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INTERVIEW: Newton Faulkner

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Don’t Leave Me Waiting”?

This is a song I wrote in Sydney with Reese Szabo, well we started it, then I finished writing it in London with him and my brother, Toby. It’s about the trails of an embryonic relationship.

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

Yes, the particular event was in Reese’s personal life. I hope he’s ok with me telling people that. I’ll double check before the next interview :-/

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yes, it’s out now. (watch here) It’s all crazy backwards paint based shenanigans. Definitely worth a watch. Also you can see me lip syncing backwards, which is exactly as hard as it sounds.

The single comes off your new album The Very Best of Newton Faulkner… So Far – what made you want to release this biggest hits collection this time around?

A number of reasons, one being that I feel Hand Built by Robots to Hit the Ground Running were all part of the same chapter and the things I’m working on for the next record feel like the beginning of a new one.

Did you revisit all your best songs that hit very hard on the charts or what was the selection process?

For me it was about summing up my work and making sure all the different types and genres of songs I’ve written over the last decade were represented.

Did you get to record all the old songs again or what was the process like for this particular album? 

All the songs on disc 1 apart from the 3 new singles were the original recordings and disc 2 we started in the studio from scratch. It was a lot of fun to map out all the covers. They were all so different. A lot of the guitar parts and vocal ideas were in place from the live shows, the real challenge of the covers was the production, which I couldn’t be happier with.

Did you take on a different approach to the original cover?

Absolutely, I always try and do something completely different from the original, that’s the fun in it.

What role does Australia play in your music?

It was the first other country to really take hold of my music, a second musical home. I love going back and touring there, wish I could go back more but it’s just so far away. The festivals there are some of the most fun!

Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

Everything. I try not to ignore anything that’s going on around me, from friends relationships to articles in The New Scientist, everything is a potential song.

Any plans to hit the road?

– Hell yeah! I’m heading to Europe first end of March and then UK April/May. I’m playing quite a few things I never done live before so it’s going to be really fun. Rehearsals have been intense. I’m going to have two set ups this time. A mega, all whistles and bells station and a one mic, unplugged vibes, just guitar and vocal set up.

What else is happening next in Newton Faulkner’s world?

I’m already half way through album 8, got a top secret project on the go, got another idea for a different type of album I might make in between those two. I should manage to keep myself out of trouble.

‘The Very Best Of Newton Faulkner…So Far’ is out on 15 March. Faulkner’s nationwide UK tour starts next month. Album and tickets available on newtonfaulkner.com

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