Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Sweet Nothing”?
“Sweet Nothing” was something that I had written and recorded all of the music for but no vocals when I sent it to my friend Bob Wilcox. He wrote all of the lyrics and melody so this is a true and equal collaboration.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
I can’t say for sure, but I think Bob may have been thinking of me and a very difficult split with my ex-partner when he wrote the lyrics for “Sweet Nothing”. It certainly feels that way when I sing it.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
No immediate plans for a video.
The single comes off your new album Careful With Your Magic – what’s the story behind the title?
I carry around a list of potential lyrics, song and album titles with me. When the album was finished, I was having drinks with my friend and collaborator Stella Panacci and I read aloud to her around a hundred potential titles. She hated all of them but when I got to “Careful With Your Magic”, she immediately said, “That’s it. It couldn’t be more you”. It think sometimes our greatest strengths can be used for good or can be used to cause harm. I also purposely left the word “Be” out of the title to lend it a bit more wiggle room as far as how it could be interpreted.
How was the recording and writing process?
My recording and writing process is the process that I’ve settled into since I’ve owned my own studio: I start recording music before I even know where it will end up, constantly editing, revising, adding new parts, erasing old parts. It’s kind of like continuously painting over what you’ve created until everything within the frame feels right. Then I stop.
Would you call this a departure from your previous musical work?
I feel this album is somewhat of a continuation from the last album, “8 Of Hearts”, but perhaps a bit easier to digest on first listen.
What role does LA play in your music?
Having lived there for 5 years, I feel LA is always a part of what I do musically. I currently live in a rural Ontario setting, but my dreams and imagination often centre me in LA. I’m really not sure why, but it still does feel like home to me.
Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than working on your own?
Yes. I generally lean on my collaborators for melodic and lyrical ideas and so I tend to leave a big blank space for them to have their way with the music that I’ve created. Then it’s really just a process and hammering what they’ve done into a shape that I can get behind vocally.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
This is a difficult thing to answer, but I notice what other people notice about my lyrics: I tend to always come back to water, changing of seasons, animal behaviour, the processes of nature…
Any plans to hit the road?
I just got off a four day mini tour with my band. I adored every minute of it and but I currently feel like I was just run over by a truck.
What else is happening next in Blinker The Star’s world?
Work begins immediately on new music. Currently, I’m writing songs in specific tunings Joni Mitchell has used in her writing. We’ll see!