Hello, I’ve been doing ok… actually I’m better than ok as I am no longer a barman and i don’t have to subject myself to that chaos anymore.
It feels good to have some focus again and have some new music out there. So yea, all good.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Get On”?
“Get On” is a tune taken from what will be a full length Forced Random record and it was one of two tracks we had finished ready for mixing. I felt i needed to reappear and come out of the woodwork and show anybody who had listened in the past that i’m still here. I felt somewhat smug holding a strong hand of cards (songs) close to my chest but sometimes theres no point in hiding something when nobody is actually out there looking for it.
I also released another song “Discipline (when you collapse)” which might have slipped through the cracks a bit but i think they show two sides of Forced Random and where it is now.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
I don’t want to give it all away and i don’t feel like i have to as it should be up for someones unique interoperation… but what i will say is it’s a positive response to the breakdown of a relationship and a headstrong way of looking at things without getting wrapped up in the drama or heartache of it all.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
A conversation is being had between myself and my filmmaker friend Sean James Garland who recently did a video for Ulrich Schnauss … There is a rough storyboard in mind but it’s just finding the time to collaborate and get it done.
If the idea we have never comes to light you can alternatively play the song out loud and watch Midnight Cowboy and British comedy League of Gentleman simultaionsly, in slow-motion.
How was the recording and writing process?
It’s the most fun I’ve had recording because the conditions were perfect. I’d taken the idea out of the house, travelled to Berlin in the sun, figured it out with a friend and just fleshed it out as we went. We didn’t overthink the process or overdo anything and when i listen to that song now i don’t hear the miserable connotation of the words anymore i think of the experience and i can hear enough of it in the recording to take me back to that moment, back into that room.
What role does London play in your writing?
I was asked a similar question recently and didn’t want to come across like i was playing down the value of being a musician and living in a place like London but in regards to my writing i could be anywhere. Honestly a lot of the work comes from looking in and not out. So if London does inspire anything that’ll be the frustration i have to complain about it.
I think i’ve been here too long (10 years) and it’s time to get away.
How’s your new LP coming along?
It’s going just fine and it’s all about to pick up again after being stalled for a minute.
It’s being recorded between Berlin and London with my friend Rudi Maier (Burkini Beach) who is sharing the recording responsibilities with me any chance we can get together.
A bulk of the tracking is done but it’s a case now of getting my head down and really zoning in on finishing it before the idea goes sour. I have in mind what might be the final track listing and it’s something to work towards.
I’ve a good feeling that after everything it’ll be worth it.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
Sometime next year i recon. The working title is “Cut the Crap” (the name of the final The Clash album) but that’s only a reminder to simply to cut the crap as i go.
Any plans to hit the road?
Not right now as I’m trying to gauge exactly where i am with all of this but given the chance i’d put a band together and be the first out the door. I think it’s still the best way of getting your music to the people.
What else is happening next in Forced Random’s world?
I’m currently scheming / loosely planning a trip out to El Paso, TX to do some recording with my producer / engineer friends i have over there. I spent a few months there in 2010 and have been desperate to get back and record with those guys for years.
Generally I’m just focused on seeing this all through and recycling what i witness or how i feel back into writing songs . I recon i’ll be putting another song out before you know it.. Maybe even by the end of the year or early next.