On Friday July 5 2019 I’m going to be releasing my first solo track. It’s called Roger Deakin and is written about the writer, swimmer and activist. Before I jump into why I am releasing a song about him there are three quick points to make.
Firstly, it’s not really a solo track as such. It features Laura Ellement singing on the choruses and Tom Downes drumming, both play in Don’t Call Me Ishmael and TASKRZ. Secondly, it has already been released in a very rough demo form for 2018’s 52 Reasons project. However, this version sounds so much better than that one, it’s basically a new song. Thirdly, why do a solo track anyway? I wasn’t convinced of doing something solo myself and was all set to release this as a TASKRZ track sans-Sophie, but she convinced me that it was different enough in style to warrant a solo release.
I first came across Roger Deakin when I was 19, I read his book Wildwood and was captivated by his writing style and love of the natural world. A few years later I read Waterlog and completely mesmerised by the narrative of Roger traipsing around the UK, swimming in the wild waters and meeting a whole host of interesting aquatic characters.
I really hope you like the song. It will only be a digital release, found on streaming services and the DROMA Bandcamp. I’m planning to do some more solo stuff throughout 2019. There are four or five ideas that are ready to be mixed, then there are another six ideas that could be worked up quickly. We’ll see - I’m in no great rush to put solo stuff out and there’s DCMI songs on the horizon. The song was mixed and mastered by the gifted Tom Bath at UTC Studios in Stoke.