14th Annual Adult Contemporary Album Nominee
11th Annual Eclectic Album Vox Pop Winner
11th Annual Adult Contemporary Song Winner
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Record Label: Old Soul Records
Home Base: New York and London
Genre: Adult Contemporary
Category Entered: Adult Contemporary Album
Work Submitted: ENGLISH DREAM
Artists Featured: Spottiswoode & His Enemies
Label: Old Soul Records
Who are your influences?: For this record… Beatles, Byrds, Kinks, Nick Drake, Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Fleet Foxes
Describe your nominated work: Anglicana. A lush and mellow journey back in time and space.
Did you use any unusual effects or instruments in this recording?: Not really.
Were there any happy accidents while in the studio, or did everything go as planned?: Nothing ever goes as planned. Nothing ever happens by accident.
How did you raise the funds for this project? How long do you expect it will take to recoup your out-of-pocket recording expenses?: Indiegogo. A long time. But one movie/TV placement could do it. (That just happened with our last IMA-winning record, WILD GOOSECHASE EXPEDITION. Netflix used a track from it to close the final episode of their new series, BLOODLINE.)
Why did you choose to submit this work to The IMAs?: Vanity.
What’s your definition of success and how will you know when you’ve achieved it?: It keeps changing. To do my work… I’ve already achieved it. To make a proper living and receive the recognition that guarantees large appreciative audiences in many markets… Not looking likely.
How will you leverage your IMA honors to achieve your career goals?: To be perfectly honest, I don’t think the IMAs make much difference. Please prove me wrong. I understand the question is about how we leverage it so the ball’s in our court. But my experience is that the press doesn’t care much, if at all. Obviously we can try to make a big song and dance about it but I’m skeptical that the results would justify the time and/or expense. The best two ways of leveraging IMAs for us appear to be: 1. Show off to our fans and patrons. It makes them feel good and may encourage them to donate money again in the future. Nothing to sneeze at! 2. Mention nominations and awards in first paragraphs of bios and press releases for future projects.
Who’s sitting in your audience and what makes your fans unique?: It’s a mixed audience and it’s getting older. They’re unique by being fans of ours. So obviously that means they have stupendous taste.
What is your guilty pleasure on the road? Any close calls or mishaps while on tour?: Guilty pleasure? Sleep!!! If I get the chance. For the bass player it would be Carolina barbecue. So many mishaps – almost fatal accidents, lost suits, heckling audiences, fistfights, broken down vehicles etc…
Are there any songs you wish you wrote and why?: Too many to list. But it’s a bit like asking if you wish you had someone else’s child. I have plenty of my own.
What artists are you listening to that would surprise your fans?: Right now I’m listening to Good Luck Mountain. Nothing would surprise our fans.
How do you discover new music? Do you buy music or are you content with streaming?: I’ve always been very lazy and fatalistic. Normally through friends.
How will musicians make a living if fans continue to expect music to be free?: They won’t.
What don’t fans/audiences understand about the music industry today?: Ask them.
Are digital singles/EPs vs. full albums the future?: Good question. Not sure.
Finish this sentence: The music industry is… a contradiction in terms,
What do you have in the works for the upcoming year?: i want to get a feature film made. Wish me luck.