Hi Pete, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
I’ve been really good thanks. I have actually been enjoying the covid break as it has given me a lot of extra time with my family.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “If We Never Dance Again”?
This was a co-write that I did in LA with LA local Morgan Dorr. I was introduced to Morgan through our publishing company Sony ATV. Morgan is one of the company’s most accomplished songwriters so I was feeling a little pressure to perform while writing with him. Luckily we got off to a great start and really connected.Morgan was playing around with the line ‘If you never see my face again’ on the piano. Straight away I could tell this could be a massive chorus if we could get this right. We worked on the chorus for a while and things were flowing well. By the end of the day we had pretty much the whole song finished except the bridge. When I got back to my hotel room I couldn’t’ stop playing the song. The groove of the verse was really catchy and the lyrics were powerful. The next day I called my management and told them to cancel another writing session just to go back with Morgan and finish this song as could feel it had a lot of potential.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
I just wanted the video to be very cinematic using captivating, beautiful shots of a couple. Mos and co, a local film company in Byron Bay shot this. The best thing about it was that I wasn’t in it 🙂 Well I was actually the driver in the car and at one stage we had a shot from the back of the car into the rear view mirror that captured part of my face but I felt it took away from the clip so I ditched it.
The single comes off your new EP The Night – what’s the story behind the title?
I can’t say too much about it at the moment but this title will link up with the next recording.
How was the recording and writing process?
The writing process probably began about 2 years ago. In the past I have always written my own songs but this time a went on a trip to LA, Nashville and England to do some co-writing. I found this experience really rewarding and I wrote with some amazing writers. Even before this writing trip, I was writing and demoing more of my own songs. I normally take my time with the demoing and writing process as this is all preproduction before you do the final versions. The songs also need time to sit so you know the tempo, arrangements and structure are good.
What role does LA play in your music?
It’s had a fairly big part to play in my music. I have been to LA many times over the years. I bought my 2nd guitar there years ago while backpacking and travelled the world learning the art of playing and song writing. I recorded my 4th album ‘Blue Sky Blue’ there in 2011 and during this time I met locals who showed me around the city, going to many restaurants, bars, venues and even an NFL game. This was when I really started to love the city. Once you get out of the tourist areas, you realise the city is fantastic. I have played the famous ‘Viper room’ and ‘The Hotel Cafe’. Most recently I went there to do some co-writing and the latest single ‘If we never dance again’ was written there.
What aspect of your own life did you get to explore on this record?
There was quite a lot of reflection on this record. I had my family in the back of my mind the whole time while writing this one.
Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
I really focused a lot of time and energy on the lyrics of this EP. I wanted to get a little deeper and moodier on this, back to where my independent album ‘The Game’ and ‘Feeler’ came from.
What else is happening next in Pete Murray’s world?
There are another bunch of songs ready to go, so I guess that means there will be more new music coming soon!