We’ve been good thanks. We got married in May and working on music stuff since then so been pretty full on!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Forgiveness”?
Gav: Sure, it was written by Jess and her songwriter friend Anna Krantz a few years ago when Jess was working on a solo project. We were on the verge of breaking up and things were really shit. Can we say that?! When I first heard it I actually cried. As it was a slap in the face to how Jess was really feeling. Performing it together is always emotional.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Jess: Yes I felt like my needs weren’t getting met in our relationship. I was feeling very sad and lonely and I needed to get that down in a song.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Not at the moment but we would love to do one. It’s just having the funding to do it.
How was the recording and writing process?
Jess: Anna and I started writing it in Starbucks in Golders Green. I basically told her everything that was going on and the words started coming. She is brilliant with lyrics and melodies and getting the best out of a song. Recording it was easy. We had a demo and then when it came to redoing it with Gav, it was quick as he had heard it so many times before.
What was it like to work with Steve Brown and how did that relationship develop?
It was a pleasure working with Steve. It was after hearing Forgiveness that he wanted to work with us which was amazing.
He helped us find our sound and got the best out of us, but it was a gradual process. He’s an old school producer that likes to get to know the artist he’s working with, what they like and dislike. If it wasn’t for Steve we probably wouldn’t have found our sound and direction.
How much did he influence the song?
He took the rough demo and with real instruments and his knowledge and understanding of old school music, gave it a old classic soulful sound with a modern twist
How has Motown influenced your writing?
Massively. We have always been huge fans. It has shaped not only us but so many artists. The singers from that time are undeniably great and to be honest not many modern artists touch them in terms of feel and talent. Marvin Gaye, Stevie, Smokey Robinson, Aretha the list goes on and on. Even musicians still look up to people like James Jameson the iconic bass player from that time. It was a special era for music.
Any plans to hit the road?
We have been gigging for a long time so we are very at home on stage. We would LOVE to do a full band tour soon. Obviously UK first (home soil) then Europe but our dream is to tour America. It would be awesome.
What else is happening next in The Kondoors’ world?
At the end of the month We are recording our debut album at Monnow Valley Studio in Wales with a full 9 piece band over 4 days. We are so excited about this. Can’t wait!