Author: David Lawrie

New Single and Video coming SOON!

How time slips through our fingers…

The last few months have been something of a whilrwind. Since I last wrote here, I finished producing EchoWants Her VoiceBack’s debut EP Heart of Stone, for which she just performed her first of two album launches in Cyprus. She will be officially releasing the EP when she performs her UK launch in London in September. Stay tuned for more information. I am really pleased with how the EP sounds, and I can’t wait for you to hear it. Under my other moniker HARUKO I also crafted the EP artwork, as well directing the first video from the EP for “Tea:” 

Continuing on the subject of HARUKO, I have been quietly working on the music video for the lead song from Dorothea’s Boat, “Dorothea.” In about a month’s time it will be released as a single with an exclusive AA side called “The Opportunity,” as well as some other exclusive material. 

I am quite excited about “The Opportunity” because it ties in very nicely with the other big project on which I have been manically working over the past few months. The instrumental version of the song in question is the opening theme to Of Shark And Man, which is finally complete. The first cut was screened in Gran Canaria in April, where it won two awards at the festival in which it was featured. One of the awards was Best Film, and that made me so proud to have been involved. Of course, it then needed to be edited slightly (which is more than just a slight bit of work from the point of view of sound design), but a few weeks ago I gave the final master to director David Diley, and the official industry screenings have begun, and the response has been overwhelmingly positive! There is a London premiere planned for August, but I do not have all of the details right now. Head over to the film’s dedicated Facebook Page by clicking on the image below: 

Other projects are currently simmering away, and more details will be divulged at a later date, but for now, thanks for your continued support, and I hope your summer is sizzling. 

Until next time… 

Dorothea’s Boat Is Afloat!

Hello everyone. Wow. What a month it has been so far. Just as I was getting ready for the release of Dorothea’s Boat, as well as my trip back from California to England, I was hit hard by the flu. Aches, shivers, coughs, sneezes, sore throat, the list goes on. Suffices to say, it couldn’t have happened at a less opportune time (as if there is ever a good time for flu), and it made the release of Dorothea’s Boat a rather disjointed one.

Alas. Dorothea’s Boat is out. After years of setbacks, management changes (and finally becoming completely independent), talks with labels (and subsequent disappointments) etc. it was your generosity that meant the album could actually be release. I had always had reservations with regards to crowdfunding, but I am staggered by the support I was afforded. My mind is changed!

Thank you all so much.

If you haven’t heard it yet, you can do so here! 

Whilst releasing Dorothea’s Boat I have also been spending a lot of time in London producing Eleni Skarpari/EchoWants her VoiceBack’s debut EP. So far the sessions have been going really, really well, and we are hoping to have everything recorded by the end of March. I will be taking the recordings back home to California, and the it should all be mixed by mid-April. Keep checking back to find out more details as they are unveiled.

And finally. This Friday (20th March) will see the official launch of Ishikawa Records. In keeping with the community nature of the label, Mikey and I are hosting an evening at Harlequin’s in our town of birth, York. Head down if you are in the area. There will be performances from Rory Welbrock and Epilogues, and it will also be the launch show for Dorothea’s Boat. We will be discussing what Ishikawa is, and how you can all get involved.

That’s all for now! 

A busy start to 2015

A very belated “Happy New Year” to all. I hope your festivities were fun, and that 2015 has started well for you. As you can tell from the two month silence, I have been incredibly busy. I thought that it would be good to write things down – mainly for my own sanity, but perhaps you might be interested, too!

First up, I am very excited that Dorothea’s Boat is going to be released in less than a month. The limited edition risographic prints are in the print queue in an artisan print shop in Edinburgh, and the postal boxes are ready to be filled. If you want to hear a few samples from the record, you can hear them on the store.

The video for the lead song, “Dorothea” is currently being pieced together. It isn’t like any of the other David Lawrie videos, but there will be no clues until it is nearly ready. I really can’t wait to share it with you all. 

Second on the agenda is my trip back to England in March, when I will be producing new artist Eleni Skarpari, aka EchoWants Her VoiceBack’s debut EP/mini album. It is going to be a busy month for me! 

Finally, some of the powers that be are pressuring director David Diley to complete his debut feature, Of Shark And Man, which means second hand pressure for me to finish up the sound design. I am excited that “Storm Petrel” will be featured on the film, as well as some original compositions that I will be finishing over the coming weeks.

I am going to say that it will all be done by the end of March. There we go. I said it. There is no going back, now. 

OK. I should sleep because I have to be up early to head over to South Lake Tahoe to do some mystery music work at Tahoe Production House.

Goodnight, all! 

A vinyl, some stingrays, and a torn ligament.

I am aware that I consistently open my entries with an apology for the duration since the last, so I’ll make it an end-of-year resolution to stop that, not worry so much, and allow a bit of writing per month to be just fine. I hope you’ll agree.

This morning I was running on a treadmill and nearly keeled over. I think I have injured a ligament, so I am giving myself a quiet day, and I am excited to share all the recent news with you.

Over the past month, a lot has happened. Firstly, The test pressings of Dorothea’s Boat were dispatched, and over the weekend we’ve just had, they were heard, scrutinised, and ultimately approved. The pressing plant has been informed, and production of the final pressing is going ahead. I really cannot wait to share this music with you. 

Listening to the test pressing with J W Greenwood

Those of you who backed the crowdfunding project for the album will be receiving it on or before the release date. For those of you who missed the crowdfunder, but would like to get your hands on a copy, it is now available for pre-order in the shop. 

Whilst I’ve been working on the sound design for Of Shark And Man, director David Diley asked me to do a little underwater sound design, and the overall audio mix for A Ray Of Light II, which was preimered at Palma Aquarium, Mallorca, at the end of October to a captivated audience. Now, David has, along with Asociación Ondine, made the film available for you to stream. You don’t even have to leave this page, but please consider visiting www.gofundme.com/asociacionondine to donate something to this great conservation effort. 

That’s all for now, folks!