Where else?

The train has just arrived back at the continent. With my musical journey being almost over I thought I’d post some pictures proving that Sheffield is the place for me and this album … in case any remaining doubts needed to be dispelled. I had a wonderful sunny day out in the Peak District yesterday. […]

A Stratocaster guitar and some effects pedals


7pm – and everything’s in! We had one more day in a studio (a newly built one that was not even finished yet): we’ve recorded some addtional guitars, some bits of harmony vocals for three songs, among them Anger Bob and Identity, and the bass guitar for The Rain in Certain Car Parks. So we’re […]

Hallam playing the guitar in Dave’s home studio (photo by Ian)

Tiny room Rock’n’Roll

Until yesterday we’ve been through six of ten songs for a first edit. That means, Dave did a rough mix to see where the feel of the song leads and then comes up with fantastic ear candy ideas (see previous post). I’m so excited to see the songs blossom the way the do, how even […]

Another day, another drummer

After the amazing Ben Fuller it was the fantastic Kris Tearson today playing the drums for another five tracks. Originating from the heavier sort of rock music, Dave had suggested him for the louder, faster, and heavier songs from our list. And luckily he agreed which he only did because it was Dave who asked […]

Drum setup

The adventure begins

After almost three months of on-and-off preparations and organisation I finally met Dave in person. In his home studio we talked the upcoming recording weekend through and we dropped another song from the shortlist. It was a song I very much like but Dave felt it didn’t fit in with the other songs and that […]

The train to Sheffield in London St Pancras station

Last train for today

You have to guess that it says Sheffield on the train in the picture … but believe me it does. I’m on the fifth of five trains today and apart from a delay in between and three hours without a seat everything went smoothly. Ian’s going to pick me up at the station later. Looking […]

Hallam about to start his journey

Leaving for Sheffield

There I go … three and a half years after Ian and I started writing songs, I am heading for Ian’s hometown Sheffield to record my new album with producer Dave Sanderson. Which city could be more appropriate to create what we called The Sheffield Album as a working title? I am infinitely excited and […]