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INTERVIEW: FREEMAN

Hi Freeman, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Thank you and hey there Vents – I’ve been great thanks. Greetings from Luxor!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Good Times”?

Yeah it’s the second single from upcoming debut solo album ‘Truth’ and is a song about love, truth and connection. How a great relationship with someone is all about the Good Times…times are good even when they are testing ! It’s about faith, about the divine, about your lover, your friend… it’s about all those things.

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

It’s more of a general theme that means a lot to me rather than any specific event. It’s a constant. We all need someone to lean on right ! Often that’s ourselves…

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yes indeed, the video is out there ! Pretty surreal and a lot of fun to make, it imagines a beautiful bikini clad dreamgirl falling out of a washing machine during a tedious laundry session ! Hey, you never know when you’re gonna meet someone special…

After the success of your past track, did you feel any pressure while working on this new material?

I wrote the whole album in one period – may 2016 through til about November, with a couple of songs tacked on while we were recording. All I knew is that it felt right because I had made the commitment to write from the heart and make something authentic. I wanted it to be a totally truthful representation of my songwriting and very connected to the inspiration of these values. I had no idea when I was writing it and recording what the singles would be and In what order!

The single comes off your new album Truth – what’s the story behind the title?

As mentioned above, I wanted to make an album that was totally authentic. Songs that came from the heart, songs I really felt connected to and which meant something real to me. Having been in a band before, I was guilty of writing songs that lacked true meaning with the aim of commercial success or radio play and i used to wake up in the middle of the night feeling very damn uncomfortable about all this ! I wasn’t happy. It’s been greatly satisfying getting this solo record done and the way it worked out was beautifully seamless meaning that im still working closely with my mates from the old band. I’m just collating all my ideas for the second record actually – we start recording in April, even though the debut album will barely be out!

How was the recording and writing process?

I love writing songs. Noel Gallagher described it as fishing, you stick your rod out and see what you catch. I agree. I pick up my guitar and just connect and tune in. See what comes. That feeling of excitement when you very quickly grab on to something cool that you are vibing on .. it’s the best thing. Then there’s the work of finessing, getting the lyrics right etc. Recording is always fun, the band have all become great mates so it’s never a dull moment. Hearing the songs come to life and everyone chipping in with flourishes of inspiration is a joy.

What role does West London play in your writing?

Not a great deal to be honest. I may indeed make the odd reference, especially on the new record, but my lyrics tend to start off from the ether and I develop my truth and feelings into them from there.

How does art influences your music and the other way around?

I always paint to music. My work is abstract so I never usually know what’s gonna fly out onto the canvas. All I know is that having music on helps me to connect to the inspiration. I use my art in my music too – the album cover for ‘Truth’ is an art work I did.

What aspect of truth did you get to explore on this record?

All of it that I wanted to at that time. I’m really satisfied that I was able to lyricise all I wanted to across those 14 songs and make a record that feels complete to where I was at and what I wanted to say at the time.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yeah ! Looking into all sorts of plans for 2018. Gigging is my favourite part of it all so I’m ready to go!

What else is happening next in Freeman’s world?

Will continue to release singles every 4-6 weeks via Andy Fraser at Ditto and Sue Buckler our radio plugger. Working on the new album which will commence in April and take the usual months and months to finesse and finish. Gigs and Good Times! Can’t wait.

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