I would like to take this moment to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. A big big thanks to all Big Big Train spotters and enthusiasts for your relentless well wishes and support. We've received some incredible reviews concerning Far Skies Deep Time over the last few weeks.
Greg, Andy, Dave, Nick and I will be at the English Electric drum recording sessions and photograph shoot which will happen in between Christmas and New Year. I'm really looking forward to getting the drums down on the new material. Strangely enough it will be the first time that all five of us have been in the same room at the same time. Life imitating art!
We've been busy preparing the audio files for the next album and adding them to Pro Tools. After the drums are down the rest of the instruments will be added and layered and then it's a questions of polishing the performances until they gleam.
I don't know which instruments I'll be playing yet I'll have to wait until I have an overview of the album. Usually the instrumentation suggests itself depending on the themes, characters and locations within the works.
In addition to this I have been writing scenes for the Big Big Thing. I've had a rough structure of events for some time and have initially been immersed in research for the characters, places and theories to support the story.
I'm writing the story in prose with notes and sketches which will help structure the narrative and pace of the piece along with the lyrics. It's a large task but it's getting there and the characters are evolving in a natural way. They've begun to have a life of their own. As promised I'll keep you informed of developments.
Mario Giammetti's interview with me concerning my involvement with Genesis and the Calling All Stations album is now available in DUSK magazine. I will put a link to the English translation as soon as it is available.
Greg and I have been interviewed for Classic Rock Presents Prog magazine. So expect some BBT coverage in the new year.
So, that's all from me for 2010.
Have a wonderful Christmas and all the very best for 2011