Although Shoot the Image is a band of the new millennia, their story began the old-fashioned way–on a drunken night out with friends.
After being floored by their future lead singer’s voice at an after party, the friends put together some initial demos in Pro Tools. Through MySpace, they connected to their future producer Boz Boorer (Boorer is most known for his work founding the new wave rockabilly group The Polecats, and later for his work as a co-writer and guitarist with Morrissey).
The MySpace connection eventually led to the recording of their debut album with Boz, deep in the mountains of Portugal.
Below, the band discusses recording off the grid, finding inspiration in lost places, and their unexpected dream collaborator!
1. Wow, how cool that Morrissey guitarist Boz Boorer produced your debut. How did you initially link up? What was it like working with him?
Believe it or not, we initially got in touch with Boz Boorer through MySpace by sending him band and film recommendations. This began a dialogue that carried on over the course of a year. We booked a show at the 12 Bar Club in London England and invited him to come. To our surprise he actually showed up. We ended up hitting it off and he invited us to record at Serra Vista Studios in Portugal.
Working with Boz was amazing. He really understood how to bring out the best in our band and the songs. Serra Vista Studios is located deep in the mountains of Portugal, no cell phone or internet service meant no outside distractions and full attention paid to recording.
The work days were long but laid back and fun. We had a ton of laughs, ate great food, drank great wine and made an album. Boz and his wife Lyn were fantastic hosts. What more could you ask for?