To celebrate the limited edition T7 Gold collaboration with Burberry we conceived Live for Burberry: four unsigned acts, the legendary RAK studio and a unique way of recording resulting in four live EPs available exclusively through Society of Sound.
We asked each of the artists about the experience of being in the studio, their influences and what we should be listening to. Second up, Rosie Carney.
Together we’ve created a unique recording experience enabling listeners to hear the music exactly as you did while recording. How did it change the way you performed during the session?
The session was definitely unique, and one of my favourite sessions spent in a studio. This was because I didn’t have to use headphones to hear back whilst I was playing, this allowed me to completely relax into each song and treat each song as if I were playing it to myself in my own surroundings. It felt a lot less informal and felt so much more natural. It really was an incredible experience and I hope to record my music like that again. During each performance of each song, I found myself feeling completely relaxed.
Would this session influence how you record in the future?
Yes. It has really shown me that there are, in fact, other ways to record music more naturally and more comfortably. It showed me that you don’t necessarily need headphones and lots of wires, things can be done more organically.
RAK Studios is a legendary studio. Everyone from Radiohead to Rod Stewart has recorded there, how did it feel to be performing in that space?
I felt completely honoured to have been in the same room as some of the worlds greatest musicians. It felt so surreal.
Who currently influences your song-writing? What artists or producers resonate with you?
Well, I listen to so much music everyday, so I would be lying if I said that I didn’t feel inspired/influenced by everyone I listen to in some way or another. But to name a few, I really love Justin Vernon’s stuff, I think he’s honestly so special, Brian Eno as well is incredible. Julianna Barwick is another one. I love her use samples and the way she uses her voice. I love it when musicians/producers experiment with the instrumentation. I find it very inspiring and see it as something I would love to work towards.
Is there anything in your Live for Burberry recording that you are particularly pleased with and that we should listen out for?
Well, I’m very happy with how they all sound, but I’d have to say that my favourite of them all is my song Humans. The song means a lot to me personally and I hope it can resonates with people.
For Bowers & Wilkins, Burberry is a perfect partner, who would your perfect
collaboration be with?
Well, I think musically, Brian Eno or Justin Vernon.
Finally, can you tell us your favourite all time live recording?
My all time favourite live recording would have to be this one. I just love the whole procedure of how it was done and how organic it all felt.
Rosie Carney June 2016