Tileyard played a major role in the big musical story of the last month: new music from the legendary Sir Mick Jagger.
His two new tracks, England Lost and Gotta Get a Grip, were both co-written and co-produced by Tileyard’s very own hidden gem/Stone, Matt Clifford.
He’s been working with The Rolling Stones on and off since 1989’s Steel Wheels. He played keyboards on the album and also went on the road with the band for the accompanying global tour.
His professional and personal relationship with Jagger was always especially close and he was heavily involved in the writing and production of his 2001 solo record, Goddess in the Doorway.
He’s also been a big part of the Stones’ most recent tours, training up the choirs that are part of the show – a different one in each new city.
As has been reported, the band are currently working on a new record but, inspired/depressed by the recent political upheavals around the world, Jagger made a call. And Clifford answered.
“We did writing sessions in Paris and LA. There’s been a lot of political stuff going on and Mick’s a songwriter, that’s how he expresses himself. We recorded the tracks and he went to see David Joseph [head of Universal Music UK]. David absolutely loved them and said, We have to put these out now.
“It’s a little too far away from what’s being worked on for the next Stones record [due next year, and on which Clifford is also playing] – although, that said, Charlie and Ronnie are both on the tracks.”
Clifford says he did “a huge amount of work” on the tracks here at Tileyard, and created his own remix of the London Lost track here. Mick himself has dropped by a few times over the past few years and, says Clifford, popped down to Vinyl for a drink on one occasion.
History doesn’t record what His Satanic Majesty requested at the bar, but next time you’re down there, do remember to keep an eye out for any living legend who might just be supping a cold one.