If only producing an album were simply a matter of writing songs and singing them! Needless to say, there’s more to the process than that, and it helps when great people are involved in moving things along.
The studio experience is key and I’ve long known that I wanted to record this album in Shetland with sound engineering from Tim Matthew, a well-loved figure on the Scottish folk music scene. I’m looking forward to entering the Mareel recording studio in Tim’s capable hands 7th-15th April 2018. Back in January Tim gave me a guided tour of the facilities which helped focus this year’s creative efforts.
Alongside my album I’ll launch a new website next year which will be developed in Shetland by Alex Fenton. In August Alex and I chatted through design and function possibilities, and I’m looking forward to seeing how things work in practice in the new year.
An album’s ‘look’ is its introduction to the world, and the photography and graphics for next year’s CD were booked in August 2015. Multi-talented Orcadian creative, Louise Bichan, was crowdfunding her Berklee studies back then and I agreed to help pay for her course in exchange for album pictures and design.
We arranged our Shetland photoshoot for 10th/11th August and Louise was accompanied on the trip north by her mum, Nikki. Weather conditions supplied an ‘atmospheric’ backdrop to the Breiwick, Eshaness, St Ninian’s Isle and Dunrossness shoots! Everyone remained remarkably upbeat throughout, making for a memorable if soggy couple of days.
Huge thanks to my creative collaborators. We’re fortunate to have such talented people in Scotland’s northern isles.