The solo project
Besides touring with Jimi Tenor, Nicole
Willis has been busy with her first solo album. It has
been recorded for Tommi Grönlund's Sähkö
Recordings and is produced by Jimi Tenor and Maurice
Fulton, except for one track, 'Dinosauri' which is produced
by Lary Seven. "It's been a painless collaboration
for me with these guys! I feel like it's my best work
yet!" says Nicole.
The recording started in August at
Estudio Copito de Nieve numero dos, Barcelona. "The
first track we did is 'Army for Love', a ballad that
seemed to foretell our relationship." This was
followed by an electronic Motown inspired 'You're gonna
get yours' on which Nicole plays some guitar.
She had planned to stay for 10 days,
but they managed to get 5 songs ready in 4 days, so
things happened quite fast. "Not to say that we
didn't have fun in the interim. Jimi and I quickly established
our relationship during that time. It was pretty whirlwind!"
Work on the album then continued at
Maurice Fulton's studios back in New York with 'I'm
not going', an 80s funk inspired song on which Jimi
Tenor makes his debut on soprano sax. During the sessions
Jimi and Maurice carried on with their long running
debate of 'Cubase' vs. analog vintage gear. "I'd
say whatever works, the result of the meld of the two
is this album", says Nicole.
The last song recorded before leaving
for Poland (to record Jimi's
new album) was 'Curiosity', the first single. "Jimi
supplied an excellent dance track with his own BV's
that was easy to write to."
Nicole Willis' previous works include
two albums with 'Repercussions' and a duet with Curtis
Mayfield on the tribute album to the artist. Leftfield's
album 'Rhythm and Stealth' features Nicole on lead vocal
the Time and Curiosity
and the album 'Soul
Makeover' are out on Sähkö. Her website
was launched in January 2001.