So finally after what felt like the tour that would never end I have had the chance to enter the studio and begin work on my 4th album.
Prior to this I had 2 days of rehearsals with drumming legend and long time friend Leon Camfield.
I still feel very unsure of the direction of the next record and so decided to just throw pretty much all of the new material I have his way. He digested it with ease and when we took to the studio with Producer Chris Hollis on the 4th January. It soon became clear that prioritising the tunes may not be needed as it looked like we may have time to record them all.
Chris Hollis has been the producer for my last 2 records and coming into the studio together after 2 years apart seemed to have us both wondering if we had grown in different directions. However when it came to the crunch we were both able to focus on the music with a professional and enthusiastic attitude.
The mood remained high for the day as Leon ended up notching the drum parts down for 18 tracks. We even had spare time at the end to record a bunch of ideas down and experiment with one song.
All in all a great way to start not just the new record but the new year.
I am grateful to Leon and Chris for their professional attitude and workhorse manor during what could have been a very stressful and disappointing day. But turned out to be nothing other than a joy.