10th Annual Adult Contemporary Album Nominee
10th Annual Adult Contemporary Song Winner
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Record Label: n/a
Home Base: London, UK
Genre: Modern Chamber music
Categories Entered: Adult Contemporary Song, EP, Adult Contemporary Album,, Album Art, Music Video, Band Publicity Photography
Work Submitted: The Other Side EP; Savages; ”Baroque Thoughts”; ‘Album Art – Savages; “Blue and You” Music Video
Artists Featured: Leonard Cohen
Label: Proper Records
Influences: James Taylor, The Indigo Girls, Kate Bush, Ray Lamontagne, Josh Rouse, Ron Sexsmith, Leonard Cohen, Arcade Fire, Bjork, Wilco, Tom Waits, Paul McCartney, Joni Mitchell, Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd, Frou Frou, Sinead O’Connor, The Sundays, The Beatles, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, The Cocteau Twins, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Cat Stevens, The Eagles, Nick Drake, The Swell Season, David Bowie, Alison Krauss, Jeff Buckley
Describe your nominated work: songs from the heart with contrapuntal voices harp and guitar
Why did you choose to submit this work to The 10th IMAs? We had heard about The IMAs and liked the way artists were linked and found each other through this framework
Did you use any unusual effects or instruments in this recording? Two harps Harry and Lenny. A mandolin born in 1905, Henry Snow. When recording the song Words That Mobilise, Charley played some pots and rubbish bins found in the back of the studio. A large kitchen waste bin became a bass drum and a paper bin took the role of the snare. There is also a metal saucepan in there as a high tom-tom.
Were there any happy accidents while in the studio, or did everything go as planned? We had memorable live moments with the musicians that we played with on the songs. Peter Asher conducting Jen Condos, Jay Bellerose and the two of us when recording Baroque Thoughts. We found an old vibraphone which worked it’s way onto several songs. Happy accidents were times like our favourite weisenbourne player Melvin Duffy being available on a day that happened to be a day off between a gig in Amsterdam and Edinburgh Castle, so we flew to London for the afternoon and to record with Melvin. When we were recording Yours Truly, we didn’t have a microphone shield, what we call a ‘spital guard’, so one of us had a spare pair of tights and we sang through that.
Did fans help you fund this project? No
Who’s sitting in your audience? Jonah, Molly and Ronnie
What makes your fans unique? Everyone is unique but ours feel like friends
Are there any songs you wish you wrote? C – “Baby I’m amaze” H – “A Day in the Life”
What artists are you listening to that would surprise your fans? Joy Division, Dédé Fortin, Bob Marley
What is your dream show lineup? Jerry Douglas, Ron Sexsmith, Kate Bush, Jeff Buckley, Alison Krauss, and Kathleen Edwards meet up for cake and a jam
What is your guilty pleasure on the road? Mini bar raids
Any close calls or mishaps while on tour? Leaving a computer with all our latest garage band recordings in a hotel room in Zagreb and remembering it just before a flight. The hotel receptionist gave it to a kind taxi driver, who zoomed it to the airport!
Do you have any rituals before you go on stage? Going through the set list verbally. Having a whisky with a rock
Should music be free? Some music can always be free – all…. is too encompassing. When buying music, one is supporting the livelihood of an artist, in the same way you support an independent grocer and farmer when you buy their locally grown vegetables. There’s a great sense of community when you become a part of a movement. Whether that’s a hippie van and the Grateful Dead or buying someone’s album, you’re in it together somehow, however things go.
How has digital affected your career? The reality of musical immediacy
Are digital singles vs. full albums the future of music? There will always be people that want to hear a body of work in album form but whether its singles or albums, it can lead to an interest in the artist’s other music and live work.
Finish this sentence: The music industry is… alive.