When I find free time I love scanning through the endless "Greatest (Pop) Albums" lists that they produce to see if I agree or to see if I've missed something along the way.
As you might know, much of my time has recently been devoted to writing my debut novel. "Vinyl Tiger" is as much about the story of Alekzandr as it is a tribute to pop music, pop culture and to the collaborative spirit that often makes art so powerful.
At a certain point, I started to organise the story into chapters that captured the events and spirit of Alekzandr's life as it changed in and around each of the albums he was making.
Soon, the idea of writing the book became one of imagining it as the kind of pop album I love listening to.
For me a good pop album is full of different things. It can be pulpy or lightweight and still have meaning. A great pop album has moments of fun, its ups and downs, and tracks or moments that pack an emotional punch long after you've finished listening to them.
So that became my working goal as I wrote "Vinyl Tiger" and once it was sent off for editing. To make a "great pop album" that is more than just one thing. And because I can't sing to save myself I had to rely on my words to try and achieve those things instead.
You can get more information about Vinyl Tiger on the Facebook page
or download the first chapter of the novel here. (Just be warned, it's been written for adults, so it's a bit racy people!)
Vinyl Tiger will be released on Nov. 16 via Amazon/Kindle.
Other formats and platforms to follow.
It's available for pre-order here.