Between 2012 and 2018 I Robert Lowe, had written and released a run of very well received albums.
After the release of Time Traveller in 2018 and some subsequent spin offs from it, I decided I needed to take a creative break to avoid the risk of repeating myself.
However, my creative juices are not something I can easily turn off and felt I still needed to write. During that 2012 to 2018 period, I met a lot of highly original and very talented musicians. As I considered which direction I need to go musically, I realized during the process of making those albums, I had increasingly and consciously written parts specifically for the session players I was working with.
In subsequent travels I naturally came across other musicians, so I formulated a plan which would allow me to continue writing but which moved me away from my usual writing processes. This plan became Determinant Seed.
Determinant Seed projects are the result of my being inspired by and/or writing for other musicians.
Going forward, I will still be creating Robert Lowe style projects as well as releases under the name of Determinant Seed which will feature predominantly other artists, many of who I am yet to meet.
Featuring Calvin Billington-Glen.
Written and produced by Robert Lowe and Matt Black.
I had written a set of lyrics which came out after a couple of highly emotional life experiences. None of the music I wrote up to this time was a good fit for them, so I put them to one side thinking that it may just have been an emotional requirement that I write these words down and that was all it was. I told myself if ever I met the right singer, maybe I’d try and make something out of them. I came across Calvin Billington-Glen by chance at an open mic night in Bournemouth, UK. In among the familiar singers of varying skill levels, this 17 year old stood up and belted out a musical theatre piece to a resounding ovation from the unsuspecting audience.
It was a beautiful moment, I had to speak to Calvin.
I asked him if I was able to write a song in that style, would he sing it for me. He agreed and the moment he did, it hit me that he was the man to deliver those lyrics. In less than an hour at the keys I had the basis of a song. I made a rough demo on the piano and took it into Hangover Hill Studio where I had recorded the bulk of my recent work. I explained my vision to Calvin of what might happen to the song once I started putting the rest of the instruments on it and he sang to my sparse demo, at that time I still didn’t really know how it would pan out.
I began working on orchestration with co-producer Matt Black who quickly acknowledged the complicated timing I had built in, so he had to devise a way to firstly decipher it, then how to play to it.
Using numbers and markers, piece by piece Matt built the orchestral parts and by the end, nothing I had played on the original demo was left.
I later added some percussion but overall Matt Black played the entire orchestra, under my direction, a 50/50 collaboration.
It is credit to Calvin’s skill that he had grasped the initial vision and delivered a vocal performance powerful enough to contain the orchestra that now lay beneath. ‘No More Time’ is available on all leading download and streaming sites under the name of Determinant Seed.