Past, Present & Future Volume 1 is the latest release from Nicky Havey. Show some love to the artist and listen below.
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The “Past, Present & Future” series is effectively a minimix of songs from years gone by, what I currently have on my profile and songs that are going to be out in one form or another later in the year. Volume 1 kicked off around Christmas time in 2014 and included snippets of 8 tracks condensed into an 11 minute set. It was my first crack at mixing and it took me so many takes, around 20, until I was happy with the timings of the mix!
Lana del Rey – Summertime Sadness (Nicky Havey remix)
The set starts with a remix I did of Summertime Sadness by Lana del Rey at the beginning of 2014. I really loved the original and, after coming back from a heavy night out at Hospitality in London, I thought I would try and put a dnb spin on it (albeit with ringing ears).
Nicky Havey – 3 Peaks
Then it moves on to a track called 3 Peaks. I made this one after completing the UK 3 Peaks Challenge under 24 hours back in July 2014. I tried the challenge in the previous year but suffered an ankle injury coming down Ben Nevis and had to live with the frustration of not being able to complete it for 12 months. This fuelled my determination and once I finished the challenge, the track 3 Peaks was born as a means for celebration and to reflect determination not to give up.
Nicky Havey – Broken Magic
Broken Magic is the next track, my first attempt at drumstep that was pretty well received by the supporters on SoundCloud. More of an experiment than anything this one, although the bell melody is adapted from a computer game I used to play with an old housemate, the rest just wrote itself. Of course, what would a drumstep track be without cowbell??
Nicky Havey – End of the Tunnel
One of my personal favourites I have made is the first one I ever had mastered by the Audio Animals called End of the Tunnel. This one was made directly after I found out that my PhD thesis had been passed by my assessors and 6 years of hard work, pain, tears and pure grit had finally paid off! The relief and celebration I felt was all let out in this track and it has a true meaning of partying for me.
Nicky Havey – Dark Times
Sticking with the PhD, the next track ironically is one of the darkest songs I have made related to it. Dark Times represents just that, the darkest of times I was going through in my 6 year doctorate. It features a really deep bassline and some evil synths (according to the comments on SoundCloud) and this was also the first track of mine to get some airtime on local radio – Marlow FM 97.5 so big thanks to Louise Carron Harris for playing it on her New Music Discovery Show on Tuesday evenings (7-9pm).
Nicky Havey – I Got Something to Say
It then mixes in to a track that was born from all of the times I had to move house. I have moved about 12 times in 9 years and it felt like life was travelling so fast! I didn’t initially intend for the track to have vocals in it as I had called it “Mad Rush”. However, I did a bit of browsing and found an acappella online that was perfect for the song and then “I Got Something to Say” appeared (thanks Craig David – Fill Me In). It felt like I had got something to say but with all the moving, I never got round to it… until now.
Nicky Havey – I’ll Always Be Around
Just before I graduated from my PhD, I went away for a 3 week trip around USA and met some really cool people on my travels as we toured around together in some pretty inspiring places (Rocky Mountains and a lot of the national parks it had to offer). This was my way of saying that the holiday will always live in my memory as being one kick-ass trip. The picture is of the Bellagio water fountain show in Las Vegas, with their version of the Eiffel Tower in the background, which I took as we stopped off at this colourful city.
Nicky Havey – Hasten to Forget
Finally, the set ends with Hasten to Forget, which I made as a result of the same USA trip. It’s a more peaceful song aimed at those who wish to forget their problems and troubles of the world. When I was at the place the picture was taken (Bear Lake, Yellowstone), I was walking around this beautiful lake and nothing really seemed to matter anymore, all the problems just seemed to go away and helped putting a perspective on things. I thought it would be a fitting end to the minimix.