2015 EP Recording
Posted by Francesca de Valence on Wednesday, January 07, 2015
I spent a glorious five days at the beach writing and arranging band and string parts (this above pic is my view from my writing space), and surfing, followed by a week in the studio recording EP number 4 - intermixed with a bout of food poisoning Christmas Eve and Christmas Eve.
The previous EP recordings were filled with
bundles of nerves, but I was strangely calm and ready for this experience. Most
likely because I was working with my favourite producer in the world, 5-time ARIA-winning Paul McKercher (Josh Pyke, Pete Murray, Eskimo Joe, and the list goes on) and my
choice of musicians: drummer, Tony Dean (from Emma & the Hungry Truth) and bassist, Nathan Moore (who plays with every band and artist under the sun) and my dear
friends and ‘Hungry Truth’ gals Emma Dean and Laura Driver on strings. It was
decided earlier that we’d record five songs, but pre-production going so well
meant that we were able to record 7 songs, which of course excited me to no
end. Set in the serene bushland, complete with critters wild enough to over-excite this little city slicker’s nerves, we visited Airlock Studios in the Samford Valley, north of Brisbane, Australia.
Here is the only portrait of all the dedicated and talented team who helped record this EP - please note I did not play or attempt to play the bagpipes on this recording. That little addition was a momentary lapse of judgement from Tony and/or Nathan.
Some of my favourite memories of recording this EP include:
There was a very special and emotional performance of my solo track “Song for the Hidden Man” during the recording. We did 3 takes of this track and the last one was the keeper. I was quite emotional at the end which made for a winning performance. We kept and used the whole of that last take, except the last piano note when I hit the popper (the circular mesh thing over the mic used to stop the consonants 'popping') with my cans (headphones) which was totally audible in the recording - ahahaha.
Watch me play and sing "Song for the Hidden Man" from the studio.
Thank you to the warm, encouraging and inspiring people who made this EP recording happen. Paul McKercher, Tony Dean, Nathan Moore, Laura Driver, Emma Dean, Konstantin Kersting. And thank you to the songwriting angels and mermaids who deliver these songs to me via the wind or the waves.
Thank you to my darling Mum for cooking us all dinners, and to Frances Turner from Coco Bean for the amazing slab of vegan brownies donated to the hungry troops.
And finally, I’m so appreciative of the many generous fans and friends who donated to my EP recording fund. Your financial support helped make this project possible. Thank you.
I can't wait to share more with you all.