Alan has guested on a debut single by a young and aspiring new artist, Dede, entitled ‘Calling The Clock’. It was released via Smile Records on November 18th 2016 and is now available to download or stream.
He met Dede (full name Dédé Davi) when his old mucker from DM days, Daryl Bamonte, got in touch :
“Dédé sent over her demo of ‘Calling The Clock’ after Daryl asked if I would oversee a studio recording and arrange & perform the piano part for the final version. I was happy to oblige. The simplicity and directness of Dédé’s words along with a strong melody left plenty of room to come up with the arrangement – hopefully one which compliments those things without becoming overbearing, allowing the strength of the song itself to shine through.
With limited hours in the studio, an immediate focus was required to get the right piano & vocal performances. For me, a little old-school having got so used to utilising all kinds of digital tools and electronic equipment with my own recorded music. The whole experience was refreshing & rewarding and I wish Dédé all the luck in the world with her career.”
Says Dédé :
“When I sent my demo off to my manager, I was surprised to get a positive reaction. He suggested that Alan could arrange it and record it with me. Again I was shocked that Alan even agreed. We had almost no time to rehearse – I think we went through it two or three times and that was it. It became clear that we are both perfectionists so we fitted perfectly and definitely didn’t give each other an easy time. I’m a big fan of simple music and there wasn’t anywhere to hide in this song, with either the piano or the vocals.
Alan brought a magic to this song that I couldn’t have even imagined – he transformed it into something delicate yet powerful. To work alongside his attention to detail and his skill was something I never thought I’d ever get the chance to do. I’m grateful beyond words and I hope everyone will enjoy listening to this song as much as we enjoyed making it.”
Dede hails from Croydon, London, and took a degree in politics at the University of Manchester. She began writing and collaborating with local musicians and her first recorded song, ‘Give In To You’, found its way onto the playlists of BBC Radio Merseyside & BBC Radio 1Xtra. After graduating, she moved back to London to attend The Academy of Contemporary Music where she honed her songwriting skills and was picked by Paul Hardcastle to perform on the 30 year anniversary remake of ’19’. She was also selected as one of MTV’ s ‘Top 20 Ones to Watch’. Dede was subsequently signed to Schubert Music Publishing and is now working on her debut album, collaborating with artists such as Steve Hewitt (Placebo) and Polly Scattergood.
Full details :
‘Calling The Clock’ – Dede featuring Alan Wilder
Written by Dede
Performed and arranged by Dede & Alan Wilder
Recorded by Tom Archer
Mixed by Sam Harper
Studio sessions co-ordinated by Siobhan Paine
Published by Schubert Music Publishing Ltd
P&C Smile Records