I can’t believe it’s been that long since I’ve blogged on the website. Time honestly just flies before my very eyes. I guess that’s a good thing though. Right? I mean I’m packing so much into my days. I’ve been as busy as I have ever been in my life, saving money for the album, so I can really get it the way I want it to be. Since I’ve met Brendan O’Brien, he’s really made such a difference to both the sound of the album, and also to the way I think I’m going to be writing from now on.
I became so disillustioned with the entire industry over the last 12months, and really had to look at justifying the spend of alot of money on making the record. As an independent artist, it’s really difficult, and especially when I didn’t get what was needed for the album in Ireland, I really had to look long and hard at the bigger picture. I stripped everything back, and I really feel that after 5 years of gigging, rehearsing and writing, that I am truly ready to release something that I am totally proud of. It’s really quite simple, anyone these days can make a record, and release it. But not everyone will be able to say that it is “them” on the record, and really and utterly represents who they were at that time of their lifes.
So Brendan’s really made me look at everything, made me think about my approach to what has become “re-recording” this album. So what we done that was so different to the way I have worked before? We focussed on the bare bones of each lyric, and track. We looked at the song as a collective, and focussed on the strength of each part, and re-built arrangements. We ventured down paths that didn’t bear any fruit (but at least we know there’s no fruit down that path now). It’s been such a rollercoaster, and we’re getting closer to the final round. Alot of the parts have been finished, but we need to really re-assess the album in a week or so – just to see what else needs to be done.
I’ll be opening for Irelands Meteor Award winning band “The Coronas”, in the next 2 weeks at 3 of their 5 date tour around Australia. Check the live page for dates and information on tickets etc.