I have finished my Farm Hand record. Hurrah!
Naturally I have been listening to it a lot and I feel highly enthused by it. I have never made a solo album before so it is new and exciting territory for me. I plan do a super-limited vinyl run for it and have been getting some quotes together over the last few days. I was about to place an order today when I realised something… I have been listening to it solid for 6 days and only today did I notice an entire track was missing. True story!
This oversight kind of gives you an indication of what I am like as a music maker. I have found out I am very instinctual and don’t like to agonise over decisions or want to tweak drum sounds for hours. I have always sort of felt guilty about it - like music is meant to take absolutely ages and needs to be painfully agonised over to make it 'proper'. I’m sure everyone reading this is thinking, "yeah mate, well that might help to make it sound better" but, it isn’t how I work. I have enjoyed the process and have learnt that I am the very opposite of a perfectionist, uber tweaker and maybe it will show - but I'm fine with that and you can decide for yourselves soon.
I was listening to a great podcast interview with John Grant recently (here - Sodajerker on songwriting) and he was talking about the need to just relax when recording and to trust yourself to come up with the goods when you are in that space. It was a useful thing for me to hear and I am currently feeling highly content with the fact that I can trust myself to go into a studio and come out with some recorded music. Dream big!
Anyway, looking back, the missing track thing is a result of Rob (who produced the album) and I kicking back and both having 3 or 4 premium Aldi stubbies. Everything is now under control and Rob has confirmed he will be wiring the track over to me soon. I hugely enjoyed working with Rob, he is a phenomenal producer and has bought this record to life in ways I wasn't expecting. We did 5 days together punctuated by long chats about how best to use an Aeropress coffee maker (Rob does some upside down thing), productivity hacks and being a dad. Check him out on Instagram here: @beatsbybob.
Any previous readers will note that I’ve mentioned nearly finishing the album quite a few times on this blog. Full disclosure - it took a bit longer to get over the line than I was expecting. Things got in the way a bit and invaded my headspace. Things like; I applied for a job as a Music Business Lecturer at University of Gloucestershire and very pleasingly, I got it. Well actually, I got half of it and am sharing it so will be doing it for two days a week starting in September. I'm excited to have a work anchor and share and develop my knowledge.
We also ran a From Now On event in late May which was wonderful. Thanks to everyone who performed, attended or worked on it. Thanks to Will Steen in Buzz Magazine for this 5 ***** review. It ends with the line "You could trust From Now On with your PIN number”. That made us smile.
I’m going to aim to publish a blog every week. I am writing that in public to try and make me do it (I believe this is referred to as ‘Accountability’ by proper bloggers). Writing this blog helps clear my head and hopefully gives people some value.