Sat at the airport after a fantastic week writing in Belfast. Filled every day with activities to stimulate the melodies and then all night demoing up the days catch.
Highlights over the past two days were the Titanic museum and the Game Of Thrones tapestry.
Time to return home and get on with the releasing of new music.
Spent the yesterday travelling around various locations, dreaming up new music and generally being inspired.
Just spent all night back in my studio set up here in Belfast demoing the songs I’d been imagining during the day.
Giants Causeway BLEW MY MIND! Its an incredible place to visit. I also went to various Game Of Thrones locations which as a fan of the show was so cool to see, The Dark Hedges were really cool and inspiring.
More travel and writing today, hoping to go to the Titanic museum and explain to them that the Titanic never sank, it was its sister ship – The Olympic….. look it up, its fascinating.
I’m in that strange middling period of time which occurs directly after finishing a record and yet before you can really do anything with it. So in that spirit I’ve done the only thing I know…. WRITE MORE and WRITE MORE WHILE TRAVELING!
Next stop is mastering the record. I love setting the track listing out and making the choices about how songs flow in and out of each other. The flow of a record is something that I’ve always cared deeply about and why listening to my music in the context of the full record is in my opinion the optimum listening experience.
In the meantime I’ve to plan exactly how I want to put this record out and what I shall do around it.
Special mention to the breathtaking Susanne Sundfør show I saw at the Barbican, took my breath away! If you’ve not listened to her may I recommend her new record “music for people in trouble” and also the record that got me into her “Ten Love Songs” I’m going to listen to the new Chvrches record now and then write some more songs.
I’m either always here or never here, right now I’m always here but soon Ill be everywhere.
LOVE my studio room in my very own house. It’s not really a studio like “professionals” would have – I’ve always been a writer rather than a studio engineer. However I have all I need now to realise my songs and in fact…a huge percentage of my new record was made right here myself before my trip to New York where myself and Dan Weller put together the final pieces. We also returned here to do the mix which had a certain symmetry about it.
Small break in mixing right now while Dan is in Australia with his band and I’m in live rehearsals with may band! Its great getting these new songs together with the band, four songs been worked up so far.
Back into mixing my second solo record, something so cool about mixing at home.
I’ve been around the world and back with these songs and they feel both more guitar driven yet more experimental than anything I’ve done before, even though I’ve not tried to experiment – if that makes sense. I guess its just my natural evolution.
I definitely feel that after the trilogy of LA records I felt I’d taken rock to the limits of what I wanted to do with it and then Exit Brain Left was my total prog pop trip which I’m so proud of taking. This new set of songs feels like a combination of everything thats come before with some additional craziness.
Something thats been great this time around is that I’ve been rehearsing the songs with my live band between recording and mixing and so the live band feel has really helped shape my mixing mind.
Again I’ve played and sang everything on this record which feels fantastic! Actually I had some gang vocal help on one song and myself and my friend Brook attended a drum circle in Woodstock which we sampled so thats not just me!
I’ll write a lot more about this when Im sitting listening to the final mastered recordings. For now just know that I’m excited!
I was just talking to my great friends Nigel and Danny from Leicestershire Luthier. We’ve been friends for years now and it got me to thinking how we first became such good friends. It was here! My 1965 SG Junior needed serious help after an n stage mishap! You can read all about it here
Nigel and Danny have also created many custom guitars for me as well as maintaining them all for me.
Start mixing my second record today!
Im doing a talk about songwriting, come along! You can reserve a place here LISTEN TO ME TALK
Joining my already established Spotify playlist I’ve now created a Battelle FM for Apple Music and its right here. BATTELLE FM APPLE MUSIC
I’ll keep adding music I’m listening to, new music or rediscovered songs from the past hopefully you’ll find something you enjoy and maybe discover a back catalogue.
Mixing starts on my new record end of this week 🙂