Monday, 17 March 2008


OK we are talking about the things that dreams are made of in this post.

Someone asked me the other day what was my ambitions for Northern Kind. A fair question I suppose but one that I hadn't ever really thought about. With the industry supposedly on it's arse commercial success is something we aren't looking for or expect. We do it because we love it, without Northern Kind my music wouldn't see the light of day. If NK pays for itself and allows me to indulge in buying equipment and software then I am happy. It also keeps me out of trouble!

My day job also consumes a lot of time and engery but they both feed each other. (I'm sure there is an earlier post about this)

However, the profile of NK is definiately growing and I find myself answering emails from peope in Europe, Japan, Australia and the US. I read a really interesing article the other day on niches within music and only the need to have 1000 loyal fans.

I guess that makes us micro celebraties :-)

Seriously though I want us to complete our second album which should see us releasing two albums within a year, which is pretty good going I think. The 3rd difficult album might be a while coming but there is definiately scope for another.

OK back to dreamland. I'd love NK to become a critics favorite and raise the profile of me as a producer and myself and Sarah as song writters. Writing for others is something we have been appraoched to do, at the minute however NK takes priority though. But my absolute dream job would be to produce a Depeche or an Erasure album. Personally I would prefere the DM job and ideally their final studio album. I genuinnly think I could do a great job with Martin & Daves songs and give all of their fans something to really cherish. I think what Tim Simmenon did with Ultra was fairly good considering the state of the band and after loosing Alan Wilder. Whilst the songs on Exciter and PTA were good I'm fairly critical of the production and think it could have been much better.

I would love to produce some other bands, the remix I have done I enjoyed but it's still quite a solitary way of working, producing a band I think would be much more enjoyable.

And back to reality.

We recorded a couple of great tracks at the weekend and will be recording a couple more over Easter. So that pretty much wraps up the songs for the 2nd album, with perhaps one more idea as yet unwritten. All that is needed now is to finanlise the arrangements and mixes. Quite a daunting task but I guess that's what I do best. We have really tried to do some new things with this album and hopefully that will become evident. I still thinks it's pop but perhaps with a darker edge, and definitely alot less Vince Clarke like.


Gary said...

I am in agreement with you Matt re production on Exciter & Playing The Angel albums. I thought the production on PTA was messy and could have beem miles better. I hated the track "A Pain That I'm used to" the rest of the album was made up of excellent songs. I liked "Exciter" to but again 1 or 2 tracks needed better production especially "Dead Of Night" absolutely dreadful song. "Ultra" was a good album but the production on "Barrell Of A Gun" was shocking especially the vocals - terrible and one of their worst songs ever!

Just got the DTS of all the above but not had a chance to play them - they should be interesting to say the least.

Thought I would chip in with my views on that one!


Gary said...

Matt out of interest what is your favourite Depeche Mode album - mine has to be either "Music For the Masses" or "Black Celebration".


Northern Kind said...

Hi Gary

I have actually started to write a blog about Depeche Mode, their albums and what they mean to me. I keep meaning to to finish it.

I think Violator is my all time favorite, the production is amazing and the songs are great. A close second would be Black Celebration though.