I’m pretty good, as good goes! Thanks for taking the time to interview me!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Gravity”?
Sure. I use the term gravity to describe situations where people are inextricably drawn to one another, despite their obvious differences. It’s not explicit in describing whether a situation is positive or negative, leaving the listener to interpret it how they will.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Not a single event as such, but a mixture of personal experiences and those of close friends. Basically, no matter how hard you try to break up with someone, you always come back for more – I’m pretty sure there are a fair few people who can relate to that….
How was the filming process and experience for the music video?
It’s the first music video (other than being filmed playing a gig) that I have ever recorded. It took a few takes before I chilled out a bit, but eventually I stopped caring that the cameras were there.
The set for the video was based in a wheat field. It was a glorious day and the field itself was absolutely beautiful to look at, but was surprising itchy and harsh on the legs when walking through it!
How was the recording and writing process?
I wrote Gravity some 2 years before I actually recorded it. By the time I came to the recording process I already had a picture in my mind’s eye of how it was going to be arranged. I wanted to invoke a retro feel (almost 80s) with the drums and bass, but wanted to keep the basic piano essence of the song – because the piano is where my roots are.
How has your upbringing influenced your music?
I think the music played in our house as I was growing up did have a bearing on the music I write. We listened to a lot of 80s music – Spandau Ballet, Depeche Mode, Tears for Fears, Duran Duran etc. The biggest influence on me was George Michael – he was a supremely talented songwriter and singer, and the Older album I think was his pinnacle.
How’s your new album coming along?
I am happy to say that the album is finished and ready to go! It took 3 months to record, and was a really positive experience for me. There are always things you look back on and think you would have done differently, but you have to draw the line some where!
Why naming it after this track in particular?
Gravity sort of fitted, really. I felt compelled to write this album and gravity best described that feeling.
Any tentative release date in mind?
Not yet. I have been wrapped up in getting the debut single out there. However, it’s on my ‘To Do’ list.
Any plans to hit the road?
Do you know what, I think it would be great to get out and play live again. I think a lot depends on the success of this single to be honest.
What else is happening next in Earnest’s world?
I have written the first 3 songs for the second album – so I guess it’ll be more recording!