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INTERVIEW: Pay The Man

Hi Kyle, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Pretty awesome thanks! I’ve been quite busy and for any solo musician, thats always a good thing haha!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “The Busker“?

I’ve released singles before during my 3 years doing Pay The Man, but this is a release that’s unlike anything I’ve ever done before. Even though my live set is just me on acoustic, this is the first full band song I’ve released with Pay The Man. Recorded mixed and mastered by Todd Campbell (Straight Lines , Phil Campbell and the B***ard sons) at Stompbox Studios in Pontyclun.

I’m really excited to release it!

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

Yes, the song is a love letter to my passion for music. I’ve been doing this for a long time, and wanted to write about my first experiences of it. The event was when I was 17 playing my first gig in a run down pub in Pencoed. The lyrics are basically my thoughts from that gig and other gigs that came about.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yes! Anyone who knows my stuff know I work with a fantastic Illustrator (Emma Fairbrother) who gives me a recurring visualisation focused on a cartoon character that I created and she drew. It started as a means to sell shirts, but we’ve been showing more artwork ever since. 

The video will be an animated cartoon featuring this character, it’s something we’ve wanted to try for ages  and we’ve worked so hard to make this happen and we’re so proud of the result!

How was the recording and writing process?

Pretty easy actually, I always knew a full band outfit was going to happen with this project regardless of me playing acoustic stuff all the time. Todd is a pleasure to work with, and he knew what I wanted from the track. We recorded it in a day and it came out better than I thought it would.

Would you call this a departure from your previous musical work?

Yes and no. I’ve never felt pressured to stick to a certain style, if something sounded right to me with Pay The Man then I go with it. “The Busker” is something different, but it fits well with everything else I’m doing.

Why did you choose to go with an acoustic project?

It started off as a means to get out there as soon as possible after my Band went on hiatus. Not gonna lie, I was gutted when we called it quits, but my need to get back out there was so great that I just got my acoustic, wrote two songs and played the first pub Jam night I could find. The rest is history.

Did you approach the music differently as you did back with a full band?

Again yes and no. I took a lot of things I learned from writing with that band as it was the first band I was a part of that was writing the closest thing to mainstream music, writing the simplest melodies over riffs that sounded huge. When the band ended I took that same songwriting ability but then had the freedom to be more melodic even though it is just me with an acoustic guitar. I find a great challenge in that, and you can see it in a lot of my other songs in the set

However I can safely say that “The Busker” is the closest song to me returning solely to that style of songwriting.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

I’m always writing, and “The Busker” is actually part of a concept album I’ve written, I wrote a story long ago about a character based on a friend of mine who went to a pub every night that had her family members, ex lovers, friends and enemies and was disturbed that her whole life was in one bar. Me and Emma (My Illustrator) have experimented with designs to make the story come to life and it looks cool, but the funding for it has hindered me getting it recorded.

“The Busker” was a first attempt (and success) to get the ball rolling on it!

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

It’ll be a while, what with the funding and everything. But I can safely say it’s written and it  will be called “Regulars”… it’s just needs to be recorded! 

Maybe I’ll get a label to back me haha! 

Any plans to hit the road?

I’m always on the road! I’m a promoters worst nightmare! Haha!

Being that I never shut up about asking for gigs haha! Just got to keep an eye out on my pages.

I have a few festivals and shows to finish off the summer not to mention I’ll be opening for Funeral for a Friend at their sold out Benefit concert in Cardiff in October!

Make sure to check out the fundraiser site on their page! It’s a great cause and we’re all pitching in to help!

What else is happening next in Pay The Man’s world?

Constant gigging, will eventually record more material.

I’m trying to play more of England and the rest of the U.K., maybe even Europe!

I’ve played Wales to death right now and I want to get out there more and play to much bigger crowds.

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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