Joining us for an interview is the fantastic Trouble’s Afoot.
Hi, how are you?
I never know how to answer that without sounding like a weirdo. Case in point. I’m good.
So, how did you get into music?
One day I found a keyboard under my bed, and put it on my desk. I was surprised how quickly I was able to start playing melodies on it. I thought I was either preternaturally musically gifted, or making music is super easy and no one had bothered to tell me. Soon my high school rantings in my notebook got put to music, and songs were born. Then I learned to play guitar well enough to write (and perform) many, many more songs over the next several years, most of them fictional or more ambitious lyrically than my high school scribbles. The ambiguity and free nature of lyric-writing really appealed to me, it felt like the perfect form of expression.
How did ‘Looking For Parking’ come about?
In 2005 I finally gathered a band together to play a small slice of my large catalog of songs. In 2010, my then-drummer, who turned out to be quite irreplaceable, announced he was moving away, so we booked a rushed two-night recording session to get all of his incredibly drum parts of our 24 songs recorded for me to make an album out of. After working on it on and off in different studios and at home, Looking For Parking, consisting of 9 of those songs is finally complete, 8 years later.
What were the challenges of making ‘Looking For Parking’?
The challenges were having enough money to pay for studio time, mixing and mastering, plus relaxing my voice and singing my vocals well enough over so many takes while the clock is ticking and my wallet is being emptied and my nerves are going through the roof, and the second set of challenges was once realizing I could not afford more studio time and mixing, doing it all myself in my bedroom for free. I had never, for example, mixed a drum kit before. I learned a lot doing this and feel really confident for next time.
What are your plans for 2019?
Speaking of next time! I am a bit crazy with how I work on music, so I have my 3rd album almost complete, which is titled Party Guy and is a concept album about having a bad time at parties, made mostly in my bedroom. But my 2nd album, the follow-up to Looking For Parking will be worked on first, and that’s going to be assembled from that same crazy two-night drum session that led to Looking For Parking. I think the songs are even better, more complicated, more ambiguous, a bit darker, a bit more frenetic, a bit more emotive. I hope to not take 8 years to make this next one. I want it to be purposefully stripped down and with more of a live rock feel, like say the first Frank Black and the Catholics album.