A UK based progressive rock project by Dmitri Ermakov and Koos van der Velde recently put out two new songs: “Jonathan Livingston” and “Migration.” The band that grabs inspiration from plenty of different genres talked with Progarchy about their creative chemistry.
It’s been a while… Dmitry and Koos have finally emerged from their winter hibernation mixing in the Market Place home studio, so we can at last unveil the titles of 6 new singles due to be released over the coming weeks and months. Exciting stuff!
1 – Jonathan Livingston – with star guests the Northumbrian seagulls
2 – Migration – our first song, with Dmitry and Carol on vocals
3 – The Piper and the Frog – featuring Markus Bluesharp on, yes, you guessed it, the blues harp
4 – Cyber Funk – exactly what it says on the label
5 – Chicken and Egg – featuring no chickens
6 – City Folk – with a soundscape from Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Mixing is a complicated, delicate and time-consuming business,
But when you get it right, you know you’ve hit the spot!
Chris Longwood of SugarHill Recording Studios, Houston, mastered the tracks, and we’re all really pleased with the big sound he’s produced. When we found out Chris works on George Clinton’s tracks, we knew he’d be the guy for us!
So – watch this space for more clips, videos and stories, we’re delighted to share this exciting time with you!
Koos shared his treasure trove of vintage microphones – great collection, including a Tesla AMK 102 and an Astatic Model K-2.
Here’s Dmitry checking out a Krundaal Dynamic Cardioid Microphone Mod. 607. We used it for the low frequencies in a recent session to record percussion for a new track.
For the top side of the drum we used a Samson Q4. Quite a cheap mic, but stuck into a convenient hole in a chair back, it did the job. In fact, the whole set-up was pretty makeshift, as you can see! Improvisation? We love it! 😉
Koos playing his vegan Djembe – custom built by his Dad! @ Market Place Studio, North Pennines, UK.
Koos and Dmitry are finally back on the same side of the Channel, happily reunited with their gear in the Low Bishopley home studio 🙂 Watch this page for the coming videos of the latest jam.
As well as recording a couple of new funky instrumental tracks, Koos and Dmitry are laying down the parts for a new song, Migration. It will be the title track for a new album, a mix of songs and instrumentals. We’re currently honing the sounds and finalizing the arrangement.
It’s been a while since we posted any new music for you, so here are a couple of take-outs from the February Bishopley Sessions. We’ve selected a short, sweet Modal Ditty by Dmitry, and an energetic soundcheck with Koos we’ve nicknamed ‘Duo of Drums and PC Keyboard’ – spontaneous synchronicity as Dmitry was simultaneously setting a recording session up in Cubase. (Click link below.)
There’ll be plenty more new music pouring in soon as Bishopley Sessions II gets under way next week. We’re all really excited to have Koos with us again!
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Swallows’ Riff has joined MetaQuorum tracks District Line and North Sea Fret on Croydon Radio! Catch it there, on air all month!
And here are some more behind-the-scenes photos of Dmitry recording the first draft of Swallows’ Riff in a hotel room in Byala, Bulgaria – amazing what you can do with a micro-Korg keyboard and a laptop, providing you have the skill and inspiration!