Writing and Touring
Guten Tag Focalites, from the tundra, otherwise known as Basel airport.
I trust you are well, and hope the snow (if you have any) isn’t causing you as many problems as it is me. I’m flying home today, but had to go via London which appears to be closed, so had to reschedule my flight to later on in the day. But that means I have a direct flight back to Amsterdam. So I’m sitting here, brushing up on a little, my (bad) German and having a spot of lunch. I’ve just spent the last week with a new artist called Lauren Pritchard, watch out for her, she has the most wonderful voice.
This last month has been quite exciting for me, with the actual publication of my first book extremely imminent, and getting my first physical copy was very exciting. And to go on top of all of that, my first monthly column came out in Audio Pro International magazine. I’ve had a couple of interviews in the past with Audio Pro, and when they asked me to fill the void in their ‘From the Front’ section, I felt most flattered, it’s normally the people I work with that get all the attention so I still feel like someone has got it wrong and I’ll be found out to be some sort of fraud. But, until that point, I’ll be writing once a month about my thoughts, ideas, techniques and other things that go with life on the road.
A lot of people have asked me how I find the time to write on the road. The answer is very easy, when there is a lot of travel involved then there is usually a lot of time wasted either sitting in a plane, train, automobile, or other such modes of transportation that get you from A to B. Or, desperately trying to kill the boredom in your hotel room without going out and spending all the money you have earned from that tour. Writing was something that I evolved to quite naturally, my mum writes, and I’ve always had a love of writing. So I put my computer and my phone to good use when I’m travelling. I have an application on my phone that lets me write whenever I feel the need to, and it uploads it to my cloud folder somewhere in the internether-world, so the actual writing is the easy part.
That hardest part of all of this is the bit where you have to talk about a subject matter that the readers will actually want to read. It’s all well and good just writing words down but you have to be able to relate and make interesting points. I like to be honest, and like to think properly about the things I’m writing about. It’s too easy to be biased one way or another and to have a little rant about things, but that really isn’t going to give anyone a decent idea of your point. I understand most of all, that when I commit my words to paper or screen I have opened myself up for comment and criticism but ultimately what I like to think is, if I do write this am I opening my own eyes further, or opening someone else’s eyes. If I can’t make myself or you think a little bit more, then it’s not worth writing about.
Dave Swallow is an enthusiastic audiophile, on the search for a sound so good, and so pure that it will make him cry. Dave has mixed front of house for big names in the UK, such as Amy Winehouse and La Roux. Visit his website for current news and tour dates. Dave is the author of Live Audio, published by Focal Press.
Photograph: Dave Swallow