Jeremy Fisher is a from-the-ground-up kind of guy. His work as a musician and artist is infused with a DIY style. But with his newest release, Fisher's foundation was a drum machine.
Taking hints from Jeff Lynne's work with the Travelling Wilburys and, surprisingly, Phil Collins, Fisher demo'd the album using a drum machine, a tool he credits for the driving "anthemic" feel of
Flood. "When you're not collaborating with a group it's harder to be extroverted in the process. I did write a lot of the album with the drum machine sitting next to me pounding out the rhythm and keeping it going and I guess in a way there was this outside element that made it a little more extroverted," says Fisher, who currently calls Montreal home.
This carried through into the studio, too, where Fisher was working with Hawksley Workman as his producer for the second time. Building the album's triumphant instrumental layers on top of a drum-loop base resulted in a bit of a departure from his previous work, but a welcomed one. "Everything is sort of doubled and big...but it's me, I guess, dressed up in fancier clothes."
Generally, Fisher keeps things pretty no-frills. He's recently released a homemade video for Flood's "Shine a Little Light," a project completed using just his iPhone and a camera on a tripod (his video for 2007's "Cigarette" has over two million views on YouTube). And the resourcefulness doesn't end there. When he tours, whether regionally or nationally, he prefers travel by bicycle. Fisher laughs saying though he likes to do things on his own, he's not a control freak, "I think it's just a part of my process, a part of my life. It keeps me motivated." This process has landed him making each of his four albums in a different city; here's hoping Halifax is his next muse.
Jeremy Fisher w/Great Big Sea, February 19, 7pm, Grand Parade, Free