Rattledrum News 18th June

Phew and I thought  last week was busy!  Seex (pic by Ben Bell)

Well, this week felt like another veryproductiveone in musicland, which is good!

had another really good rehearsal this week at Sound Central Studios. We were playing in the room they call the ‘live room’ which is used as their main recording room. From a drummer’s point of view it’s a really good room to work in because the wooden floors and larger area mean the drums can resonate properly.

Music and ambience are difficult things to capture or predict. A song having a good feel is reliant on so many aspects – how the musicians play, how they feel, what the ambience of the room/studio is, what happened to them this morning, what they had for breakfast etc etc!

Well, whatever it was, I thought Runaway Jack had a really great mix of energy and solidity this week – well done guys! One of the parts of playing with Runaway that I am really getting into is the challenge to just do ‘enough’ so that the song plays itself.

The track of the week on our webpage is “How Many Hearts Did You Break Today?” – One of Graham and Jack’s soulful reflective numbers. Click here to hear it on our page.   I think it shows what I’m aiming for playing wise. The song really doesn’t need to be assailed with over busy drum fills, but I tried to bring up the energy in the last chorus.

A post rehearsal discussion showed that we all feel pretty much ready to get out and gig now, so we’re going to scale back rehearsals to fortnightly. There is such a thing as being over-rehearsed! So now we are all issued with business cards (with very natty links using QRI reader) in the hope of landing some shows. Shall keep you posted!

On the subject of shows, this week the posters came through for the Jackdaw festival in August with the mighty  Fusion Orchestra 2! I think they’re rather Fab!



(A shame these came as PDF so you’ll have to click on the link.)

We’ve made a good start on updating the Fusion Orchestra 2 website, (link here) so the pictures from the Borderline Gig  in London are up.  Here’s a taste:

          Plus this week we were due to go into the studio to record some drum tracks. Unfortunately, Ben Bell (keyboards) slipped a disc – and not one of those nice golden ones – so we had to postpone. BUT instead we all retreated to Ben’s home studio and had a go at recording the tracks there. Space was limited, as was the number of headphones, but all in all it turned out to be one of the most pleasant recording experiences of my life so far!

The sun was shining outside and we were treated to an impromptu piece of ‘outdoor cooking’ which went down extremely well in between bouts of technical stuff. I think it was also the fact that we all felt very much ‘at home’ (Ben especially) so there was none of the pressure you get in a commercial studio – not least of which is ‘how much is this costing me?’

We put down many ‘extracts’ from the longer pices and some complete versions before the end of the day. Having heard the results we are now planning to return this week and put down some more complete tracks. Hoepfully these will appear somewhere you can all hear them very soon!

Well, next week looks like being a little quieter, but you never know!

‘Til next time,



About Stuart Dyer

Stuart Dyer, Christian Writer and Musician living in West Sussex, England. Works in the hope of producing the worthy novel or solo; giggles at Oliver Hardy, Peter Sellers and Spike Jones; admires Hudson Taylor, Dickens, Salinger, Bill Bailey and Neil Peart; listens from Wagner to Miles with lots of stops in between; dances to motown and aims to achieve balance in all things.
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