Hi Kerri, welcome back to VENTS! How have you been?
Hey! Thanks so much for having me back. I’ve been good. Tried to make the most of an unusual year and excited to have my debut album out this month!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Band of Gold”?
Band of Gold is a feel-good song of adventure! It’s about hitting the road with the ones you love and chasing the sunset. I’m hoping it’s a nice little slice of escapism for those struggling with life right now and dreaming of better days.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
I wrote this song after a road trip I took with my man up the California coast. We’re always searching for the next adventure and love nothing more than to throw a tent and a bunch of supplies in the back of the car. This particular trip saw us through all kinds of weather, a scary motel, a treacherous canyon road in the torrential rain and making loads of great memories.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
I always planned to go back to California to film the video but with the current global situation, that was no longer an option. I started to think about what I could maybe make from home and then remembered how much of the album making process I’d actually documented at the time. Everything from working with the band in Austin, to recording the deluxe tracks in Nashville and shooting the artwork in LA. I’d filmed a lot of this plus all the fun adventures in between working, so decided to throw them all together resulting in the Band of Gold music video! I love how it turned out because it’s really a snapshot of a moment in time and hopefully fun for people to see ahead of the album release.
The single comes off your new album Neptune Daughter – what’s the story behind the title?
I love the ocean! When I lived in California as a teen, I learnt to surf and have just felt a pull to the water ever since. The song ‘Neptune’s Daughter’ (really just meaning Child of the ocean) taps into my love of nature and exploration and felt like the perfect title to pull all that imagery together and represent who I am.
How was the recording and writing process?
I wrote the songs over a 2-month period in the Spring of 2018 during a period of inspiration and that summer I went into the studio to record them. It was 5 weeks of so much fun and creativity. I went out to Austin, Texas to work on the record which was an adventure in itself. Between my producer Machine and the local session players who I collaborated with; I feel so lucky to have had such a talented team to help bring my songs to life!
What was it like to work with Machine and how did that relationship develop?
It was an absolute dream. We’d been introduced by a mutual friend and really hit it off creatively so we got to know each other a little before deciding to work together.
As a producer mostly known for his heavy stuff, what lead you to go with him and having him producing your work? Were you seeking for a whole new direction?
What I was looking for in a producer more than anything was someone with deep passion who shared my vision to create something unique and wanted to have fun doing it, exactly how that would end up sounding, I don’t think either of us could have predicted! You could have the best producer in the world but if you don’t connect on a personal level, then it’s hard to create magic. I’m lucky to have found a kindred spirit in Machine even though our musical backgrounds are so different. It turned out that at our musical cores, we shared a lot of the same tastes. The sound of the album developed day by day over that 5-week period and when we found a groove for one song, sometimes we’d think ‘oh something like that could also work for this other track.’ I think how the record ended up sounding is a true representation of all the musical styles Machine and I both love, made even better by the musicians who played on the tracks and their creative ideas.
How much did he get to influence the album?
It’s funny, because usually I get asked the opposite question which is how much influence did I have on the production! I think to my point above, once I took the bones of the songs out to Austin, it really was an equal collaboration.
What is it about the 60s that you find so fascinating?
I’ve always loved movies and pop culture from decades past. Particularly the ones I didn’t get to live through. There’s just something romantic about those moments in time and the music and culture they produced. I can’t quite describe it but I believe there’s now a word for a nostalgic sense of longing for a past you yourself have never lived – Anemoia.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
All different pockets of my life really. Relationships good and bad, in romance and in work. I drew a lot of inspiration from my time of the road, discovering new places and people and there’s one or two ‘story’ songs on the album like the track ‘Jessie’ which was based on a character from a book.
What else is happening next in Kerri Watt’s world?
All focus is on the debut album release this year; it’s been such a long time coming that I want to make the most of every minute of it! I do also have a couple of exciting projects going on in the background… I’m currently writing a musical movie so it will be really fun to see how that unfolds over the next year.