Top Ten ways to help me out! Part 2

So here are some of the best ways to spread the word about my music*.  If you do any / all of these you will have my undying thanks forever.  If you don’t however, you are dead to me^.


5. Review my songs on Amazon / or CD baby

Nice reviews, or absolute slatings work best.

4. Word of Mouth

Remember that your word is valuable. People make decisions based on what their friends and family have to say about a product, service, or — in this case — music. Share the music that you love, (or alternatively my music) with those that are close to you.  If they actually like the songs (you never know) remind them to like the Captain Wilberforce Facebook page or got to my website and join my email list.

3. Promote

Promoting my music is easier than you think. Use my Bandcamp / Youtube page link and share it via your Social Media platforms. Ask people a question about it and you’ll probably get more of a response, for example: “Look at this Captain Wilberforce video – is this the sloppiest low rent vid you’ve ever seen or what?”

2. Like or Share

Like my web content. Share the content. Share, retweet, repost, etc. Get the content in front of people. It costs nothing but widens the number of people who may give it a listen and like it.

1. Leave a comment

Leaving a comment is one of the easiest ways to show support. Take the time out of your busy schedule and leave a comment for your favorite artists, or me. You can leave comments on Facebook, blogs, iTunes, SoundCloud, YouTube, etc.  This is the big one.  Please comment as much as possible – make fun of the songs, criticise, praise, whatever, but comment dammit!!


* adapted with thanks to Praverb at CDBaby for this article

^no, honestly you are.

Top Ten ways to help me out! Part 1

Times are hard – no-one (apart from Russian billionaires) have any spare cash to spend on “under the radar” alt-pop bands. And they rarely do.
So, how can you help me out on a zero budget?  Let us count the ways* – here are numbers 10 to 6.  (5 to 1 tomorrow – can you stand the suspense?)

10. Post content on Reddit, Stumbleupon, etc.

You can post the content on Reddit or Stumbleupon and help me receive an uptick in views or plays. Make sure you follow the guidelines of the site though or risk getting banned.

9. Request my music on the radio

I’d suggest BBC 6 Music, especially Tom Robinson’s show (@freshnet) or any of the BBC 6 Music recommends programmes.  Also maybe Radio 2 – Dermot’s (@radioleary) show.

8. Change your Avatar

Show support by changing your Avatar. Changing your Avi is a simple process. All you have to do is find the artwork (Google search), save it and upload it.

7. Post content on message boards  

Post the content on message boards and help spread the word. In order to do this you usually need to register with the site. Leeds Music Forum is a good one.  If this is too much work, try looking for a Facebook group that you can contribute to.

6. Use a Hashtag

Follow me on Twitter @CaptWil and repost my info to your followers.  All you have to do is use the hashtag #distanceep or #captainwilberforce whenever you talk about my music.

Ok, that’s the first 5.  The even more helpful ones are in the Top 5 tomorrow!


* adapted with thanks to Praverb at CDBaby for this article

The Johnny Depp Memorial Cafe

Here’s video number two, Three weeks til the ‘Distance EP’ is released; this time created with the help of Alex and Aimee who guided me through the intricacies of Minecraft and laughed at my ineptness!  Who can spot all the times I lost control of the little flying man?

Anyhoo, you can really help spread the word on the ol’ social media by sharing it (amazing), Liking it (Great) or mentioning it to passers by in the street (Random).

Help Dorothea set sail!

Avant Garde-Pop producer / Svengali / Captain Wilberforce collaborator and all round good egg David Lawrie has a new album on the cusp of release – I’ve heard it and it’s very, very good.  Don’t just take my word for it:

Why am I telling you this, apart from sheer excitement?  Well, seems he’s running a Kickstarter project to fund the release of the album (or buy a lifetime’s supply of sherbet fountains – I’m not quite clear on this).  He needs your support.

“Where do I sign up?”, I hear you ask.

Here I reply.  You can thank me later.

Messing with Sondre Lerche…

Sondre Lerche is my favourite Norwegian Pop Star – yes, even with all that competition.   So when he put the stems of his new single Bad Law up on Soundcloud for anyone to remix, I thought, why not? It’s not like I’ve got anything on at the moment, like a new EP release to manage, videos to create, new Ep to record, day job, football coaching, family….

Anyway, I wasn’t the chosen one, but here’s my remix.  You can hear the original mix below:

Distance EP released in October

album coverSo finally, the Distance EP will be available to download on Oct 20th 2014 from Bandcamp.

Yes, it’s taken an eternity, mainly due to my determination to get to grips with the recording process and some major arrangement changes, but it’s now been mastered and sent out to reviewers / radio etc. with some nifty artwork from

The track listing is:

Someone To Love

Good Times, You Said,

The Johnny Depp Memorial Cafe

You Can’t Have Me

Those of you who’ve seen us play live over the last year will have heard three of these tunes, but recorded (as usual) there’s a lot more going on – Johnny Depp in particular has evolved a lot from initial live versions!

More info to follow over the next couple of weeks, including; videos for all four songs, some live dates to promote the release and details of my foray into online busking.