Credit: jared morris
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Credit: jared morris
Tell us a bit about yourself? I am the songwriter for the anarcho punk band My Version of It, we have written over 180 original songs and released 6 albums plus EPs and singles. I have released 3 albums of traditional folk and seafaring music including the massive 40 song set "Songs of the Sea and Coast." I have recorded 3 albums of original solo material, the latest being "Black Dictum" - In 2017 I wrote and published a book of short stories and prose from my life in radio called "Journal-ism" and in 2018 I had a massive mail giveaway of copies of my first 7" record "A Practical Guide to Beekeeping" I mailed out 300 copies all over the world and America at no cost to the collectors.
There are a lot of emerging artists in the UK right now. What sets you apart from the rest? My clear lack of focus and my hardheadedness. Listen, I've written a ton of songs that no one has ever heard but Krishna says work not for the reward. So, I keep working and releasing albums and writing because it's all I know how to do. I have dabbled in a lot of different sounds, even "Black Dictum" delves into hip-hop, dance and EDM. There's something for everyone, but I believe in two things with music: the passion and the song. At the basis of every recording I've done there is a song. Now, call it a pop song, call it whatever you want, but there is a song with chords and lyrics and a structure - every recording must have that.
What’s your back-story? The latest album "Black Dictum" came about because I've always had this idea to do an album with people who influenced me. To send tapes across the world and have everyone put down their parts and mail them back. So, that's not how this happened but why. Every sound on the album, except my guitar, is sampled from tapes, sometimes decades old, of my friends. I crafted the drums from My Version of It drummer Dave Grind's isolated drum tracks from "Time For Noisy USA". The basses are sampled from Matt from MVOI and others. I used old tapes from my college radio class for background vocals. I also created the recording for "Don't Hold Your Breath For a Miracle" from a cassette of my old high-school friend, musician and artist Craig Dempsey. He recorded it in my basement when we were 15. That served as the base track for the song. I also collaborated with a couple of people I met online (Michael Plawner) and did a synth/hip-hop crossover featuring a rap by a guy I met while working in a restaurant's kitchen, his name is $Mag.
What are you working on at the moment? I have written the next My Version of It album--an album of psychedelic metal songs--and we're in plans to record that. I'm also currently writing a new album for Year of the Comet, that was the band I was in before MVOI. I'm working on a follow-up to my first book "Journal-ism" called "Journal-ism 2", a book about obscure Bob Dylan songs and a book for My Version of It's monumental 200th song. I'm putting together a book of memorabilia to be sold at shows, lyrics, drawings, interviews, fliers.. that kind of thing.
What's the first song you remember hearing? When Doves Cry - Prince
You're in a Karaoke Bar - What's your go to song? One More Minute - Weird Al Yankovic
What was the first gig you went to? Prince, Philadelphia Spectrum
Which song do you wish you'd written? Don't Hold Your Breath For A Miracle - Craig Dempsey
Which song changed your life? Awaiting On You All - George Harrison
Which song would you like played at your funeral? Death Is Not The End - Bob Dylan
What song is stuck in your head right now?Body Count - Body Count
What was the first Album you bought? In 3-D - Weird Al Yankovic
Which song made you want to play music? Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana