Hello lovely people,
Welcome back to the inside story behind our music and our musings and movements as a band. This week has been a whirlwind of a week with some serious highs and some serious lows, but, as the great Frank Sinatra said, ‘Thats life’.
I would like to start this week by introducing a very special name to the mix. Tim Johnson, producer extraordinaire, who has worked with the likes of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Stereophonics and the Dandy Warholes. Whilst searching Melbourne for great producers, of which there are thousands, and great studios, which equally, there are thousands, Tims name kept popping up as one to work with, like a jack in the box who wouldn’t stay un-popped.
With our next album in mind we reached out to Tim, hoping we would hear back from him but always wary of how the music industry can be an awfully silent one at times. A few weeks passed and soon we did hear back from Tim who was complimentary of our sound and eager to meet for a coffee and a chat.
So the time and place was arranged, a cafe in the central suburb of Carlton.
On arrival, Alex and I grabbed our selves a coffee and some food, it was 11am and we were slightly ‘Heady’ from the night before. We sat in the sunshine watching suits walk to work and cars clog the roads. I was excited to say the least, just to talk to a man who had worked alongside some of the worlds best was going to be an experience I’d relish. Tim arrived and we were instantly drawn in, he emitted a calm personality, instantly striking up conversation about home and how he had lived and worked in London for a couple of years, the music he was listening to and his experiences with previous artists.
Thirty or so minutes went by and Tim offered to take us to his studio in RMIT University, where he teaches as a professor. Not having realised this would be on the cards, Alex and I leapt at the opportunity. 500 yards down the road and through a couple of doors that needed passes to get through, we were stood in the middle of the studio, an impressive space with great acoustics and many opportunities within. Being a university that is government funded the equipment was amazing, the desk a hybrid Neve desk that shared all the characteristics of recording analog but in a digital sense. It truly was a muso’s wet dream. Now, not to get ahead of ourselves but we believe we have found the studio for our next record and the man to sit at the head of the table, driving the record home.
The whole experience left us energised.
However with all this said, alongside energy and passion we also need funds. Here I would like to introduce the idea of a crowdfunding campaign. One to help us reach our dream of recording with such a renowned producer and in such an incredible space to deliver an album we truly believe in and want to share with you all. Im therefore asking if anyone has any suggestions on how to go about creating a successful campaign, or what sort of rewards you would like to see from us for pledges then please do get in touch. We want to hear from you and make this process as interactive for you and ourselves as possible! If you have completed a crowdfunding campaign successfully also please do get in touch. We are all novices at this type of thing and we want to get it right and give you back what you deserve, a fantastic fucking record, and more.
Thank you for reading once again can’t wait to hear your ideas,
Until next time
We are Bandicoot.
ps if you want to find out more about Tim Johnson check out his website here —> http://www.timmyj.com.au