So for reasons that will become obvious in a minute, I’ve been a bit behind on what I’ve been up to.
The beginning of the new year was fascinating and as is often the case full of travel. First off was Switzerland. Land of Alps, chocolate and instrumental progressive music in the form of SONAR. Introduced to me by my good old friend Markus Reuter of Stickmen and The Crimson ProjeKTc, maker of Touch Guitars and independent producer whom I have mixed for. The music is at once simple and complex, polyrhythms over melodies over thunderous bass and a drummer who can seem to split his own body in half to play in two or more different meters at once. Such a great time watching, helping to record and mixing them.
Next was to Athens. Always like going back to places steeped in history, and once again visiting the Acropolis was a treat. And the music was again fantastic. Maplerun is the name of the band.
More of a true Alternative band with somewhat of a 90’s feel but with more modern twists. The band an whole family surrounding them were so hospitable, I almost didn’t want to leave. They want me back in the summer, not for recording, but for Greek Love! Don’t know exactly what that means, but I’m considering…..
Back to Toronto to finish the mixing and then to other projects.
Continuing on with Ménage in February, the band I have been working with here. More writing and recording. They threw a new song on me while we were in the studio, but as often happens, it ended up being one of the strongest and live it goes over a storm!
Then for the reason for the break.
I have been having some issues with my neck, a bit of arthritis, some nerve pinching, and muscle spasms. I don’t know, something about hunching over guitars, keyboards and consoles for 30 years might have had something to do with it. Anyway, surgery was recommended and scheduled for the end of February. So schedule was cleared and courage was built up only to have a month long cancellation. But eventually the pieces of spine were removed on the last day of March and I have been recovering ever since. Pretty much back at it now (of course doing recalls of mixes, as you do) and not sitting at the desk for too long. No residual problems as far as I can tell and I’ll be back at my other career of MMA in no time……