I was very musical as child but when the Beatles Anthology came out in the late 90s it changed my life and I decided to learn the guitar and to be a professional musician.
The run up to Christmas is always very busy for me; I’m not an elf or anything, but as a professional working musician as well as a songwriter and recording artist, I’m always gigging. That’s what’s happening at the moment, but look out for a new release soon! 😉
Your latest album ‘I Love Joyce Morris’ came out on August 30, what influenced the sound and songwriting?
I allowed the album to take whatever path it chose, drawing on a wide range of influences. It’s a record about and for my children so I didn’t want to impose rules.
Most of the songs were written directly after my two children were born and often late at night…after a gig.
I hired a small local commercial studio called Northwest Recording Studios, owned by Paul Hutchinson, a fine musician and producer. I produced and Paul engineered, played some instruments and contributed ideas. I played most of the instruments but also drafted in some great players for specialist instruments. The album was made over an 18 month period and was is finished mid 2018.
We recorded the album into Protools using vintage analogue outboard gear, including a beautiful old desk. I played: acoustic and electric guitars, bass, piano, drums (on some tracks), percussion, synths and melodian.
I went into the studio with the songs rigorously mapped out and with a strong sense of the instrumentation; but slowed each song to take on its in life during the recording process.
Making albums is always challenging and it’s easy to get bogged down by the enormity of the creative process and details such as finances. I tried to approach each session in isolation and take things one step at a time. It’s a big production and was made in a very traditional way, using real musicians. I’m proud of what we achieved, because to me, it sounds like the sort of record I would have loved before I became a musician.
How has the reaction from fans been so far?
So far people seem to be enjoying the album; fans and critics alike.
Who are you listening to at the moment?
When I’m not making music I like to spend as much time as I can with my children.
Your new single ‘Card’ is out, please tell us about the story behind this track:
The rest of 2019 is just one non stop gig.
Favourite food at the moment is my chicken curry and my favourite place to be, is home with my children.