Twenty-seven of the UK’s finest living musicians discuss the magic and reveal the secrets behind their art in a rare collection of conversations about fifty years of classic British songwriting.
Isle of Noises features brand-new, exclusive, in-depth conversations. Artists discuss their individual approach to writing, the inspiration behind their most successful songs, and the techniques and methods they have independently developed. It is an incredible musical journey spanning fifty years, from ‘Waterloo Sunset’ by Ray Davies to ‘The Beast’ by Laura Marling, with many lyrical and melodic secrets revealed along the way.
Original handwritten lyrics from personal archives and notebooks (many never-before-seen) offer a unique glimpse into the heart of the creative process, and some of the greatest names in photography, including Jill Furmanovsky, Pennie Smith and Sheila Rock, have contributed stunning portraits of each artist.
The combination of individual personal insights and the breadth and depth of knowledge in their collected experience makes Isle of Noises the essential word on classic British songwriting – as told by the songwriters themselves.
A great set of questions. I’m proud to be part of this project. Ray Davies
I was astounded by Daniel’s knowledge and even after all these years to be asked original questions that surprise you was very impressive. Robin Gibb
I know you’ve had glowing reports from others – it’s really interesting how you did it. Jimmy Page
I’ve always been very wary about analysing song writing. It’s always been a mystery to me where ideas come from. Bryan Ferry
I enjoyed the conversation very much. What did the guys have to say?Joan Armatrading
Really good questions. It’s nice to speak to someone with some musical knowledge who’s smart. That’s unusual. Sting
I want to read what Ray Davies said; a hero of mine. Andy Partridge
One of the best and most challenging interviews I’ve ever done. Great. Glenn Tilbrook
What you’re doing’s great and very important. The questions are brilliant, really interesting . . . sometimes you know straightaway if someone’s going to be trotting out the same old stuff. You’ve obviously got a real feeling for the esoteric, romantic and spiritual side of it.Johnny Marr
It’s a really interesting project. I bet no one says the same thing.Damon Albarn
Without doubt the finest book I’ve ever read about songwriters and the songs they write. Fantastic insightful interviews. I remember being interviewed for it at the time and thinking I wish all interviews were like this. Noel Gallagher
I hope I’ve been able to shed some light onto my weird brain. Lily Allen
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About the author - Daniel Rachel
Daniel Rachel was born in Solihull living opposite Ian Botham's grandmother. Leaving Birmingham at eighteen, Daniel studied film at Winchester University before dropping out to form a band. In 1997, Rachel's Basement was conceived and soon became the Midland's biggest unsigned band playing to sold out venues and rave revues. The 4-piece band undertook several nationwide tours with Daniel as front man and songwriter. Courted on many occasions by the record industry - including prestigious residencies at UB40 and Rockfield Studios - the band's time was not then.
In 2000, Daniel left the Midlands with an acoustic guitar for London. After many gigs on the acoustic circuit, Dust Records was conceived for the launch of Daniel's self-financed debut album 'A Simple Twist of Folk'. The album was released in November 2001 to much critical acclaim. A brave, honest record, shot through with beautiful melodies, lyrical and resonant as its title suggests. The 13 tracks were produced by Marc Olivier and includes collaboration with Goldfrapp drummer Rowan Oliver.
In October 2001, Daniel embarked on his first solo British tour taking in over 20 cities to promote his debut album. A second nationwide tour followed a year later, opening for Ocean Colour Scene lead singer Simon Fowler. Along the way, Daniel has supported many other great and rising talents including Billy Bragg, Nizlopi, Thea Gilmore and The Rifles.
Through 2003/4 Daniel released two limited edition seven inch singles; 'Burned By The Wire' produced by Grant Showbiz (The Smiths/Billy Bragg) and 'Dear Friend' whilst continuing to tour the UK on the back of further critical praise.
Daniel's second album ' A Taste of Money' (09/06) featured the hit single 'Let It Be Mine' which reached No.28 in the Official Independent Singles Chart in January 2008. The accompanying video was directed by the BAFTA award team behind 'Bleak House' and 'The Other Boleyn Girl'. Guest appearances on the critically acclaimed album included the Kate Rusby Band, Willis, Simon Fowler (Ocean Colour Scene) and Joe Atkinson (Flipron/The Specials).
Find out more about Daniel Rachel and his music from his website here