They say to succeed in music you should specialise. These tunes are the fruits of my disparate forays into writing music, and they are anything but specialised...unless you count being true to a creative instinct.
You will find the whimsical and the dark, experimental edits of (very) old tunes and remixes of new ones, easy listening and ambient noise.
If you like what you hear, you can follow me, leave comments, or even buy tunes with the Bandcamp link.
There are some free downloads available too.
JOHN TREE'S BIOG
Too old to be cool (not that I ever was), I do things for the love these days.
Stood down as director of Blackpool Promoting Music (BPM: 2007-10) to spend more time with my music.
Mesmerised by music from childhood, but put off by a terrible music teacher decided to teach myself drumming aged eighteen, becoming a serial jammer.
Currently percussionist for:
POCO LOCO Blackpool School of Samba. I'm chairman and caixa player at this long established community band
BLOWJANGLES: Legendary and colourful all-brass-and-percussion anarchic street/festival band
Solo work inflicted under the name John Tree
From a random jam, to long term long term percussion with:
Omar Puente, Jan Kopinski, The Ceramic Hobs, Jam Factory, The BOF Band, Willard & HBT, Red Kite on the Wyre, Bodies Talking, Tramtown Junction, Pinski Zoo, Poco Loco, Sax Pests, Blowjangles, Undercover Acoustic, Heffalump Trap, Spiral Scouts, Tom Morley (Scritti Politti).
...with varying results, from riotously successful to utterly disatrous.
Played at diverse events, festivals and parties all over the country including:
Beat-Herder (Perfumed Garden founder) since '07
Solfest (Dogs in Space resident) since '09
The Illustrious Society
Previously shared the stage or decks with the likes of Steve Hillage, Banco de Gaia, Don Letts, DJ Derek, Andrew Weatherall, and Jerry Dammers.
Had a couple of shows on Manchester's Northern Quarter radio station City Centre Life. Two mixes featured on BBC Radio Lancs' cutting edge 'On The Wire' show, and two mixes on Paul Thornton's Dig Deep show on Preston FM.
COWBELL RADIO Since April '12, has hosted the weekly Perfumed Garden show on cowbellradio.co.uk every other Wednesday 9-11pm
Since 1989 produced a short-run annual limited edition 'Mystery Mix', firstly on cassette, then on CDR. Titles included:
The Mystery Tape
The Chrystery Tape
Broadcast from Planet Bongo
The Night Train
Junk Food Of Love
Revenge of Bongo
2001 a Space Bongo
Dial a Llama
Space Cake Break
Blummin Eck...It's Fusion Fridays!
Mr. Tree's Free Sandwich
Top 1000 reviewer for Amazon
RECORDING HIGHLIGHTS/SELF-PENNED TUNES
Alice Floats Away
Fen Rap (Zen Radio Version)
Night of the Sambadrummer
Not Any More (KBC Remix)
Water Wings (with Buzz Bury)**
The Frankenstein Project (soundscape)**
The W*y You Look Ton*ght (Solvent Abuse Edit)
Moon Star Tail Lights
Samba Savarah ft Veronneau (John Tree's Full Brazilian Mix)
**Commissioned by Blackpool Council for inclusion in The Great Promenade Show since 2008
It has been my privilege to be the main organiser for The Perfumed Garden stage at the award winning BeatHerder Festival near Pendle Hill. The stage has had numerous names over the years including:
The Yurt Reynolds (2009)
The Recovery Room (2008, 2010)
The Perfumed Garden (since 2011)
...and it provides a wonderful atmospheric platform for both emerging and well established, local and international artists and DJs.
John Tree’s playlists