As most of you know, the record industry has changed so much over the last couple of decades that it’s impossible for us to see a place or, an interest from the industry in general at this time. That is why we have decided to appeal directly to YOU, our individual and collective fans, music lovers in general and people who would care to be a part of making a project like this come to fruition. We feel very strongly that this project deserves the touch, experience and facilities of the professionals and that a simple, home studio production will not do it justice. Because of that we have asked Grammy Award winning engineer and producer James P. Nicholls to come aboard and he has graciously accepted to do so. We are excited!
All money raised will go directly to the production and recording (studios, equipment, hiring of musicians, etc.), mixing and mastering, manufacturing and marketing of the CD. There will also be artwork, design and videography involved and it is also our plan to hire an independent marketing team We will need to cover a few flights as well (economy we promise) because of the international aspect of the project and hope we’ll have a bit left over for some pizzas! The more we raise, the more we will be able to do and we will give a full accounting at the completion of the project so that you can see how your money was spent.
The main bulk of the recording will be done over a 2-3 week period with the first stage in Brussels, Belgium and the second stage in the New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia area. It will be followed by any individual overdubs deemed necessary, mixing sessions, mastering sessions and finally the manufacturing process. It is our goal to begin in late September and be finished by Christmas time.
We are asking YOU to be our record label and at very least to pre-order the finished CD. We will be keeping you abreast of all the goings on, giving you inside looks into the entire process with videos, posts and involving you all as much as possible in some of the decisions we will make along the way to the completed project. If you look to your right, as incentives and rewards, we have created many levels of contributions that you can choose from. We have tried to make these interesting, fun and also a bit mad. If you are unable to contribute at this time, please help us by sharing this with as many people as you can through social media as it is really the only way to make it a success. We very humbly ask you all to please help us make this dream come true. Thank you for taking the time to read this.
Dany Delepiere, Patrick McGuire, Mem Nahadr and Geoff Blythe
The Gypsies are:
Dany Delepiere – Guitarist and Bass player. Dany studied guitar with Pierre Van Dormael (Berklee school graduate) and harmony with Jean Marie Rens (Brussels conservatoire). He has performed with several artists in Brussels including, Blues (William Topaz Chess Band), African music (Makosa with producer Sam Mbemde (Cameroun), Rwanda music “Bosco band", several Funk & R&B projects, The Samba school, and also performs in his local Jazz trio. He cites his influence and favourite musicians as Miles Davis , Bill Frisell, John Lee Hooker ,Canned Heat ,Neil Young and Frank Sinatra to name just a few. Dany is also a painter, sculpture (Braine l’Alleud Art school graduate) and Kendo Japanese fencing 7 dan.
Mem Nahadr pronounced: "MEM NAAHAAD" (also known as M. Nahadr and simply "M"), is an internationally acclaimed American performance artist and multi-octave vocalist best known for the performance of the song "Butterfly", composed by Yoko Kanno and lyricized by Chris Mosdell for Cowboy Bebop. She is also an author, composer, poet, filmmaker, and human rights activist.
Patrick McGuire is a Singer/Songwriter originally from New York now living in Galway. For over 30 years he has been writing and performing original music and been involved in several other projects, most notably as a member of “Paddy A Go-Go” (A hip-hop/trad-music co-operative out of NY) and as a touring member of “The Eileen Ivers Band” as vocalist. He has two studio albums entitled “Big Brown Sofa” and “Love Songs for Astronauts”. TV appearances including “Late Night with Conan O’Brian” and RTE’s “Kenny Live”, and he wrote and produced soundtrack music for Oxygen Channel. On the big screen two songs from “Big Brown Sofa” were included in the John Shea directed film “Southie” and he also performed the classic anti-war ballad “Where Have All the Flowers Gone” for the closing credits of the HBO production “A Bright Shining Lie”. His most recent work is two self-titled CDs entitled “Hunger is Good Sauce Parts I and II”.
Geoff Blythe. A graduate of Coventry School of Music in the U K, Geoff kicked off his professional career playing sax for Geno Washington and the Ram Jam Band. Shortly after, Geoff became a founding member of EMI recording artists Dexy’s Midnight Runners. Responsible for the horn arrangements that gave Dexy’s their signature sound; their debut album Searching for the Young Soul Rebels became a hit, spawning 3 UK top 20 singles. Geoff then went on to form The Bureau, touring the UK and USA with The Pretenders. In 1984, Geoff became a member of the TKO Horns, touring and recording Punch the Clock with Elvis Costello and the Attractions. Other TKO recording sessions include Nick Lowe, The Fixx, Difford and Tilbrook, amongst many others. After a short stint with London based EMI recording artists The Neighborhood, Geoff moved to New York, where he brought his signature sound to the Celtic rock band Black 47, contributing to 25 years of popularity that led them to be referred to as “New York’s House Band”. In 2011, Geoff released Lost in Space by GI Blythe featuring band members drawn from various previous projects, both in the USA and UK.
Recent projects include collaboration on The Team that Dreams in Caffs. A book of photos and memoirs about the original Dexy’s Midnight Runners and requested by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for its archives. In 2016, GI Blythe also released his most recent work The Ghosts of Bleecker Street. Other credits include music for TV, film, Theatre, classical composition, and appearances in 2 major motion pictures.
James P. Nichols is a recording industry executive producer and master engineer. Nichols' involvement in the recording industry began in 1973 when after studying recording at The New School For Social Research, he obtained an Assistant Engineer position at A1 Studios in New York City, where he worked for two years under Herb Abramson, one of the founders of Atlantic Records. He then moved on in 1975, to Sound Mixers, which was primarily a jingle studio recording Burger King and Volkswagen 30 second spots in the day and dance records at night. He then worked for Electric Lady Studios where most notably he assisted, engineered, and performed with The Clash on the “Sandinista!” album. He is credited under the alias "J. P. Nicholson"