Hi Simon, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
I’ve been wonderful! Thank you for having me.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “In My Arms”?
When I started writing the song I was having a lot of trouble letting go of a love that I’d had in my life for a couple years. All I could think about was; I’d do anything to have this feeling back. Of course that’s what finally became the first line of the song, “Oh I would do anything for you”. What I didn’t anticipate was that the song would eventually be about a completely different situation. It wasn’t until over a year after I had the original idea that it finally blossomed in the way I wanted it to.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
I was at the start of what was becoming a pretty long distance relationship, and the emotions surrounding it were starting to worry me a bit. Getting attached to somebody who I couldn’t see, or be with, very much was unexpected and I was scared at the prospect of those feelings growing. One day when I was making the long drive home from a visit, and feeling particularly sad about having to leave, I just started singing to myself in the car. About 5 minutes later I had all of the chorus lyrics in the voice memos of my phone. When I made it home that night I discovered how well the chorus I had written fit together with my original idea of “I would do anything for you” from a year earlier. As soon as I put those two pieces together the song really came to life and by the end of that night I had it finished. It was really a therapeutic thing. I had a lot to say that night and I was lucky enough to be able to get it all out so I could sleep. Always a pretty magical experience when a song comes together that way.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Yes! There’s a video for the new single out now on youtube.
How was the recording and writing process?
Recording wise, In My Arms came together quicker than most of my songs. I did all the guitar and vocal work in a matter of hours, and then took those tracks to LA where Sean Hurley and Victor Indrizzo came in to do the Bass and Drums. My initial vision was to arrange the song with just Guitar, bass, drums, and grand piano, but once all of those were recorded it still felt like something was missing. Dave Reitzas (mixing) had the idea to try filling out the mix with an organ. We called one of his good friends Dave Delhomme who came in and nailed the part.
What was it like to work with Dave Reitzas and how did that relationship develop?
Dave is an absolute pleasure to work with. It’s really cool for me to see people like him who have been working with music for so long and still love what they do. He’s the kind of guy that will work on a song for as long as it takes to get everything right. That’s something I can really appreciate.
How much did he get to influence the song?
I mentioned earlier the idea he had to try a hammond Organ on the track. Dave also had a lot of good ideas when it came to dialing in the drums, and the way their dynamics build throughout the tune. The work we did to get that nailed was super key to making the track pop. Like any great mixing engineer, Dave has his take on the tune, but he’s also always very respectful of things that I really want to hear a certain way.
How Leonard Cohen and Van Morrison has influence your music?
When you’ve listened to those guys as much as I have, it’s sort of impossible not to let some of their influence seep through in your music. Although, I never write a song with the intention of it being like a Van Morrison song or a Leonard Cohen song. Influence comes from so many different places, and I think my best songs carry with them little bits and pieces from all the different genres and artists I love.
Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than on your own?
Honestly, In most stages of the music making process I’m not a very collaborative guy. All the songs you’re hearing of mine were written while I was sitting alone somewhere. Theres something really personal to me about writing music that makes it almost impossible for it to take place while other people are in too close a range. I need to feel 100% comfortable just letting go, and usually I do that best alone. Im also not the type to focus group a pop song with 5 other people. That way of making music doesn’t feel honest to me. I’m all about trying to access something real inside myself (something I maybe didn’t even know existed) and bring it out through a song.
Does the new single mean we can expect new material – how’s that coming along?
I’m always working on the next song so you can definitely be expecting a lot more from me soon. Definitely many more singles, and eventually an album as well. I almost never take a day off from working on new material. There have been some road blocks, as there always are, but right now each new song recorded feels like a big leap in the right direction. I’m more excited than i’ve ever been about making music.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
All I’ll say is you can expect new material from me in some form every two or so months.
Any plans to hit the road?
While this project is still in the works I’ll be playing primarily up and down the coast of California. larger scale tour plans will be in the works for when the bulk of the recoding process is finished.
What else is happening next in Simon Lunche’s world?
Right now I’m prepping for a big session thats coming up in the next few weeks! I’ve been writing and demoing a batch of 8 new songs that I’m going to be recording with some of my favorite musicians. I can’t wait to get these down on tape!