INTERVIEW: Composer Martin Krampl

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “If I Were”?

It’s a song about the often overlooked relationship between sons and their mothers. Sons naturally gravitate to their fathers when they are getting older; mothers don’t complain,  they are patient, waiting for their turn, when sons start to realise how important their mothers are, it’s always late.

“If I Were” is inspired by a song of the same name, composed by Mikulaš Schneider Trnavský in the late 1930s.

 My original intention was only to adapt the song. What happened was that I not only rewrote the whole song but added two more parts. I’m quite happy because we managed to put a lot of emotions into the song, also thanks to the participation of Icelandic singer with angelic voice Arnór Dan. His fantastic rendition of Oláfur Arnalds song “I’m the winter.” Is what triggered me to get in touch with him.

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

I wanted to record and play that song to my mother while I still have a chance.

It’s an appreciation of what she did for me throughout her life expressed in music.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

Believe it or not, I was not present. Adam Barker from Video Ink from Manchester put together the visual story, and it’s his original interpretation of my song.

The single comes off your new album Things That Are Coming – what’s the story behind the title?

Life is almost always throwing at all of us a lot of things. Sometimes they are good, sometimes they are bad, and often they are quite challenging but practically all of them are inevitable. They are “Things That Are Coming.”

How was the recording and writing process?

I wrote all the songs on the album with my collaborator Miki Skuta. In the beginning, he acted as an arranger of all music as well. I gave him complete songs, and he arranged them. That is the case of “If I Were,” for example, or I gave him not fully developed ideas, which he helped me to expand and finish. That is the case of “All Of Us Are Part Of You.”

Gary Husband the famous jazz musician, recorded the piano parts in London in Abbey Road studios.

Arranger and conductor Cliff Masterson recorded a string section in Vienna Synchron Stage Studios.

The album was mixed and mastered by Bernd Mazagg.

Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than working on your own?

It’s never either-or. In the beginning, it’s always about the idea. What follows is a collaboration.

What aspect of fear and today’s political climate did you get to explore on this record?

There is no aspect. My music is about themes, events and relationships of universal nature. They are directly or indirectly influenced by what is happening around us. They are inevitable.

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

I’m never short of inspiration. Sometimes one word one note is enough.

Any plans to hit the road?

A concert video maybe, no tour.

What else is happening next in Martin Krampl’s world?

I’m just back from the Synchron Stage Studio where Gary Husband and I finished our new album with the working title “Mountains To Climb (Still)”.

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