One of the biggest dreams for any musician is surely to have their own studio at their house. It has certainly always been one of mine. I have been fortunate since leaving school to teach and work in some of the best studios out there but I have always wanted a space to truly call my own. So at the beginning of the year I decided that it was finally time to make that happen.
Calling in a couple of builder friends, we decided the best way to convert and soundproof the existing annex would be to first of all scale back the double french doors and the sizeable window. These were replaced with a heavy acoustic steel door and a triple and double glazed small slot window. Once this was done we put in an addition internal concrete wall with two firedoors to create an airlock.
It will be another month or two until I have time to put the floor down and acoustically treat the room as I'm having to fit all this around a busy touring schedule, but it is super exciting to watch the room slowly come together. I'm aiming that The Compound (as I'm calling it) should be open for business by late summer.
Ducking Punches - I Ruin Everything video.
To celebrate the release of our album Alamort, our friend Charlie Wallis shot this lovely video of the song I Ruin Everything. In it we chat about what this album means to us and shows footage from our release show at the Norwich Arts Centre.
We have been touring through Europe and the UK clocking in nearly 9000 miles in 6 weeks. It was great to get the new songs out there, revisiting cities and seeing old friends and making a bunch of new ones along the way. This journey is always the most humbling.