John Haycock & Joshua Fletcher “What If​?​"

by John Haycock

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What If? A poem about anxiety.
Words By Josh Fletcher
Music by John Haycock.
Written and recorded during the 2020 coronavirus lockdown
Please consider making a donation to the Mind mental health charity:

Josh Fletcher is a best selling author of anxiety self help books and a counsellor. You can hear him contributing words of positive mindfulness to Morning Mari’s show every Monday morning on Worldwide FM. The message is a positive, peaceful and calming one at this time as well as at any other time.

John Haycock is one of four artists who recently won the Steve Reid Foundation’s prestigious inNOVAtion award for forward thinking emerging talent. The Foundation, set up by Gilles Peterson, helps artists in need due to injury or illness, as well as providing mentorship and small financial grants for emerging talent. Trustees include Gilles himself, Kieran Hebden (Four Tet), Sam Shepherd (Floating Points), Nick Woodmansey (Emanative), and Simon Goffe (Brownswood Recordings) amongst others.
John is a multi instrumentalist live looping artist passionate about affecting acoustic sounds with electronics.
As part of John’s mentorship from the Foundation he is working closely with Nick Emanative who is mixing / co-producing a forthcoming EP and assisting with its vinyl release. Previous inNOVAtion Awardee Sarathy Korwar (winner of the Aim Awards Best Independent Album award 2020 for the album ‘More Arriving’) has also contributed his talents to this project and will feature on a couple of tracks, whilst also helping to see its release.
“What If?” is the first finished piece, made in collaboration with Joshua
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released August 17, 2020


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John Haycock Manchester, UK

Having trained with Gambian griot and kora master Jali Kuyateh,John takes the 21 string African harp and runs it through a series of electronic devices creating lush soundscapes and solid beats and overlays it with woodwind instruments, bridging the gap between ancient West African Folk melodies and modern electronica, visiting influences from hip-hop to house to dub along the way. ... more

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