You know what’s easier than following around your fave up-and-coming indie-stroke-pop stars, day in, day out, to see what they’re up to? Asking them. Here’s what Prentice Robertson from Vistas’ day looks like.
The soothing sound of Apple’s Springtide alarm tone attempts to pull me out of sleep and usually get snoozed till 9ish. I try to switch up my alarm sound every few weeks, so I’m really into the back catalogue of alarm presets now. Then I’ll nip downstairs and rub my dog’s tummy and get some coffee brewing.
This part of the day is usually spent doing all the non-rock’n’roll parts of being in a band. Emails, looking at promo plans, sorting out your diary etc. Recently what’s been quite exciting is actually booking hotels for tours again; it’s funny what you miss in lockdown!
I usually take my dog out around this time. I live next to a massive forest, so we head in there where she can run riot for an hour or so. Then we come back, I feed her, feed myself and then get showered and sorted to do some writing.
During lockdown, I found this was my ideal time to start writing or demoing, so at 1PM, you can usually find me with a guitar in my hand looking at a blank Ableton project. If I’m writing for Vistas, I tend to spend a day on the writing of the track and then a day on the demo. I spend a good few hours working away on stuff till I’ve got something I’m happy with, which I’ll revisit later in the day.
Try to do a bit of exercise if I can muster up the willpower! I’ve never ever experienced a runners’ high, and I’m convinced it’s a myth, but I do what I can. I do think it makes a difference for clearing your head when you’ve been looking at a screen all day and helps me sleep better.
Time for some scran. I’m not the best cook, so I’m mainly on the dishes (which, weirdly again, I actually really quite like doing).
This is when I’ll revisit what I’ve been working on that day because I get a bit of a second wind after dinner. So I’ll listen back to the voice note/demo of what I was working on and then spend a bit of time tweaking wee parts and making notes of what I want to change when I’m back at my computer the next day.
Watch a bit of TV or play some PS4, and then fall asleep with my bedside light still on because my eyes shut without me realising.
Taken from the September 2021 edition of Dork, out now. Vistas’ album ‘What Were You Hoping To Find?’ is out 20th August.