Over the past few weeks, I’ve been really lucky. It’s not everyday that you get the opportunity to contribute to Ireland’s top newspaper, The Irish Times and it’s a little more of a kick when they come to you.
I definitely wasn’t expecting this. The Irish Times contacted me this week, they had read something on my blog. They asked if I would be interested in writing about why I said I was going home to vote in the General Election on February 26th.
I wrote a piece and it appeared online and it also was printed in today’s issue of the newspaper. I can’t wait to get home to get my mitts on a copy.
We’ve been hard at work putting together 27 videos for an Advent Calendar, this was today’s.
Sam Nafie and Dan March are two Australians who are based in London. Daniel was in for a solo acoustic session a couple of months ago and we were so impressed that we asked Daniel to come to do another track for us for Advent.
This time, Daniel brought along his mate Sam Nafie for a rendition of the David Bowie / Bing Crosby classic, ‘A Little Drummer Boy’.
Sam has a great voice but Daniel’s guitar playing is outstanding. The audio was also recorded for broadcast for Premier Unsigned at Christmas. Have a look…
We had these guys in at work recently. A four piece family band, Mum, Dad, son and daughter. Phil Maltz on lights and cameras, myself on sound. This was recorded live, I was in the room with only my little headphones for isolation. No compressors, no effects, recorded as it happened, as live and raw as it gets. Happy with how it sounds though.
One of the campaigns that we’ve been working on in Premier is ‘Christmas starts with Christ’. Basically the idea is to put religion back in Christmas and forget about all the commercialism that surrounds it.
So for this campaign, the video team, Phil and myself, had to come up with a video to show what the campaign was about.
I had the initial idea of a moving street and at the end of the street we find a crib but I had thought that we may need to represent a family, perhaps even have them walking down the street. But within the duration of the video and the visuals of buses and streets, they would have got knocked over!
So here’s one of the videos. Phil Maltz on 3D graphics and I built the soundtrack for the video. Voiceover supplied by Dave Rose.
This week sees the launch of RTÉ 2XM‘s new schedule. The guys have been hard at work getting new studios sorted in Dublin for 2XM and from the photos I’ve seen, they look shit-hot!
That does means, however, after four years of having a show (The London Ear and Culture Cafe before that) on a Wednesday, we’re moving to Saturdays at 1300.
I’m really looking forward to having the show on a Saturday and I think it’s a great move to try and do more for the Irish community in London. Most people tend to work Monday-Friday, so there’s no excuse for not listening on a Saturday.
Kacey Chambers is and up and coming singer songwriter from London, who dropped into Premier for a chat and a song with Loretta Andrews, for ‘Unsigned’ which airs on Saturday at 6pm on Premier Gospel and at 9pm on Premier Christian Radio.
Kacey was joined by Mike Brown, an absolutely legendary guitar player who has played with the legend that is George Michael, as well as Quincey Jones and countless other names. It was a pleasure to watch the master at work and knowing that he will still give up his time to play with a still ‘unknown’ is pretty cool. Plus as a huge George Michael fan, it was quite a kick for me 🙂
Audio recorded by me, Phil Maltz on lighting cameraman duties.
So in work, January was themed ‘Travel Month’ in association with the Christian Holiday Guide and throughout each week in 2015, there will be ‘audio postcards‘ broadcast referring to different holiday destinations. It’s a ‘what to do in…’ piece.
Of course, with an Irish accent in a London office, I got the job of doing the voiceover and writing the postcard from Dublin. Mentioning alcohol is a bit of a no-no in our organisation so that ruled out the Guinness Storehouse and The Jameson Distillery, I had to get creative and I admit, I’ve never been to the leprechaun museum… oops!
Sometimes you meet artists who just have it, they have it without even trying. If you want to call it the X Factor, do, but it’s something special. One such artist is Becca Folkes. For Christmas we had some people come into the studio at work and perform a Christmas song. Some did originals, other take on classics.
I never heard of Becca Folkes before that but herself and the people that surround her have everything down to a T! They know what they are supposed to be doing, they’re pros. They come, don’t complain, get stuck into the session and when they the rehearsing stops and the performing starts, they ooze quality, with Becca, the shining star front and centre.
An incredible talent, remember where you heard the name first!
I recorded this track, Mr Phil Maltz, did the magic with the cameras and lights and shiny things..