I’ve been composing the soundtrack to ‘The Last Man’ – a post-apocalyptic Sci-Fi short film directed by Gavin Rothery. Gavin has previously worked as graphic designer, concept artist and visual effects supervisor on the film ‘Moon’, the brilliant directorial debut from Duncan Jones. As a devoted Philip K Dick reader and avid fan of Sci-Fi film this has been the dream project for me to sink my cinematic teeth into.
Many of the visual references for Sylver Tongue have come from my love of Sci-Fi. The poster style of the late 70s/80s classic films have greatly influenced the artwork.
The Sylver Tongue record is in the final stage of completion. I was fortunate to be joined by musicians Ben Christophers, Abi Bailey and Joe Allen in the London studio, all channelling their considerable skills into the songs. Here are some choice studio snaps – Ben’s beautiful snow white vox guitar was streaming heavily reverbed sheets of blue.
I had a face cast and head cast made by creative genius Natasha Lawes for the Something Big video. It was a surreally pleasant experience, not advisable for those afraid of very small, suffocating spaces (think Buried Alive/The Descent) but recommended for those who appreciate the serenity of being encased in freezing clay, like a baby in a plaster womb. With my disembodied head on her kitchen table Natasha can perfectly fit the hand made face masks and headdresses that she makes for me to wear on stage.
Right now Natasha is waiting for the silicone and fibre glass to set on a clone head mould which is going to be used for the next video.
In May I was asked to DJ at the opening of the David Bowie V&A exhibition. Dream gig in a beautiful venue. I threw out my favourite tracks alongside some weird and obscure covers – Ziggy Stardust by Bauhaus is particularly great – and soaked up the Bowie infused atmosphere.