Journal update: My fortnight in music (7 – 20 April) which included: Two recording sessions, Ukulele jam, meeting with music producer Helen Lloyd, Sound mixing at St James, & Wonder Stuff concert.
Session Musician Work, Bonafide Studio (Sunday 7th and Tuesday 16th April)
I returned to Bonafide Studios twice in the last fortnight to do some more ukulele session musician work. It was great to be back in the studio & recording with producer Francis again. Who knows maybe the upbeat, cheery tunes we’ve been recording could become part of the soundtrack for the summer. 🙂
Ukulele Jam, The Albany (Wednesday 10th April)
Ukulele Wednesday jams are so much fun. They are quite simply a fantastic way to spend an evening. If you enjoy a sing-along and the sound of a room filled with ukulele tunes then you’d love this. I was sad to leave at the end of the night & will definitely be back again soon!
Producer Helen Lloyd (Thursday 11th April)
Helen Lloyd is currently in the process of producing a song of mine called ‘Halo’ so we meet up to discuss arrangement ideas and a future studio session, where I will record my lead and backing vocals, and also put down the acoustic guitar parts (the recording session will sadly probably be a while away). In the meantime however, I will be working with Helen on a lens-based project. I will be taking some promo photographs for Helen, both in the studio and an on location shoot. Watch this space for more details.
Mixing Sound – St James, Muswell Hill, (Sunday 14th April)
It had been over a month since I’d last sat behind the mixing desk, so I was interested to see how much I could remembered since that time, especially as this was my first session without shadowing anyone, so I was completely responsible for the mixing desk duties. Thankfully everything ran smoothly, no mistakes, no howling feedback, just lots of beautiful music.
Wonder Stuff, O2 Academy, Islington (Wednesday 17th April)
Erica Nockalls, who plays violin for the Wonder Stuff, also performed as the support act. In this musical project she is the singer/songwriter, plays guitar & fiddle, and is completely captivating on stage. An incredible talent.
I have loved the Wonder Stuff since my teenage years. Although the line up has changed, the killer melodies & witty lyricism remains the same. Miles Hunt is as lively as ever, and the band played an utterly fantastic gig.
As if the evening couldn’t get any better we then met the great man himself! Brilliant evening!