People asked a bunch of questions after my last blog, so I’ll attempt to answer as best I can.
1. Live events. Now I am truly in recording mode I ought to keep my nose to the grindstone (is that the expression?!) I’m enjoying it and I don’t want to disrupt the flow. The Sole Inhabitant and Jazz Mafia tours were really my celebration of the old material, and your interest in them is what led directly to EMI re-releasing the back catalog. If you missed those shows, I feel bad for you–but tens of thousands of people didn’t! Much as I would like to do more live shows to mark these re-releases, it’s really not on the cards. And plus, half my gear is dismantled and signal paths re-assigned. And frankly I’m feeling a bit middle aged and unfit! You don’t want another Tony Hadley on your hands now do you?
2. Promotion. I will be doing a small amount, but to a lesser extent the same reservations apply as in 1. I have not hired any independent publicists or marketing folks to work on this, that’s EMI’s responsibility (surely they can pay for it out of their 90% cut of the sales!) But, if you want your local radio station/music rag/web site etc to cover me, write to them and ask.
3. The Nutmeg of Consolation shot in the previous blog: I’m on the roof of my wheelhouse facing out to sea, looking though a pair of antique binoculars I got on eBay for about Â£15. (The seller said they came from the SS Mauritania. I guess that little statement bumped the price up from about Â£10? And saying they were from the Titanic, no-one would have believed him.) Below me is a pair of solar panels, 170W. Behind me my turbine, 450W. The coat is by John Galliano! Pic was by Richard Skidmore. Here’s another….