Being primarily a drummer, rhythm and groove are all important in the formulation of ideas, and it is then fun to find original and characterful ways to develop these ideas into the melodic arena, taking inspiration from the astonishing range of tone and texture which are to be found in today`s sound palettes. Taking photos, and manipulating these images on computer is another passion, and I often post these on Facebook. The immediacy possible in the way of communication from conceiving a design to being able to share it on the web will always be a remarkable and stimulating prospect.
The house here offers several good options for recording. There is a pleasingly large area directly outside the studio itself providing a good spot for acoustic performance, percussion and so on. The dining-room which houses my upright piano has a small hall kind of sound, and is conveniently directly below the studio. The garage, which houses my extensive ethnic percussion collection, has a stone floor and hence a very reflective quality of sound.
Live playing on drum kit is another passion, and something I do regularly. My Yamaha kit has been enhanced and customised with several extra features, and the energy and juice from performing somehow makes its way back into the studio and becomes part of the writing process. My fondness for drumming and the beat itself intensifies when I observe it in action at live gigs. It is possible then to observe directly its ability to encourage even the English with their pronounced natural reserve to get on the good foot and dance!
Different keyboards bring their own possibilities and sparks of inspiration. The Korg Kronos offers excellent flexibility and range of sound, while the mighty Roland Jupiter 80 has remarkable sonic finesse and expressive flair. It`s truly an exciting time to access musical technology, and it`s great to be around at the time to enjoy it.
Starfield Studios is available for hire at affordable rates for amateur / semi-professional singers, songwriters, bands and musicians.
For more information on hire rates and booking please visit the Starfield Studios web site.