Well normally I blog very rarely, but as so much has happened since the last time I felt I wanted to write.
Jake Morleys tour, finally/sadly came to an end in the town I grew up in and the Arts Centre I attended to watch many great bands and films (Warwick arts centre) it was a stressful gig, badly organized but luckily, with this team, of musicians, tour managers and (a soundman who went at it), we salvaged the gig from the jaws of defeat, and played a great show, a fitting end to a wonderful tour.
Thankyou to my friends who came down to visit and show support, felt very healing, has been a year of healing, rekindling old friendships, returning calls to absent friends, clicking back in with my old label and part of that process was getting back on stage with my brother, Luke.
Nizlopi graced the stage at the union chapel on Tuesday the 22nd, it had been over 3 years since we had played in the uk together, and there’s been an awful lot of water under the bridge since then.
So how was the gig? What did it feel like to get back on stage? Are we getting back together? Why did we do it?
The gig was very crazy, there was so much love in the room towards us, was deeply humbling and moving, was a very emotional gig for all that I spoke with after (which was many) and for me it was a challenge that I met head on, I got a massive spike of adrenaline when I hit the stage, one I’d not had in a very long time, but things were different, I was calmer, more focused and a lot more at peace with things, the gig itself was full on and it felt very speedy and quick.
Beatboxing and playing double bass is pretty knackering, I used to train very hard to be able to beat box (for our sometimes 2 hour shows), so I felt a little unfit, not been running as much as I’d like recently but we played well and gave everything we had to meet the flow of support and love we got from the crowd.
After the gig I spoke to people who’d flown across the world to be there, people who wanted to say thank you for the opportunity to say goodbye and thank us for our contribution to there lives. And that’s the thing, we weren’t so much of a band, more of a musical force and one I’d like to think of as one for good.
When we accepted Tony’s invite to do this gig for child line. We knew that it would perhaps muddy the waters. Are we getting back together? Was asked many times. And the straight answer is no. It was a pleasure to play with luke again, we built something so good, which I gave a massive part of myself to but now is the time for Luke to finish his solo record, (which I’m sure will be amazing) and go out there and gig by himself and spread his wings.
For me I love playing double bass, even just at home on my own. I have loved playing with all the wonderful people I’ve played with this year and being a big part of some of there journeys has been an honour, I shall continue to do this, although I’m gonna get better at the business side. I would love to teach more, there’s something so fulfilling about imparting your knowledge and watching someones love grow for music and the double bass.
Why did we do it? Well because it was time to forgive and forget, as the Americans say, “closure” we have been great friends this year and have done amazing work on our relationship, which made getting on stage not only possible but easy to. When we played ulu 3 years ago (our last gig) I wanted us to be clear, say goodbye, have the right people there and do it with a genuine smile on our faces, then wasn’t the time, but the union chapel was.
I’d like to thank, everyone who attended, put there arm around me and showed love and support, before, during and after the show.
Thanks so much. Xp.s Photo Above taken by the wonderful Adam Dickens http://www.adamdickens.com