I popped into the recording studio yesterday, and was incredibly inspired. It’s been a while since I’ve been in the studio (almost 2 years since the recording of Chest of Drawers), and I didn’t realise how much I missed it.
I must admit I had a li’l chuckle when I received an email today from a chap wanting more details and a direct website to the chest of drawers that I stock, specifically requesting dimensions, types, styles in stock, and whether I took a surcharge for visa and master cards. Unfortunately for him, I need the only chest of drawers that I ‘stock’, and I’m not sure he’ll be happy to hear my other “chests of drawers” are only 143mm x 125mm x 8mm.
Surprisingly (or not), it’s the first request of its kind, since releasing Chest of Drawers in August 2009. It’s led me to conclude that I won’t be calling my next album “Bedside Table”, despite popular demand.
I’ve decided on the title/theme for the next album. But we can’t announce that till we HAVE the album.
First thing’s first. Composition. I have been writing a whole bunch of new songs that I’m itching to share with you. You may be familiar with some new tunes I’ve thrown up on Youtube, or played live. But other I’ve not yet even shared with the band.
Over the December holidays I will be heading back to Sydney - firstly to reclaim my territory from the dog my parents replaced me with, secondly to perform for my lovely home crowd, and thirdly to lay done demo recordings of 16 new songs for our band to get to know. In early 2011 we’ll be rehearsing them up as a band.
I’ve been checkin’ out some Melbourne studios, and there’s some schmick li’l (and big) set ups out there. The Chest of Drawers album was layered up over time, with some astounding musicians coming in to add the icing after my parts. While I am incredibly proud of the album, and the work of producers James Englund and Steve Iuliano, I’m interested in try out a new method of recording the next album, continuing to push my musical learning curve.
I’m interested to know your thoughts, ideas, or experiences of recording.
Till then, you’ll have to enjoy the new tunes at the live shows!