Blue, blue, blue suede shoes.
Have surrendered a favourite pair of blue suede Tod’s for a charity shoe auction. Please get involved, all for a very good cause. For a chance to follow in my footsteps, click here.
A very special commemorative poster of David’s current Sounding Out Tour of Ireland is now available for purchase at SoundingOut.tictail.com.
This limited edition run of 500 posters features photography by David himself, printed on high quality, heavy weight art paper. Posters are available to ship worldwide or for collection in person at one of the gigs.
For more information or to get yours, visit SoundingOut.tictail.com.
David is taking a break from mixing his forthcoming album to play a tour in Ireland next month. The tour will see David play intimate shows in a variety of smaller venues around Ireland as he explains in the video post below.
To be in with a chance of seeing David on this tour register your interest at www.DavidGray.ie.
When you register you’ll be asked to select where in Ireland you’d like to see David play. The routing of the tour will be based on this feedback. On Nov 18th the routing will be decided and names will be selected randomly from the list for each location. Those selected will be sent a link to purchase tickets priced at €34 each. This process will be the only way to get tickets for the shows so if you’ll be travelling to see David don’t make any arrangements until you have received a link confirming you have tickets.
The shows will happen between December 2nd and 11th.
Visit David’s official Facebook page and help him and his Facebook fans pick a string of small venues for an impromptu run of one-off shows to take place before the end of the year.
Dear people of Facebook, for quite some time now I’ve been lost in the creative process, moving further and further out into the horizon, I thank you for your patience. Now I’m almost done, I’m feeling like I need to sing myself back to myself, there’s so much that I’m needing to say. What I’m talking about isn’t a sneak album preview, quite the contrary, just playing some shows, reconnecting.
Ireland calling…..here’s my concept. A string of one off shows built around singing a selection of new songs (not my forthcoming record) in a whole new slightly improvised way. A string of small, listening type venues somewhere/anywhere in Ireland from Waterford to Derry to Donegal, this side of Christmas. In terms of the venue, you decide – either by strength of numbers or by the compelling eloquence of your argument. Watch this space for details.
I’m serious. Back to the heartlands.
David has announced the sale of The Church Studios in Crouch Hill, London to influential British producer Paul Epworth.
The studios, a converted church, was bought by David in 2004 from Eurthymics musician Dave Stewart. Subsequently he recorded his three studio albums, Life In Slow Motion, Draw The Line and Foundling there.
Of the sale David said, “I’m delighted to be handing on this wonderful building in the knowledge that it will remain a vital part of London’s ongoing music heritage. I am just putting the finishing touches to what will be the fourth studio album I have recorded at The Church and it remains a very inspiring place. I bought the studios as my own personal recording space and at one stage – with the problems in the wider music business – it looked like the chance of selling it on as a working studio were close to zero. I know Paul has lots of plans and I wish him and the studio the very best.”
On Sept. 6, 1994, Flesh was released. 19 years later, David reflects on the release of his second album:
Some thoughts on that difficult second album.
When you start out making records, I don’t think it would be too much of an exaggeration to say that the process is just as much about learning how to deal with the power plays and complexities of the music business and the record companies, as it is to do with developing your creative process and coming to terms with all the technical aspects of recording music in a ‘proper’ studio.
Pretty much as soon as my first record, A Century Ends, was completed, my main ally at Virgin records, and the guy that had been responsible for signing me, Jeremy Lascelles, left the company. EMI had bought out Virgin and he’d been a victim of the inevitable reshuffle.