Whilst restrictions are beginning to ease, we are not quite able to begin rehearsing together again and who knows when our next engagement might be. For now, like musicians all over the world, we are stuck somewhat in limbo as we look to see how the Covid-19 pandemic starts to resolve itself.
However, fortunately this doesn’t mean we have to stop making music. Through the wonders of modern technology we can, virtually at least, still perform together.
Increasingly musicians are coming together on Zoom or by making virtual recordings. Technically speaking it’s not that hard. For our recording of Somone you Loved, Jules first of all recorded the piano part. Anne-Marie then recorded the Cello before we combined the two together.
Obviously, the easiest way to do this would be to perform to a click track. However, we have deliberately not gone down that route. Our belief is that music needs space and therefore, in the majority of cases, should not be purely metronomic.
When you are performing together in the same space this is easy enough. Particularly when you are used to performing as a duo. However, take away the line of sight and it’s suddenly not as simple. Nevertheless we decided to give it a go.
The song we chose for our first virtual performance was ‘Someone You loved’ by Scottish singer/songwriter Lewis Capaldi. It was a commercial success, peaking at number one on the UK Singles Chart. The song became Capaldi’s first number one single and spent seven consecutive weeks atop of the chart.
In an interview with NME, Capaldi revealed that it took him six months to write the song. He said, “A lot of people say that ‘the best songs fall into your lap’ and that they’re the easiest ones to write and take the shortest amount of time: I wholeheartedly disagree with that. I think my best songs come from me sitting at a piano, bashing my head against a brick wall for hours and hours on end to get one good melody.”
You can hear our recording on our soundcloud channel or by using the player below.