Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Flight”?
Flight is a mix of old ideas and new both sonically and chronologically. I had the chorus down quite a long time ago and then it took me a long time to figure the verses out. I put it to the side for a while and then it all came together quite suddenly when I went back to it. It’s a song about the transience of things and feelings and how bad things come to an end and how good things can too. I don’t mean that in a negative way. Every moment counts.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
No specific event no. Some songs come together quickly. This came together slowly so many different things went into it. The end I wanted to make the listener feel like they were flying.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Yep in fact we just released it.
The single comes off your new album Galactic Love Machine – what’s the story behind the title?
The title actually came about by accident. I was playing with names to call the band at one point and my friend Rob shouted out Galactic Love Machine which I kinda liked and wanted to use. It’s bold and makes a statement and it became the name of the album.
How was the recording and writing process?
We did the majority of the recording at Blueprint here in Manchester over a year ago now and then over the next year we added and worked on the songs getting the gospel choir in and the orchestral elements. It took time to let ideas brew and not all of them made it in. I’m always writing and I had shortlisted these songs for this project a while back.
What role does Manchester play in your music?
Manchester is where the music was made and recorded and it’s where I found the team I work with on my projects. The orchestral side of it, the band are all Manchester based. Without Manchester this record would sound very different.
How did Milo Greene, Coldplay and Joe Hisaishi influence the writing on this album?
Not directly. I like the above and they enter my subconscious space but I never let influences directly dictate how a song grows.
What aspect of love and the space did you get to explore on this record? Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
Love and space haha. This is an upbeat project and has quite simple and direct lyrics. The simplicity of it makes it more universal. It’s an album about love, acceptance, about being a dreamer and being hopeful and about looking up at the stars and thinking “you know what this is it and this can be wonderful but only if we try.”