Producer says “...too many good songs”!
Jonny and I are very happy to announce that we have chosen the producer for the album. Greg Haver is our man. Greg was born a Welshman but now calls NZ home – it did take him marrying an awesome kiwi chick to see the light but at least he did. Greg has a wealth of experience in the biz, knows all the right people and frankly is most enjoyable company. Greg divides his work life between NZ and the UK and has produced such successes as The Manic Street Preachers, Opshop, The Feelers, Kimbra, Melanie C, INME. Full details can be found on https://nz.linkedin.com/in/greg-haver-8a719019 and http://www.recordproduction.com/greg-haver-at-metropolis.html
Greg (Haver) says that we have “lots of great songs...too many, in fact! Enough for two albums really”! Here is a home video of Greg and Jonny chattin’ about the album. In the last few weeks Greg has been nutting out a plan for getting Jonny’s album largely done before Christmas – the upshot being Jonny will be rehearsing and recording the album this month and next. EECK!
The bulk of the record is to be recorded at legend Neil Finn’s studio in Auckland, Roundhead Studios. https://www.facebook.com/RoundheadStudiosNZ/ and http://roundheadstudios.com/ We would like to give a big shout out to Jeremy McPike and Roundhead Studios for their kind assistance and for the recommendation of Greg Haver. We would also like to thank Greg Haver for all his help with... well, EVERYTHING, not the least of which calling in favours to get this project done closer to budget. Not an easy ask!
While we are on the subject of thanks, we would like to take this opportunity to thank all the people who have so generously offered their time and skill to this project in all sorts of ways, including (but not limited to) – Damon Fealy, Matthew Henderson, Troy Sussman, Anton Berezin, Teresa Borg, Kris Finnerty, Peter Murphy, Will Conyers, John Fleming, Jim Worthington, Donna Alley, Michael Bayley, Tim Beveridge, Kineta Booker, Courtenay Washington, Amanda Woods, Naomi van den Broek, Richard Marrett, Ravil Atlas, Ali Jones, Chris Aynsley, Brad Banks, James Daniels, Jason Gunn, Trevor Jones and Dave Millar.
Of course NONE of this would be happening without the incredible help YOU have all given already. Thank you so much once again...I mean, seriously NONE of this would be happening without all your beautiful people and your kind and generous donations. Writing has never been a strength of mine...Jonny’s the writer of the family...sigh...I ’m feeling the need to use emojis - see heart and kiss emojis!
Which leads me to some other thank you messages I’d like to get off my chest regarding this project! Two particular Superstars: Lisa-Marie Richan of Convergence – thank you so much for your fabulous advice and encouragement in the early days of this project (I particularly enjoyed our pep talks) and Suzanne McNicol of Give A Little who is a powerhouse! Her suggestions and care along the way have been invaluable and her continued help with introductions. Kiss and clapping hand emojis ladies!
Then there is all the wonderful community in Cust North Canterbury who are helping us with the larger situation on a daily basis, and friends and family from further afield who are helping us regularly. There are way too many fabulous people in this category to name here but you know who you are and I really mean it from the bottom of my heart - thank you so SO much. Every bit helps and we could not be living this ‘no regrets’ life of jamming 20 years into a couple without your help...Far out... It all sounds so lame but really heart emoji, heart emoji, crying smiley face emoji.
Nor would any of this be happening without Spark’s Give A Little website – so thank you Spark for providing this wonderful facility!
Phew - it feels good to have all that off my chest! Stay posted for more updates ?