Pro7ect is delighted to announce that the 2019 iteration of its acclaimed annual songwriting retreat will take place at Brighton’s Hotel Pelirocco from February 25th to March 1st, 2019.
A stimulating week of musical collaboration is promised to all those who take part in this unique event, which gives songwriters and artists the opportunity to work with A-list producers to write, record and produce great music. The Pro7ect experience often results in a large volume of material being written and recorded in a very short space of time. In 2018 21 artists travelled from around the world to write and recorded 13 tracks in five pop-up studios in three days. Various tracks have been optioned by artists and publishers, including the Brand New Heavies who will feature a Pro7ect track on their next album.
The first headline producer to be announced for 2019 is Stew Jackson, writer and producer for Massive Attack and a founding member of Phantom Limb. A multi-instrumentalist with production and engineering knowledge and musical scope that crosses many styles and genres, Jackson has recently been busy working with artists such as Nick Cave, Patti Smith, Tom Waits, Serpent with Feet, Hope Sandoval, Damon Albarn, Marc Ford, Skin (Skunk Anansie) and Will Young. Jackson also writes and produces music for film and TV projects and his recent credit list includes Fight for Mosul, Louis Theroux’s My Scientology film, Luther and True Blood.
“It’s amazing to be invited back to Pro7ect for a second time,” he says. “Being thrown into a creative environment with people you don’t know is an odd thing to do, but great fun and very rewarding. The last time I did Pro7ect there were 18 artists involved and we wrote 15 tracks in four days. I’m looking forward to an equally productive and inspirational experience next February.”
Now in its sixth year, Pro7ect’s 2019 Songwriting Retreat has seen some incredible collaborations over the years. Writers and producers such as Youth (Sir Paul McCartney/The Verve/Echo & The Bunnymen/The Orb), Roni Size (Reprazent, Method Man, Zac de la Rocha), Mercury Music Prize winner Talvin Singh (David Sylvian, Björk, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Madonna), Iain Archer (Snow Patrol, James Bay), John Fortis (Razorlight, Ellie Goulding, Yellowdays) and Andrew Levy (Brand New Heavies) have taken part, writing songs with participants and producing tracks in one of the five Pro7ect pop-up studios at Hotel Pelirocco.
Pro7ect Creative Director, Lisa Fitzgibbon, says: “It just gets better and better! After a hugely successful retreat this year, with artists travelling from around the world to collaborate in our writing teams, we are looking towards P719 with fervour. Heading into our 6th year at the Pelirocco we have some HUGE A-List Producers to announce over the next few months.”
For the duration of Pro7ect, participants work in producer-led teams to write a track a day. These are recorded in the P7 pop-up studios equipped with the latest technology from manufacturers such as Prism Sound, PMC, Focusrite/Novation, Roland and Audio Technica. The teams are changed each day and the songs are either written for one of the artists in the room or to spec using tip sheets supplied by Pro7ect. Every evening there is a feedback session where teams play the result of their day’s work to the entire group and discuss their writing processes and production techniques.
Songwriters and artists who have taken part in previous Pro7ect@The Hotel Pelirocco retreats have nothing but praise for the experience. Check out a video highlighting their views and opinions by following this link: https://www.pro7ect.com/#about
Pro7ect 2019 is now taking bookings and the cost of participating is between £1089 and £1299, which includes full board and accommodation, producers and studio equipment for four nights. Places are limited and anyone wishing to take part should visit www.pro7ect.com to apply.
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