I know it's been quite some time since I last sent out any news and I suppose the beginning of a new year is a good time to do so. 
Thus I'll begin with 'Happy New Year'! 


  For the past few months, I've been hunkered in my studio with an old friend - 'With Or Without' - the album that I'd released in 2007. 

I've given it a complete overhaul; a remix that adds clarity, bass punch and an expanded dynamic range. Though I have no plans to 
release it on CD, I have uploaded it to Bandcamp, which just happens to be one of the best places to buy music downloads these days. 
Not only do they offer a wide range of format options (including CD quality), but most of the purchase price goes directly to the 
artist. You can also listen to the entire album first. You'll find it here: stevecochrane.bandcamp.com/album/with-or-without

 With Or Without cover

  You might also be interested in an album that I contributed to earlier in the year. My good friend, keyboardist Ken Baird (who just so

happens to have played on 'With Or Without'), has formed a band called Monarch Trail. Their first album, 'Skye' is available now and 
it is doing very well, having made many best-of-2014 lists. Not only did I have a hand in the production, but I also played 12-string and 
classical guitar on the epic closing track, 'Sky Above the Sun'. You can learn more about it here: http://www.monarchtrail.com

 Skye cover

  My plan for this year is to revisit my first album 'Heroes Awaken', with a view towards expanding its sound palette and improving the overall 

production value. That means I'll be replacing many of the dated synthy tones with more authentic sounds; acoustic and electric guitars especially. 
Since its initial release date was 1990 on cassette, then a year later on CD, whether I finish it this year or next, I'll call it the '25th Anniversary Edition'. 
That seems fair. I'll also be formulating ideas for a new album, which will get my full attention once the updated debut is out of the way.

  Here's wishing you the best for 2015. May it be filled with much happiness and good music.