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B&H Blog: Meeting Kingsley Ward: musician, producer, engineer, farmer

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Once I left the Royal Agricultural College (RAC) in 2017, little did I do know the place I’d find yourself: co-hosting a podcast turned YouTube collection, reaching farmers and non-farmers alike.

I suppose the identical could possibly be stated for Kingsley Ward, who left the then RAC fairly a couple of years earlier than I did!

Little did he know he’d be a kingpin inside the music business.

Concerning the creator

Boots and Heels: Becca

I’m a fifth-generation farmer from North Yorkshire, so I’m the “boots” in Boots and Heels.
I work full time on my household farm and really imagine that everybody, whether or not they’re from an agricultural background or not, ought to have the prospect to become involved in such a implausible sector that has a lot to supply.  The concept for Boots and Heels stemmed from frequent conversations with Lizzie about how the business is perceived by these outdoors of agriculture. 

Who would have thought {that a} ardour for agriculture could possibly be mixed with a ardour for music so efficiently. However Kingsley, initially alongside his brother Charles, did simply that once they arrange Rockfield Studios.

See additionally: Boots and Heels Weblog: Milking a cow by hand

A stud farm linked to the Rolls Royce household turned piggery turned ground-breaking recording studio is a reasonably spectacular CV for a farm in Wales, don’t you suppose?  

A diversification earlier than its time, Rockfield has hosted the likes of Coldplay, Oasis and Queen – for Lizzie and I to have the ability to stroll into the studio the place the enduring “Bohemian Rhapsody” was recorded was fairly frankly mind-blowing.

I believe the game-changing nature of this tune truly sums up fairly properly Kingsley’s angle to life and enterprise.

After we chatted with Kingsley, there was no worry of being totally different.

There was no fear about breaking the mould, and this maybe explains the success of Rockfield.

See our full chat with Kingsley on the historical past of Rockfield beneath.

It was fascinating to see components of the farm which have fairly actually impressed generations of musicians.

For instance, the wall from Oasis’s “Wonderwall”, the climate vane that catalysed the road “any method the wind blows” from Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”, and the recording machine that broke, prompting Coldplay to go into the farmyard and “Have a look at the celebs”.

Take a look across the studios beneath.

We have been welcomed with open arms to the farm and into the home, and skilled a style of what world-famous musicians can count on once they come to remain at Rockfield.

We have been regaled with tales of Liam Gallagher seemingly driving a mix throughout his keep, and different musicians lending a hand with haymaking and the livestock.

And we definitely couldn’t go away with out seeing Kingsley’s prized Jersey cows – the true agricultural historical past of the farm.

There was even a cow attributable to calve quickly (sadly, not on the day we visited), however I’ve been assured the, hopefully, heifer calf can be named after me!

One factor I actually took away from our go to is how Kingsley has utilized his farming angle to his diversification. In powerful instances, you hunker down, climate the storm and wait to regroup for higher instances.

This can be a mindset that’s acquainted to quite a lot of farmers, significantly at the moment, who wait with hope for calm after the present storms subside.

You by no means know what alternatives can be coming, however Rockfield Studios epitomises the motto that life is all about taking or making them.  

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