you’re treated to an instrumental only progression with a few ingeniously placed vocal samples around the harmonious drive of the music. Whilst it may be lacking in vocals, it’s definitely not lacking in momentous, pulsating emotion. 

Your Name is yet another stellar track, it is with this track Rob Playford displays his lyrical prowess, each line of every verse is a punchline, by the time the track fades out you’re almost left feeling bruised. With the poignant lyricism wrapped around the impounding notes of the piano, it’s one hell of an evocative composition. Playford’s smooth passion-steeped vocals take a little retro turn with this track, and it’s almost a little bit impossible not to compare the vocals to the late and great George Michael – and that’s definitely not a criticism. There aren’t many that can match the decadent crooning style which such a charismatic accessibility. 

With so much diversity on the album, it’s impossible to see how anyone wouldn’t be able to find a track which blows them away. I definitely found an aural home in track number 6 ‘Elizium’ the jangly reverb which bled through the soft grunge mix didn’t fail to draw me in. 

Whilst the diversity contained within Arcadian Rhythm didn’t fail to astound, it would have been nice to really hear Playfio stamp down their style with a signature sound. My vote goes towards the pioneering twists of soft Rock and Grunge as the soundscapes underwent a digital revival. Yet, Rob Playford’s experimental approach is admirable regardless.
Arcadian Rhythm will be available to stream and download across all main platforms from September 14th, 2018.

Rob Playford founded Playfio Music in early 2012 and produces and writes a variety of music under the name of Playfio. As well as writing music, Rob is always on the lookout for music collaborations with all types of musical artists and creative individuals.

You can find him on Google+ and Twitter - feel free to get in touch

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Welcome to the Basement

Take the lift down to the Basement...If you go down to the club today you better not be surprised ;)

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Velvet 2.0

Re-mastered, Re-imagined, Re-defined.....

Happy to introduce my latest music video. I first wrote this track about 5 years ago, since then I’ve been tinkering! New guitars, vocals and drums have been added and the final track was mastered in Mexico!

For a while I’ve been on the lookout for footage that would best represent the feel of the track. Recently, I came across Reynold Reynolds performance art work and was instantly drawn to his work.

All credit for all footage is Reynold Reynolds – I do not own the rights for this. If for any reason I am breaking copyright, please get in contact and I will remove this video if required.

One of my aims is to promote Reynold’s amazing visual art through my music.

http://artstudioreynolds.com




The two films that I have taken used footage are below:

SECRET LIFE
http://artstudioreynolds.com/secret-l...

Secret Life is the first of the Secrets Trilogy; a cycle exploring the imperceptible conditions that frame life and is followed by Secret Machine and Six Easy Pieces

SIX EASY PIECES
http://artstudioreynolds.com/six-easy...

Six Easy Pieces is the last part of the Secrets Trilogy; a three-part cycle exploring the imperceptible conditions that frame life and is preceded by Secret Life, and Secret Machine.



Rob Playford founded Playfio Music in early 2012 and produces and writes a variety of music under the name of Playfio. As well as writing music, Rob is always on the lookout for music collaborations with all types of musical artists and creative individuals.

You can find him on Google+ and Twitter - feel free to get in touch

Sunday, 15 March 2015

The Glasgow Sunset Murders

A Playfio news exclusive...

The music artist Playfio has released information to the whereabouts of the sunset suspects who intend to meet in a secret location before fleeing the country. - a scrawled note found at the scene described a potential meeting location.

The note read: 'I'll wait for you under the sunset, with the moon pasing over my head. wait for me under the sunset, and we follow the road ahead'


The suspects have yet to be identified. the police are urging people to come forward who may know anything The two suspects are still at large. The victim still unidentified was taken to the Southern General Hospital but later passed away. One of the suspects is from London but has not been named. Police have a recovered a possible weapon found near the scene.



Rob Playford founded Playfio Music in early 2012 and produces and writes a variety of music under the name of Playfio. As well as writing music, Rob is always on the lookout for music collaborations with all types of musical artists and creative individuals.

You can find him on Google+ and Twitter - feel free to get in touch.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Zoltan Biro's Chill Out Sessions

Couple of weeks ago I came across this selection of great chill out sessions put together by Zoltan Biro.

Take some time out and enjoy his perfect choice in everything chilled and smooth.

The first chill out session came out in 2010 and have been going strong ever since. During that period Zoltan has amassed a great collection of tunes.

Zoltan very kindly agreed to feature 'LaidBack' on his latest Session 24. Enjoy :)



This mix includes the following tracks:

1.Lazy Hammock - Nothing Is Stopping Me
2.James Bright - Little Things
3.Thomas Lemmer feat Lena Belgart - Is It Too Late
4.E-Mantra - The Hermit's Sanctuary Part II
5.MoVoX - Eternal Memory
6.Sine - Samsara
7.Ingo Herrmann - Silverlights
8.Bliss feat. Sky Lab - Light Blue
9.Smooth Sailor - Watching the Waves
10.Heaven Voices Mix - Far from the paradise
11.Blue Lagoona - A Dream Forgotten (Bedroom Lounge Mix)
12.Late Night Alumni - Mistake
13.Michael E - Sark of Searenity
14.Playfio featuring Angela Sharman - Laid Back (Req)
 
 
Rob Playford founded Playfio Music in early 2012 and produces and writes a variety of music under the name of Playfio. As well as writing music, Rob is always on the lookout for music collaborations with all types of musical artists and creative individuals.

You can find him on Google+ and Twitter - feel free to get in touch.

Sunday, 24 November 2013

From the Balcony - Glasgow 2014: Glasgow Commonwealth Games

The Glasgow Commonwealth games are just round the corner set for what's set to be a great opportunity for Scotland and Glasgow to showcase to the world what this city and country has to offer.



Final thanks go to all the footage used for this preview Glasgow 2014 Trailor.

My aim is to help promote these games not step on any one's toes regarding copyright. This can hopefully seen as a beneficial advert for Glasgow 2014.


Written by Rob Playford

Rob Playford founded Playfio Music in early 2012 and produces and writes a variety of music under the name of Playfio. As well as writing music, Rob is always on the lookout for music collaborations with all types of musical artists and creative individuals.

You can find him on Google+ and Twitter - feel free to get in touch.

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Glasgow Underground - The Railroad of Dreams

Like many folks to visit Glasgow or talk of this city, few people ever realise that Glasgow has its very own underground system. Compared to the likes of the London Underground or the New York City Metro this is a tiny version, the toy train set equivalent! Definitely worth a gander if you’re about these parts.

Happened to come across some interesting old video footage of the Glasgow Underground back in the 1970’s before it had a huge makeover in the 1980’s. These short films and the general surreal feel of this mini-underground railway even today, provided the inspiration for the latest musical offering from Playfio and with an accompanying Glasgow Underground music video.




Many thanks to the users who posted these old Glasgow Underground clips online. These certainly helped when putting together this track and also helped provide one of my favourite samples. The catchy words of  “It’s a railroad of dreams my boy, a railroad of dreams” the perfect line to bring together this music.

Written by Rob Playford

Rob Playford founded Playfio Music in early 2012 and produces and writes a variety of music under the name of Playfio. As well as writing music, Rob is always on the lookout for music collaborations with all types of musical artists and creative individuals.

You can find him on Google+ and Twitter - feel free to get in touch.

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Sunday, 19 May 2013

This Time - Chillout Music from Playfio featuring Angela Sharman (Playfio Music Productions)

Chillout track by Playfio featuring Angela Sharman
Been quite a few months since the Playfio Music blog has been updated. Things have been pretty busy. I’m pleased to release a track that has been sat around collecting dust for some time now.
I first started working on this last year and had help again on the piano from Angela Sharman.

This is another chilled out offering and focuses on the subject of time.  No time like the present! so I’ll get on and introduce this track.

This short but poignant song can be summed up by a quote by Benjamin Franklin – “You may delay, but time will not” – he was the man who as a joke began Daylight saving time. He proposed waking people earlier on bright summer mornings so they might work more during the day and thus save candles. It was introduced in the U.K. in 1917 and then spread around the world.


The track ‘This Time’ has the following lyrics:

You’ll spend ten years of your life in the rat race, 
another five just getting there and back
is it not time to work out what matters
because when you’re gone you’re not getting it back

The other collaboration I worked on with Angela is 'Laid Back'

Written by Rob Playford

Rob Playford founded Playfio Music in early 2012 and produces and writes a variety of music under the name of Playfio. As well as writing music, Rob is always on the lookout for music collaborations with all types of musical artists and creative individuals.

You can find him on Google+ and Twitter - feel free to get in touch.


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