HUTCH is a singer/songwriter based in Derry. He has been playing and recording his own songs since 2009, in pubs, clubs, cafés radio studios, theatres, festivals, and various dark corners around the country. His style has been compared to the likes of Glen Hansard, Nick Drake and Elliott Smith. His first single, ‘You’ll Never Change’ is set for release on 20th March 2020.
“I think the meaning of ‘You’ll Never Change’ has changed over the years, as happens with songs sometimes. It started off as being a kind of finger-pointy song that complained about the “on-again-off-again” relationship I was in at the time. In recent times, I think of the song more as being about my frustration as a younger man, about practically everything in my life. Thankfully I’m in a better headspace now, but I still have to dig deep to find the anger I need to sing the song as it needs to be sung.“
The recording process was somewhat unconventional, collaborating online with Carlow-based producer Shayne Byrne of Ragged Company Recordings, as HUTCH explains:
“The recording process for ‘Romance & Melodrama’ was a steep learning curve for me. Myself and Shayne Byrne (producer/collaborator) worked using a great program called Splice, working via Ableton. We shared files back & forth, from my home studio in Derry, and Shayne’s studio in Carlow respectively. Early in the process we decided to work under the principal of treating each song as a single, working to get the best out of each song until we were both satisfied that we had done everything we could to get all we could out of them, in terms of performance, arrangement and production. I knew that the songs were strong and I believe in each of them totally. I can only hope that the listener gets something out of them, and can connect with them, both individually, and as a complete piece.“
With his debut album ‘Romance & Melodrama’ due for release in May, 2020 is set to be a big year for HUTCH.