With our world in such a chaotic state, many people just want to know;
"Is Everything Going To Be OK?"
The project brings together a hundred singers to record an atmospheric, trance, dream pop, choral song, building from one voice,
then adding layer upon layer of voices for the song's 100 voiced climax.
Story of the Song
Steve started writing the song with a different title in 2009, "There is a Place", which you can listen to on Soundcloud. He then came back to it in 2013, when he decided to change the lyrics to "Is Everything Going To Be OK?" At this point he realized it needed 100 singers, so he got to work on finding them, in all sorts of different ways.
Number one artists Nizlopi held a songwriting weekend where Steve recorded 24 singers. London folk music legend Pete Roe played a gig in his lounge and Steve recorded their parts with audience members. Steve gathered singers at an open mic and a songwriters meet-up. He got hold of his favourite singers, friends and family who are singers, friends of friends who were singers. Some came to Steve's home studio or Steve found them as far as Israel to record them in fields, special needs schools, community centres, houses and hotel rooms. Others sang from the comfort of their own homes and recording studios and sent the recordings online. He posted the song on an online collaborative music site called Ohmstudio, where most of the improvisations between the singing came from.
The project has amassed some other big names, such as the comedian Lee Nelson, (who you can hear making a joke and saying "laters" at the end). It has solo lines from Brit Award nominees Beth Rowley and Daisy Chute. Up and coming stars include Sam Sallon, Lauren Rich, and Kerry-Fleur (whose speaking you hear at the beginning and end - no it's not from a film) all asking
After years of work of recording, producing and mixing in Logic Pro X and Ableton Live, having listened to and mixed the same line approximately 100x100x10 times to get as perfect a mix as he could, he took it to Abbey Road to be mastered by Alex Wharton. It went live online exactly a year after Back To The Future 2's future, 21/10/16, so it's even more futuristic than the future.
The final piece of work is now available online with a video.
For You To Choose A Bespoke Tailor Made Version or Remix
Steve is planning to make further mixes, alternate versions and remixes to be released in the coming months. If you wish to make your own tailor-made mix, choose your own selection of singers, at which points in the song you'd like them to sing, and when you want instruments to come in etc. you could donate £75 for the honour and Steve will contact you for a discussion or even a mixing session at his home studio. If you are a remixer, you could ask Steve to send you them stems to make a remix yourself. There will be a CD and Vinyl with different versions, which you can pre-order.
When the song was in development Steve felt it was such a call to humanity that it needed to be a charity project.
Previously the project was split between 5 charities, now all the money raised will go to World Wildlife Fund.