The first album to grace the letterbox of Folk Radio UK from Fence Records back in 2007 was Chemical Campfires by Barbarossa, the name which London based singer/songwriter James Mathé goes under. He recently recorded a session for Topman Ctrl which you watch below:
He said this about the session:
“I was really up for this after I had seen the other sessions Topman Ctrl had online. This is how I often consume music now, either music videos or these kinds of live sessions. I like how it forces the artist to be creative and come up with new ways of arranging the songs. This song is quite different to the record – I wanted it to have something of the original recording but also take it somewhere a bit different and use the instruments I always use but in a new way. It keeps it new and interesting for me too. As I usually play with two other musicians; a live drummer and a guitar/bass player, I needed to fill the sound out a bit, so it kept me on my toes!”
James has a new album out towards the end of 2012 titled ‘Analogue Catalogue’ and was produced and mixed by Adem Ilhan (Fridge, Silver Columns, Adem) who also lent some of his musical chops to a few of the tracks.