Happy New Year Ya’ll.
Well It’s been a great start to the new year, just finished recording with the lovely Polly Paulusma in Cambridge at absolute studios, me and the very fine drummer Rastko spent two days laying down the foundations to her third record, was sounding awesome, so very excited about how it will sound with polly and strings etc, this is one to listen out for.
December was strangely busy, always a weird month for me, although I’m fully aware I can change that (and intend to) and often struggle to find much joy in any of the Christmassy stuff that happens. 2010 I worked for crisis in east London and bloody loved it, I couldn’t recommend it more, this year however I messed that up, as I promised my time elsewhere and the way I behaved meant that I didn’t end up doing either, (rubbish) so 2012 christmas… actually I’m going to leave that there.
So in what was looking like a challenging month (self inflicted) I embarked on a short tour (the unplugged tour) with Sam Brookes, Pete Roe, Emily and The Woods and Hot Feet, all amazing acts, we’d all do 20-25 min sets, totally acoustic and then at the end of each set all collaborate together, the idea that by the last date (St Pancras Old Church) we’d have a full set of collaborated music together, this we achieved easily and was a lot of fun to, highlights for me were Bristol and London, I really dug deep at these shows, playing with everyone on the bill at some time or other. I love the idea of bands/acts all working together, aiding each other and influencing each other rather than the silly competitive nature of most of the music industry. We aim to take this show back out on the road in 2012. I also recorded with the very talented Jamie Lawson which was a real treat, I’m enjoying this playing with lots of different people lark, I intend to do more of that this year ahead.
Plans for 2012, well, a lot of recording projects are in the pipe line, I want to gig hard this year, play many festivals and make ends meet for a change, I’d also like to teach double bass more than I do and in the coming months will set up an advise/ lesson part to this blog, I love sharing ideas so hopefully this will be a space to do that.
I wrote a huge number of new years resolutions but really they’re more reminders than anything else, I use new years as an excuse to start over, blank page etc.. I had a great start to the new year and wish that to continue.
Well all that’s left for me to say is, have the best new year and I hope to see and hear from you on my travels far and wide.
Best wishes. X