Andalucia Steve

...living the dream

Spring Mini-tour: Raiders Lite

Raiders Lite in the countryRaiders Lite have been doing a mini-tour. It takes a lot of organizing to get gigs and make sure they don't conflict with other events, so we were quite pleased to be able to organize concerts on four consecutive weekends in three different towns.

Firstly we played Bar Lambak in Pruna which was a first for us. The staff were great and couldn't do enough for us. The day before we heard there was a Flamenco concert that was going to be held on the same night, but fortunately it was called off at the last minute, and we probably picked up some of their crowd, as the place was heaving by the time we weighed into the first set. People are already asking when we'll be back there which is nice to hear.

The following week we played at bar Hipanova in Olvera, also a new one on us! This bar is decorated out in a hlaf-timbered house style with coaching lamps and dark colours that put you in mind of a British pub, so we felt quite at home. The sound was excellent, and although the crowd wasn't as big as we'ed like, everyone had a good time. This could be our new local - watch this space!

At the time of writing we just played Manhatten in Olvera, a bar we've played in before. Manhatten is a bit trendy with the Spanish and the craic doesn't kick off there until past 11 so this is always a late one - I think I got home at about 3:30am. We did some new songs and a new set order. The first set seemed better than the second so we will be tweeking it again for our final gig of the tour next weekend at the swimming pool bar in Torre.

During all this, our friend Jim Westlake has kindly volunteered to be our offiicial band photographer and has come up with some great concepts already, like this snap here - thanks Jim!!

Easter and the Romeria are soon upon us so we will be taking a break for a few weeks during which time we will be learning some new songs. For all the updates about the Raiders Lite, please 'like' and 'follow' our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/raiderslite/

Study

Coursera certificateI've been busy doing courses since things have been quiet on the work front over the winter. I started with a series of courses in Spanish run by Google as part of the Activate program. It's good to have some certificates in Spanish to put on your CV.

I've completed four courses so far:

  • Curso básico de Marketing Digital
  • Curso de Desarrollo de Apps Móviles
  • Curso de Introducción al Desarrollo Web: HTML y CSS (1/2)
  • Curso de Productividad Personal en la Era Digital

and I'm half way through a fifth called ’Curso de Analítica Web ’

I've also completed several Coursera courses. Two of these were programming related:

  • Front-End Web UI Frameworks and Tools
  • HTML, CSS and JavaScript
and the rest music related:
  • Pro Tools Basics
  • The Technology of Music Production
  • The Art of Music Production
  • Songwriting

By far the most useful was Pro Tools Basics by Chrissy Tignor-Fisher (pictured) who has a rare knack for delivering an idea with simplicity, economy and clarity. I'd already tried to use Pro Tools before without much success, but after this course I was converted into a Pro Tools wizard! If you want to get off to a flying start with Pro Tools, this is the place to start!

So as winter has been making way for Spring I've been keeping myself quite busy, and this is my excuse for not updating my blog!

Looking Ahead

Looking forward, after Easter Raiders Lite will be planning more gigs taking us into the summer. We have three new venues now but are always on the lookout for more, in particular we would like somewhere with a patio that we could play outside on in the warm summer evenings, so if you can think of anywhere let us know. I'lll also be doing yet more courses. I've started another Coursera called Front-End JavaScript Frameworks: AngularJS of which I have two weeks left to complete. I've also signed up for another one called Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies, but I had to postpone this one as it is really in-depth and there were not enough hours in the day to follow the schedule for this and the Angular course simultaneously!

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An aside

Personal Branding

I did a course on personal branding recently by social media guru and entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk (@garyvee) As I'm at pains to point out to people, I'm a programmer by trade, and marketing, on-line or otherwise is a second string to me and one to which I'm always keen to learn more about. Anyway - cut a long story short, one of the takeaways of the course involves analyzing my 'DNA' and applying what I've discovered to refashion my social media presence to something more cohesive which better incorporates what I do. One of those strands is that I'm very much rooted in Andalucia, so I've started to build that into my social media profiles. All my social media accounts now feature the Olvera 'panorama' profile picture. I've renamed by Twitter handle as @andaluciasteve and pretty soon this website will transition from I hate Steve Gould to AndaluciaSteve.com. More changes are in the pipeline, so watch this space. Already this has caused a upswing in my Klout score, a huge leap in the number of Twitter followers, with more engagement and interaction with my followers.

Sixth day of April and work continues here on the site. I've made a few changes to the new theme and renewed the Janrain details, so all being well, people can register with the site using the most popular social media accounts, Facebook, Twitter etc. I've added Amazon as an authorization source since I reckon their can't be many people in the Western World who don't have an account with them.