Producing Callum Gardner’s debut single
How Callum and I met, got to know each other and start collaborating on new songs. I now co-produce his material and play the fretless bass in the band.
A few years ago I got in touch with Ciara Clifford, who was looking for a new bassist to play in a trio. Unfortunately, my schedule was incompatible with the required effort, but I went to her next live gig at the Nambucca. Besides being finally able to see Joe Meek’s former studio in Holloway Road, I enjoyed meeting Ciara — and always regretted that I couldn’t play with her.
Meet & greet
There was another highlight that evening. The opening act was a young singer-songwriter playing vocals and acoustic guitar: Callum Gardner. I thoroughly liked his performance and congratulated him afterwards. Ended up humming the chorus to one of his original songs for a few days! I took note of his name and followed his progress online.
Sometimes things really do happen for a reason. It’s those coincidences that put you in a situation that just would never have happened otherwise. I was filling in last minute for a solo act opening at Nambucca after a friend had kindly waved my name over to an independent promoter. Two people I was introduced to during that show went on to join my musical journey, and we are still in collaboration to this day.
— Callum Gardner
We got in touch and started chatting. After a year or so, he asked me to be part of his new band. There was a debut single ready to produce and live gigs already planned.
Starting the production
We met at the SAE Studio in London to record the bass track for Commit to the List. Drums and bass came out pretty nicely in a reasonably brief time during a single session. We later recorded lead and backing vocals, along with the guitars and a viola. Had a chat with Callum about production and mixing and offered my help. Commit to the List was my first co-production pre-business opening, and I ended up mixing and mastering the single.
Commit to the List was written at a very important time for me. I’d moved to London and was eager to make some waves within touching distance of the Thames. It’s still the opening song for my live shows today and went through quite a journey from pen & paper to mix & master.
— Callum Gardner
Rehearsals for the live concerts went well. I loved how quickly we all blended and how efficient the band was. The first gig at the Century Club in London was a success. Many others followed, including our participation at the Victorious Festival in Portsmouth.
A few months ago we started working on the production of new Callum’s original songs that we’ve been playing live for a while now. We start with four singles, likely to become an EP. We tracked the drums in Woking, while using Minutes to Midnight’s studio for all the acoustic guitars, bass and lead vocals.
Callum Gardner / vocals, acoustic & electric guitar, production
Simone Silvestroni / bass, production
Paolo Clementi / viola
Arlen Millwall / drums