INTERVIEW: Allman Brown
Hi Allman, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Well thanks, very busy getting the album ready, moving house and having a baby! Clearly I like to get everything done at the same time.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Palms”?
Palms is my second collaboration with the incredible Liz Lawrence. I love writing with her and in the three years since we first worked together we have both learnt a lot and were able to put those new skills into the writing process. Once again though we kept the theme of the song as pure as possible.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
Nothing in particular no. Liz and I were chatting about intimacy and being comforted, the idea of being vulnerable with someone and feeling empowered by them. We wrote it about any relationship that gives you that feeling of security.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
I have something in the pipeline, very far away but hopefully we will get to it. I find videos to be one the more challenging aspects of the process so I don’t want to rush.
What was it like to work with Liz Lawrence and what did she bring to the table?
Working with Liz is a genuine pleasure, we’re on the same wave length. We listen to each other and we’re not afraid to disagree.It’s hard to describe the vibe in the room, it just feels good.
She has the most beautiful voice which I could happily sit and listen to for hours which makes writing with her such fun. Liz has also started producing her own work (she produced Palms) and her sense of adventure and musical curiousity is exactly what I was looking for. We both started out as acoustic singer songwriter types but now we are injecting different influences into our writing process to create something new.
The single comes off your new album 1000 Years – what’s the story behind the title?
The title comes from a lyric of mine. I am fascinated by memory and history and how time bends exists in our feelings and thoughts. 1000 years is a nod to that feeling. I guess it represents a sort of magic place for me that I occasionally get to visit.
How was the recording and writing process?
A lot of fun. I love writing songs and getting to record them with a bunch of talented people who are my friends is awesome. It’s hard work as well but that is very rewarding when you have created something you’re proud of at the end of the process.
What influences do you take from musicians like Ryan Adams and Bon Iver plays in your music?
That’s a tough one… there is such a purity to the songs of Ryan Adams that I love. As for Bon Iver, Justin Vernon is continually evolving as an artist which I find very inspiring. They also clearly write music which they think is good, not what they hope will adhere to other people’s expectations.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics on your album?
All over the place. Mainly though when I feel something from an encounter, seeing a film, finishing a book, being in a certain place or a memory I try to take that feeling and encapsulate it in a song. I try to fix it in place I guess. For example one song is about saying goodbye to my brother before he went to serve in Afghanistan (he’s back safe and sound now)- the song takes that jumping off point and explores our relationship.
Any plans to hit the road?
Yes indeed! I have a few dates in Germany next year and hopefully Holland too (that’s being organised as we speak).
What else is happening next in Allman Brown’s world?
I am prepping for my next EP which will produced by Liz Lawrence.
I can’t wait to get started.
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