"The only thing holding you back is the thought that something is holding you back" (Ralph Marston)
Today I was handed the final master of an EP that I never thought would be made.
For the last twenty-one weeks I have been pushing myself to the LIMIT! Musically directing Sheep Shoup's latest research and development week, running songwriting sessions around the country, performing and gigging, working a part time job and finding any time (and money) I could to get up to Bradford to work in a DIY studio built in the attic space of a converted church building to make this work (Shout out to the incredible Brathay Trust for that one!).
It is impossible to recount all of the highs, lows and trials of this process. Working with two artists who I dearly love, Christella Litras and Jonnie Khan; we assembled recording equipment, set up heaters (!!!) and began working on what I can honestly say is my most personal recording project to date.
I have never been so overwhelmed as the moment I heard it mastered (by the wonderful Tom 'T's Myth' Smith). We all worked right up until the last second and in truth it has inspired me to create so much more. I cannot wait to tour this work and see how it is received, after developing it so privately.
This process has taught me so much but mostly is qualifies the Ralph Marston quote that inspired this whole project.
To Jonnie and Stella. Who invested their talent, expertise and (most valuable) their time into this project; it cannot be overstated what you have done for me. You made a dream a reality. You are both miraculous.
Thank you; to everyone who has supported me throughout this process, to all the people who have heard this work through it's development and all of the people who have been tweeting/Instagramming your support! I really don't know how I would have achieved this without all of you!
BIG, BIG, BIIIG LOVE