Had loads of fun working on this.
For those not in the know, Distraction Tactics is a thing that Dan Smith (singer from Bastille) started doing on Instagram. He picks a film, and the fans watch it during the next week, then Dan does a livestream where he talks about it, the fans comment and contribute to the discussion and there’s often a guest on with Dan (virtually) to talk about the film etc.
Here’s a song to say thank you to Dan for creating Distraction Tactics.
This was Liv Baker-Mendoza idea, and I helped produce it, did some programming and also mixed and mastered.
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So, given that quarantine is a thing, some of us in the Bastille Stormers group on facebook decided to collaborate on a cover of a Bastille song, specifically The Anchor. Liv Baker-Mendoza (Guitars and bass) had the initial idea, and I offered to mix the project. As well as mixing, I also ended up doing some programming on the project, as well as mastering it. I play the Rhodes you hear throughout the whole song, which is first heard along with the lead vocal in the intro, and I also played the synth melody in the choruses, the strings at the end, a sub bass that plays throughout the whole song, and some additional brass parts in the bridge which are very heavily treated with effects.
Shoutouts to the other awesome musicians that were involved on this project:
Beth Goodchild: Drums
Joshua Ulysses: Vocals and backing vocals
Leah Knight: Vocals
Liv Elwood: Backing Vocals
Liv Baker-Mendoza: Guitars, bass and co-producer
Sam Hinch: Trumpet
And of course, written by Dan Smith, and originally performed by Bastille.
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