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Elba Annual 2010 – Stephen Scott (Elba Studios)

A bit of an extended post today. As you may or may not know, Elba Sessions took it’s name from Elba Studios which is currently based down the Hidden Lane off Argyle Street in Glasgow. We like to keep in touch with what’s going on in the studio and likewise, the studio likes to keep up with what we do, we’re kind of like the cooler younger brother I suppose (just joking Stephen, really!). Anyway, there’s plenty of good stuff going on in the studio and as we approach the end of the studio’s busiest year, we thought it would be good if owner, producer, cleaner all round Elba Studios dogsbody, Stephen, got us up to speed with developments…

“as of next year we will be running sessions over two studios. I have just finished renovating the exisiting elba studio to have it specifically set up for recording or tracking. The idea is to have a separate space for recording and mixing and mastering, so clients can come down to the recording studio which has been set up to create a great creative and inspiring atmosphere to focus on the recording. Once the recording is done the session is sent up to the mixing studio (name of studio still unknown!!) where an engineer will have access to the most impressive studio kit list in Scotland (in our humble opinion).

as always we still outsource all our mastering to Eighth Nerve Mastrering, which is in my opinion the best mastering service in the country! We also now have friend of Elba, Dean Owens on board as a producer who can be hired in to work with clients from pre-production to working with them each day in the studio.

This year we are once again working with Creative Scotland on the YMI demo fund and have at this stage confirmed that we will be working with Loch Awe and Trapped Mice and still have another 3 artists to confirm. Recording will take place between Jan and March next year.”

So, there you have it! And just to keep us firmly ‘on-topic’, here’s Stephen’s answers for this year’s Elba Annual…

Album Of The YearBelle and Sebstian – Write About Love

Best Gig Of 2010best gig for me this year would have to be the first Music Box night we put on with antimatter records. The night was a great success having packed out the venue, there was a great vibe to the whole thing and the acts and photographers were brilliant!

Favourite New BandsThe Wellgreen, Lewis Wilson and The Beatmakers, The Recovery Club, The Scottish Enlightenment, Julia and the Doogans, Reptile House, Jonathan Sebstian Knight to name a few!

Musical Memories Of 2010too many to pin down I reckon from spending so much time in the studio!

Hopes and Plans For 2011 – getting the new double studio set up and hopefully busier than ever with projects! Also really looking forward to working in the new mixing studio we have merged with, getting my hands on all that outboard gear!

Competition Corner!

As you may have heard us mention our birthday gig is next Friday (8th October) at The Liquid Ship in Glasgow where Cuddly Shark will take to the Elba stage along with Julia and The Doogans, Yusuf Azak, Jonathan Sebastian Knight and Paul McLinden. It kicks off at 8:30pm sharp and it costs nothing to get through the door!!

The chaps at Armellodie have been kind enough to donate a copy of Cuddly Shark’s eponymous 2009 opus to be won by a lucky reader.

Question: Which seminal 70s punk group included members Johnny and C J; both born on the 8th of October?

To be in with a shout of winning, please send your answer, along with your name to competitions@elbasessions.co.uk

The competition closes on Monday 4th October at 5pm.  A winner will be drawn at random and informed by email. Best of luck!!

Elba Sessions Presents…(Oor Birthday!)

So, the title’s pretty self explanatory I suppose. Elba Sessions turns the ripe old age of 1 this month and to celebrate, well, we’re doing pretty much the same as most other months, putting on a good ol’ gig. We’re actually being a bit greedy and stretching our birthday out for a bit, but October seemed to be the point in 2009 where it all started to come together.

In fact, the first podcast was recorded in July 2009 with Dean Owens of The Felsons. Stephen, the owner of Elba Studios had decided in an effort to get people in to the studio and to give himself a bit more practice, he would invite people in to have a chat about their songwriting, play a couple of songs and then upload the resulting effort to the grand old dinosaur that is Myspace. At the time, Stephen was only in the studio part time so this was a good opportunity to get more bands recording in the studio. Stephen then called on Chris, to do the talking on the podcasts and they recorded a podcast in August ’09 with Pearl & The Puppets.

Myself and Chris had been speaking about putting on our own gigs for literally years, probably since our days at school in Aberdeen, and joining up with Stephen on the back of the studio podcasts seemed the perfect opportunity to do so. We used the Elba name and with the kind help of Dochan McMillan of The Free Candy Sessions, we started our monthly residency at The Liquid Ship in Glasgow’s West End in October 2009.

The blog was a totally different beast altogether. This was a personal thing that I’d been wanting to start for quite a while and this seemed like a good opportunity to get off my backside and do it, plus, i didn’t have to sit for hours thinking of a name I’d come to regret, I just used Elba Sessions! The first blog post went up at the tail end of August 2009 and was a video of a Bill Callahan Black Cab Session. It stayed as the first post whilst we figured out design and layout and ever since it’s contained the odd post here and there, sometimes it’s more regular than other times but life can get busy! We also have had friends who have helped out along the way, Steph sometimes takes pretty pictures and Kim will often write pretty words.

As we come to the end of year one, it’s been nice to reflect on everything that we have seen and done and our birthday gig is really a tribute to our debut year. The premise of the gig was to have the great and the good that we have featured on Elba Sessions, whether it be podcast, gig or blog, over the last year and get them together for a special gig at The Liquid Ship. Unfortunately we couldn’t ask everyone, there was quite simply too many people and we didn’t quite have it in us to organise a five day festival but we’re proud of the line up and hope that you will join us to celebrate a good year, where we have met so many good people who have helped us out, whether it be a mention on their blog, sending us some music to listen to or even the odd follow friday on twitter!!

Without further ado, here’s the poster for our Birthday Night, please come and say hello, we’re a shy bunch really, but a pint or two usually straightens me and Chris out!! It’s free entry as usual and due to the size of line up it’ll be a sharp 9pm start!

Facebook Event Page Here

We’re looking forward to doing this again next year and are especially looking forward to the challenges of keeping it all together for the next year as life gets hectic. Stephen is packed out in the studio and myself and Chris find ourselves in charge of staff in our dayjobs (daunting). I’m also following the blogger Peenko’s good example and will be a father around Christmas time. Maybe the baby can design the posters????

Gigs this week…

Here’s our irregular guide to what we’d go to if money were no object this week. Except of course that September appears to be ‘spend plenty money on gig month’ and I’m actually heading out to a gig this week, and next, and then a couple the week after… Tuesday (7th Sept) It appears Tuesday is the night this week that will drag me out of the house as me and Kim are off to the Oran Mor to see The New Pornographers. We are both pretty big fans of Neko ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR CS6 Case’s solo stuff so as well as an appearance from her I’m quite looking forward to seeing the band. My knowledge of TNP is patchy but I did really like the first half of their most recent album. It got a bit weird on Side B. Also… Emily Jane White/Julia and The Doogans at 13th Note – £6 – We don’t know much about Ms White but the 13th Note’s website describes her as folk/blues/gothic, which appeals. We do however know that we love Julia, and her Doogans. Wednesday (8th September) The completely mental but brilliant Super Adventure Club are playing at Bloc. Nuff said. Also, if you have some pennies saved up or are feeling a little flush, go and see the lovely Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan at the ABC. Thursday (9th September) There’s a pretty sweet looking gig over at the 13th Note again featuring some our previous guests at Elba. Kochka, Blue Sky Archives, Campfires In Winter and Jonathan Sebastian Knight set things rocking from 8pm. You can win a pair of tickets over at Aye Tunes. Friday (10th September) Upbeat popsters Kid Canaveral kick off the weekend with an appearance at The Captains Rest whilst in a secret location somewhere in Glasgow, there’s a nice wee line up including two of the most technically brilliant musicians we’ve had at Elba, RM Hubbert and Finn Lemarinel, along with noiserv and Esperi. You can get tickets here and find out the location of said secret hideout. Saturday (11th September) Well, you could just stay in today. There was plenty to do Tuesday to Friday!!!!