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About Better Than The Book
Better Than The Book is a ska-punk/pop-punk music project by UK based multi-instrumentalist, producer and audio engineer, Nick Standing AKA Jabun.
Starting in mid 2012, BTTB formed as a means of catharsis for difficulties in Nick's life, as can be heard in many of the lyrics from One Small Step, Two Years On and the latest album Hopes and Dreams. Since then, and with the goal of getting people pumped up for living life to the full, Better Than The Book, via high-energy instrumentals and honest relatable lyrics about Nick's own experiences, has been on a mission to create heartfelt anthems to inspire and help people know that they aren't alone with their worries or the problems they face. That along with various stories about life and living make up what it means to be Better Than The Book.
After much hard work and preparation, Better Than The Book's 2nd full-length studio album, Hopes and Dreams was released on July 19th 2019: 10 tracks; 39+ minutes; one heartfelt ska punk adventure carrying straight on from where Two Years On left off! Pick it up on Bandcamp, check out the animated lyric video for the lead single Meteor Shower with visuals by World Beyond, and get even more from BTTB on Patreon including the full Better Than The Book & Jabun discographies when you sign up!
Since its release, Hopes and Dreams has received amazing acclaim worldwide, with 9/10 of the songs featured on radio shows all the way across the USA and UK to Australia including numerous programs on idobi Radio (USA), BBC Introducing (UK), and The Masita Ska Show with Beefy (Australia), the #1 rated ska music podcast in the world! Check out all of Better Than The Book's press features including radio, web magazines, interviews and more on the BTTB PRESS page!
Following the amazing reception of Hopes and Dreams, in December 2019 Better Than The Book finally gathered a team of musicians for its first full-band rehearsal, and is preparing to hit the stage soon! Keep up to date with the latest gig info on the BTTB GIGS page and say hello to the Better Than The Book LIVE band:
Nick Standing: Lead vocals and guitar
Eamon Standing: Backing vocals, guitar and harmonica
Sam Brown: Backing vocals and bass guitar
Andy Forman: Drums
To celebrate one amazing year of Hopes and Dreams, BTTB also released the Hopes and Dreams [Instrumentals] bonus album on July 19th 2020! Pick it up now on Bandcamp!
On January 30th 2021, Better Than The Book received its first compilation album feature on the Save The Ska Show fundraiser album by The Ska Show with Beefy; 64 tracks donated from ska bands around the world to help keep the show on the air! Pick up a copy from bandcamp and let's save this amazing ska show together!
On October 1st 2021 Better Than The Book & Jabun released a collaborative single 1314, the song Nick proposed to Eva with! Purchase the single on Bandcamp and read more on Patreon!
And she said yes btw!!!
Better Than The Book is currently busy in the studio working on its 3rd full-length album (and more)! Get ready for more ska punk vibes coming your way soon!
Get access to exclusive downloads, behinds the scenes peeks, the full Better Than The Book, Jabun, and Nick Standing discographies, covers, mashups, bonus tracks and more when you support BTTB and Nick's music on Patreon!
When Nick isn't working on Better Than The Book, he's either working on his ambient/electronic/experimental music project Jabun (which on March 3rd 2023 released its June22 EP, a 16+ minute collection of 2 electronic live performances inspired by the modular synthesizer works of Suzanne Ciani) or tending to his audio production business JabunAudio. Since starting in 2013, JabunAudio has assisted countless musicians, game developers and animators around the globe, working on everything from music to UK broadcast television, and racking up over 40 million collective views on YouTube from his collaborative animation audio work alone.
Nick is always on the lookout for new animators, musicians and other creatives to work and collaborate with and spread his passion for making great sounding productions. Don't hesitate to drop him a line. He'd love to hear from you!
Contact Nick at JabunAudio Here
If you want to dive even deeper into Nick's musical journey, head over to Patreon for exclusive downloads, behind the scenes peeks and more, and enjoy the adventure from a front row seat as it unfolds!