In September 2020 I started to get serious about making this album come to life. I got in touch with Hernan Romero in Madrid, who I had worked with many times as he created piano tracks for my songs and remixes. I shared with him the idea of the album, the story behind it and the message I wanted to convey. He was all for it, and wanted to be a part of it.
I set about finalising the song list, I had many, but realised that most of them told the same story over and over again, and I didn't want that. So I condensed and dropped a few tracks, until I settled on the 6
Things are About to Get Dark
To love you
Pieces of my Pain
Ready for Up
Wolf will tell the story of my battle with post natal depression, with the songs running in chronological order from when it first hit, to coming out the other side. With a couple of little nods to my husband who kept me alive and my boys who I live for.
We decide on the first song to start with, Things are About to Get Dark, which will be the opening track on the album. It really sets the scene - it tells of the emotions and experiences that I had a few days after Digby was born in August 2015.
I send Hernan a video with me singing the song, and chatting about my vision for it, the style, the genre, the ideas I have. I also record my guide vocals for musicians to use while recording and Hernan sends me back a rough mix made on electronic instruments. I love where it is heading.
Hernan sends me photos of the drums being recorded, in Argentina by Mati Sabagh. It is exciting to see where and who is bringing my song to life!
Another photo update, as my guitars are being tracked in Madrid. Also pretty excited (and reassured) to see THE BEATLES poster on Nico's studio wall ♩🎸
Through out this time I am also getting updated tracks, which contain my guide vocals I recorded in October. Each time I am excited to hear the changes, love the level of distortion and effects being used on my voice. Hernan and his Production pal Leandro also have ideas on how to shape the song and I love the direction it is going in.
Late December I record my final vocals, the boys request MANY takes and I send them all off for them to pick the best.
I receive the updated track, it has been sent to the Audio Engineer Nacho who has done the final mix. It sounds AMAZING!!! I share it with my close family and all the feedback is brilliant. Most of the people who hear it are musicians so they know what they are talking about! In March 2021 I debut the song at a live performance and the feedback is incredible. Lots of really positive comments. I am excited for the next track!
Moving on to the next track, we select Pieces of my Pain to work on next. This song is about my picking my self up and getting on with life, after many months of adjusting to medication, sessions with psychiatrists and phycologists, and weekly visits from the mental health team in Mount Gambier. This song has an uplifting element to it, and will appear towards the end of the album. I send the boys a video of me messing around with it, and the lyrics/chords. They send back a demo made with electronic instruments on the computer and I am completely blown away. It is beyond all expectations. It is rocky, strong, powerful and uplifting all at the same time. I record guide vocals for them to use moving forward and await the next instalment!