A variety of thoughts from EQ Studios very own John Hamilton.
Jan - March 2011
The first quarter of 2011 is almost over, but it doesn’t seem like three months since our last newsletter.
The studio has been very busy since the New Year – some earlier projects continue – Albert Lee album and DVD, and Michael Harvey album, while Gavin Sparks' plus Corrib's albums were mixed and mastered in February.
Two new clients have appeared this month. Lee Laurent and Ravi (both of them the result of a recommendation at a BASCA song 'surgery').
Other clients who have been in include Brian Dee, Tony Hiller, Phil Ryan, Sonia Rattan, Peter Conway, Keith Munday (trying out our new Shure SM7 microphone on a beautiful blues instrumental dedicated to the late Gary Moore. Veteran singer Freddie Woods has been in recording an album of standards and Mick McGinty has begun an album of Irish folk. Songlink's David Stark was in with two wonderful session singers doing bv's to his lead in great little song 'Astronaut' - don't forget you heard it here first, folks!
I have written a piece of music with French lyrics by Elie-Paul Cohen and daughter Alice laid the vocals down last week. Although I say it myself, it's a beaut!
On the voice-over front, Valentine Palmer voiced some great lines in his inimitable mellifluous tones, while the lovely Annie Ashcroft (Self-Confidence Centre) recorded a hypnotherapy tape on the subject of success and relaxation. Don't ask me what I thought of it - Annie wakened me up when it was over - and somehow or another it didn't seem right to charge her for the session!
Finally, and with great sadness, I heard of the passing last week of Pam Robbins. Pam ran The Original Songwriters in Kensington and latterly in Bethnal Green. She was a true friend to a host of musicians, singers and songwriters and many people owe their first break in performing their material with a great backing band to the facilities provided by Pam at TOS. Two artists I have produced, Lucie Kaz and latterly daughter Alice performed at TOS and really benefited from the experience. Her passing is not only a personal loss to me but to the song writing community in general.