Sunday, 17 March 2013

Writing with Sarah Proctor

Meeting someone that you've never even spoken to before and knowing that you've got to spend five days in a room creating material that is hopefully going to be ending up on a record is always daunting. However, I imagine travelling from one end of the country to work with two people who speak and work with each other in a daily basis, and having to find a voice in the tracks we were setting out to create has got to be an even more daunting thought. Luckily for us, Sarah Proctor has got to be one of my favourite people to work with as a songwriter and we all seemed to hit it off quite quickly.

Miss Proctor is a blank canvas sound wise which meant we got to spend some time trawling through our cyber record collections picking apart artists that we like and finding production ideas that we felt would represent her in the right way. Rather refreshingly for me, Sarah isn't out there to create your standard top forty four on the floor type pop and I got to experiment with big dirty dubstep style synths with symphonic orchestras and more interesting drum patterns and ideas.

Sound wise, if you threw in Lana Del Ray, Ellie Goulding and Rihanna into one little Northern songstress you would probably start to get a good idea of the mixture of influences that are going into this record. A big starting point was looking at experimental DJ remixes of Mikki Ekko and capturing a darker element of solid pop songs. It was good to stray away from big string synths and over zealous harmonies for a sound that is a bit more elegant and focused on lyrics and story telling.

So far the feedback from both our management has been good and we're talking about some more dates to write more tracks for the EP or album as well as potentially putting a music video together. However, for now, keep an eye out for some acoustic videos from Sarah Proctor appearing on YouTube very soon!!