On this page we feature a collection of songwriters and musicians that take part in Songstuff. Support independent artists and songwriters, click through and have a listen to their music. You might just fall in love with their music and become a fan of the band!
Songwriting once cast a spell on a wayward youth named Danny Rains. It sent him stumbling headfirst into a mystifying underground world of melodies, harmonies, and words. Now, many years since, he still returns to that deep well of unknowable truths. In the early morning dark, he often finds himself staring into a fog of half-remembered dreams, feeling around the bed for a pencil or a guitar, hoping to capture a little piece of that world to bring back with him to the other side.
He has made 5 independent albums so far. Often, he writes and performs all of the parts himself, but sometimes he collaborates with other musicians. His recordings are produced in his studio, in a small apartment in Little Rock, Arkansas. His sole spiritual advisor is the ghost of his childhood pet parakeet, Sam.
M57 (aka, Mark Rabuck) is one of Songstuff’s hidden gems. Disguised as a math and music teacher by day, at home he locks himself in his studio, taking his time as he produces a small batch of songs that are surprisingly varied in style. Like many a closet singer-songwriter, Mark plays most all the parts himself, preferring real instruments over virtual (including bass, guitars, his prized grand piano, and even ukulele). Mark’s simple yet soulful voice is the perfect foil for his sophisticated music, with its unexpected yet deeply satisfying chord choices and meaningful and intriguing lyrical content. A masterful arranger, fans know to wait for and savor those exquisite moments when he choses to layer his vocals. It doesn’t take much time to listen to the entire M57 catalog, but if you’re rushed, be sure to check out “Throwing Darts At The Storm” and “It Might Be A Lie.”
An active participant in the Songstuff Community, Mark is one of many song-writers who ‘gives back’ by offering thoughtful and constructive criticism in the Songwriting and Music Forums, claiming, “Helping others gives me insight into process and makes me a better song-writer.”
Avithammer, or just Avit or real name Alan Guest is a songwriter, blogger and comedy show wannabe from Essex. He came into the game late and insists he could play the guitar when he was 15 better than he can now. Alan has a very varied taste in music although his preferred ‘cup-of-tea’ is prog rock which has surfaced only once in his writings in ‘Holly.’ After writing and recording a mini album’s worth of soul tracks with S.E.L ( of Soul2Soul fame) he has embarked on a retro/harmony/melodic pop album project mixing Beach Boys Beatles and humour.
Avit also writes theme tunes and jingles for Hammerschat.com as well as providing an anthem ‘Claret and Blue’ for West ham United’s move to the Olympic Stadium.
As a gamer, Achazia is fascinated by how music can help you to immerse in games. She has some of her music in multiplayer and mobile games.
At the moment she has a song called “Empress of Vincenza” placed with a fantasy radio station called Radio Rivendell as part of a project/compilation working with other composers, called Book of Ages.
Dave Bradley is a science journalist by day, but by night he’s Cambridge’s most wannabe singer-songwriter rockstar. Dave has played guitar for four decades or thereabouts and writes and performs acoustic and electric in a range of styles and has been likened to a range of artists, including Glenn Tilbrook, David Bowie and James Taylor, which is very flattering to him, of course, but he really is just a Geordie chancer with a loud shirt and six string…
Mahesh and the Mix