Journeys Through Sound, exploring the musical genres…
I was greatly inspired by going to so many Psychedelic parties, since 1998, listening to so many diverse sounds, dj-ing, decorating, organising events & dancing so vividly - my dancing has really grown through the years, is a very spiritual, sacred prayer dance to me, I LOVE to dance!! So, so many gigs & parties definitely had a big impact & influence on my work.... which are very varied & diverse, as I love listening to so many different genres of music.
I have been teaching myself music production for many years, ...first off, starting with my little pink tape recorder when I was five (which she bought with her first ever pocket money), then progressing onto a 4 track, then onto utilising Sony Acid, then Cubase, Ableton, Soundforge & a whole host of plugins, MIDI controllers & live gear. I've acquired some beautiful equipment, which really helps me in my work: A pair of Adam A7X studio monitors Oh my God they're GhOOOOd speakers, highly recommend!), a Shure 55SH Series II dynamic Mic (utter Classic), an SE 2200 A Condenser mic (seriously pure sound), a Rhode NT2A condenser mic, a Tanglewood TW47E Solid Mahogany electro acoustic cutaway guitar (my dream guitar, I used to go into the music shop - Mid Wales Music & pick it up & play it & then I got it from there), a Washburn solid mahogany vintage electric guitar, an original Big Muff pedal :D, a selection of FX pedals, a Meinl large Djambe, a Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 soundcard, Cubase 8, Ableton 9, plus a Cello & loads more software & video musical software, which come in handy for making music videos of me playing live for Youtube. Plus she has a few more mics, tonnes of leads, a few keyboards & a lovely Peavey rig for playing out live.
Sophia has 25 years of live performance experience, playing original acoustic sets & within the last 16 years she have developed electronic sets too... all Templetree Live, which is her Artist name. She did a Level 3/4 in Art & Design, then got a 2:2 in Graphics Level 4, in which she focused on growing her skills & in also doing a course called Music Marketing Manifesto, which showed her how to put together her website: www.templetreemusic.co.uk , which she runs & operates now, always has done. She has also been studying, as well as running Royal Therapy & Carolina Mulcahy (design) & me (Creative Director). It all intermingles beautifully! I just flow between creative missions & am usually very busy getting stuff done.
She's built her website for Royal Therapy, which shows the Therapeutic aspect of her work, as a multi-media, multi genre Live Artist, Creative Designer & Shamanic Practitioner. She puts a lot of healing into all her music, art, writing - all her works, are fueled with Positive healing ceremonies & healing light. It's always been so lovely for her to hear back the wonderful responses from people whom she's played for, or who have heard the music, she enjoyes hearing back about the Therapeutic feeling of the music :)... & how well the bright & colourful art has gone down with people. Even hearing about her poetry she loves, receiving the positive comments, always inspires her so much, makes her feel that feel good factor - special kicks ey! &
in Sophia's work in Hiraeth she does all the Multi Media Design & work as a Shamanic Practitioner & work on internal vision design & innovation, plus on running HR, ensuring ongoing evidence based research is gathered & documented, in providing ongoing shamanic case management & in so many areas of the business it'd take her forever to write it all down. She have completely transformed the ideology of Hiraeth to having become centred around a Holistic Therapies outlook. She has invested a huge amount of time, energy & highly skilled professional work, into launching the company nationwide, extensively: which is now growing very effectively. She balances that work with my music creations.
She enjoys writing all sorts of music, she loves to just focus on that which she's writing myself, with her creativity, as opposed to recording other people for them, but recording people for what she's doing herself. She loves to work on what she can make myself as an Artist, as she: sings, play guitar, Djembe, djs, produces electronic & acoustic music & she plays some keyboard & piano too, so it's her sound & her production as an Artist she loves to focus on.
She's been through so many stages of musical studio equipment gear, to get to the beautiful kit she has now. & she's very interested in learning how to operate Logic on a Mac, sounds interesting, sounds simple & easy to function. She absolutely loves performing live, she gets such thrills from being on stage... her acoustic performances go from being very soft & gentle, quiet & soothing, then gradually grow into being more rhythmic blues, then some more psychedelic rock kinda stuff. Then she goes into the electronic set, to follow the acoustic set, which starts out with some groovy hiphhopesque chilled beats, with live vocals, then she builds up the pace, with more housey stuff & some psychedelic drum&bass & then some more trancey stuff, then she does a dj set, to get everyone properly dancing - generally works well, as an all evening long performance, great for the early crowds & winds up for the late night crowds :), - she really enjoys it! She love her Psychedelic Trance, just it has to be dark, filthy & hard, twisted & seriously sacred stomping music sounding, for her to be happy. She likes to work on all aspects of my production really, to take people on a journey through sound, that lifts & grows in pace gradually, through the hours. The longest She's played is for 5 hours. Then after she's done the 2 Templetree sets, she go on to playing a dj Cabbagecaz set, which is a lot of Dark Psy, to really get everyone dancing about, works really well, she has a few regular spots which she frequents to play, with lovely atmospheres. The venue has to be right for her to want to play really & she needs to make sureshe's I'm well enough paid, to keep it all going & make it all possible - being realistic - it's a lot of work she puts into making her Live sets possible & she's got to keep it all fuelled & stoked.
She's also bought a course called "Record Release Formula" - also made by John Oszajca, the inventor of Music Marketing Manifesto - which really helped her learn about web design. She thinks in the music industry, as an Independent Artist you have to be able to think of business as well as the music to be able to get by... she really would appreciate help with that to be honest. She just loves playing! - Especially on a crisp & tidy sound system, all tweaked up :). & she loves to sing, she loves to sing & play guitar & sing & play the piano so much, she gets such serious kicks out of live performance - it's where her heart's at - that & making people dance & enjoy the artistic ambience created for each event. Some of her music is at 432 Hz, the Healing Tuning, the Divine frequency of Earth... good for the soul, her music is part of my Therapy work, she likes for all of her events to be Therapeutic experiences for people. She's organised a lot of events through the years, where she's played her music & decorated, with her Psychedelic art, with sacred symbolism, to make safe space for good people to have beautiful experiences in: where they go away feeling enriched hopefully.
She'sbought another course called 'The Online Musician 2.0' to help her know how to do the online thing with her music, she's working through that bit by bit. She's a bit of a course junkie :), she loves learning & loves being able to lead her way in that which she loves doing.
She loves so many genres of music, music of the soul, music of the heart. She's collaborated with about 18 different & very talented musicians from around the globe including: Golden Ears (Mike Cusato), Chameleon (Liquid Records), Drumspyder, Dean J, Smiler, Tom Ellis (Trimsound Records - we have Vinyl with my vocals on to his Minimal Techno), Rob Jones, Dave Kirk, Dj Shadow (though not officially, but she has done some recording work with one of his tracks, she did try to contact him, but no news, as of yet.)
She's recorded in several studios through the years: Maxtrax Studios in Aberystwyth, Giant Wafer Studios in Llanbadarn y Fynydd in Wales - (Ed there's so good to her, his home made mics are phenomenal! Sony & BMG do a lot of recording there, with their Artists), Liquid Studios in London, her studios (Shakti Loves Studios), Chickenshack Studios on the West Coast of Wales, Golden Ear's Studios, Tom Ellis's Studio (Trimsound Records) & Artman's Studios by Dolgellau, to name a few. So, she feels very lucky & privileged to have been so supported by the Artists & Studios she's worked with - years of positive, professional & ongoing, collaborations).
Sophia was selected out of Wales to perform live for HRH Prince Charles in about 2006, which she did, was cool to meet him, lovely bloke. I received Prince's Trust funding to develop her music in 2002, which bought her her 4 track recorder, then really helped her with setting her up with her first proper recording studio & She then went to play & record in a Castle near Cardiff with that, which was brilliant. Then she got Ultd Funding to develop her studio in about 2007. & so she's been working on developing her studio skills a lot, spending very long hours in the studio, intermingled with immersion in nature, teaching herself & learning from various musicians along the way. She's gradually added to her studio gear, bit by bit & thankfully has achieved seriously good sound quality, with the amazing technology we have today.
She's also been recording live folk sessions about Wales, for years, gathering recordings of the locals playing, they've really come along, tshe thinks she might possibly consider making a cd of them eventually. The songs of the hills, echoing through the ages, such beautiful heartfelt music, always does her good to go & listen, play a bit & record the various sessions. - Something a bit different ey... hence her love for so many different genres, so many different energies, sounds, instruments, rhythms, flows, ... music through the ages documented.
Templetree Live on Youtube & Templetree Music on Bandcamp, there's also www.royaltherapy.co.uk & www.hiraethinstitute.co.uk, which explain a bit more about the way she works, as mentioned, working to help people therapeutically really inspires her, so, through the years she's been gradually getting more Therapy Certificates, which help in furthering the work (by being able to practice publically)... good work for the soul, she loves helping people. A bit of a mix of creative flows works really well with her, keeps her interested, then she finds she's just busy all the time, going from one project to another, happily being creative, performing out live as much as possible.
She lives in the wilderness in Mid Wales, living off the land as much as possible. She spends a lot of time in the woodland.