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 it in Los Angeles last Nov/Dec with Steve Ferrone and Pino Palladino at Steve's Drumroll studio and continued at Forward Studios in Rome, then repeated the process in August, and I'm now happy to say we've finished the record. It's called 3 Chord Trick, it's available on all digital platforms (iTunes etc) and you can buy CD's, vinyl etc on Amazon, and it's even available on DSD (an ultra-high definition format that has 256 times the resolution of a CD).
A big welcome to Trevor Horn who is now the bass player in Legacy, and to singer extraordinaire Jamie Squire who's our guest on the record.
LEGACY was born out of DSL (Dire Straits Legacy) and has the same line-up - Steve Ferrone, Phil Palmer, Danny Cummings, Mel Collins, Trevor Horn, Primiano De Biase, Marco Caviglia and me - the difference being with LEGACY we play/make original music written mostly by myself and Phil Palmer. Check out the DSLegacy gigs in Brazil in January, on the DSLegacy website.
Forward Studios, where we made the record, is one of the world's best and a great place to make a record. It has a full size, custom built Neve 88R desk, every piece of outboard kit you could ever wish for, a brilliant young engineer called Stefano Quarta, it's in a very nice location: 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. They do take-away.
Another reason I like recording at Forward is the hotel I stay in: the Villa Mercede in Frascati, my home from home while recording in nearby Grottaferrata. A big thanks to owner Luigi and his family and to Gianluca, Gilda, Annalisa and everyone at the hotel for their kind hospitality.
The new record has 3 tracks, written by myself, that refer to religion (Jesus Street, Magdalene, God's Land). Am I religious? No, I don't subscribe to any religion. Jesus Street is actually about a street (Calle Jesus) in Tarifa, Spain, and God's Land is about the centre of the world, i.e. the NE of England.
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.
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