I do a lot of my song writing in a remote 400 year-old former Carthusian Monastery high in the Swiss Alps. It is owned by some cousins who are kind enough to indulge me once a year for a couple of weeks so I can escape the telephone and get down to some creative work. You can hear some acoustic demos I recorded at La Part Dieu here.
After getting lots of positive responses to a song I had recorded called “Valentine” (produced by Tim Bradshaw, at the time guitarist with Fat Lady Sings and now with David Gray), I decided to get a bank loan and put out a promo CD EP on my own label. With the aid of a small music company, Invisible Hands Music, and a professional publicist, I managed to blag my way onto several regional radio stations for interviews and sessions. Offering myself as a guinea pig for a make-over on UK Living’s “Live at Three” national cable TV broadcast, I took the opportunity to perform a live acoustic version of “Valentine” with Tim.
Grass Roots Approach
Taking a grass roots approach, I have tried to play as often as possible to sell my CDs and build up a Mailing List, which currently consists of well over 500 names and addresses. I was particularly well received in Scotland, where Mary-Ann McKinnon, a fan turned brilliant hustler, has successfully organised several mini-tours for me and my band in clubs, pubs, and record shops around Glasgow.
David Fisher Single and Album Releases
Good sales of the “Valentine” CD meant I had to go for a re-press and inspired a small record label, MMaD to help cover the costs of pressing a second CD EP “Every Precious Second”. I used this to make raise my profile in some regional newspapers.
“Every Precious Second” recouped so quickly that I was able to press a third single “Me! Me! Me!”. And then the frivolous “Topsy Turvy Xmas” single in December 1988 featuring the legendary punk poet John Cooper Clarke as the “Fairy In The Tree”.
In 1999 I recorded my first album “Firehorse” with producer Tim Bradshaw in my then 16-track analogue home studio, Summerisle. I have spent the best part of two years working to get it distributed and promoted. It is being officially released on October 14th 2002.
Marrying Pop Girl!
Also in 1999, I married the fabulous Karen (AKA “Pop Girl” to those in the know). Our rock’n roll reception included two excellent sets from Peter Bruntnell and his band, a performance of David Essex’s Hold Me Close by Lop-Lop featuring Jason King look-a-like drummer Martin Gregory’s debut as vocalist, and a short performance from the great John Cooper Clarke. (Select Magazine covered the wedding in their re-launch issue in March 2000 – this didn’t do them much good because they disappeared off the shelves soon after)
I cut a special wedding CD single Destination Vegas, once again produced by Tim Bradshaw, co-written with Tim and wife-to-be Karen. Copies were handed out to all the guests. A few were made available for sale but are now sold out.