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Busking in Balboa Park, San Diego

#tbt #busking in Balboa Park #SanDiego #throwbackthursday

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Here’s a clip of images taken by an Autographer which one of the guests wore to my last Couch Surf Tour show in London last month. The Autographer is a really cool (well I think so anyways) little wearable camera that takes photos automatically when one of it’s five sensors determines an optimal moment to take a snap. I really like that it captured one of the dates of the tour from a unique perspective. Check out the vid:

Following the design competition run by Talenthouse and sponsored by Vitaminwater®, the official limited edition Couch Surf Tour t-shirts are now available from my online store for £12!

Designed by Augusto Caiazzo from Argentina who won the competition with his fun hand-illustrated tee depicting my live gig set up allowing the wearer to #PlayUrTee air guitar style! The back print lists all the couch surf tour locations and my wonderful hosts’ names. A limited edition run of 150 tees have been manufactured!

The t-shirt is available in unisex sizes S, M, L and XL. Purchases can be made via PayPal which is really quick and easy, however if you don’t use PayPal, drop me an email to mail@guyvalarino.com and we can arrange another method!

Unfortunately, I need to cover the cost of p&p globally and this is £3. Please do get in touch if you have any questions about the tees and hope to catch you at a gig soon!

Guy 🙂

My DIY Tour

12/02/2014 — 1 Comment

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Last Thursday, in conjunction with the good people of Talenthouse, I played the final date of my Couch Surf Tour in a beautiful house in Barnes, London. The gig was actually at Talenthouse MD’s house which was 20mins down the road from where the whole tour had kicked off almost a year and a half earlier in Fulham and was the perfect place to end, feeling like the tour had come full circle. While the dreaded tube strike affected a number of guests who unfortunately couldn’t make it to that part of London, it was an intimate affair which is what this tour was all about so all good! I was also chuffed that good friend and musician, J Gusto was in town and we got to perform one of our songs together.

As an independent and unsigned artist, it’s not always easy to just head out on a tour playing actual venues with little to no budget under your belt, I don’t have a manager or agent and wouldn’t really know where to start either. I was just really hungry to get out there and play for people, people who are interested my music and my journey as an artist; people who wanted to join in and be part of it.

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February 2014, London

Since moving to London from my hometown of Gibraltar, I had been playing lots of gigs in and around the city at venues popular amongst unsigned artists where the audience would go specifically to listen to music and discover new artists. I loved these gigs as the audience would be really engaged and the vibe in the room would be incredible. Alongside these, I was also playing lots of pub gigs which, as a solo artist, was very difficult to get people to engage as they were mainly there for the beer and wine. I totally understood this and accepted that I was providing background music, however, I really wanted to play more gigs in an intimate setting even if it was just to 5 people who would be into it and provide feedback as it was so much more satisfying.

There were two elements that I felt were key to making that connection with the audience at the showcase gigs: 1) They were there because they were genuinely interested in discovering new music or were existing supporters 2) There was a host settling them into the vibe of the venue and giving them some background on each artist. The only way I could think of doing this myself would be by playing gigs in people’s living rooms, as it doesn’t really get more intimate than that. I wasn’t however too keen on the idea of just inviting myself into people’s homes so, I thought I would use twitter and facebook to let my followers know that I was available to come and play gigs in their homes for them and their mates if they wanted to book me. All they needed to do, was let me crash on their sofa for the night. It would be similar to the concept of Couch Surfing, which provides a platform for members to “surf” on couches by staying as a guest at a host’s home or by hosting travellers in need of a place to stay. The whole idea is that Couch Surfers share their lives with the people they encounter or put up, fostering cultural exchange and mutual respect. With my version, I’d be sharing music too. And so the Couch Surf Tour was born!

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Photo © Lee Whitwell

Photo © Lee Whitwell

So the final date of the Couch Surf Tour has arrived :(. Since the summer of 2012, I’ve been taking invites to play in people’s living rooms up and down the UK, in to Europe and the US. It’s been incredible, and all my hosts have been amazing throwing, what at least for me have been, some really special gigs in their homes. It is something I wish I could repeat all over again, but it’s time to move on to the next release.

For the final tour date, I’m back where it all started, London, and have been invited to play at Talenthouse‘s co-founder, Maya Bogle’s pad in the city on 6th February 2014 starting at 20:15 GMT.

I have teamed up with StageIt to stream the gig live online so as you can watch it from your own living room on your laptop or computer! Stageit is an online venue that streams exclusive LIVE concerts. They are offering a limited number of tickets to watch my show online and it’s really easy to get one and be part of this event. Here’s how you can watch:

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1. Click signup to set up an account (you can also do this with your FaceBook account if easier by clicking here instead)
2. Then click the GET TICKET button
3. You will then have an opportunity to purchase credits (which Stageit calls “Notes” ; 10 Notes = £0.61/ $1.00). Notes allow you to pay for tickets to see shows and to tip performers during the show.

 

This show is “Pay What You Can,” which means you can pay whatever you can afford (minimum 1 Note). Once you have Notes, they can be used for any show!

Hope you can tune in to watch the show on Thursday! If you need any help with the StageIt site to get your ticket, please feel free to drop me an email and I’ll help you out! 🙂

**At present StageIt shows can only be watched on a laptop or computer and not iPad or iPhone**

Talenthouse featured artist blog

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The #CouchSurfTour in an #Instashell

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Winning tee design by Augusto Caizazzo

The winning design of the #CouchSurfTour tee competition in association with Talenthouse and Vitamin Water is Augusto Caiazzo! It was so difficult to choose a winner as so many of the designs were amazing! Big thank you to every single one of you who entered the competition and also everyone who voted, thanks so much for the support. If only I could make a range of tees I would have definitely used some other designs too! The t-shirt will be available very soon, so watch this space!