My latest album The Shadow has been available online for about a month and it’s fair to say that David Griffiths and I have been a bit overwhelmed by all of the lovely comments and responses that we have had from various people since it came out. There is something that I wanted to make clear though.
This album and pretty much everything to do with it (apart from the amazing artwork by Ian Norris) has been a collaboration between Dave and myself as equal 50/50 partners. Some people have been alluding to the fact that they think that this may be Tiger Mendoza featuring someone else or even with someone else but that just isn’t the case. The specifics on a track by track basis are lost in the mists of time but Dave and I exchanged many ideas and not all of the ideas made it on to the album but we both pushed each other to come up with new ideas throughout the making of the album. It’s also fair to say that if you are familiar with the stuff that we have both produced individually the bits and pieces that we did come up with on each track may surprise you a little. When we started working together to produce Along Dangerous Roads the remit was I do beats, Dave does strings. This time the lines were a lot more blurred. We did talk to a few other people about some guest spots but for one reason or another they didn’t work out. Maybe next time.
It’s not just about the music either. For better or for worse (I think for the better) we produced and released the album ourselves with no external agencies, labels or management involved and the efforts to do so were once again split about 50/50 between Dave and I. So again, this project has been a real collaboration between the 2 of us.
That’s not to say that there was no external support at all. While the album was being produced we (I) played it to a few people and received lots of really helpful feedback. To all of those people, THANK YOU but especially to Mark Wilden who not only is a brilliant drummer and been a great support while helping to prepare for the launch gig on 23rd April but is also responsible for Dave and I meeting up when were practising for The Evenings reunion gig a little while back. So cheers!
So anyway that’s it. Thanks for reading and listening.