Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Trauma”?
Sure it’s an instrumental track / beat with some interesting instruments, sounds and a nice groove.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
No, it’s not about a Trauma, ha, i just liked the word, and the vocal sounds like it’s saying ‘Trauma’. I liked the idea of calling it something that meant something so huge. And we all go through a trauma at some point.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
I was only at the shoot briefly, Ely shot it in Brussels, where he used to live. The video’s about identity issues, anxiety and dealing with that kind of stuff.
The single comes off your new album I Was Depressed And Anxious For Most Of My 20s Until I Came Off My Tablets – what’s the story behind the title?
The title is the story, there’s nothing more to tell except, I like absurd titles. It’s a little dark humour and your meant to smile / laugh when you read it. I quickly realised people take it a variety of different ways.
How was the recording and writing process?
All over the place, i write in spurts and usually have a lot on so things happen pretty fast, then nothing, then pretty fast again. Working with Rayon Nelson was cool, he has an amazing voice.
Would you call this a conceptual record?
I don’t think so no? Would you?
Do you tend to take a different approach when you are scoring a film or working with someone else than when you are writing in your own?
Yeah, you have to work with them! Films are hugely different then vocal collabs. They take ages, are way more involved and less vibe-y , or vibe-y in a different way. Writing on your own is interesting as you have way less rules and constrictions which make it both easier and impossible.
What role does London play in your writing?
I usually write in central London, like very central, a block from oxford st. so there’s that. I love London and I hate it. It’s the best of worlds and worst of worlds. You can do anything and everything here but, there is also the worst injustices and juxtapositions, it’s weird. it’s like the American dream, people think anything’s possible here.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
I think Rayon wrote most if not all of the lyrics for Famous, I edited and gave him my thoughts and melody ideas. It all started with that first line.
Any plans to hit the road?
None at all.
What else is happening next in MODEL 86’s world?
I’m working on another release and am doing a bunch of sessions. Watch this space.