I’ve been cool, re acclimatizing myself to American Culture…it’s a gradual process!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Where Have All The Good Men Gone”?
Would love to thanks – Ever asked yourself..” what happened to my life? Wow! I just didn’t think I’d be doing this by the time I got to this age” or another one ‘ I fully suspected I’d be married with kids by now’ … I’m sure many of your readers can relate.
So .. WHATGMG came about on one of those days writing days when I simply felt I had to sum up what was happening to me at that moment in time. I had been single for what felt like an eternity but I was fully embracing it..with a couple of dating apps, and with this I obviously came across all sorts of different guys, with that different experiences, some that made you cry, others that made you laugh. In the end I felt with hindsight that you have to have the ability to laugh at yourself, especially on the days when you simply just don’t have the answer to that initial question,,, and with that I chose to reflect on it… and turn it into a song!
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
Not really one in particular, more like lots of different ones that do come up in the song.. there’s a line ‘he claimed he was a CEO,,but he still lives at home’… yea.. that one happened! Other stuff like being ghosted but after deep and meaningful online connection, or simply stuff like guys just not having the Braun to actually get around to the date bit.. simple spending too much time in the pre chat. Blatant sexual come-ons, people lying about their age, posting younger photos as well, the list is endless.. just gotta laugh at it all cos it’s a mixed up interesting world we live in and I try to tell myself I gotta put it all down to experience… and if a date didn’t work out just learn to say ‘NEXT!’
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Totally – We have an official release October 8th but we also have a surprise video too featuring lots of the cast member from ‘Punch Drunk Immersive theatre company. That ones’ going to be a kind of pre-release video. So Two for the price of one type of thing!! Hey it’s all about the content these days.. right!
How was the recording and writing process?
Super fun… actually at the time of writing the song which I co- wrote with a good friend Gil Cang (Michael Jackson) I was crazy into Balkan style rhythms so somewhere in my library is a very different early demo stage version of the song. Recording it was fun with my band at Toe Rag studios (where White striped recorded their Grammy award winning album Elephant). I chose Toe rag as it’s an authentic vintage 8 track recording studio, this meant that what you hear on the track is as how it was recorded. It places value on performance and craft over production and trickery.
Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with or covering someone else rather than in your own? Hmmm… yes I suppose I do, especially when covering someone else track, with that in particular it’s placing focus on melody and timing,, and how can you affect that to craft out your own design,, I’ve never really thought of it like this before but I suppose covering someone else’s tune is like the maker movement for music,, it’s about adding to it elements that innovate rather than regurgitate. Co- writing is fun,, cos you get to bounce ideas of each other!
How did you get to balance the noir influences with the much modern ones?
For me it’s just about what influences me from the past and where I’m at in the present – pull the two together and you have an alliance. Then fine tune it! It’s important to me that my music doesn’t sound like a complete throw-back but simply sounds like me, which is the mish mash of it all. Authenticity is important to me,, it’s the model upon which I operate as a person.
How Amy Winehouse and The Pet Shop Bous has influence your writing?
I have to be honest and tell you that Amy was an influence on me. I’ve never attempted to emulate her but it was such a relief to me when she first came out and shone the light on a by gone era but made it her own. I opened for Amy just before her Back to Black album, I’m pleased to be able to say I met her. Pet shop boys have not influenced my writing in anyway, was just great to have the experience of working with them. I feel so lucky to have worked with as many esteemed great music professionals as I have over the years. It’s something I’m truly grateful for.
How’s your new album coming along?
I’m super excited for the release of this album. It’s a body of work I’m proud of and with that said I’m proud too that it is a body of work, which I question is a dying attitude for artists because of the drive for singles etc.. It’s timeless, authentic and heart felt and witty and eclectic. One of my favorite songs is ‘ My only Lament’.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
Look for it in November.
Any plans to hit the road?
Right now I’ concentrating on California, starting with SF but I may be tempted to do a stint in Chicago and NY too. Lining things up as I write this.
What else is happening next in Lucinda Bell’s world?