Pro7ect is delighted to announce that Mercury Music Prize winner Tavin Singh is joining the 2018 producer line up for its highly acclaimed songwriting retreat.
An accomplished composer, producer, Tabla player and electronic musician, Singh is widely regarded as the father of modern Asian music thanks to his innovative fusion of Indian classical music and drum and bass. Singh won the Mercury Music Prize in 1999 for his debut solo album OK and was also awarded an OBE in the Queen’s 2014 Birthday Honours list. He has collaborated with many artists including David Sylvian, Björk, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Madonna and Massive Attack.
Usually based in Suffolk where he has his own studio, Talvin Singh will relocate to Brighton’s Hotel Pelirocco for the duration of Pro7ect’s next retreat, which runs from 19th – 23rd February 2018. There he will take up residence in the Prism Sound pop up studio – a fully equipped recording facility featuring a selection of the company’s state of the art digital audio interfaces and converters that are already a key part of Singh’s own recording set up.
Lisa Fitzgibbon, Pro7ect Creative Director, says: “Pro7ect is all about collaborating and creating professional relationships with like-minded people in supportive, inspiring places. Talvin Singh will bring an entirely new dimension to the Pro7ect experience and we can’t wait to hear the music that is created in his Prism Sound pop up studio. We are also thrilled that Prism Sound is sponsoring Pro7ect in 2018 – they are the perfect partner for our events as they have a similar philosophy.”
Mark Evans, Channel Sales Manager at Prism Sound, says: “Pro7ect is a wonderful event that Prism Sound is delighted to be involved with. The process of songwriting is a beautiful art that is all too often overlooked. Lisa has put together a truly world class group of artists willing to share their creative knowledge to inspire a new generation of songwriters and we’re proud to be able play just a small part in this creative and unique event. We can’t wait to hear the new music that’s created over the course of the week.”
Songwriters and artists taking part in Pro7ect 2018 will have the opportunity to work with A-List producers to write, record and produce great music. The line-up for 2018 already includes Iain Archer, who has won two Ivor Novello Awards for songwriting on Snow Patrol’s Final Straw album and James Bay’s Hold Back The River. Participants work in one of four pop up studios at Hotel Pelirocco, each of which is equipped with the latest recording technology from manufacturers such as Prism Sound, PMC, Focusrite/Novation, Roland and Audio Technica.
“We are very proud of the calibre of producers who have taken part in Pro7ect over the years,” says Lisa Fitzgibbon. “The retreat always attracts really incredible recording professionals such as Youth (Sir Paul McCartney/The Verve/Echo & The Bunnymen/The Orb), Roni Size (Reprazent, Method Man, Zac de la Rocha), John Fortis (Razorlight, Ellie Goulding, Yellowdays), Stew Jackson (Massive Attack/Phantom Limb) and Andrew Levy (Brand New Heavies). Our 2018 retreat is now stacking up to be equally amazing, thanks to the involvement of Talvin and Iain – and we will be announcing more Award-winning producers and songwriters before the end of this year.”
The Pro7ect experience is highly collaborative and often results in a large volume of material being written and recorded in a very short pace for time. In 2017, for example, 20 songs were written and recorded in just four days. Six of these songs were optioned by artists and publishers less than a week after the event concluded.
Each group writes and records a track a day for three days and the teams are changed each day to ensure maximum collaboration. The songs are either written for one of the artists in the room or to spec using tip sheets. Every evening there is a feedback session where teams play the result of their day’s work to the entire group.
The cost of participating is between £1089 and £1299, which includes food and accommodation for four nights. Places are limited and anyone wishing to take part should visit www.pro7ect.com to apply. UK applicants can now apply for funding through the PRS Foundation Writer/Producers Fund. For more information please visit: http://www.prsformusicfoundation.com/funding/writer-producer-fund/
To find out more about Pro7ect, please visit the website: www.pro7ect.com
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Pro7ect is a global network of musical professionals that facilitate creative opportunities for songwriters, producers and musicians to collaborate at residential writing retreats. We inspire musical collaboration.