‘New Album’ is where a band or artist answers some questions about their latest release. Up next is alternative Indie Folk singer-songwriter Flix Rose.
When/where was the new album recorded?
The first song I recorded, called Je Suis Perdue, was in my hometown Whangarei and the accompanying music video was filmed on the beautiful Tutukaka coast. The rest of the album was recorded at Park Road Post Production in Miramar with Munki Studio. The album was recorded sporadically while life and procrastination happened and I finally released it in February this year.
Who produced/engineered the album? How did the tracks come together in the studio, or at home?
The first song was recorded organically in a few days by Jonny Karklins a week before I moved to Wellington and was an amazing introduction into what is possible in a home recording studio. The rest I recorded with Munki Studio’s Mike Gibson who at the time was at Park Road Post Production. I never imagined recording in a professional studio but I felt Mike would be a great person to do a debut album with.
How did the songwriting happen? Are there any overall themes within the songs/album?
I wanted the listener to feel relaxed and yet intrigued and almost other-worldly, which is why I love to use harmonies. When in the process of songwriting itself I create melody, lyrics and instrumentation all at once therefore I seldom know what exactly I am writing about until it’s finished.
Were you going for a different sound/approach on this album?
Quite often because you can redo a take as many times as you like in the search for perfection, it looses the feeling and depth that a live performance has. When I was recording I tried to look beyond the notes to whether the take had the right emotion and feeling. Though I am a perfectionist and the notes had to be perfect too so it was a long process….
Was there any specific gear you used to capture that?
It was more about the people who were involved in the project in order to capture the desired emotion. I’m really honoured to have worked with such wonderful and talented artists and though it’s my solo album most songs have an accompanying guest musician who I really connected with at the time and I thought matched the song’s feel.
Is there a particular single/track that you feel captures the essence of the album?
That’s a hard question, the title track Like Birds is my favourite.
Is there a physical copy available? If not which digital platforms is it available on?
Of course you may have a physical copy! It is also available online to download basically everywhere (eg. Apple Play, iTunes, Spotify, YouTube etc etc)
Are you working on a video/videos for any of the songs? Are you doing any gigs or promotion for its release?
It’s available NOW!!! I toured for the release in February this year with the main gigs here in Wellington and in my hometown Whangarei as they are both very special places for me. I aim to get funding for a music video so fingers crossed.
[Next gig is Moon’s Epic 5th birthday party on Saturday].