I wrote "I Do" for the love-side of my "Love Fuelled Hate" album on a cold Winter's day in Rob Davis's old home-studio in Surrey. Rob's famous for having been in a 1970s glam-rock band called Mud (hits include "Tiger Feet" and "Lonely This Christmas") and also wrote major hits like "Can't Get You Out of My Head" - Kylie, "Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)" - Spiller, "Toca's Miracle" - Fragma. I kept my awe under-wraps but I was totally mind-blown to be working with such a songwriting icon.
The original demo Rob Davis and I made.
We started with an eerie yet angelic cathedral-choir and delayed guitar loop that Rob had already been playing with. The idea of marriage was at the top of my mind with my brother and best friend both due to have weddings that year so when I heard Rob's loop I couldn't help but imagine what it'd feel like to be stood behind the door of my own wedding one day.
Keeping a level of sonic-synergy across the album was really important to me. Once I finalised the song-list some of the tracks needed further production to reach that sonic-synergy goal. With "I Do" I really wanted to capture my emotion in it's raw state and strip the song back but also keep it creative, electronic and experimental. I headed into the studio with my album producer Ross O'Reilly and we started from scratch. I got in the vocal booth and sang completely a'cappella (no click/metronome, no chords, no instrumentation whatsoever). My vocal swayed in and out of time and it felt really natural and intimate. I'm obsessed with vocoders and in love with vocoder-based songs like Imogen Heap's "Hide and Seek" and Bon Iver's "Woods", so we ended up taking the vocal and played it through a keyboard and Pro-Tools plugins..I think we used a combination of Razor, Melodyne and Little Altar Boy. Ross and I chatted about adding other instrumentation but in the end anything extra would take away from the natural energy we'd captured and take away from the honest intimacy of the song.
Listen to some of the influences including Bon Iver, Imogen Heap and Broken Social Scene below. And of course the song itself "I Do".
Buy my album "Love Fuelled Hate" featuring "I Do" below.
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