For the last 5 years or so, I have been developing an artist called 'Hope'. I first met her on stage, at the Childwickbury Arts Fair, put on by my grandmother - Christiane Kubrick. For the last year, this development has taken the form of 'Live In The Library'.
For the last year, we needed a way to 'tick over' Hope's youtube channel whilst she was preoccupied with her A level studies. Seb Wesson introduced me to new friends - Matt Cowley and Brad Waissman, both phenomenal drums & bass session musicians respectively. In 2016, we were recording some of Hope's original material in my recording studios through my company - Jacket Records, but it was not ready for release.
I am very lucky to have access to an incredible library in my family home - Childwickbury House. I figured it would work tremendously for a drum sound and Matt agreed. Turns out we were not disappointed. So began the routine of shooting live sessions in the library with Hope choosing the songs, Seb, Brand & Matt learning them, and myself, capturing them. The whole project was shot in 4 sessions, 3 months apart, totalling 13 performances of Hope with her band.
This Thursday I shot an interview with Hope and one with her band and bundled it all up into a summary of the Live In The Library project. I believe it has given Hope a wealth of experience at only 18 and I know it has helped prepare her for the rigours of the modern music industry.
Hope's development is coming to an end, as I am running out of things to teach her and as begins to take the wheel and determine her own career path. But I hope to always be a part of her career and help her achieve what she sets out to achieve.
Jack Elliott Hobbs is a lighting, camera and sound specialist, hailing from a large family of film-makers, artists and musicians. His passion is in telling the stories about creative people, portrayed in bespoke style, clarity and vision.