It was a wonderful privilege to have the opportunity to record this album, and it was brilliant recording it with John. I’ve worked with a few different producers and been very fortunate in the calibre of person I was able to collaborate with. John has a way of having high expectations for a project but keeping very calm and not stressing you. I’ve been a huge fan of the music he creates with Pinkie Maclure as Pumajaw for years – I still remember seeing one of their performances and experiencing it as a transformational moment of widening my idea of what’s possible in performance and music. The support of crowd funders was moving and inspiring and deeply appreciated.
Nonetheless, it’s almost inevitable to feel like you want more time to prepare. I run a music school and the only day I don’t teach is Sundays – so Sundays were booked into the studio. That left no time to do anything else, like my washing, or the recycling, and whilst I was really very happy to be finally making this album, I did sometimes get extremely tired (my teaching hours tend to be until later in the eves, most eves) and have the odd cry as a result. However – whilst I was nervous before starting as to how on earth I’d manage, it’s worth going through a pressurised period in order to break through and complete something. Here are some vlogs I did while making it.
Here’s a video documenting some more of the process and the end of the recording.