Blimey, it’s been a manic but very fun week for me. As a lot of you will already know, sadly in order to pay my bills and feed that rather nasty habit of mine (called eating) I have to do a rather crappy day job (*groan*). But it was made a lot easier this week as I had a super fun weekend of music to look forward to in London.
Rather randomly I met a super nice chap called Phil at last year’s Frankfurt Musikmesse. I always love going to the shows as you always meet so many super cool people. Well, to cut a long story short, Phil turned out to be Phil Gould, yes as in the drummer from Level 42. To be honest, knowing how utterly rubbish I am at smoozing and networking it was probably a very good thing I didn’t know this piece of information before chatting to him as I probably would have either made a complete arse out of myself or just not said anything at all (or probably done a mixture of the two).
So anyways, Phil very nicely asked if I would like to come up to London and play some bass and guitar parts on one of his tracks (I know, tough decision).
I headed up Friday morning and after a five-hour drive from Totnes I finally arrived in the Big Smoke. The weather was hideous, as was the traffic.
That evening we all hung out at a very cool little venue in Chelsea called the 606. The most amazing band on the planet were playing, made up of Jeremy Stacey on drums, Paul Stacey on guitar, Pino Palladino on bass, Jason Rebello on keys, Miles Bould on percussion and Ed Jones on sax… just utterly brilliant. I felt very lucky to be sitting watching these guys in such an intimate setting. Very cool indeedy.
The next day we headed over to the studio to do some musical stuff. Along with Phil I got to meet another really nice chap called Rupert Brown who is also an amazing drummer person. Between the three of us we recorded the various parts for one of Phil’s tunes which by the end of the day sounded really cool.
We did a bit more work in the studio on Sunday, but sadly by the evening I had to hit the road and head back to Devonshire. Such a super-inspiring weekend… can’t wait to do more!!