The Mighty Boosh went all the way to the desert to the find the new sound. Kent doesn’t have a lot of deserts (unless you’re reading this in the year 2100) but hidden away in the Garden of England is a place. In this place not only will you find the new sound, but you’ll leave with the new sound sounding better than ‘want a cuppa?’ This place is called Anchor Baby Recordings.
Anchor Baby Recordings is the creation of Dan Lucas. A musician and producer, he has connections running out throughout the music scene. You could play the Seven Degrees of Separation game, it probably wouldn’t take seven degrees to link a band to Dan/Anchor Baby Recordings however. Dan has a few musical skills (which helps with the general concept of being a musician). He can sing, play piano, play drums, guitar and bass. Not bad going, let’s be honest. The musical call beckoned at the humble age of eight when he heard Pink Floyds ten minute epic Sheep, followed by Disintegration by The Cure. Diverse from the beginning, it’ll come as no surprize that being a musician has helped Dan get around a bit. He has toured with Unwed Sailor, an Oklahoma based instrumental band, and garage band The Higher State on their tour of Germany.
Maintaining this spirit of diversity Dan plays in three bands currently. I hope whoever first said men can’t multi-task is reading this. If acoustic sounds are your thing then Dan’s band Tener Duende has you covered with alarmingly funky jazz and flamenco sounds. If you want something a little louder however Jairus will send frantic energy towards like a sonic bulldozer. Dan has toured with Jairus in 26 countries! Fiery bluesy rock even comes into the picture via The Black Waterside. Get your hands on a track for free right here. Surely it’s only a matter of time before there’s a DJ/Rap project to complete the set.
So that’s Dan. With all that variety it stands Anchor Baby Recordings in good stead. Unsurprisingly with the amount of bands making up Dan’s musical history he’s been on the other side of a producer a few times. The perfect environment for a love of producing to grow. Like all the best this happened by basically pressing buttons to see what they did. Having said this some respected engineers also imparted their wisdom. Anchor Baby Recordings is armed with an 88 channel analogue desk as well as more musical equipment than Arcade Fire on tour. Whilst a musician at his core Dan finds that ‘in the recording and production environment that I get to be extremely creative too’.
Enjoying sharing the experience of creating new music with the bands that go through Anchor Baby Recordings the list is building up. The varied list includes fip fok band Coco and the Butterfields, rising indie band Chutes and grunge metallers Tortilla Army. These are only three bands though; the list is longer than I know numbers for. This says a bit about my maths skills but a lot about the reputation held by Anchor Baby Recordings. Dan’s ambition for himself and Anchor Baby Recordings is to do what he does on a slightly grander scale, but just to keep working in and with bands.
With fifteen years of experience Dan at 29 years old has plenty more time to make an impact on music both locally and on a larger scale. Not just a talented musician and engineer, he’ll give you tuition to. Whether you want to learn the drums or how to produce sounds so good they actually sound shiny Dan has a service for you. If you’re a band though thinking about where to record, Anchor Baby Recordings should definitely be on the list.
David Horn (not on facebook)