Merry Go Crazy | by Simon Edward

Merry go crazy | Alternative rock

Merry go crazy. Stuart Martin (Drummer) and I played together in some groups from the late 1980’s to the early Noughties (the decade between the 1990’s and the present decade).

We were also serving musicians at a church near to where we grew up in Romford, East London.

At other times, we would play ‘covers’. It was really about trying to grow as musicians, by learning from the artists we liked at the time.

I had acquired a multi-track tape recorder to hear how we sounded, and although Stuart had electronic drum sounds, he had built his first studio in a spare room at his house to play and record his acoustic drum kit.

‘Studio One’ was the ideal place to capture Stuart’s ‘natural’ drum sound, without compression or effects.

Stuart and I produced a 6-track Compact Disc (CD) in 1999 called ‘X’, under our band name: ‘2nd Generation’.

2nd Generation | CD | Generation X

Merry Go Crazy: with Stuart Martin

March 2014: For the first time in 15 years, we’ve written and recorded a new track. Some things have changed, but still the same two guys; the quiet ones at the back.

Stuart says, “All it took was an internet connection, cloud-based web storage, some microphones and lots of fun; “A tweet from Simon, “Check out the Dropbox”.

The next day I imported the Bass track into Cubase and sat behind my kit. It was like Simon was in the studio with me. It didn’t feel like 15-years had passed.

We just picked up where we left off, after a very long tea break!”

More tea | Stuart Martin |

“I was surprised by how much I liked the sound of the first version. From then, the track just kept on growing.

Version 4 had some vocals on it. Up until then, I had no idea what the song would be about!”

“I record my drums with no effects and trust Simon to mix the drums to fit the song.

In 25 years, I’ve learned that a drummer never hears what their kit really sounds like, until they hear it from the other side.

The only way to do that is for someone else to play your drums while you listen out front.

Thank’s Simon, for letting me hear my true sound. My DW drums sound awesome! Boooooom!”

The creative process | Merry Go Crazy

Although it took about 6-weeks to produce the song, from the initial recording to final mix, It was great to finally hear us playing together (on something new) again. | by Simon Edward | June 2016.


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