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Friday, 21 October 2011

WELCOME





Thank you for having a look at my webpage.


Maybe you are here to offer me a record deal.... well how lovely of you.


If not, no hard feelings. Please feel free to have a look around whether you're interested in my bizarre blogs on busking, recording and generally living a musical life, or whether you want to find out more information about me, my bookings or even booking other artists.


It was only a year ago that I made the step to quit my job as a Headhunter to become a musician and what a year that has been. I always felt that headhunting, whatever sector is transferable (there's the recruiter in me selling my skills). Then there was my need to fulfil the love of music when I realised you don't always have to be a classical violinist and that I wanted to work on a concept where I could work with DJs, Producers and Entertainers to provide a unique experience.


So, this is where I want to combine both abilities/loves and not only book gigs for myself, but use my networking and headhunting skills to provide a Booking Service for a variety of Internationally renowned artists, both in the Uk and Globally.


Have a look around, you should find any information you require in the tabs at the top, if there is anything else you would like to know or have information on, please feel free to email me: raylouisecoyle@live.co.uk


Many Thanks,
RLC


Monday, 29 August 2011

The Beast behind the Busk

There's ringing in my ears and one song in particular running through my head again, and again.. oh and again. No, I haven't been out partying, I've been out busking. That one song that is going around in my head is the song that got the most money. At the end of the day, I'm there for a reason (hopefully being temporary) but I need money. I'm a sucker to the public requests for now, and even though I go out with a set list of 30 songs, around 5 are so popular I have to play them again and again.... they are my favourites though, so I suppose I can't hold it against you.
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Have you ever thought about that face you pull when you walk past a busker, do you remember the face you pulled today when you walked past me? Because I do. The disgust, the nodding appreciation, or just a knowing smile. I remember them all. The sad thing is (as a musician I'm meant to be thick skinned.. but I'm human after all) is that I remember the disgusted face more than any other. Maybe you didn't know you were doing it, maybe it was cold, or maybe the wind changed one disgusting day, either way... I saw it... it affected me... I remember it.... You may know music, you may not like what you hear, or maybe you just don't like my song choice... at the end of the day, Im there, Im playing.. Im putting myself out there, you're not..

I can hardly type my fingers are raw. You may have seen me busking in London today... six solid hours of playing.. oh wait, no not solid. I did have to stop once as my batteries ran out on my amp, and once as I got threatened with an ASBO.
YES, ME, threatened with an ASBO! The joys of busking apparently being illegal... if you knew me, or even took one look at me this would be a notion that just seems slightly ridiculous, especially in the wake of the riots where yobs are breaking into shops, other people's houses and even setting fire to vehicles... but no.. its me getting an asbo warning... such is life I suppose.

However, this has been far too negative in explaining my experience so far... there have been some very amusing moments... huddling under a tiny umbrella trying to keep my equipment dry whilst still playing obviously... money, rent and bills don't stop for rain so why should I.. however, it soon got far too heavy (the rain that is). That was a blessing in disguise though, the frequent showers of rain on my first day mean I'm a dab hand at packing up all of my equipment within a minute flat...great when the police come.....
There's also the other people that you wouldn't probably notice if you just wander through london. I've found a network of people that all help each other out, street sellers who whistle and gesture at the others if they see trouble coming. People that for some reason seem to want to help me out, and protect me if anyone threatens me, one of the hazards of being in a static place. Three boys on bikes yesterday tried to run me over, unfortunately I didn't see them coming, lucky for them as I didn't have my decent violin on me, I have no qualms with using my crappy one to push thugs off their bikes... (JOKE... ..sort of).

But all in all four busking experiences, each day brings something new. I can't believe the brilliant response I've had so far though, and it's all practice.. my fingers and arms will get stronger.. their going to have to because I intend to do this more often.... (and my legs, as I try to avoid getting caught.....)


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I had to rethink my position on busking... well location at least. From the city I had to move onto Millenium Bridge, however, turns out when the wind blows it's not exactly easy to carry on playing while you're clinging to the side to stop from blowing away. Also turns out, Sean Kingston's Beautiful Girls has the word suicidal in so many times, not great to play on a bridge. I sometimes wonder whether the music I play is romantic or depressing... again, not great for a bridge.


So I moved. 




nearly got blown off millenium bridge today.. on the upside I now have a new pitch... only have to run from the council 2 times a day rather than police 5 times a day....




To opposite the Tate Modern. Although that means I have acquired a whole new set of friends. There's Terry the binman, Bill the Big Issue Seller, the crazy guys that sell icecream and I can NOT forget Norman. Norman is the council worker. 
I have a new best friend, his name is Norman, Norman loves my playing so much he comes running when he hears me, just a shame I have to run from him, oh Norman...He's very sneaky. 


13.09.11
Norman threatened to throw me in the river if he saw me again, I sought police advice they told me I can't have him done for stalking... That's not how a best friend should behave :( sad day


20.09.11
What's the difference between romantic &depressing music, although these people seem to appreciate my romantic music I am next to a bridge


Does anyone have a small child I could borrow/rent to dance infront of me when I play? It apparently aids people giving me money...


Another fun filled day busking. Tiny spanish girl dancing infront of me for about an hour, then came and told me that she "very much enjoyed my music, thank you" I must say the Romanian accordian player should learn English from her, he is still insisting on speaking to me in Romanian and kissing me as much as possible, then got a note in French about my playing (I miss getting notes).. but no sign of Norman... I miss him..



People must think Im a right weirdo busking..tears pouring down my face to Turn back the Hands of Time..Im not its man flu (the deadly sort)


Need more music for busking..Ali G in Da House is perhaps not best programme for inspiration,Jungle Is Massive is tomorrows main song so far



Monday, 22 August 2011

Do you come here often?

Why kill two birds with one stone when you can train them up and hone their skills to work for you.... 


Maybe I contacted you in regards to working together in music, or maybe you've seen me busking, maybe you're interested in my secretarial/consulting work. Either way welcome-lovely to have you here.

Everyone knows how tough the music industry is, so while I work to become the top UK violinist I've been working for myself in a consultancy role. If that is why you are here, then please see a brief summary of my skill set below. If you're here for the music, have a gander through the tabs above, under music you can find links for my recordings. I'm interested in working with and for producers, DJs and can provide an entertaining show for corporate occasions, nightclubs and you can also find me busking on the streets of London.


RLC Consulting:
Save on agency fees and employ me directly.

I have over eight years of experience within administrative roles, PA and secretarial roles.


QUALIFICATIONS
Jun. 2008 BSc. Hons. - Music and Psychology 
Jun. 2007 TESOL Certificate - Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages 
IT SKILLS
Audio Typing Speed: 60 wpm
Copy Typing Speed: 90 wpm
Word Excellent
Powerpoint Good
Edexcel Good
SPSS Good
LANGUAGES
French        A Level/ Very good conversational
KiSwahili  Conversational/ Basic Reading ability 


I have spent the past two and a half years within a Headhunting role. I have experience within the Oil and Gas industry and can provide company mapping, research, headhunting and interim secretarial work for when your team are on holiday or even day to day cover for illness. 

You can find further information about my previous work experience on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/rachelcoyle

Please do not hesitate to contact me for further information, quotes and booking interim cover, however short the notice - rachelc85@live.co.uk

Many thanks.

Saturday, 16 July 2011

Don't Judge a Book by its Cover

So, Ibiza.. well I don't even know what to say.

I have never been so happy to listen to RnB in my life. The House scene out there is incredible, but in the day time it gets... well.. monotonous doesn't really do justice to it. But maybe that's just me.

Anyway, one day we found a beautiful little restaurant with a grand piano, as I haven't played in a while I asked to play. It was locked so they said to come back the next day. Well, the next day I happened to be dressed in tiny denim hotpants and a bright pink 'I love Ibiza' top. Needless to say, I looked the part for Ibiza, not a piano restaurant. That has never stopped me before and it wasn't going to stop me then.

In I tottered walking past a woman who was smartly dressed who looked me up and down, rolled her eyes and proceeded to glare at me. I started playing and felt someone watching. I turned around and it was the woman, leaning through the door, eyes wide, mouth open looking absolutely gobsmacked.

This is what I was playing


The moral of the story? If you want to judge a book by it's cover? Go ahead... I love shocking people, I will wear the most inappropriate clothes/attitude for what I am about to play and I find it hilarious...
Your judgement spurs me on even more....

Friday, 10 June 2011

You don't ask, you don't get!


 Life is a flowing river, mine seems to have turned into rapids... good rapids though - fast flowing, where Im in a massive boat with a few certain people making sure I don't overturn or fall out. 

After the success of the opening of Cafe del Mar in the Dominican Republic, myself and DJ Kerol K are moving forwards at a 'rapid' rate. It was only last Friday that 'House of Strings' had our first gig together in London and something just clicked. Suddenly everything came together, Kerol's mixes were better, we were more together, knowing what each other are capable of and knowing how to keep a set together and progressive. We ended up doing various mash ups and mixes and it all just worked. 


Tuesday, Zebrano's had Greek Streets got Talent. This really proved if you don't ask you don't get. An impromptu visit, a bump into the manager and a cheeky ask to play later, we were sorted. Stood on top of a huge podeum in front of the DJ booth in 'that' black dress everyone seemed to love it. Keep in touch for more info about playing more at Zebranos. A LOT more to come. There's also a cheeky little set up on the horizon for 'House of Strings' to play in Canary Wharf, suddenly everything has come together.


Two days to prepare to get out to Ibiza and people are coming to US to ask us to do gigs... I never expected the music life to come together so quickly, but now it is I'm grabbing every opportunity possible.

What's even more exciting... ?? House of Strings will be organising a WORLD TOUR as soon as we get back from Ibiza!!!!! As soon as anything is set you will be the first to hear! And a lot of more opportunities to come for the summer.... 
Life is a river, and Im on course, taking every opportunity to become an unstoppable force.
The signs keep coming, open your eyes, so much to gain you could be surprised. 


Sunday, 17 April 2011

A variety of Titbits

I've had a taste of the musicians life.. I want it.. I don't want to go back to a full time office job...
So I've been working hard in the studio, trying to get promotional material together... I also managed to find some more classical stuff I have recorded as well which is exciting. We are out in Ibiza soon and there is so much I want to do, need to sort out promotional material and then get onto all the clubs I can in order to set up meetings. Can't wait, lots of hard work to come, but this is our summer... I can feel it!




New Uploads - Classically focused but for you party hard-ers very pretty ;) 


As well as a new tune, Sweat - David Guetta and Snoop dogg that I recorded over. . . see what you think






AND IN CASE ANY OF YOU ARE IN IBIZA IN JUNE... HOUSE OF STRINGS WILL BE THERE 13TH JUNE - 26TH JUNE......


Saturday, 19 March 2011

Onwards and Upwards

Im feeling so positive again.

Myself and Ray Estaire had a photoshoot by John Gavin last week and the photos have come through. ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! I love them.

Have a look at his website
http://www.wix.com/kimeragraphic/kimeragraphic#!

New plan of action, get some recording done, get promo material, and then I plan to be out of the country most of the summer..... I can feel it, this is the plan, let's put it into action....






Thank you so much to John Gavin for the photographer, Kennedy Purple and Designs by Tamaryn for the jewellery.

Sunday, 6 March 2011

Shall we for once focus on the beauty of the world..

Everybody needs something to believe in...


Faith is to have hope of better thing's to come
to believe to be assured
to feel comfort something to rely on
does faith and hope get mistaken for each other
to have more faith we shall win
to have more hope we believe more
Faith is a power an individual has
for without that faith you feel alone
Have faith in yourself the power to believe
you can stand tall
fight away the demons believe in your faith
the truth is we all need a guide to keep us from straying
and we all need a little hope at some time
have faith be strong
david wheeldon


I just love this photo, I find it so soothing, anybody know who it is by?



So peaceful, I find the colours so lovely




Ring the bells that still can ring.
Forget your perfect offering.
There is a crack in everything.
That's how the light gets in.
--Leonard Cohen


 This just feels so classic and timeless, I love it

This just reminds me of those rainy foggy nights where you're so close to home you can almost feel the duvet around you and you're so snuggled up it feels nice to have the rain on your face.











Mark Twain 



Alexander Pope (1688–1744)
Ode on Solitude 







And here's some beauty I've photographed and witnessed...


Christmas Trees in Dodoma


How happy he, who free from care
The rage of courts, and noise of towns;
Contented breathes his native air,
In his own grounds.






Whose herds with milk, whose fields with bread,
Whose flocks supply him with attire,
Whose trees in summer yield him shade,
In winter fire.



Blest! who can unconcern'dly find
Hours, days, and years slide swift away,
In health of body, peace of mind,
Quiet by day,


 Sound sleep by night; study and ease




Together mix'd; sweet recreation,
And innocence, which most does please,
With meditation.

Thus let me live, unheard, unknown;
Thus unlamented let me die;
Steal from the world, and but a stone, 
Tell where I lie

Randomness Relived

Just a few random thoughts and things that make me smile:


False nails should come with a health warning like any other beauty product: side effects may include, but are not limited to, inability to dress oneself and inability to grasp things (objects not concepts) 


Beneath this Mask there is more than just flesh, beneath this mask there is an idea. And ideas are bullet proof.... 
'V for Vendetta' - one of the best films I have ever seen.


Choose your thoughts carefully .. you are a masterpiece of your life


"creation is always happening. Every time an individual has a thought, or a prolonged chronic way of thinking, they're in the creation process. Something is going to manifest out of those thoughts."..Beckwith


Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark. Professionals built the Titanic




BEWARE! It's rude - but absolutely hilarious!! Makes me laugh for days at a time - also helps I love Akon 




It is in changes the we find purpose 




I'd rather be hated for who I am, than loved for who I am not.
Kurt Cobain 



Marilyn Monroe - 
"I'm selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best."  

Friday, 4 March 2011

When the going gets tough

So, as always life is one event after another.

If you don't know, I quit my full time job as a headhunter before christmas. I used to work in the Oil and Gas market and loved it, but decided now is the time to dedicate to and really go for the music career. So now I work three days a week as team support for 4 consultants in the FMCG industry. The rest of my time is spent working on my music and trying to get somewhere with that. I just felt that it's now or never, time to go for it.

Well, the last few weeks have been pretty trying. I actually went to see a psychic recently, who was AMAZING! If you're looking for someone in London I would highly recommend him.. have a look..
http://www.facebook.com/TheLaurentLanglais

So he advised me that I should start a blog, that would get my name out there (which I actually had started just a couple of weeks before), he also said I should be honest and not try to sweeten everything that I write. So I suppose this is the first post where things are going wrong and I will be honest and tell you about it.

I organised a photoshoot for the band, got companies involved that are sending products, which are beautiful by the way, and now I can't get in touch with the photographer and one of the band is having to focus on her career so can't come. You know those times where as soon as something starts something comes in the way to challenge your view and how you are going to do it.

I feel like I've just started again, getting new ideas together of how we can break the market and really do something different, and another obstacle comes. But I guess they always say you have to fight for what you want.

The Divas project were supposed to be playing at an event, and that's now been cancelled. We don't have any upcoming gigs and it's getting so frustrating. I need to organise promotional material, but can't usually get my computer to work with my recording equipment but I will keep trying. Keep my head up and keep going. It will all be worth it I know, but I want to remember these moments as well so when it does happen I know I worked hard to get there and I deserve it...
You know you just sometimes have those days though, oh well... tomorrow is a new day, I

ONWARDS AND UPWARDS

....5minutes later....
Just been contacted by the photographer, it's going ahead... *sigh of relief* we're back on track..

Monday, 28 February 2011

The age old To Do list..and a little inspiration on the side

My mind is racing my hands are tied, I can't sleep so in you I confide. New blogs up for all to see, let me know thoughts, for all they may be. This rhyme is shocking but what do you expect its, two in the morning, so ...bugger...


Why is it that when you know you have an early morning and lots to do the minute  your head hits the pillow your mind races.... 
All these ideas and thoughts of what I want to achieve and how I'm going to do it come to the front of my mind and wont leave until I write them down, or do something about it... so lucky you, you get to witness my to do list, at least this way I have to do it or I just look an idiot...?? (for once, of course..that's the idiot bit not the to do bit)


So, I wanted to share some of my inspiration first. The things that I look at or think about and think, I want to be that beautiful person, I want to create those images or bring them to people's attention. Those little things that make you want to be a better person...


I absolutely LOVE Nuttin But Stringz, this was something that first gave me the idea of mixing with a DJ, produce something live that is a mix of classical, modern, house, rnb or hiphop. I want everything I do to have a reason, every song we play to have a meaning and a reason for playing it. 


And then there are particular songs and images that just get me every time...


I think this has to be the most moving piece of music...


and soundtracks that I just think are incredible.. like Hans Zimmer (although I do feel for Pirates of the Caribbean he just copied and pasted in the Gladiator theme and stuck in a few extra notes. . however, that rant is for another day, this song inspires me so much to work, get up and do what I say I will) Probably shouldn't listen to this right now as it will just mean I have to get up and start doing things, counterproductive to tomorrows endeavours.. 






Anyway, on that note, on to my to do list! 


Life of a musician is always go, so why should I be any different.
The promotional material we need has a long way to go, but I guess the website is done so that's a start, just need to keep building on this now. 
I always think it's good to work with people's strengths, and I'm surrounded (and very lucky to be) by talented people. When I think of what we need and who I know who can provide that, I'm overwhelmed by how many people I know that are so amazing at what they do. 


There's my cousin, Sarah, who is a fabulous editor of film and tv, and we're going to get her to make a video for us, I'm so excited as I know how good she is, and she will obviously do her best to make us look amazing... (to be honest, if this lack of sleep is anything to go by I will need the best of the best to make me look alive... speaking of which, I do need to find a good makeup artist)


Then there's my friend's Fiance, Darren, who is an amazing producer and sound engineer, need to get together with him to see what we can do in order to get this music I keep going on about out there. Then there are things like Logos, I was lucky enough to meet through Kerol, a friend of her's, Pabblo, who produces some amazing pieces of art work, that's our logo sorted and then for promotional photos.... I have found a wonderful photographer who is going to do our photo-shoot next week. Can't wait for all of that, then we just need to get everything together and get ourselves out there. . . SIMPLE EH! 


All that and a job to hold down, I really had better get some sleep.. there's only so much a photographer can do to get rid of bags under the eyes...


I really feel this is our time, with the right amount of input and material, the best people to help us get on our way and stay there, and that feeling and drive inside to keep going on what we know is the right path, however many obstacles it throws in our way....


So maybe it is fitting to end with this:


To succeed, you need to take that gut feeling in what you believe and act on it with all of your heart. 
       - Christy Borgeld


Rant over.... Bed time... 

Monday, 7 February 2011

Inspiring Insanity


We're slowly getting into business. I love my life at the moment, it's so busy and hectic but so relaxed and calm at the same time. I quit my job just before Christmas to become a musician and it has to be one of the best decisions I ever made. NO REGRETS is my theory. I'd rather regret something I did than regret something I should have done. So, the checklist is getting longer, but I'm getting used to it, part business woman, part musician, trying to be superwoman. Positive thinking gets us everywhere, soon I'm going to flyyyyy......

Ok, so first port of call.... I got bored of trying to find a cheap recording studio... SO I decided to do my own recording, that's how Mr. Bieber started out isn't it!?
Bare in mind, home recording, a technophobe (that's me) editing it and putting it to film.... oh that could be a very bad combination...

Let me know what you think!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqxjb2-UCXM



Second port of call Website... well CHECK - here you are reading it!

Third - Business Cards... this took a fair bit of consideration, something to show of my soon to be wonderwoman side.... they needed to be business like but still creative. What do you think?



Now onwards and upwards to making a few recordings, videos, more photoshoots and press kits..... and cup of tea time, after all, I'm still technically a lady of leisure... 




Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Sweet Dreams are Made of These


So.... the age old question... who am I?

No I'm not a teenager in the midst of working out what I want out of life and I'm not having a midlife crisis.

I know who I am and I know what I want. I'm Ray Louise Coyle and I want to be a musician. I suppose that is all you need to know for now, the rest is an eventful adventure of how I got here and where I am going.

So, are you ready? Then I shall begin...

Born in Leicester I began playing the violin at the age of four.. yes ladies and gentleman, I could read music before I could read, so I suppose that is where it began. And to cut a *ahem* very *well not very, I'm only 26* long story short, here I am, still playing the violin and now a member of the newest, sexiest girl group, Divas on Decks - Ibiza.

Sweet Dreams are Made of These - this epitomises my aspirations and experiences so far I feel, Annie Lenox definitely got it right:

Sweet Dreams are Made of These
Who am I to disagree
Travelled the world and the seven seas
Everybody's looking for something

So it is here, that I explain/work out exactly what I have been looking for and how I'm going to work it all out.

Keep updated to how I got here and the adventures that have happened along the way. Stay posted for more updates soon, this lady needs her beauty sleep....