Musician Phil Moore and a few of his friends decided to combat lockdown boredom and start a virtual band. Phil said: “The idea of recording music together came to me as soon as lockdown started, I set up a Messenger group and invited about 40 of my musician friends to join it”.
“Myself and Paul Whittaker (who is a musician, guitar teacher and sound engineer), recorded a very simple base track and added some drums played by another friend Steve Cooper. Each musician in the group recorded their own part at home and then Paul mixed together the contributions. We were all given complete freedom to record what we thought went well with the track”.
The ‘Metres Apart’ band have never played together in person, but all agreed it would nice to link the track with a charity and raise some money.
Phil, who is originally from London shared: “Whipps Cross used to be my local hospital and my twin brother is still a patient at Barts. Our double bass player Steve Johnson qualified as a doctor at Barts many years ago, so choosing Barts Charity was a no brainer”.
The musicians recorded themselves singing or playing to the track on their phone and then produced a video to accompany the song. The band have had a lot of fun making the music and are pleased with the feedback they have received so far.
Phil said: “We have over 10,000 hits on Facebook and even more on YouTube. We are now only £200 off our target amount, but would love to raise even more money for the charity!”.
The band plan to showcase their song on itunes but hope the main income for the charity will come from donations. Phil explained: “Everything is directed to Barts Charity and I would love for Barts staff to see the video! The video is aimed as a thank you for all the fantastic work you are doing”.
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