Entertainment

Leo Sayer mixes it in Marburg

LOCAL LAD: Music legend Leo Sayer recently mixed his upcoming album Restless Years at a studio in Marburg.
LOCAL LAD: Music legend Leo Sayer recently mixed his upcoming album Restless Years at a studio in Marburg. Contributed

THE peaceful town of Marburg secretly played host to an international pop star in recent months.

British-born singer-songwriter Leo Sayer, now an Australian citizen, mixed his upcoming album Restless Years at a studio in Marburg.

"I'd come up there for a few weeks and stay at this wonderful little hotel called Woodlands in Marburg, which is lovely," Sayer told The QT in a phone interview from his Sydney home.

"Nobody actually knew I was there. I'd be sneaking in between the wedding parties there on the weekend and they put me in a quiet room in the front."

It was the talents and reputation of one of Marburg's newer residents, John Hudson, that attracted the pop star to the region.

The Grammy Award winning mix engineer set up Mayfair Recording Studios in London and has recorded and mixed 167 Top 10 records by more than 61 artists.

Hudson's list of studio work includes Annie Lennox, U2, Eric Clapton, the Bee Gees, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Elvis Costello, David Bowie, Mariah Carey, Tom Jones, Pink Floyd, Phil Collins, Kylie Minogue, Meatloaf, Jack Johnson, Pulp ... the list goes on.

Sayer said it was a strange experience working on the album with Hudson in his Marburg Queenslander.

"John lives in a farmhouse up there," he said. "This is a guy who used to mix Tina Turner and Bryan Adams and has got loads of Grammys and now all he wants to do is be a country farmer.

"So we went up there and we were in this shack and I'm saying what's that smell and he said, oh, next door, you know some dead cows. He's a pom like me and has now become an Australian.

"It's a strange thing. There's two of us sitting on the veranda of this house looking out to the brown earth below us with the sound of the album going on in the background, which is completely in contrast to where we are, and we're thinking, it's not bad is it? How did we get to here, as we put another T-bone on the barbie."

The experience is another interesting twist in Sayer's travels.

"Marburg is a lovely little place with one hotel and a lot of dead cows in a field. That was my experience of it.

"It sadly needs some rain. But it's a beautiful place and the people are very real."

The visit gave locals a few surprises.

"In the middle of mixing we'd drive to a local in Glamorgan Vale," Sayer said.

"We'd drive to a little pub there and the guy would say, right come on Leo, I've got a karaoke spot up there, get your tapes out."

And Sayer was happy to oblige.

"You have to, don't you," he said. "They won't give you a drink unless you sing.

"Glamorgan Vale is beautiful. The Lockyer Valley is gorgeous as well. I think you're in heaven."

Restless Years is scheduled for release on January 23 and Leo Sayer plays at the Ipswich Civic Centre on March 21. Tickets are available from the venue, 3810 6100 or ipswichciviccentre.com.au

Read The QT's full interview with Leo Sayer later this week.

Topics:  leo sayer, marburg




Partygoer's night ends with injury

Emergency Services, Ambulance, QAS,  Photo Bev Lacey / The Chronicle

Paramedics called to the scene

Knife-wielding robbers on the run

Police generic, crime scene.  Photo Tessa Mapstone / South Burnett Times

Dog squad called to Ipswich service station

Atheists: Don't call yourself a Jedi!

The Atheist Foundation of Australia wants people who were born into a religion but no longer practice it to think about their answer in the upcoming Census.

Campaigners urge Australians to answer “no religion”

Latest deals and offers

Talking whiskey with Jack Daniel’s master distiller

It all comes down to the distillery

10 things to do this weekend

Luke Heggie is appearing at the Ipswich Civic Centre as part of the 2016 Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase

Looking for something to do in Ipswich this weekend?

SIXTY MILES AHEAD sign with Eclipse Records, prepare new album 'Insanity'

Sixty Miles Ahead sign with Eclipse. Photo Contributed

Sixty Miles Ahead to release new album on Eclipse

Thy Art Is Murder are killing it

See Thy Art is Murder on their killer tour happening right now. Photo Contributed

We talk with Thy Art is Murder about touring, babies, and new music

Date announced for Prince tribute concert

A Prince tribute concert will take place later this year

Matt Damon is taking a break from acting

Matt Damon is taking a break to spend time with his family

Queensland's $1 town goes under the hammer today

The township of Yelarbon is up for sale.

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Australia Post to open at Orion

Australia Post.

Service to open to customers in late August

Town with 'unique country flair' will be ruined: resident

Jonathan Emms of Rosewood is concerned about a proposed townhouse development for this John Street block of land.

Residents concerned by high density development proposal

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

72-year-old Coast developer set to start new project

GREEN LIGHT: The Cosmopolitan has been approved for development at Cotton Tree.

Meet the Canberran set to deliver another chapter for Coast suburb