Desmond Grundy

Artist

Dedicated to producing some version of perfection in his work. Gets things done. Uses time wisely. Finds solutions in the dark.

Lives and works in Southern Ontario, Canada. Spent over 20 years in the city of Toronto providing creative, production and technology consulting services to advertising, retail, publishing and technology businesses. Built a home and music studio outside the city in 2008. Currently providing document analysis, writing, research and technology to local groups, UN-NGOs and affiliated agencies.

This picture was taken by Paula, east of Blackstock.

Words and Music

Grundy’s hooky, indie, guitar music is seeded in the creatively structured 4/4 song styles of the British Rock and R&B invasions.

These songs about traveling, justice and ineffable love on a planetary scale weave flashbacks, lyrical déja-vu and blank reality into waves of wall-battering chord patterns, leads and harmonies -honestly. This refreshingly original work sounds like Iggy, Dylan, the Velvets and the Kinks. Unique performance versions from their back catalogues keep Grundy’s live sound fresh, interesting and recognizable.

These guitar songs reach out of technology-bent musical expressions to be Top Ten songs (’Something Good Comes Along’) on sites like indierockcafe.com and honourable mentions in the American Songwriting Contest. Played on web-radio stations and with publishing opportunities in the US, Canada and Europe (SOCAN), Grundy is prepared for continuing success with a new album and supporting shows this spring.

Lead singer and songwriter, Desmond Grundy, has an accessible creative signature without the usual boilerplate. His studied musical influences end where his full-blown stab at artistic genius begins—somewhere between 1977 and this moment of now.

This picture was taken by Scott, in Hamilton.

Press and Media

Album reviews, posters and press

2012

SIZZLING ROCK PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Desmond Grundy – Tiles From The Amber Room (Mouthful Of Records) :: In case you weren’t paying attention the first time around and don’t remember what I said about DG’s first self released album Oddly Enough way back in MB278, I’ll reiterate for ya:

“So I’m spinnin’ the first song and suddenly thinking that, no, the absolute last thing I wanna do is say that Desmond is the new Lou Reed ’cause he seems to be way too normal to be saddled with that kind of calamitous tag. But every time I hear the gnarly destorto guitar grinding up behind him, I get flummoxed into thinking that I’m listening to some kinda vintage Velvet Underground gradation. And suddenly I’m thinking, yes, that’s cool because nobody sounds like Unca Lou anymore—not even the old reprobate himself ’cause he’s way too normal these days to be saddled with that kind of calamitous tag.”

In other words, I didn’t need to have the wisdom of Solomon to know that this here Grundy had what we in the rock writin’ biz call potential. But the big question on every seasoned tout’s mind the second time around is: can Desmond deck ya again? Well, as my old pal the Kingfish would say: “He sho’ nuff can!”

First of all, the album title is straight outta spooky Lynch City where the busses never run on time—if ever. Even better, he plays all of the instruments by himself in the best Todd Rundgren studio-spazz tradition. Finally, his voice—which vacillates between Loaded romance and Tonight’s The Night dissipation—is buried beneath a swirling miasma of destorto fuzzed up beach blanket bohemia that makes Exile On Aladdin Sane St. sound like like Wish You Were Here.

I just hope that his next album sucks ’cause I’m getting tired of sounding like a palooka from Payolaville.

2008

”Desmond Grundy – Oddly Enough (self released) :: So I’m spinnin’ the first song and suddenly thinking that, no, the absolute last thing I wanna do is say that Desmond is the new Lou Reed ’cause he seems to be way too normal to be saddled with that kind of calamitous tag. But every time I hear the gnarly destorto guitar grinding up behind him, I get flummoxed into thinking that I’m listening to some kinda vintage Velvet Underground gradation. And suddenly I’m thinking, yes, that’s cool because nobody sounds like Unca Lou anymore—not even the old reprobate himself ’cause he’s way too normal these days to be saddled with that kind of calamitous tag."

2010 FREE EP DOWNLOAD (3 songs)

POSTERS

Video, Film, Print

2012 - VIDEO

2011 - PHOTOGRAPHY

  • TVO chef for national print advertisement (no link)
  • Indigo product launch web ad (no link)
  • Le Quesada Mexican Restaurant, Gunslinger, Advertising POSTER (see below) or see Sleepy Guy

2011: - FILM independent film "Revolution" (twenty-something anarchist surfer dude)

2011 - TELEVISION SERIES - Urban Legends tv series, mad scientist - broken link

2010 - MUSIC VIDEO - Lamont music video "Fragile", trafficker

2009 - MUSIC VIDEO - Our Lady Peace music video, The End is Where We Begin, thug #3

This picture was taken by Matt Barnes

This picture was taken by Onnig Cavoukian.

Project Reel

A presentation of some of my interests from 1985-2014.

Music Player

These are samples from the new album of 10 songs, to be released 170330. Press the striped button at the upper right side of the player to see the song list.

This is my EP, released 100630, called Took A Bus -- The 3 song EP can be downloaded for free as a relatively good MP3 here.

This is one of two YouTube playlists of influences.

This is two of two YouTube playlists of influences.

Social Contact

Grundy Music - Official

Twitter - https://twitter.com/DesmondGrundy

Youtube. - https://www.youtube.com/desmondgrundy

Soundcloud. - https://soundcloud.com/desmond-grundy

Google+ - https://plus.google.com/+DesmondGrundy

Facebook — https://www.facebook.com/grundymusic/

Buy iTunes - https://itunes.apple.com/ca/artist/desmond-grundy/id274623664

Buy CDBaby - http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/desmondgrundy

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/grundydesmond/

email: desmondgrundy@gmail.com

Expertise

  • Projects and computer systems consultant: software programs, project management and support;
  • Software designer and database technician, internet service provider, concept developer, webmaster;
  • Audio and video producer / musician / composer / corporate communications; copy and technical writer, researcher;
  • Accounting services and business consulting; resources management and forecasting; real estate law.

Skills

  • Project supervisor and business management consultant; ideas, reporting, workflows, presentations;
  • Proficient in Macintosh, Windows and Unix computers and secure networks; desktop solutions specialist;
  • Working knowledge of HTML, PHP, SQL programming including database design and administration;
  • Experienced graphic designer, lo-fi audio and video producer, back-to-basics website and print specialist;
  • Award-winning songwriter, part time screenwriter, performing and visual artist; speaker and speech writer.
  • Technology partner: projects and customer support; public relations and advertising agency, 1994;
  • Database administrator, technical consultant, production artist: large Canadian publishers, 1998;
  • Chief technology officer and project manager: executive recruitment and management firm, 2000
  • Partnership in WebCatt, family business: boutique style ISP and project/solutions incubator since 2001;
  • Homebuilder, house and garden renovations, interior design and green solutions; property administration.
  • Handyman: when I moved back to the city I began working part time as a handy man. I guess I was popular as the little company grew into something my old truck wasn't prepared for. In the end I kept the tools and I enjoy working with them still - just not so much.
  • We started to design this house when we lived in Toronto. We worked with an Architect (Rohan Walters) to establish the structural design of the place and then used some local builders, a lot of green technology and much blood and sweat to erect this home. It was originally a three bedroom bungalow. We added the studio and about 1500 square feet. It was built on the Oak Ridges Moraine so no new holes were dug but all septic and wiring were replaced. So I know a few things about building stuff.

Publishing

I have been into publishing since my time at Sheridan College. At that time, only print publishing was available to me. I started my publishing company (Next Level Press) in 1991. I have been able to publish one, two-volume History (Burma Liberators) by Jack R.W. Gwyne Timothy. I also published an educational video about Equine Massage which I wrote a soundtrack for and recorded with a a professional travel writer. We also published an ebook which we made into a free download for teachers.

The three records were in fact self published. I will formalize Mouthful of Records as a true music label this year. I started Mouthful of Records in 2008 as a side busines to support some local talent that were helping me.

My music is also carried by a number of publisher's representatives and available on iTunes and CDBaby and at Music Supervisor, "Music Dealers".