Album rehearsals have kicked and I am a hyperactive ball of intense happiness. It’s been so long since I performed with other musicians and heard my songs in all their plugged-in glory, so with rehearsals underway, I am bouncing off the walls with excitement and savouring every sound-filled second.
The perfect piano arrived two weeks ago and I’ve been holed up in my home studio in utter amazement ever since. Kawai really know what they’re doing when it comes to pianos and I can’t wait to showcase this baby on the new record! The flights are booked, the studio time reserved, and now it’s just a case of pre-production rehearsals and believing the funds will arrive in time.
Over the past year and a half, I’ve been performing solo for the most part, with only a few select opportunities to bring in guest artists, and my hope is that over the next year of touring I’ll be in a position to perform more often with a full band so that the music is presented as I hear it in my head – and as you’ll hear it on the album. That’s not to take anything away from the very intimate structure of my solo performances, which I really enjoy, but I’d prefer it if they were more “exclusive” affairs. It all boils down to financing at the end of the day, and as with every other aspect of this business, it all needs to be carefully executed. I’m plotting.
I recorded my first album, S T I L L, with the ultra cool talents of Dave McMillan (guitar), Ray Goodfellow (bass) and Tim Rankin (drums/percussion), and the same line-up joins me again in December at T-Time Studio to record the next edition. Tim will be co-producing the album with me, and apart from being an insane drummer, I really dig how he thinks in terms of production. Drummers tend to think more in terms of the space within a track, as opposed to the sound, and it’s proved a really great way to approach the production of my music. Aside from their incredible talent, which goes without saying, these guys have been there for me since the beginning of this journey and have made an immeasurable difference to both my music and my life. I’m a very lucky girl.
I’ve been working with Dave and Ray over the past month on pre-production, getting the tracks studio ready. This weekend, we recorded a rough live version of the album and I’m beyond thrilled with how the tracks have taken shape over the last few short weeks. I can’t wait to get them out into the world… but this is only the beginning!