Sun 04 July 2021
Bill Cutbill Performing Live, In Public, This Weekend!
It still feels odd to be saying this, but this weekend, Bill Cutbill and the Schmoozy Lighters will be performing AMAZONAS live, in public, in person, at Houndstooth on College Street, Toronto.
YES. This Sunday 4th July, Houndstooth is holding the Tropi-Americana Extravaganza day event from 1pm-8pm.
"What is that?" I hear you rejoice?!
Well, it runs from 1-8pm. Bill Cutbill and the Schmoozy Lighters (Quentin Mitchell & Idious Carrie) will perform two different sets at approximately 4/5 or 5/6 pm. There will be an interval between the two halves, kinda like a swanky theatre performance, just without the red velvet curtains.
What else is happening as part of this wonder event?
ULTRA will be holding a pop-up selling all kinds of awesome goodies!
Collective Arts sponsored BBQ will keep your bellies full!
Hot dog eating contest hosted by Steve Goodtime.
Vinyl will be spun by Plastic Fantastic... and there's a party w/ love supreme.
Come out and bring the weather/good vibes with you. We all need it and Bill and the Schmoozies can't wait to perform for you.
Also, we're gonna be shouting about this more, but at the event you'll get a chance to pre-order AMAZONAS on vinyl... yes, AMAZONAS is coming to vinyl. If you choose to pre-order there are some exclusive goodies for you and free delivery within Toronto, so yeah, come down and commit to the bit.
Mar 12, 2021
Gloin Remix EP Arrives Today - Sft Mnstr Rmxd
Toronto heavyweights Gloin, have today released a full remix EP called Sft Mnstr Rmxd - listen here. The original EP, 'Soft Monster', has been reenvisioned track-by-track by Lia Braswell, Teepy Slime, Ceremony East Coast, Moss Harvest and our very own Bill Cutbill.
Bill Cutbill's AMAZONAS remix makes use of the free sound library of Amazon jungle samples Bill unleashed upon the world in 2020. The library features 100+ samples he recorded in Brazil, and is free for artists, filmmakers, musicians and creatives to download and use in their endeavours.
Please check out the sounds of the Amazon now, and if you use any of the samples, all you gotta do is reference Bill's Amazonas Sound Library as one of your sources!
Bill would like to thank Gloin for inviting him to be a part of this release -
"I spend a lot of time hiding under the ground so that I can pretend I'm swinging between the trees. This project gave me something to focus on. Without the shackles and limitations of rules, I had a great time exploring the possibilities within the stems I was given.
"Starting with the bass and guitar lines, I found joy in pitch-shifting the two to create some new melodic paths. Having been given multiple drum channels, I then loaded them all into a session and pulled individual stems back or forward to find new rhythms from the original recordings. The bleed from the mics adds natural counter-rhythms and by finding areas that gave me satisfaction, I was able to create loops using the existing drums that had a completely different feel and supported the new melodic direction.
"Adding a combination of original synth samples and others I generated using a Juno-106 (which I believe I'm right in saying was the same instrument used on Gloin's original track), I finally layered the vocals take-by-take to create something that I hope will prove soothing to listeners out there in the great unknown.
"If you enjoy the track, please consider downloading AMAZONAS and making an optional donation to the Rainforest Trust to protect the endangered rainforest and the species that call them home."
Nov 12, 2020
CJLO's Go-Go Radio Magic Show AMAZONAS Special!
We're delighted that a 1-hour Bill Cutbill AMAZONAS special will be airing on CJLO's The Go-Go Radio Magic Show! Tune in on Friday 13th November at 6pm to catch tales from the jungle, a discussion on the accompanying Bill's Amazonas Sound Library and more.
Also a big thank you to Ian for being such a wonderful host, and CJLO in general for promoting music, art and creativity in equal measures. Make sure you tune in either via 1690AM radio or via the station website!
Finally, remember that AMAZONAS is free to download via desktop for a limited time (with a suggested donation to the Rainforest Trust).
Nov 02, 2020
ULTRA Issue 2 feat. ROY, Peeling, Bill Cutbill & more!
Your favourite zine — Ultra — has just arrived with Issue 2, featuring your monthly dose of visuals, literature and music from local heroes such as ROY, Peeling and our very own, Bill Cutbill.
Our monthly column features an interview with Bill by Kaleidoscope Horse and Safe Sounds co-founder Desiree Das Gupta. Visit Ultra's website now on desktop to view the digital zine free, or consider purchasing a broadsheet or mobile copy if you want to support the publication.
Oct 21, 2020
AMAZONAS Arrives Worldwide To All Platforms
Bill Cutbill's debut LP, AMAZONAS has arrived worldwide via Safe Sounds (SS108).
The album will raise money for the Rainforest Trust charity to protect threatened tropic rainforests and the species that call them home. As such, it is free to download via desktop for a limited time, at which point you will be prompted to make an optional donation.
Using our incredibly snazzy Artwork Generator (desktop only), you will also be able to create a unique version of the AMAZONAS artwork to accompany your download, consisting of photos that Cutbill took in the Amazon rainforest in September 2019.
The AMAZONAS LP features a diverse range of field recordings that Cutbill made in a threatened ecosystem. We are therefore pleased to announce the accompanying — Bill's Amazonas Sound Library — which is a free resource of over 100 natural samples recorded in the Amazon rainforest that artists can use in their creations.
These samples have been cleaned and prepared to make them suitable for musicians, filmmakers, artists and more. We hope that this resource will provide an important snapshot of the Amazon rainforest and also give comfort to people who want to immerse themselves within this lush environment, at a time when international travel is almost impossible
Remember, we must all work together to save the Amazon rainforest.