Staff Vacancies

Staff Vacancies!

We have a couple of openings for vacancies here at The Rock & Roll Circus.

The job will be one shift a week on either an evening or weekend.

If you’re interested in working here, then please send your CV and a covering letter to info@therockandrollcircus.co.uk


Video of Our Circus!

One of our Circus regulars Chrissie Caulfield has made a short (one minute) video featuring our place – The Rock & Roll Circus Rehearsal Studios. You can watch the video below on YouTube.

The video features the voice of our very own Rob McNish, who is talking about a typical shift here at The Rock & Roll Circus, and what music means to him.  The video also features music from some more Circus Regulars ‘Sister Inertia‘.

Chrissie has made this video for a competition, so please visit her Twitter page and share it to help her.

You can find a direct link to her Tweet about the video here – https://twitter.com/Chrissie_c/status/836897180048842755

I hope you enjoy this little insight into our side of the desk!

Downloads from Soundcloud #3

Looking for “new” music? Need new MP3s? … Well we`ve had a look on the net and a lot of it is utter crap. Honestly. That`s why taking the time out to crate dig on the internet is a bloody chore.But  we`ve done that bit for you – in between lugging amps! A long time in coming, but here is number three  in the series of our soundcloud cull.

Whats in this compilation? We have showtunes….(yup, you read that right) , trip hop, ambient, dance, alt rock, acoustic ..and the plain crazy goodness (Science division, check it out – it`s pretty out there)

We have a smattering of genres here, all set to download, if you like what you hear please follow the artists and leave a comment – takes two minutes but it goes along way for us musicians!

(Compiled by the Polymammals)

Free Audio Samples / Percussion Passion


You need a shaker, or marimba..or a clave on a track..and its the middle of the night and you cant make much noise..or you just dont have such instruments to hand..Well lucky for you its the 21st century where well recorded percussion is available to you …as samples…. for free.

In the second part of our free audio sample series we are sifting through the best of the least expensive sample packs featuring single hits and loops. You can always chop loops into bits so even the most cheesiest loop can me remodelled as something else



This link neatly dovetails with previous sample free – for -all blog post, you get some interesting found sound percussion samples and in addition,  several more drum kits – more geared towards hip hop and dance than a collection of “room” kits. This ought to take you a wee while to get through – should you choose to download them all.



This pack is more for EDM/Electronic/Techno tracks, so don`t expect beautifully recorded acoustic recordings – you get 130MB worth of samples consisting of

  • 74 bongos
  • 138 congas
  • 10 cymbals
  • 143 kicks
  • 28 sticks and rims
  • 48 shakers

Get some tasteful reverb and EQ and you`ll be able to make these samples come to life.



Yup, someone sampled a propane tank, and yet the results are quite pleasing.. check out the audio file with

a demo of how these samples sound like together. This is percussive AND also melodic, if you were wanting to give a “far east” feel to something then these sounds could be built upon – no problem.



This guy needs no introduction to those who love Soul, northen soul, funk, samba..hes been around so many different scenes..worked with so many top notch musicians..and compiled many albums. In that time he worked with some Cuban percussionists and hes offered up stems from that session for free. There`s a request not to use them with copyrighted material - i.e don`t use them in mashups, but other than a  request to use their hashtag on twitter if you do use them, there appears to be no restrictions on their use.



Last and not least is this offering – which is a generous free pack by Dubspot. Featuring percussion from all around the place and some really odd sounds that don`t belong anywhere but are weird and wonderful enough to add “a little something” to an atmospheric song. Also has a few kits too – again for the electronic side of things

  • All loops are tempo-labelled
  • Royalty-Free
  • 145 MB Download
  • 65 24-bit / 44.1 kHz Wav files
  • 15 Drum Loops
  • 5 Ghost Rhythms
  • 30 Hybrid Hits
  • 15 Texture Loops

Hopefully that should be enough to get you going until our next instalment of “free things from the web that musicians can make use of”

Free Audio Samples / Fun with Drums


(No, this picture is not one of our drum kits!)


If you`re wanting a few bits and bobs because your sample library is looking a little bare then we have your back covered! We`ve trawled t`net and come up trumps (no.. no.. not that loser) with a selection of audio samples which are FREE and LEGAL because…corporations don`t like it when you post stuff with audio featuring recorded snippets that they own – and neither do a lot of musicians who own the song…and who wants to give people with money, lots more out of your pocket? Sod that. Eyes down for some goodies

Drums that sound like “classic” Prince.. basically its the LM-1 Linn drum machine - but treated in the way Prince did back in the day. Made for ableton users but the samples are easily got at for everyone else who use other programs.

Big collection in a small space. 99 hits ranging from electronic to Acoustic. There`s a few percussion hits too…. Some of these samples have been recorded to cassette tape before being sampled – a nice touch for something that costs yer nowt, love.


Boxed ear have given away samples of revered drum machines – because they`re nice folk an` all that. They offer only 3 for free, but the ones they have given away are the big guns of the 80/90s – if retro is the way you play it then you ought to plunder this gem.


Do you want a FREE acoustic drum kit, on par with EZDrummer and addictive drums. Yeah, someone had gone to the trouble to construct a massive sample library …in different formats..that`s as standalone WAVS, Kontakt 5 format, SFZ format and TW16 format. This was make with REAPER in mind, so this actually is set up to be like a built in drummer for the DAW. follow the instructions – be sure to have at least SIX GIGS free on your hard drive. Yup. It`s huge.


A selection of kicks, snare, and toms for the heavier muso`s amongst us,
this is the free kit that they offer but there are other paid – for kits on the same site.


A nicely kitted out studio and a lovely drum kit…recorded onto tape through a neve desk and recorded onto tape. Ludwig snare? Oh yeah. As the name suggests its in mono, but a lot can be done with mono - and well placed reverbs will put the stereo "room" back into the sound - so really.. considering this is fer nowt you`ll get a versatile set of samples that can be put through any room reverb you like. Been using it for years. Plenty of multisamples here. If you have the paid version of Kontakt then this kit comes the mappings you need – otherwise, you`ll just get the samples which can be put in any sampler...you`ll just have to do it manually.


…and there you go, a short but varied selection of good quality samples which should cover most modern styles of music making. There are much more drum samples/libraries out there that we will share with you.. and we will cover other kinds of samples in the future.



Downloads From SoundCloud #2

Hello! Welcome to this weeks found gems from Soundcloud. If you`ve ever been waiting on band members to arrive in the office then you`ll likely to find the music being played from behind the counter on these blog posts. You`ll find all different genres popping up here so always check back if this weeks music isn`t your bag 😉

Here we go…

A spoken word number, from a dairy written by the speaker in 1972, only recorded 5 months ago. Combined with ambient music, this feels very intimate.

Has the the lo – fi feel of an early 90s single, with a simple – yet – cool chord structure looping through it. Pretty hard to pull off something like this and not sound contrived – hats off to you mate!

A nasty electro fuzz rock song from France, another lo-fi production – but only for those who like in – your – face music…and don`t mind listening to music in a foreign language – which has never been a barrier to me personally. Menacing beats and snarling guitars weave through this song – a perfect song for fighting through the rush hour crush.

Summer Special Daytime Offer!

As we have Rock School UK in over the summer, we are unable to open our doors at their usual time.

Until the end of August our opening times during the week will be 4pm-2am.

So we are extending our student/unemployed daytime deal. You will be able to get a 4 hour session from 4pm-8pm for:

£20 – Small Room

£22 – Medium Room

£25 – Large Room

As always, these prices include PA, Drums, Bass Amp, Guitar Amps and Mics.

Call to book 0113 2319326.


The download choice – A selection of the best downloads from Soundcloud

Cutting through the rubbish you get on Soundcloud is a chore. It holds many gems, but first you have to navigate it`s not – so -great search feature.
But that`s where we step in and save you the bother. Curated by “the Polymammals” we have got for you a wide selection of music styles..in the spirit of the “calamity” compilation albums we released…oh..many moons ago!

All the tracks are downloadable – just press the arrow.
We`ll be sharing more music on a regular basis now – finally got the hang of posting SC embeds into wordpress (arghh!) so keep checking each week for more free music.

Furr – Think Sharp Kid

Circus regulars Furr (previously Humans as Ornaments) have released their first video titled ‘Think Sharp Kid’ (Filmed in our studios btw).

We’ve known these guys for a long time and they write good fun rock tunes, if you like your music loud and full of power chords, check this out.

You can buy the single ‘Think Sharp Kid’ at https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/think-sharp-kid-single/id1119668963

Learn More.

Website: http://www.furrmusic.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wearefurr

Twitter: https://twitter.com/weareFURR

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/wearefurr

Rock School UK! Summer Courses.

Rock School UK is a week of Jammin’, Recordin’ and Giggin’ at The Rock & Roll Circus Studios, with the finale performance at The Wardrobe.

For young musicians aged 9-16, any instrument and any ability.

Learn more from their information video.

Rock School UK will be running all through the summer holidays. For more information or to sign up, head to:


It is the most fun you can have making music in the school holidays!