Melbourne, AU based singer-songwriter Brian Baker has released a “cover” of the song ‘Big Picture’ by The Makers, a song he helped write 30 years ago! “In the last months of 1989 Eddie and I had spent about 12 months writing what was to become the first Makers record,” explains Baker, “We were working from a little home studio Eddie had set up in Camberwell in Melbourne. We’d pretty much finished the record and were finalizing negotiations with Warner’s East/West label. Eddie had to head out on tour with Crowded House for about 3 weeks and left me with the studio key in case I came up with any more ideas. By the time he’d returned I had put down a rough, early version of ‘Big Picture’ and together we pulled it apart, and elaborated on the sketch I’d recorded. We were both really excited by the songs big sounding chorus and the idea of seeing past the details into a larger vision, both lyrically and sonically. It became our first single and was the final track we wrote for the album.”
Lovingly re-conceptualizing the song was a true labor of love for Baker. “So now it’s 30 years later and I found that I had to come up with a new way of looking at the song,” says Baker, “The original was so good, Eddie had done such a great job arranging the brass, creating a whole middle section and introducing a key change. So I stripped it back, just riffing on the acoustic. This version grew from that simple playing. I think that it gives it a slightly more menacing feel, dark and rocky, then opening out into the chorus. I channeled a little Beck and a little John Lennon for sonic and attitude inspiration!”
Brian Baker is a singer/songwriter/producer living in the Dandenong Ranges, Melbourne, Australia. Brian has a passion for the environment and Buddhism, themes evident in his songs, music and videos. He plays guitar, bass, piano and keyboards, drums and percussion, sings and relishes his production duties, on his own songs and other artists works.
Brian is passionate about songwriting and is a student and big fan of Pat Pattison. (A professor at Berklee College of Music, teaching lyric writing and poetry.) After moving to Australia from New Zealand in 1980, Brian performed with many Australian bands, securing a Sony recording deal with “The Ones”. Around this time he scored his first song placement on the second UnCanny X-Men album, (Australian rock act) with the song “Colour Your Answer Blue”. After writing and recording top 20 single “Heart” with The Ones (released on Sony) he went on to co write the score for the movie “Rikki and Pete” with Eddie Rayner from Split Enz/Crowded House. Eddie and Brian continued to work together as “The Makers”, releasing 2 CDs through Warner’s East West label, including the hit single “Big Picture”. Together with drummer Michael Barker, they toured Australia and New Zealand with the B52’s and appeared on TV shows like MTV, Countdown, Hey Hey It’s Saturday, Tonight Live and The Midday Show.
Brian signed a deal with Fable Music/The Image Label to produce library music which continues to be used worldwide. He’s written and recorded radio and TV jingles, short film and documentary scores. He has performed at countless shows and is writing and recording songs and music at the highest level of his profession. He offers that expertise from his recording studio “The Bakery”, producing other artists, co-writing and assisting with songwriting and recording.
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