RPM 2009: THE ADDICTED

For some valiant RPMers, the challenge pushed some long-dormant creative buttons, inspiring a flood of inspiration and plans to never, ever stop making music.

By Sarah Smellie.

“I pretty much stopped all forms of music until recently,” says Mike Kirby of Fontana. “It forced me to get off my ass and start recording again.” Kirby says that his best moment came when he listened to the album for the first time and was able to simply enjoy it and not listen for flaws. It’s inspired him to keep going. “Four days after I finished my album artwork, I begin tracking for Fontana’s second album,” he says.

Sharona Clarke was also able to tap into fresh springs of creativity. “I hadn’t done any real music creation in so long, since I’ve been working on my album On the Right Track since forever!” she explains. “I needed a fresh creative spurt to ensure myself that I could still write songs.” Her album The Secret … Is To Dream is inspired by many of the “crazy fairytale dreams” she’s had over the years. The result is that she’s actually feeling more grounded. “I feel much more accomplished and secure in my abilities as a writer … I feel that I’ve come into my own and I can write good songs that are 100% me.”

Weighing in at a mind-blowing nineteen songs is Jerry Stamp’s album of fun, quirky pop called Make/Like/Wish/Think. Seriously, nineteen songs. In a month! “When I started, I was out of control writing,” he says. “I wrote three songs in the first day, two the second, two the third, one the fourth and one the fifth.” After that he got sick. And bogged down with work. But he still managed to pull it off, and he’s hoping to be even more productive in the future. “I have developed a new approach to writing and recording that I think will change how I write, and how much I write from now on,” he explains. “I don’t intend to spend all my time at it everyday like I did that month, but my productivity is definitely going to be through the roof.”

“Four Tet meets Boards of Canada in Dr. Who’s Tardis for drinks with Geisha Girls.” This is how Rick Bale of Los Beatniko describes Exit, and album of lo-fi electronic soundscapes. He says that album contains some of his best work to date, and is itching to keep going. “People like me don’t stop, they just pause to plan the next step…” he says.

“I’d like to add some new gear to my setup,” he adds. “That would make recording ideas faster still!”

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