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@hotpress: Hi Joe! You’re living out in France at the moment. How does that square with your touring and recording?
@joechester: Touring wise it’s actually easier, because I play quite a lot in Belgium and Holland. I also have my own studio where I live, so it’s perfect. A lot of artists have come and recorded with me recently.
@hotpress: Anyone you can name?
@joechester: The last thing I did was help finish off the new album for The Hedge School. And Brian from A Lazarus Soul is coming down as well over the winter, so we’ll be working on their new album in France!
@hotpress: You’ve reissued your 2005 album A Murder Of Crows. What does it mean to be bringing it out 12 years after it was first released?
@joechester: It’s amazing. 2017 has been a really wonderful year for me, and all this happening around Christmas is the perfect way to top it off!
@hotpress: Would you see it as your seminal album?
@joechester: People say it is. I think a lot of it comes down to how albums are marketed, and A Murder Of Crows got a lot of attention. But to me – my best work is still ahead of me.
@hotpress: You’re most recent album, The Easter Vigil, was hugely well received.
@joechester: Yeah, and it was very different too. A Murder of Crows took three years to record, whereas this album took six days.
I’m always trying to keep things interesting when writing.