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LISTEN: St. John's singer and songwriter Virginia Fudge set to release new EP

Virginia Fudge will release her new EP, 'All These Little Games,' on March 12th, on all streaming platforms. — Photo by Steel Cut Photography/Sarah Pilgrim
Virginia Fudge will release her new EP, "All These Little Games," March 12 on all streaming platforms. — Photo by Steel Cut Photography/Sarah Pilgrim

“All These Little Games” the product of a collaboration with musician, producer and engineer Meg Warren

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. —

It’s been 15 years since she released “Weep to Shine,” but when Virginia Fudge saw musician Meg Warren post on social media saying she was looking for opportunities to produce and engineer another artist, she teleported to her computer.

“I guess I didn’t have to beg, but I did,” she said.

Over a period of seven days, the two musicians co-produced six of Fudge’s songs, using a mix of electronic and acoustic instruments to craft an EP of often sparse, '80s-inflected, melodic and emotional numbers.



Fudge is so proud of the finished product, she’s been spending between five and seven hours every day since the beginning of the year, just to figure out the best way to promote it and share it with people.

“I was just really proud of our process, Meg and I,” she said. “(Warren has) the most kindness, the best listening ear, the best listening chops, the effective ear for production and so much talent and just roll it all into one and that’s her.”

As well, Warren was capable of bringing out her best vocal performances, Fudge said.

“A singer with any kind of doubt, she will draw out your very best,” she said.

Fudge has always been someone who likes a certain amount of control over her work. But this time around, she immediately let go, she said.

“I’ve reached a point in my journey with songwriting that I don’t need to hold onto every little detail to be happy,” she said. “In fact, hanging onto every little detail probably leads to unhappiness because that’s a very lonely way to make music.”



She enjoyed the process so much, she’s not sure she wants to write without collaborating again.

“That’s the way that you continue to grow,” she said.

It was not only Warren’s first production credit, but her first engineering and mixing credits as well, although local sound technician Michelle LaCour did engineer the vocal tracks on the song “I think we’re wild.”

The experience was so amazing, she almost felt spoiled with just how smoothly the two worked together, she said.

“(Fudge) was incredibly patient and had a really lovely balance of giving me feedback on what she wanted and also really giving me a lot of freedom,” Warren said.



While tracking the acoustic piano parts, they tried a pile of different microphones in a variety of placements, with the majority of recording happening in Fudge’s house.

“I took over her living room basically … and she really gave me … a ton of room to make mistakes,” she said. “I couldn’t have asked for a better client in learning a lot of that … and doing a bunch of it through trial and error.”

While she sometimes listens back and is overly critical of some minor decisions, not an uncommon thing for a musician, Warren is delighted with the result and still astounded by Fudge’s songwriting.



Meg Warren, who can usually be found inside the vocal booth in a recording session, found herself on the other side of the glass when she decided to co-produce, engineer and mix Virginia Fudge's new EP "All These Little Games. "It was one of Warren's first production and engineering gigs. —  Photo by Lindsay Duncan
Meg Warren, who can usually be found inside the vocal booth in a recording session, found herself on the other side of the glass when she decided to co-produce, engineer and mix Virginia Fudge's new EP "All These Little Games. "It was one of Warren's first production and engineering gigs. —  Photo by Lindsay Duncan

“She is one of the most unique songwriters I’ve ever worked,” Warren said. “We had so many discussions around what kind of genre this is and what to call it. I found I had a really hard time pinpointing what it was and I still don’t really understand where her ideas come from.”

She doesn’t know many songwriters who share a similar artistic sensibility.

“Her melodic ideas and her lyrics and her harmonic choices are just really interesting,” she said. “I’m super proud of how it sounds and how we collaborated to make something that I think is really unique.”

“All These Little Games” will be available on all streaming platforms March 12.


Andrew Waterman reports on East Coast culture. [email protected] | Twitter: @andrewlwaterman 


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