Last month Scruffy Buzzards launched the new season of The Mill Sessions for 2013. We also just managed to get our 3-track CD released for it, although it was a close call and we all had visions of the boxes arriving 2 days after the gig.
The songs are also now available on iTunes, Spotify and Amazon for downloading. Hard copies – on a disc in a cardboard wallet with the artwork – are available for £3 if you want to pick up a copy at one of our gigs, but if you want one mailed out to you it will cost another £3 for post & packing.
The cover photo was fun, though rather tricky to pull off. I’d had the idea for the image a few months before - probably after a debate about which tracks should be included in our set list for a gig, or a discussion about the musical direction we should be moving in. Throw any four people together and you will differences of opinion, musical taste and influences.
I played around with thumbnail sketches on the backs of envelopes, then eventually we found a timeslot that everyone could manage, when it wasn’t raining, and did the shoot.
The advantage of being a photographer in a band is it means I have a group of people I can try ideas out on. The disadvantage is the extra difficulty because I have to be in the photo at the same time.
I wasn’t convinced we’d be able to get the composition in one shot, so I also photographed everyone separately, in case I had to Photoshop us all together afterwards. In the end, however, we did manage it and the Photoshopping consisted only of adding a textured overlay and removing a couple of small distracting items on the garage door behind.
The individual shots didn’t go to waste though, and ended up on the banner of our Facebook page
and the one of John, the bass player, found its way onto the actual CD
I have to say there is something deeply satisfying about seeing your own photo on the cover of the CD of the band you’re in – and being able to put the CD into a player and hear your own music. It reminds me of when I published my first photo book, Staring Back though blurb.com. Holding this book – a real, genuine book, with real pages and my name on it – was a thrill. And I experienced the same thing holding the Scruffy Buzzards CD.
Now we just need to figure out how to raise enough money to make the album...
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