Angie McMahon was due to perform with her band at Latitude Festival in the UK.
This month Angie would have just kicked off her first headline band shows across the UK and Europe before spending some time in Ireland to write and explore. When the trip was cancelled in early March, Angie rallied to collect funds for a local charity Support Act, raising a target of $50,000 to go towards music workers in need of financial support.
In a search for a sense of connectedness amongst her band and team, as well as creating new work, Angie collaborated with local creatives to film and record An Online Solo Piano Concert. The online piano concert was filmed at The Perch Recording Studio, Castlemaine and recorded and mixed by Angie’s touring sound engineer, Jono Steer. The studio, based in regional Victoria, has been adapted in a way that allows for a solo artist to record in an isolated setting that abides by social distancing rules.
The videos were filmed by Angie’s manager Charlotte Abroms, edited by Angie’s regular editor, Lewis Parsons, a freelance editor based in Toronto, Canada. After the filming took place, Angie then recorded additional instrumentation for the tracks with the idea to officially release Piano Salt as an EP; a collection of reimagined piano versions of Angie’s original songs and some of her favourite covers. The tracks were mixed by Angie’s bass player and producer Alex O’Gorman and mastered by Adam Dempsey.
Angie and her team have felt connected, creative and collaborative working on the concert during the lockdown period. The concert is 35 minutes long, featuring Angie singing and performing stripped back, reimagined piano versions of her original songs, a new song and a cover of one of her favourite songs. Tickets are on sale via Ticketmaster today.
“Practising the piano and recording something in isolation felt like the only thing I wanted to do when we were locked down, so it was really fun to turn this into a concert that will hopefully feel like an intimate live music experience while we can’t go visit our much loved venues. I got to reimagine songs off my record, and I currently prefer some of the piano versions honestly, so I hope people like them.”
– Angie McMahon