My name is Gil and this my album called Dolorous. I got the name from a review of my previous EP by Diane Coetzer. She said I have a Dolorous voice. And I thought, Yeah! And then I thought, What does that mean? It means, ‘feeling or expressing great sorrow or distress’. And so I thought, well, fair enough. And I also thought, That is such a great word, I think I will call my next album Dolorous. And so I did. And here it is.
I wrote most of these songs in 2013. A couple of them I wrote in 2012 and of those - Seasons - the music is written by myself and Gad De Combes. The recording took place in my flat throughout January and February 2014 and while I managed to get most of it down by myself I did also have the pleasure of being accompanied by Clare Vandeleur who plays the cello on Fatherland, and by Daniel Kaplan who plays the trumpet on Fatherland and on Far Away.
Once that was all done, Dolorous was mixed by the excellent Darryl Torr at Openroom Studios (with special extra thanks to Alan, Stefan and Carmen), mastered by Troy Glessner at Spectre Studios (thanks Lynn!) and printed by Hybrid Media (Emile and Ruan!). Some of these people I know in person and some I have only met over the phone or email but I liked dealing with them all and can highly recommend their services.
And that is that about that. If you want to know more you can always visit gilhockman.com
or send me an email at email@example.com. I also have many other things to listen to which can be found at gilhockman.bandcamp.com
First and foremost, a really huge thanks to my parents who have put up with me for a very long time and have been incredibly supportive even when they have not understood why. This album would not be here without them. And alongside them, my wonderful sisters Shira and Dorit, who provide constant sources of inspiration and great examples to follow, and the Bergman-Beinart-Shewitz clan for all the love a guy really needs.
To all my friends, I would not have come this far without you. Thank you all so much for being around and for having me around. All the good and bad and exciting and mundane and brilliant and stupid things in life are pointless if you have no one to share them with.
And then, very importantly, this album was made possible by the funds I raised through the crowd-sourcing platform Indiegogo. I was blown away by the response and how quickly I reached my goal. To everyone who contributed: Thank you, thank you, thank you! It is a really special feeling to see that support come in and I hope that you like what you have helped to see the light of day. In particular, thank you to those who brought that much extra to the party: Dorit Hockman, Ryan Budge, Julian Redpath, Shira Hockman, Toast Coetzer, Hanna Schirge & Christian Echle, Leanne Rencken, Marcus & Ami Swanepoel, Liam & Tanya Monaghan, Meira & Maurice Hockman, Dani Bergman, Joel & Zee Bergman, Dan Querido, Greg Rom, Hagar Graiser, Darryl Bernstein, Sam Davis, Elizabeth Dostal and Nathalie Laureano. As they say in the classics: XOXOXO