Back in February I had the opportunity to record a quick live session of Jake Morley and his amazing band playing three songs live at Snap Studios. No tricks, no wizardry, just great songs and brilliant musicians!
The main priority was to record a video of the band playing the single Feet Don’t Fail Me Now (see below) from Jake Morley’s debut album Many Fish To Fry which presented a challenge for me as I couldn’t position the musicians where I needed because what’s best for the camera isn’t necessarily best for the microphone. Moreover, we only had a few hours to do it all as Jake Morley and the beyond talented bassist John Parker had to rush off to a live gig on the other side of London.
Sadly, due to the time constraint, I had absolutely no time to take any photos.
As I mentioned earlier, the whole band was tracked live in Snap’s Studio 1 live room. I was treated to a large bank of Tube Tech mic pres, EQs and compressors thank to Jake’s brother Oliver Morley from Bigger Boat Distribution who are the representatives of Tube Tech and Latch Lake stands in the UK. These worked extremely well with the band and Jake’s voice. The tube warmth lent itself very easily to the sound of the songs.
The three songs were released as a 250-copy limited edition EP titles Ghostess – Live Studio Sessions and sold on tour earlier in the year. All CDs were numbered, and admirably, CD number 1 was auctioned off to raise money for the Nordoff Robins charity who specialise in music therapy! More information about that here.
It was an absolute pleasure working with Jake and the band and I really hope we can work together again. I urge you all to catch Jake Morley live as it is a simple do-not-miss kind of show. And obviously – buy the brilliantly original Many Fish To Fry album on iTunes, HMV (CD/DVD), Play (CD/DVD) or Amazon (CD/DVD). Here’s a little sample:
You can find more details about this little project on Jake Morley’s website blog here: Ghostess Live Studio Sessions