Right then...I've begun the 3rd album (the follow-up to 'Speak For Yourself'). I'm going to write a more frequent blog as I did with the last one so you can keep an eye on me and make sure I'm not slacking! I wonder how it's gonna turn out? How exciting! You're very welcome to comment but please don't ask me questions on here or i'll never get any work done. You can email me with any questions you have and every month we'll pick 20 from the virtual 'hat' and post them. Send your questions to: igrill@imogenheap.com

Much much more to come! Love, fluv x i x Wheeeeee!!!


Click here and here to see 360s of my cosy studio in London where I wrote and recorded the last album "Speak for Yourself" xxx

Sunday, March 13, 2005

Hotting up...

Originally uploaded by immi.

Hello y'all...long time...SO much has been going on...where to start? Let's begin by telling you a little about this photo here and how it came to be...

About a month ago..i had an idea one afternoon...I wanted to get some action shots of me and my bicycle scooting about london for the inside of the album booklet. Now I had the bike, I have london...but i didn't have a photographer. So...the search began. I went onto the flickr site, which is where I keep my photos for this blog. This is SUCH a cool website and though it began for me as just a place to put my funny little mobile phone pictures up to accompany these texts...I started to really get into it as a site. Such a hive of great photographers on here! So...i typed in "London" in the tag search bit on Flickr to find photos of london and to see which ones I liked. Some people are great at shooting people some prefer taking photos of buildings. I really wanted the photo to mainly be beautiful london and me somewhere in the corner or something. The journey I take to and from the studio is so pretty by the river....anyway...So there were about 2,000 photos just in the last few days or so! I looked through about 1,000 of them! Took a good two hours or so. While i was looking through them, i'd be taking notes of the names that kept cropping up. No.1 on my list was this guy who called himself Lomokev. I read in his profile he lives in Brighton, which is not too far from London and then emailed him from the site...saying...something like..."hello...love you photos, bla bla bla...would you be up for taking some of me on my bike around the southbank sometime soon...i've just recorded an album bla bla...here's my website...here's my idea....the shots would be for the booklet...are you interested....x immi?" Luckily he was online and within 30 secs he's replied with..."yes would love to"...so there you go! Isn't the internet bloomin' brilliant! A couple of days later he came up to london, we met up, on our bikes at the NFT on the southbank then went to look for locations. A few days on...he came up to london again and we did the shoot...this one was taken while he was cycling too...from his lomo (camera) name kevin...get the lomokev mm mmm....So many great shots came out of the day...and the FREEZING night! brrrrr...out until 2am i think...wait until you see the main one that's going in the album! you are going to LOVE it!!!

here's a photo taken by Vicky Dawe at the shoot we did for more album pics and also for press shots..taken at my studio. Just to give you an idea of the mess surrounding us!

Originally uploaded by immi.

So...what have I been doing since my last post...well...More artworky things. Trying to figure out how to make a font out of my handwriting...I have a sheet of paper here with the alphabet in capital and lower case written in a black biro I just wrote out...if anyone knows by the way, please email me at info@imogenheap.com! or if you'd like the job of making into a font...that'd be cool to!...sidetracking.. meetings about UK Distribution, fixing computers, missing friends birthday parties....sorry guys... garlic watching...(for those of you who noticed this on the where's immi bit...I'm afraid it is nothing more exciting than for a little giggle on my part...I don't think there is such a thing...well at least not until now. Maybe there is a secret society of garlic watchers!) ... The main thing I have been doing is producing a song for Nik Kershaw! Really? i hear you say...what? when? why? how did that come about?...well...another little circle has come full.

When I was 17...OMG 10 years ago...was it really? am i? oh...my. I am...I was still at school. The first producer i ever worked with was none other than Nik Kershaw. It was such a cool couple of weeks hanging out at his big old house in Great Bardfield. Had a little "wing" all to myself...very nice. It always seemed to be sunny there. I thought he was hilarious ...and quite cute too...mmm...so eh hem. He heard all my AWFUL cringeworthy demos...out of them we chose a couple to work on and one of them was Come here boy...cool ha!? he taught me so much about songwriting just in those few days with him. More than I would have learnt in a whole year at school. I have always been very grateful to him for that big creative leg up. 10 years on (have seen him around since, also done some vocals for him) he gets a CD through the post form miss Heap...with her new album. Wanting, waiting, secretely, desperately to hear what he has to say about it...He loves it! phew...a week or so on I hear he's been asked by Universal to put out a best of, coz he's never done one...he's got sooo many great songs! He wanted to do a few new songs to stick on there too. to cut this already long story short...he asked me to produce the single! Scary! I've never produced anyone else's stuff before! what do i do? where do I start? He made it very easy for me...turned up to my studio armed with a great song...(he wrote in about an hour....sickening) pre-recorded perfectly sung vocals and the basic chord structure already in a Pro-Tools session. Then he left me to do the fun bit! the music...it was so nice just to do the music. It's such a pain in the ass writing lyrics 99% of the time. So I had fun with it. Over the course of a fortnight (with a week doing my US trip) it was done. He came over for a couple of days to finish the mix with me and to give me some guitar he'd already recorded at his...I loved it!

Now i've got the bug...I'm kinda waiting on various record companies in the states while lawyers talk back and forth about the licensing deal (takes sooo long!). No point just sitting around... So now I'm writing a song with this girl called Alex Parks for her new album. I really liked the songs she's already recorded for it. I like her voice. If you know anything about her you may think it a tad odd I'm working with her. I just simply really liked her when I met her for the first time... We have the melody and structure for the song now. We did that on friday and tomorrow hopefully the lyrics...rrrr...will flow out like a watery dream...Been noodling on the music over the weekend. It's nice and dark...

Erm...also got a great idea for Hide and Seek video...more about that soon!

Basically things are gong well. I'm really confident we'll have decided who we're going to go with in the States by the end of next week. Sorry we haven't released the downloadable version of the album like I said we would by this time...it's a tad tricky before I sign a deal. If I release online now I may piss off a few record companies...don't want to do that...well at least no until after I've signed to them! can you wait a little longer? please?

what else?
oh that's gotta be enough now..my fingers hurt!

Lots of love y'all.
More soon

heapy xxx


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