Jim Lowe on Stereophonics and the Gemini
Wednesday 22nd May 2013
The eagerly awaited album ‘Graffiti on the Train’ was released on March 4th and is the eighth album to come from Stereophonics since 1997 when they released their debut album ‘Word Gets Around’.
It has been a long road to complete ‘Graffiti on the Train’ and producer, mixer and engineer Jim Lowe has played a large part in perfecting the masterpiece, “The album took roughly two years to create; we started it in March 2011 and I mixed it at the end of the year into the beginning of 2012 so we really spent our time crafting and developing it.”
Jim also helped with the writing process of the album, he co-wrote ‘Violins and Tambourines’ along with heavily inspiring ‘In A Moment’ with a drum loop he had programmed onto the track. “Kelly usually likes to write songs prior to coming into the studio to record, some were written before and some were written and completed in the studio.” Kelly also proved his talents elsewhere, directing the music videos for ‘Violins and Tambourines’ and ‘In A Moment’ along with the second release from the album, ‘Indian Summer’, performed by Kelly himself in the video below.
“The main band tracking for the single ‘Indian Summer’ was recorded at ICP Studios in Belgium, I then recorded the vocals, strings and any extras at our studio in London. I built the studio in 2011 when we first started to record the album,” states Jim. “I used the Gemini on all of the vocals apart from a few tracks on the album; it’s such a great mic with amazing clarity and warmth! As well as vocals I also used the Gemini on some guitars.” Jim has used the Gemini with Stereophonics in previous years, and also whilst working with The Charlatans, and has only had good things to say about it.
The deluxe version of the album features some fantastic live studio recordings, such as the below studio version of ‘Indian Summer’ featuring the Gemini, “The band needed a few extra tracks for all different formats. We thought it would be good to show a more broken down version of the songs, an alternative version for the fans. The studio version also had the current drummer Jamie Morrison featured on the tracks”.
“The Gemini has never let me down, it truly is a fantastic vocal microphone”.
By Hannah Staunton