It's been more than ten years since John Otway recorded an album of new songs. Is the world ready for a new one?
It’s an interesting question and one we are about to find the answer to. On his last tour when John previewed a new song from this potential new album he joked:
“The reason there hasn’t been an album of new Otway songs for a decade is, I believe, down to lack of demand. The beauty of Kickstarter is that you can work out if the demand is there before you bother to write the songs”
He was never one of the most prolific songwriters, and ten years is par for the course. But those people who admire John’s songwriting have been eyeing the notebook he has been carrying as its pages slowly gained the ears of dog and noticed that it is now almost full.
“One nice thing about people not screaming for a new album is that there is no pressure to produce something until there comes a point when you really feel you’ve got enough ideas to do something special, and I’ve got that feeling now,” says John
If you don’t know John Otway or you're just aware of his self-effacing humour and his live act, have a listen to a couple of tracks that show the other side of this artist.
And please feel free to pledge if you fancy there being some new ones.
THREE OTWAY SONGS
In a recent poll on John's Facebook page, fans were asked to pick their favourite Otway Song. The clear winner was Poetry and Jazz:
In 1999 for poetry week the BBC conducted a poll in the UK to find what the nation thought were the greatest song lyrics written in the previous two thousand years. Otway's Beware of the Flowers (Cos I'm Sure They're Gonna Get You... Yeah!) was voted 7th above anything written by either Bob Dylan or Paul Simon:
Finally here is an example of an Otway song and the Big Band with the producer Chris Birkett who we would like to use on this new project:
As part of the project we are filming a one hour DVD which will include exclusive footage from inside the studio making the album, also footage of what will become the legendary Otway Harlow / Montserrat beach bar gig, plus band interviews and out takes. Directed by Steve Barker who also directed Otway the Movie. This movie was voted the second best movie of 2013 by the readers of The Guardian.
If we reach £20,000 the Album will be recorded in the Caribbean Island of Montserrat (The first album to be recorded by an international recording artist on the island since the Rolling Stones Recorded Steel Wheels in 1989).
If we reach £25,000 we will employ Chris Birkett a producer who has clocked up more than 100Million sales of records he produced (including Nothing Compares to You):
If we reach £30,000 we will produce a box set with a special book for anyone who orders anything that includes both the CD and DVD.
Risks and challenges
I have not written all the songs yet - However, I think I’m going to rise to the challenge I’ve started filling up note books with very promising exciting ideas.
If we reach our stretch goal and raise enough money to record in Montserrat, we shall be recording next to an active volcano at the height of the hurricane season. To combat this, we'll take some hard hats and some waterproof and fireproof clothing and maybe some sort of windbreak.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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