Life is good, albeit busy. I’ve been in production mode, making a new record and a boatload of new video content. I’m ready to get out and back on the road!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Quayside”?
“Quayside” is the first hint at a new sound and musical direction. It’s much more atmospheric than any of my previous work. I’m excited to get it out into people’s ears.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
A couple years ago, I fell in love with a man other than my husband. I didn’t really know how to process those feelings or how to live in the world with this knowledge. “Quayside” tells the story of the first time I visited him at his home in London. I was totally out of my element and didn’t know how to act. The song follows me as I try to understand a new set of boundaries, and how to navigate a foreign situation with no examples in the world around me.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
The video will release July 11th.
How was the recording and writing process?
I wrote this record at home over countless late nights and early morning. I really wanted this record to be keyboard focused, warm and accessible. I would spend hours experimenting with keyboard sounds, trying to tap into what each experience sounded like. What does London sound like? What does a quayside sound like? That’s really where it all started. Once I found the sound I’d start to pair it with words.
“Quayside” took the longest to produce of the entire record. We knew there was something there, but it just wasn’t melding together. We’d change sounds, bass lines, ideas and it’d get closer and closer, but never quite right. Eventually, we bumped up the BPM and Ian added that brilliant counter melody on the chorus. That really pushed it into the strange and conflicted space it needed to be in.
What was it like to work with Ian Carmichael and how did that relationship develop?
Working with Ian is a dream. He had previously remixed a couple songs of mine, and I was instantly drawn to his sound. When I started making demos for this record I knew I wanted him to produce it. So I sent him an email, a couple songs and explained what was going on in my life. We met a couple weeks later in Manchester, UK and spent hours talking. We talked about life, art, music and love. What makes him so brilliant is his ability to listen, to understand and then apply that understanding to the music.
How much did he get to influence the song?
A lot! I trust him implicitly. I would write each song, do some demo arranging and mixing, then send his way. There were times when he would keep most of the elements and other times when he would keep only the keys and vocals. Honestly, I can’t think of one disagreement we had throughout the whole 18-month process. We both approached this record with directness, sensitivity and the utmost respect for each other and the songs themselves. Ego did not play a role; we did whatever was best for the songs.
Since the last time we spoke, you have been gaining a lot of momentum – has this put any pressure on you as you put on a new single or rather the opposite?
Not really. I’m only accountable to the work. That’s where I like to put my focus.
Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than working on your own?
I’m not really interested in doing projects that are solely me. I believe that the best art, especially music, is made in a collaborative process.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
Of course! I’ve got a full album of material and half dozen music videos coming your way. I’m very excited to get this out into the world.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
Look out for the second single in late August and a full release in mid October.
Any plans to hit the road?
I have a couple summer dates stateside and in Europe, but I’m currently booking release shows for the fall. Keep an eye out, lots of shows announcing soon!
What else is happening next in Tom Goss’ world?
I’ve been doing a lot of co-writing around LA. All sorts of different people and styles. Building a catalog for sync and honing in on my writing skills. I’d like to live more in that world, continue to tell stories and help other people find their voice.