(STM)Tell us about your new single True Love Forever?
(CG) It’s a song that I wrote as part of an immersive theater show I’m creating with Third Rail Projects in New York called “True Love Forever.” The show features some music from my first solo album Love Kills as well as a load of new music, “True Love Forever” being one of the new songs. The show is an exploration of love, lust, loss, heartbreak and everything in between and one that I hope heals those who experience it. The song TRUE LOVE FOREVER is a moment in that story – where two people meet and feel a deep connection for the first time. It’s a wide eyed, hopeful, adrenalin and wonder filled question in this journey. Is everything going to work out this time? Is it True Love Forever?
What’s the creative process like for you?
I work pretty instinctively and try not to overthink in the early stages of writing music. I just let it come and ride the initial moment of inspiration for as I long as I can. Sometimes that’s all the way through to finishing a song completely in half an hour which is always gold! More often than not once I’ve ridden that initial moment, I’ll revisit something for several days, messing with it and recording it as I go until it feels right to me. Some songs take longer than others.
If you could change something about the music industry what would change?
Creating content for the social media algorithms. I love connecting with my fans and friends on social media, but it seems to me that in recent years social media has just become about getting the attention of the algorithm now with a never ending stream of pointless content. I find that boring and unauthentic – which is why I don’t really do it.
What do you think life would be like for you if you didn’t have music/visual art as an outlet?
Is there anyone you would like to collaborate with?
A collaboration with Taylor Swift would be fun. We could croon a ballad together on acoustic guitars in some wood cabin cursing all the terrible romantic partners we’ve had. Taylor – hit me up.
What’s your advice to young people who want to make career for themselves in the industry ?
First of all study music. Understand it and it’s evolution and history. Never stop learning and working at getting better. Be open and kind. Hard work, be patient and stay humble.
What’s your favourite song to perform?
Of mine. I love pushing my voice and pretending i’m an opera singer so I’d have to say Valentine from my debut solo album Love Kills. I can really belt that one.
Got any secret hobbies that we might be surprised by?
Chess. I love a good game of chess.