I'm Jason Newton. I've been writing and recording songs since I can remember. Distance Of Hope is my latest band. My latest project is called '12 Songs' where I'll be releasing a new song and video at 12pm on the 12th of every month for the next 12 months. The first song and video 'Lisbon' is released on Friday 12 June.

Got the idea for this song after seeing a couple arguing in a bar and witnessing a car crash later that night. Never knew if it was the same people but got the title from that situation.

This is the second single from my ’12 Songs’ project where I’m releasing a new song at 12pm on the 12th of every month for 12 months. The first single was called ‘Lisbon’.

One of the things I love about this ’12 Songs’ project is that every song is whole in itself. it isn’t part of a cohesive sound of an album and as a result, every song has a completely different style. This song is more indie/pop, whereas the first one ‘Lisbon’ was more chill out, ambient pop.

Written, recorded. and produced by Jason Newton at Viper Studios, Almeria, Spain.
Mastered by Herman Primus.

Release date 12 July 2020.

http://www.distanceofhope.com


Esta canción se llama ‘This Is How And Where We Collide’ (Esto Es Como Y Dónde Cochamos). Pensé del titulo de esta canción después de ver a una pareja discutiendo en un bar y luego viendo un accidente de coche la misma noche. No sabía nunca si fueron las mismas personas.

Esto es el segundo single de mi proyecto ’12 Canciones’ cuando lanzo una canción a las 12H del 12 de cada mes para 12 meses. El primer single era ‘Lisbon’.

Lo que me encanta de este proyecto ’12 Canciones’ es que cada canción es independiente con una identidad especifica y no una parte de un sonido cohesivo de un álbum. Cada canción tiene su propio estilo. Esta canción es más indie pop, mientras la primera ‘Lisbon’ era más chillout y tranquila.

Escrito, grabado y producido por Jason Newton en Viper Studios, Almería, España. Masterizado por Herman Primus.

Fecha de lanzamiento – el 12 de julio 2020.

http://www.distanceofhope.com

Here’s the cover for the new song ‘This Is How And Where We Collide’ from my ’12 Songs’ project. It’s going to be released this Sunday 12 July on Spotify, Apple Music, Bandcamp and all the streaming platforms.

What do you think of the cover? Like it?

Aquí tienes la portada para la nueva canción ‘This Is How And Where We Collide’ (Esto Es Cómo Y Donde Cochamos) de mi proyecto ’12 Canciones’. Lanzamiento este domingo el 12 de julio en Spotify, Apple Music, Bandcamp y todas las plataformas de música en streaming.

Qué opinas de la portada? Te gusta?

My first time on the telly! I was invited for an interview on InterAlmeria TV this week to talk about the first single ‘Lisbon’ from my new project ’12 Songs’ and to perform a live acoustic track ‘The Weekend Starts Here’. Thanks to El Indaliano and Joaquín Segura.

iMi primera vez en la tele! Tuve una entrevista en InterAlmeria TV esta semana para hablar sobre el primer single ‘Lisbon’ de mi nuevo proyecto ’12 Canciones y para tocar una canción ‘The Weekend Starts Here’ en vivo. Gracias al Indaliano y Joaquín Segura. 

Writing and recording music as a solo artist can be a lonely process – especially in lockdown – however it’s nice to have friends contribute music, creative ideas or general feedback as it’s always useful to have opinions of close friends.

So, with that in mind, I would like to publicly thank Fred, Denise and Andy for feedback and ideas on countless versions of new songs over the past 2/3 months. They’ve heard all the ‘lockdown songs’ and lived to tell the tale.

I’d also like to thank Herman for mastering the songs he’s done so far and for those he’s going to be doing in the coming weeks and months.

I’d like to thank Antonio and Carmen for their lyrical contributions on ‘Astronautas’, currently the only only Spanish song in the ’12 Songs’ project, though that may change.

And of course, I’d like to thank Louise just for being there and being supportive and Grace for always making me see that life can be really simple and that you don’t need much more than love (and some cheap chicken slices) to be happy. To be clear, Grace is our dog…

‘Lisbon’ is the first song I’m releasing as part of my 12 Songs’ project where I’ll be releasing a new song and accompanying video at 12pm (midday) on the 12th of each month for the next 12 months.

It isn’t in fact about the city of Lisbon, but was inspired by a TV show called ‘Somebody Feed Phil’. The presenter Phil Rosenthal was so enamoured with his visit to the city of Lisbon that his childlike enthusiasm struck me, so I thought that our own ‘Lisbon’ could be wherever you want it to be and you need to keep hold of it and not take it for granted.

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We’ve entered Phase 3 and lockdown is now easing in Spain, although to be honest I still feel a bit nervous leaving the little village where I live. Having said that, however terrible the pandemic has been, lockdown has fortunately enabled me to write and record a lot of new material in my home studio and as a result, I’ve been thinking of changing the ‘traditional’ process of releasing 2 or 3 singles to then release an album. I want to do something different (for me at least) this time.

So I’ve decided to release a new song and accompanying video at 12pm (midday) on the 12th of every month for the next 12 months.

Although I’m used to writing and recording music, I’m still very new to filming and making music videos, however it will be a challenge and I think it could be fun. I’ve done 2 videos so far for ‘Leaving Berlin’ from my last album (watch it here) and ‘Lisbon’ for this ’12 Songs’ project and I’ve really enjoyed it.

Another reason for the ’12 Songs’ project is that some of the songs I’ve written have been quite different in style to what I’d normally write

The new project is still under the band name of Distance Of Hope which is unusual as for the last 20 years whenever I’ve put out a new set of songs, I’ve always changed the name of the project/band. Again, this time I wanted to do something different and keep the same name. Although some of the songs are a natural evolution of the Distance Of Hope sound, others are in a completely different style which has been hugely liberating and hugely enjoyable to write and record.

So there you go, I’ve made a commitment. Stranger things have happened.

The first of the 12 songs with accompanying video is ‘Lisbon’ and it will be released at 12pm this Friday 12 June.

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Image credit Bauhaus Scene (Lis Beyer or Ise Gropius in a tubular steel chair by Marcel Breuer), photo: Erich Consemüller, 1926

I’ve just finished work on my second music video. This one is for ‘Lisbon’, one of a batch of new songs I’ve written and recorded over the last couple of months of lockdown.

Being a ‘music person’, I never thought I’d get into the visual side of things but I’ve actually quite enjoyed it as it’s been quite a challenge technically and creatively. Am looking forward when we can all get outside again more and come up with interesting stuff from ‘the world outside’. Especially looking forward to spending time by the sea again.

Featured image is from the session for the ‘Lisbon’ video which you’ll be able to watch soon…

Berlin is one of my most favourite cities in the world and when I was last there in November, I visited the Bauhaus Museum there which was phenomenal. As you’ll see in the video, I was especially taken with some of the film, as well as the design you could see there.

It was quite easy to enjoy the sense of being immersed in these films and I hope you get that sense while watching this video for ‘Leaving Berlin’ which started from a David Bowie song ‘Where Are We Now?’ which references Berlin mixed in with my own experience of this wonderful city.

I met a lady at the health centre a few weeks ago while helping some friends out. We chatted briefly and I helped her as much as I could, but our conversation and her sad situation really struck me, especially in these strange times of lockdown. It’s been on my mind for a few weeks and this morning, I managed to get it out of my head and into a song which I’ll be posting soon.

Photo by Jonathan Borba on Unsplash

Perhaps inevitably, I’ve always been more of an audio as opposed to video-oriented person and so, exploring making videos for my songs has been quite a challenge. Having said that, with the help of some very helpful friends, we’re putting together some ideas for videos for some of the songs. This morning I went out for my first walk in more than two months since lockdown started to get some photos and video footage. No idea if it will be of any use but we shall see. Either way, I’m learning something new and that’s good.