Bryan Ferry of Roxy Music praises MJMusic’s debut EP Misplaced to the World


MATTHEW Donnachie needed to choose himself up from the ground after his dream got here true.

As a fan of Roxy Music in his youthful years, the musician from Dunfermline all the time regarded as much as Bryan Ferry and imagined what it might be wish to have his voice, type and status.

Donnachie had dabbled out and in of bands earlier than nevertheless it wasn’t till lockdown final 12 months that he fashioned MJMusic with John O’Brien, a pairing influenced closely by their mutual love of the likes of Ferry, David Bowie and David Sylvian.

It was solely when Donnachie walked into O’Brien’s studio that there was extra to him than met the attention, for his new pal had a secret up his sleeve, one which might take Donnachie aback.

By that time their debut monitor and EP was already taking form – a quantity impressed by Donnachie’s daughter, Olivia, leaving for the Brit College – and so they had been within the technique of finalising what would grow to be Misplaced to the World.

Chatting with Press:ON this week, Donnachie, now dwelling in Nairn, revealed the way it got here to be that he was standing in a studio that would move for a Roxy Music and Bryan Ferry shrine.

“John is definitely the archive guide for Roxy Music and Bryan Ferry,” Donnachie stated.

“I didn’t know that till I walked into John’s studio and noticed all these gold discs and portraits of Bryan Ferry in every single place; I knew immediately that they weren’t from ebay, put it that manner.

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“I requested the place he bought all of it from and he stated, ‘Yeah, I work for Bryan Ferry’. I stated to him that it was the perfect brag I’ve ever heard that somebody hasn’t used! If I labored for Bryan Ferry, I’d have a t-shirt with that written on it.”

As soon as the monitor was prepared for different ears, Donnachie despatched it to Richard Barbieri, of the band Japan, one other hero of his.

Donnachie stated: “I despatched it off to him and he replied with a protracted paragraph about how a lot he cherished it; how haunting it was, that he favored the chord modifications, how nicely it was written. I simply thought to myself that if he likes it, we could possibly be on to one thing right here.”

It’s from that second when issues began to grow to be critical, Donnachie says.

He commented: “John stated he was going to let the ‘guys’ right here it.

“By ‘guys’, he meant Bryan Ferry and his group, principally.

“He despatched it by means of the rounds, to start with to Rhett Davis, who’s produced all of Ferry’s stuff from the 1970s to now.

“He additionally despatched it to Alistair Norbery, who’s Bryan Ferry’s supervisor and who heads up BMG.

“He additionally despatched it to Andy Mackay (saxophone, Roxy Music), and it was him who bought again to us first. He cherished it.

“Then Norbery got here again and he stated he cherished the monitor and we shocked him with it. Rhett Davis stated it was nice as nicely, and that he may hear Bryan singing it.

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“So, after these reactions, John then phoned me whereas I used to be at work.

“He requested me if I used to be sitting down as he had some information for me.

“He instructed me that Bryan Ferry had watched the music video we had made and he was an actual fan of the music; he had given us his approval.

“I used to be actually floored by that.

“Rhett Davis then stated he felt it deserved a polish.

“So, we despatched the EP to them and it was taken to Abbey Street Studios and it bought mastered by Simon Gibson, who did all the Beatles again catalogue when it turned digital.

“With stuff like that taking place to you on a weekly foundation, I stored having to select myself again up from the ground.”

Misplaced to the World could have began with Donnachie’s daughter Olivia however it might grow to be a homage to Marilyn Monroe, who was the right muse for the feelings working by means of him on the time.

It was launched on December 16 and the reception it has acquired has nonetheless left the pair overwhelmed.

“Once you get all these accolades from guys like this, it does take you again,” Donnachie says.

“It’s a dream come true.

“I keep in mind when the Roxy Music album, Flesh And Blood, got here out. I listened to that and simply dreamt of being Bryan Ferry. Guys like him and David Sylvian (Japan) had been Gods to me.

“It’s important to savour these moments as a result of they could by no means occur once more.

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“I hope it does nevertheless it’s unimaginable to have this reception for our first monitor.

“It’s fairly scary.

“It simply reveals you the facility of chemistry and what occurs when the items all match collectively as if it had been a jigsaw.”

Misplaced to the World is offered to stream on-line now.


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