For me, it all started here. I hocked myself up to the hilt and bought a derelict warehouse in Driffield, East Yorkshire. It was a typical bi-polar moment of having a grandiose idea that was not really achievable.
However, nine months later The Slaughterhouse studio opened it’s doors to the world and became an overnight success. We became `the’ place to records all the up and coming indie bands from The Sisters of Mercy to The Mission, Batfish Boys, Dogs D’Amour, you name it.
Its two big defining moments came when we entertained The Happy Mondays for three weeks. Well, they entertained us and most of Driffield! The album they recorded with us – BUMMED – earned both them and us a Gold Disc.
Then, shortly before a shortcut in the aircon, rendered the studio into a charred mess, we had the pleasure of the company of Brian May from Queen for a few days.
Heady, fun days!
Then, one day, shortly before quite a long album project was about to start, their producer rang and, profusely full of apologies, pulled the session. He had his own little pet studio project and a record unexpectedly climbing the charts and had to promote it. It was their first record – PURE AND SIMPLE. The band became known as The Lightning Seeds and the `producer’ -Ian Brodie, was the voice.
This was right in the middle of the whole `indie’ movement and we had time on our hands. So, with a little help my friends, too many to mention, we had a go at recording our own stuff too. It was well `Goth’. Spot the lead singer. Well ,me.
Now, here was the crazy thing. One of the tracks became a cult hit in Europe – SHADOWDANCE. It is still on YouTube even now! All just a bit of fun but a great experience touring for six nights and playing to 2000 people every night from Munich to Hamburg.
So, the album sold well and we did another.
There were a couple of really good songs on it BUT….
It bombed!! That was the end of that little journey. It was just trying to be too clever by being a concept album. We should have just kept it raw.
Although that did not get music out of my system. It was actually not my first attempt nor was it destined to be my last. This is what the first one looked like – some ten years prior. Can you spot me this time?
STRANGE TIME OUT FOR A FEW YEARS STUDYING ALL SORTS OF PSYCHOLOGY AND APPLIED PSYCHOLOGY SUCH AS NLP.
When I finally crawled out of my hole I had created an audio publishing company for talking books. There was a difference though. I taught myself how to write music and added music to most of audios, which I also narrated myself. They did very well. One of the musical by-products still sells well today even.
This venture eventually became a full on training company, moved it to London, turned over nearly 3 Million per annum and had 56 very dedicated staff. A nasty twist of fate (like a college holding back nearly half a million pounds) forced this company to go into Receivership.