Hello and welcome to my website. So, what have I been up to recently?
Producing an album with Phil Palmer for our band LEGACY. We started in LA last Nov/Dec with Steve Ferrone and Pino Palladino at Steve's Drumroll studio, and continued in Rome at Forward Studios where we completed 5 tracks. We then stopped to work on other projects but we're underway again and just back from LA where we've been recording more tracks at Steve's place, and we're now in Rome finishing the record. I like LA. Rome's not too bad either.
Another first: I played a show at the end of December in a huge underground cave in Castellano in Italy with DSL (Steve, Phil, Danny Cummings, Mel Collins, Mickey Feat, Primiano DiBiase and Marco Caviglia). Yes, it was cold.
And I was in Brazil with DSL...
...and since then we've played in Lugano, Rome, Luxembourg, Milan, Marsala in Sicily, and Chambery in France. I also played some shows with David Knopfler in Germany.
DSL: plans are afoot for a return to Brazil and other South American countries in January and to tour the US in April.
LEGACY is pretty much the same band as DSL, the difference being we play original music written mostly by Phil and myself. Forward Studios, where we record, is one of the world's best, having an enviable array of equipment including a full size Neve 88R desk (see below) and every outboard piece of kit you could ever wish for, a brilliant young engineer called Stefano Quarta, and the added advantage of being half an hour outside of Rome in the hills of Frascati.
The first single from the record is Jesus Street, a song I wrote a year or two ago. It's available now on iTunes. You can check it out on my MUSIC page.
I was in Peter Gabriel's Real World studio recently recording three tracks for Italian artist Pacifico.
I've also been in my studio working on a TV ad and writing/recording a song for another well-known Italian artist.
A big thanks to Luigi and everyone at the Hotel Villa Mercede in Grottaferrata, which has become my home from home while we're making this record. Great hotel, ridiculously good food.
When at home, I have a lot of fun on this:
It's a Scott E-ASpect CX 710, it has an electric engine and hydraulic disk brakes, it goes like stink and it's an absolute hoot. My association with Scott goes back to the early 90's when they first set up in the UK, and every bike I've owned thereafter has been a Scott. Great bikes, nice people.
And I've also been having fun in this little beauty.
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