The Art of Doing Nothing - 7 June 2013
After Take That had finished their huge "Progress" tour in 2011, she had performed around the globe and yet so given them some records, they took together the decision to take a break of one year. Mark Owen had mixed feelings at the thought of this next year, because as much as he likes to spend time at home with the family, so difficult he finds it, nothing to do - to have nothing going to organize, on the to put legs. In other words: This man always needs at least a plan.
However, he had now decided yes Concerning this break. He really wanted to tackle anything new, certainly not hastiness. And so he went to the other side of his garden, where a circular bench stands. He sat down and settled a few ideas go through your head. First he made a few sketches for an animated strip; then he tries to paint, brushes and canvas, eventually took on a few scraps of melody. Meanwhile, he thought about what it really means to let Forty behind. So he tried to time to look at everything openly and without bias; his spirit should be cleared, not filled with appointments, ambitious goals, or worse: unnecessary worries.
"Then I sat for a while on this bench, and that alone," he says with a grin. "That was a party just for me - only then the people came eventually but over yet"
The first who came were old musical allies: Ben Mark and Jamie Norton. Owen incited from First, said he was himself not sure if he wanted to work Ever; but was opposed to a little time spent together and a little exchange of ideas of course nothing wrong ... The two guests saw the similar, and so was out of this exchange of ideas finally a real concept - with the following title: The Art of Doing Nothing. The art of doing nothing. It was about a creative process, in which nothing is done under pressure. Only the respective moment decides by spontaneously gets involved in the respective situations. unfinished demos, little snippets, nothing concrete, definite, but just directions Approaches: From moments first songs were. "Especially a lot or hard about we have not, to be honest," says Mark. And that was new to him: past, this would mark taken his ideas and almost obsessively around filed because not slept because of small details. But this time he simply let things happen.
From somewhere came to bring on board the suggestion that fellow producer Charlie Russell and Brad Spence, as their approach to fit exactly would. So the demos came to the post office, a couple of points. "Just look at what comes back," said Mark. "You should not our controlling gaze simply make time and their two cents." The results sounded fantastic what Mark and Jamie and Ben again added a few layers ...
But the party was still not a closed society: A friend told me about a singer, Ren Harvieu, which he had seen on television. Mark heard a few things and was immediately convinced: So email, "Hi, So ...", commitment, and was already in Ren Marks House, more specifically in his own studio: The Rabbit Hutch, on the other end of the garden located. Took their vocal track and was back out the door. "Your energy was great, it was great," Mark recalls. The next came Jake Emlyn. Mark recalled that Robbie had shown him on tour a couple of YouTube clips from this incredibly good young rapper without a contract. A little research, and was already well Jake with Mark in the doorway, almost unstoppable, mouth quasi already open to fire the first rape into the microphone. "The words gush properly out of it; an insanity type, so charismatic and lively." So soon the songs "S.A.D." emerged or "Heaven's Falling" with these guests.
Mark has a very visual approach: "I write often must a song and immediately the video to the head, even as I write this in turn can be annoying really, if you at some point actually shot a video to it because I always say. 'Oh , man, not like you have not at all understood what I had in mind. ' "for this reason had to be an interesting topic the artwork of the Art of Doing Nothing necessarily. The illustrator Katie Halil (whatkatiedrew), an old friend of Mark, these weeks and months looking while also just so in past him: Mark told her the images that hovered him, and so she was soon another partygoer and steered their intelligent illustrations in. Things took to take shape.
"The most important thing in the whole process, all that was really open and undefined," says Mark continues. "In the meantime, should not even real songs are from, but animations. And then there was a phase in which the panel should do without a song from me. But I'm now time for twenty years of music and I just do nothing with . to start me fOr me, music is always both - my hobby and my job at the same time and it feels to me way better, when I call the whole thing as a project; the term solo album, it is no longer true so real, when so many. people who contributed to it I previously knew not, can function as well the;. I always thought that if you can not get something done alone, it feels afterwards somehow less real to ".
So no real solo album, if you go after him, the eyes will be naturally directed to Mark Owen ( "I can deal with. I see it all now much more laid back. I know where I stand.") Instead, The Art of Doing Nothing collective Cheers to spontaneous collaboration, a toast to the deceleration and to philosophy, after things unfold and sometimes develop may, instead of always over the knee be broken to have. It's an album full of surprises, with plenty of depth, many points of view, a lot of optimism and a few lessons about all our so "incredibly important, yet tiny life."
The first took this "project" on a circular bench. Each circle represents a zero, a nothing. It's an album out of nowhere: Maybe we should all breathe deeply once, get out of the rat race, check exactly where we are in life - and then let things happen.
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