Right then...I've begun the 3rd album (the follow-up to 'Speak For Yourself'). I'm going to write a more frequent blog as I did with the last one so you can keep an eye on me and make sure I'm not slacking! I wonder how it's gonna turn out? How exciting! You're very welcome to comment but please don't ask me questions on here or i'll never get any work done. You can email me with any questions you have and every month we'll pick 20 from the virtual 'hat' and post them. Send your questions to: igrill@imogenheap.com

Much much more to come! Love, fluv x i x Wheeeeee!!!

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Click here and here to see 360s of my cosy studio in London where I wrote and recorded the last album "Speak for Yourself" xxx

Tuesday, December 09, 2008


Birthday Blog and new vBlog! xxx

Hello my lovelies... Thank you all for your birthday wishes left in all the various places. I've just had a very healthy fancy fruit salad for a very late breakfast then ate all the round toffee ones from a pack of chocolates someone gave me. I know this is cliche but BOY this year has flown by! What the?? Quite scary! I barely had time to get used to 30 and now I'm 31. That had better not keep happening or i'll be 105 before I know it! Thank goodness Justine's been filming as I've been going along so I can remember what I got up to in this blur.

If you haven't watched the new vBlog, watch it now... warning... major plot spoiler after this full stop.

That's right.. you probably guessed it. Little Miss Heap didn't make the finish line for her birthday this year (moves onto long rectangular chocolate coated toffee ones)...This album has taken me by surprise so many times. I really feel like I'm taking this huge strong dog out for an endless walk and it's running about it all directions...sniffing over there, chasing that rabbit, running into bushes and ponds . I've just had to go with it. Also like a dog.. you can't leave it for too long or it gets the hump with you. If I could just somehow shut everything else off for 6 months I could have finished it by now but with PopTech!, Nitin Sawhney gigs and song, Jeff Beck gigs, silent movie accompaniment, a jaw harp appearance, weddings, birthdays, laundry, accounts, the Mika song, Little Spirit (or not as the case may be), IAMX remix, vblogs! Japanese classes, getting my driving license, trying to get/keep fit, building a studio from scratch, feeding everyone who was working on building it, taking on the family home and all this whilst filming the whole process with Justine behind the camera... It's not been easy to find time to get on with it! Now there's christmas getting in the way godammit!

I love that you're all on this trip with me. I can't tell you how helpful it is to have you all here egging me on. Not having a boyfriend this time around has been quite a different experience. There's no-one to shake and wake up to tell them all the exciting news from the latest goings on in the studio. That's why I'm digging more than ever blogging and more recently using Twitter. I think I'm developing a twitter twitch.

So the big question, I can hear you all ask from my kitchen table already, before you've even read this... WHEN IS IT COMING OUT HEAP?? Well... some of you may think that when it's done.. it's out in the shops/ ready to download the next day. Sadly (for you and me both)... that's not the case. I want to give this album a great set up, you know? To give it a really cracking chance of a good life. So I want to do videos, get some great artwork (I have a plan... you're gonna like it) together, photos, b-sides, interviews about the album, a few warm up gigs, some TV and radio, hopefully a sync (when the music gets put into movies/tv) or two to help spread the word... it goes on and on. And... another big thing... is I want the DVD to come out with the album and that's going to take a while to edit. Maybe this is all to depressing for those of you who are just clawing the walls for it to come out now? You still want to know exactly when right? Oh GOD! OK... but don't kill me, ok? I never said the actual album would be OUT on 9th Dec... just that It would be finished by then (which it isn't but I'm a month away from that now). So.. ok ok... here it goes. April/May. arghhhhhhhh..I'm sorry! I want you to have it right now really... I dooooo! (there are sooo many chocolate wrappers by my laptop now it's not even funny).

If it's any consolation... I will put out a song or two before the release. So you can have those to keep you going? and er... i did a remix for IAMX... you can hear that.... and erm... I will be vblogging still all the way... (ugh I just at an orange cream thinking it was a toffee one...ew, WATER!) Maybe because no-one's really blogged the whole process before to some of you this may come as a shock? How long it takes, why it can't just come out straight away and all that? This is quite normal. I'm not being difficult I promise! The thing which does take longer though is that there's no-one to fix a section, bass line, lyric, mix etc. There's no nice programmer who can spend a few days on something while I go off and do all the other stuff I gotta do... It's all done by yours truly and there's only one of me! Though my manager could do with about 5 more.

OK... I feel slightly better now that it's all out in the open... though slightly sick from all the chocolates I ate in the process of writing this.

So... where I'm at presently. I've got Tidal and Polyfilla all parts done. Just need to mix them (two days max each). I'm not far off with the other 8 that I've written and hope to get these all to pretty much done by end of the year. Then I need to finish writing and producing/mixing the remaining two. THEN .. i'll be done!

I'm going to get dressed and get down in the studio now until 8pm when I'm gonna pop my head out the basement for some dinner here by the fire with a few friends.
WIll be in touch one more time before the end of the year hopefully...

Love fluv to you all.
your immi
xxxxx

posted by immi  # 2:20 PM
Comments:
Not sure what love fluv is, but I thank you for it. ;)

Happy birthday, and thanks for sharing your creative process! I look forward to enjoying the new vBlog as well as this one.
 
immi! Happy happy birthday. Don't worry about getting the album out too soon (the longer you take the more vblogs you can do to entertain us with), it'll make it even more exciting when you're finally done. Fluv is good.
 
I'm sure that your fans would much rather see you being healthy and enjoying all your hard work (and play!...everyone should have play!) than to get a new Imogen Heap album sooner than later.

♫♫ Happy Birthday! ♫♫
 
feliz cumpleaños immi! :)
Don't worry about the release date cause we all know this album is going to be a masterpiece.
So it's worth the wait.
what about the artwork?!? I'm sure it will be amazing :o can't wait to see it.
 
happy birthday! i also turn 31 quite soon - not much we can do about the passing of time, but enjoy the ride and grow lots of things with our time.

thanks for the updates, here and on twitter. i enjoy following your process and i look forward to the new album! you never disappoint!

-ethan
 
Immi! Tanjoubi Omedetou Gozaimasu~~~~

I second what everybody's saying. You keep up the excellent work and just take your time! Good things are worth waiting for and I'm absolutely certain your album is a great thing :D

Love the vBlogs and twitters! Keep 'em comin' ;)

~TaT
 
We're all looking forward to the new album and appreciate the hard work but don't forget to take a breath. We'll appreciate a happy Immi even more! Happy Birthday!
 
Another delay? No way! Sorry for not being warm, fuzzy and understanding, but I'm out of patience and about to sneak into Imogen's house to get that well-hidden HDD! Kudos from frozen Siberian Mordor, bork bork bork!
 
Can't wait!
 
Immi,

I think what is so nice is the fact that you are so honest in your blogs and even Vblogs. You're not trying to shoot us with marketing ploys like all the big artists attempt to do. You're telling it like it is. A lot of people really don't understand that it is JUST you [and all your friends and supporters] who is making this album.

We, the fans, will always be there. And we understand that these things take time. Especially since we know that this album is going to be beautiful. Both content and all the little extras that you put into it to make it truly beautiful.

Keep at it - and happy birthday for the other day.

You're making us proud :)
<3

[bobakey on ibabble]
 
Joyeux anniversaire ma belle!
Sorry to be late, but I've always been with birthdays, I remind them one day before... and one week later ;)
Kisses!

PS: about your DVD, please consider adding french (or at least english) subtitles :) love xxx
 
Imogen, I hope that you find time to read this and maybe even respond. :)
Imogen,

I was propelled to write you after hearing your song, "Hide and Seek." I myself am also involved in the recording industry as I myself am a Recording Engineer. May I say that I have heard all types of music through the years, and many times I get caught up in analyzing the mix or selection of techniques and instrumentation rather than the beauty, spirit, and message of the song. Your song absolutely captivated me...the lyrics are so deeply moving! I found myself listening to the sheer beauty of the harmonizations/chords, your voice, and lyrics rather than focusing on the recording, and I would like to thank you for that.

I also found your harmonies very impressive, as it sounded like your voice was ran into a synthesizer so when you would play keys, the harmonies would conform to those chords. I know that it may be your 'trademark' and/or secret, but would you possibly be willing to share how you created such lush harmonies? I have never heard anything like it in my career. The closest and most comparable result I have heard is with a vocoder, but is this what you used? Would you care to share the exact piece of equipment you used? I think it could be a very effective piece of equipment for the college I work at to purchase for our studios.

Thank you again, and thanks for moving me with your inspiring music!

-Kyle
 
I would love you to release the album April 21st!! The queens birthday but more importantly mine... How cool would I be hehe wuv ya immi xxx
 
Belated Happy Birthday Immi!! So excited for you! Until the next expression is shared...

Fun Fun
Loving You,
a
 
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