We’re big fans of Skeltr - they headlined the festival in 2018 and we managed to squeeze in a show with them at the Kanteena before lockdown hit back in March 2020. So we were pretty excited in the (metaphorical) Lancaster Jazz Festival office to check out their new album, Dorje - and we were far from disappointed.
Dorje is a Tibetan word meaning ‘a ritual weapon symbolising the indestructible properties of a diamond and the irresistible force of a thunderbolt’ - which feels like a grand analogy for Craig’s explosive drumming and Sam’s soaring saxophone.
We had a chat with Skeltr as their new album Dorje was released.
Tell us a bit about your process creating Dorje and how does that differ to your debut album?
The process of creating our new album Dorje was all about fine detail. We began recording in June 2018 (I began composing probably as early as 2016 before the first album had come out!) and we endeavoured to create a sonic world that was both familiar to listeners of all types of music and yet distinctly original in its performance and melody presentation. We layered each instrument over time, creating guide tracks and then re-recording better and better parts as we went along. Saxophone was the final instrument to be recorded, then from there we spent a long time producing, playing with auxiliary synth parts and adding in different effects as well as changing some arrangements and then finally mixed the whole album trying to achieve an almost symphonic scale sound. The difference between the first and second album is vast, I learnt many lessons from the first album, you could say it is raw and less refined, which is an artistic choice, the second album is aiming for a much more polished, yet wild musical experience.