Journal update: My week in music (20-26 Jan) which includes: MY BIRTHDAY! Performing at the private view for Anna Masters Metamorphosis exhibition, photographing & interviewing AJ Holmes & the Hackney Empire at their album launch party, a songwriting masterclass from Charlotte Hatherley, and meeting the Bonafide Studio team.
Charlotte Hatherley Masterclass (Monday 21st January)
I recently completed an interesting music business evening class at the Institute for Contemporary Music Performance. On Monday I returned to the Institute to attend a fascinating masterclass by guitarist/singer/songwriter Charlotte Hatherley (formally of Ash) on the subject of inspiration and creativity. Charlotte discussed some of the techniques and processes she utilises when songwriting. It was great to hear Charlotte perform some of her new material, and to listen to her personal experiences of creating music.
Bonafide Studios (Wednesday 23rd January
Bonafide Studios is a vibrant recording and rehearsal studio which was previously based in Brick Lane, but can now be found in the leafy suburbs of Muswell Hill. I visited Bonafide Studios on Wednesday, and studio manager Deanna and sound engineer Ben kindly took the time to discuss opportunities for developing music production skills and recording techniques with me. I am really excited about learning some new skills in the art of music production and I’m looking forward to working on some music projects with the studio in the near future.
Birthday Gig/Anna Masters Gallery Show (Thursday 24th January)
I celebrated my birthday by performing at the private view for Anna Masters Metamorphosis exhibition at the Craft Central Gallery, Clerkenwell. I had such a fantastic evening that I’ve decided that I want to play live on all my future birthdays!
I performed a 25 minute set and was joined on stage for my first song ‘Far Away’ by Ed Bradshaw on djembe drum and Enda Mac Con Iomaire on banjo. It was Enda’s debut performance but he played so well I doubt anyone could have known that. Ed stayed on stage and joined me for two additional tunes, and I also performed solo on a couple of songs. It was a privilege to play at Anna’s exhibition and it was wonderful to be surrounded by such beautiful paintings whist performing. At the end of the evening Anna kindly gave me a signed limited addition print of The Flower, which will always remind me of a really special evening. Thanks to everyone who came along and made it a brilliant birthday.
A J Holmes and the Hackney Empire – interview & photoshoot (Saturday 26th January)
AJ Holmes & the Hackney Empire launched their debut album Wedding on Saturday evening and I popped along with my camera. I have seen the band live a few times before and have always had a fab time. In fact I think it would be impossible to leave an AJ Holmes & the Hackney Empire gig without a bounce in your step and a smile on your face. The first time I saw them I ended up doing the conga train around their stage at Hyde Park, after that I was hooked! This concert was no exception. The venue was completely packed and filled with a proper party atmosphere.
I was there firstly as a music fan, but also as an interviewer/photographer as the band will be appearing in my ‘Beside the See Side’ photoblog. I turned up early and conducted an interview with lead singer AJ who was lively, articulate and really great company. Check out this link from Friday 1st February when you’ll be able to see the pics and read the interview: http://besidetheseeside.blogspot.co.uk/
In the meantime why not have a listen to their music. Check out their website and you can buy their Wedding album here:
Photo of Charlotte Hatherley from ICMP fb page
Photo of Bonafide Studio from Bonafide Studio twitter