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INTERVIEW: The Ironweed Project

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “The Blues Is Alive”?

ANIFF The BIA is really my reflection on the blues a genre that many have deemed to the annuls of historical musical importance pertaining to the foundations of soul and rock n roll. However l think in much of present US rap trap or Atlanta bass music the attitude and tonality of blues is more prevalent than ever.

It’s an echo chamber of present things going on politically and socially. The obsession with materialism from acts like Migos and that vocabulary that some describe as “mumble rap” yet have great melodic repetition and infectious hooks. That are all traits the early blues had a simple underground story telling that was relevant to black southern culture but had a tonality that even though you may not have understood what the song was about. You certainly would be consumed by the music. Thus the track is a running commentary with a mental chorus that is the against the depiction of a fried chicken culture too commentary on how the culture greatest consumers are those whom are online savvy and connects to what is a rebirth of a raw music culture that was the blues.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

I’m super politically reactive but in addition I’m very conscious of the perception of what black music is being asked to represent nowadays. Thus when people get on high horses and demonise a style I become very protective of it like it’s a cousin. I will always advocate that music challenges conventions though l personally have a major problem with the use of the N word as just being lazy and a shortcut to trying to be edgy when it’s just dumb.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

In truth I’m not a huge fan of being highly visual l really like the music to stimulate peoples imagination hence why l put a lot of strong vocal imagery into the tracks also l feel many videos just spoil ones perception of a song.

Why naming the album after this track in particular?

I WANTED IT TO BE A STATEMENT as you can see lve almost completed a doctorate paper in my answer to Q1 ????

How was the recording and writing process?

Honestly wasn’t easy as l basically had too many ideas and tracks so l had to go through lots of ideas in order to settle on thes final tracks but there were 30+ tracks all eligible for this album

What made you want to fully explore this genre?

I Think my inner voice just resonates with the blues l love it as the earliest exploited musical source that was used as a messaging system during slavery as a coping mechanism in maintaining a Belton hope and change.  These are all traits that to me resonate even more so today and it’s a genre that still remain sincere to its roots.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

Everywhere and anywhere truthfully facebook is the source of the incredible so many articles and peoples experiences and comments that we almost are living our friends and other peoples lives vicariously 24/7 from Black Lives Matter to The pipe line to Trump to Brexit.

Any plans to hit the road?

If l can get it together to reach my front door then you just never know.

What else is happening next in The Ironweed Project’s world?

More music focus on letting as many people know about this album we may have songs in movies we may do some crazy remixes and also possibilities of collaborations

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