Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Underwater”?
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
Yes, a few years ago I was struggling with depression and anxiety. Everything felt damp and surreal. I didn’t want my loved ones to know but at the same time I needed them to know. When I was child my dad saved me from drowning and I think that ever since then he’s helped to pull me from the water, so in a way it’s about him too. The only thing is, that sometimes, it’s very beautiful. So in a way it’s about how I perceived that time, and how water came to be the metaphor.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Yes but it’s a challenge!! Any suggestions?
What was it like to work with Scott Matthews and how did he come on board?
I’ve been a fan of Scott’s music for years. I really rate his musicianship and song craft and I’m quietly critical so this is high praise. I got to know him and invited him to perform on the song knowing that it was quite tricky as it had already been written, but I explained what it was about and he got it immediately. He turned it from a gentle song to an energetic song, from being immersed in the water to riding the waves, I love it because emotionally he changed my experience too.
The single comes off your new album Blood Red Sun – what’s the story behind the title?
It came from the lyrics to the song Blood Red Sun, which I wrote in Cyprus when it was so hot. I imagined that I was in a desert landscape and ironically the last few years I’ve been going to exactly that landscape.
How was the recording and writing process?
It was great, expanding and interesting.
What was it like to work with Sean Genockey and how did that relationship develop?
Sean and I have a terrible/ brilliant sense of humour. So he made me laugh throughout. I’ve known Sean for years and always wanted to work with him and now feel very much that we’ve got a great working relationship.
How much did he get to influence the album?
Loads. He was inspiring and gentle with his suggestions. Also the other musicians to play on the album, Danny Keane, John Hogg, Charlie Morton, Dan Kavanagh, Hotei Tomoyasu and Scott Matthews were all important to me, were all people that I sought out to work with and there input was also important to me.
How has your previous musical endeavors have influence your solo career?
Being in a band with 5 guys for 15 years I really value collaboration and input, I think I took theirs fro granted and I try not to do that now…
What fantasies get to inspire the lyrics on this album?
Any plans to hit the road?
Absolutely, plans for Feb/March next year so stay tuned.
What else is happening next in Jasmine Rodgers’s world?
I’m supporting my dad’s band Bad Company in October of this year with Sean, they are arena dates so that should be brilliant.