Alan Clark

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Hello and welcome to my website. So, what have I been up to recently? 

Making and producing, with Phil Palmer, an album for our band LEGACY. We started recording in Los Angeles last Nov/Dec with Steve Ferrone and Pino Palladino at Steve's Drumroll studio then continued in Rome at Forward Studios. After a break to work on other projects, we repeated the process: we went back to LA and recorded more tracks in Steve's studio then moved back to Rome to work on them, and I'm now happy to say we've finished the record which comes out on Nov 24th. I like LA. Rome's not too bad either.  

Working in Steve Ferrone's Drumroll Studio 

Working in Steve Ferrone's Drumroll Studio 

A big welcome to Trevor Horn who is now the bass player in our band Legacy.

Left to right: Forward Studios owner Massimo Scarparo, Phil Palmer, me, engineer Stefano Quarta, Trevor Horn, Jamie Squire and Marco Caviglia

Left to right: Forward Studios owner Massimo Scarparo, Phil Palmer, me, engineer Stefano Quarta, Trevor Horn, Jamie Squire and Marco Caviglia

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I could have sworn I switched that light off

DSL in Salvador, Brazil

DSL in Salvador, Brazil

DSL: over the past year, we've played in Italy,  Brazil, Luxembourg, Sicily, and France, and plans are afoot to return to Brazil in January.

I also played some shows with David Knopfler in Germany, and more recently, a in Bilboa, Spain.

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LEGACY is the same band as DSL, the differences being we play music written mostly by myself and Phil Palmer, and we have guests on the record. 

Forward Studios, where we're making the record, is one of the world's best and a lovely place to make a record: it has a full size, custom built Neve 88R desk (see below), 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. And the best pizza in the world is made just 5 mins up the road at a restaurant called Fondi. And they do take-away.  

Studio A, Forward Studios, Grottaferrata, Rome

Studio A, Forward Studios, Grottaferrata, Rome

You can hear the first single from the record, Jesus Street, which I wrote, on my MUSIC page and/or you can buy it now on iTunes etc.

 I was in Peter Gabriel's Real World studio recently recording three tracks for Italian artist Pacifico.

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Real World's magnificent Bosendorfer and ace engineer Tim Oliver

Real World's magnificent Bosendorfer and ace engineer Tim Oliver

Another reason I like recording at Forward is the hotel I stay in: the Villa Mercede in Frascati, which has become my home from home while making this record. It's a beautiful, modern, well run hotel, it serves ridiculously good food, and it has a good sized, heated outdoor pool that only I seem to  use. A big thanks to owner Luigi and his family and everyone at the hotel for their kind hospitality.

foto by Massilmiliano Boni

foto by Massilmiliano Boni

When at home, I have a lot of fun on this:

It's an E-Bike, a Scott E-ASpect CX 710, it has an electric engine and hydraulic disk brakes and it's an absolute hoot. Never has so much fun been had on a bike. 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.

“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in a broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow, what a ride’”
— Hunter S. Thompson

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