What was the biggest fun during the making of Five Dimensional Man?
Well my band is The Britannicas…Joe Algeri in Perth, Australia…Magnus Karlsson and Stefan Johannson in Stockholm, Sweden and me here in Lake Villa, Illinois… we released High Tea in 2014 and Joe was busy with some production of other projects and Stefan and Magnus were rehearsing to play gigs in Sweden… I hadn’t done a solo cd since 2006 and Joe always said he wanted to produce my next solo project so he kind of prompted me to do a digital 2 song single…so I started writing and recording and sending my individual tracks to Joe in Perth…by the time we finished the 2 songs I had written a 3rd and 4th and 5th…just working with Joe was the fun part…I can be pretty isolated by myself in my home studio and Joe really relates to what I’m trying to do and helps steer me in a good direction…I did all of the instruments and vocals except for the drums which were done by Stefan…so I guess working with Joe and Stefan on Five Dimensional Man was the fun part for me.
If we want to know you, which song do we have to listen to? And why?
Well I don’t know if I can pick a song…i have 6 solo cd’s…The Nerk Twins “Either Way” cd, which I did with Jeff Murphy of Shoes …and The Britannicas…., so there are so many songs …but really when I finished the 5 songs for Five Dimensional Man the title came from the fact that Joe felt the 5 songs were so different from one another that it really showed the width of my songwriting…so I would have to say I would like you to hear that entire cd to know what I’m all about…
The music industry has changed a lot (or so they say). What did it bring you? And what not?
Well in 2005 Joe Algeri contacted me and asked if i’d like to help him record a christmas song…from 11,000 miles away…iI had my home studio but I didn’t really understand how we could do that remotely…but he told me how we could do it and thanks to DLS lines at the time we could transfer full wav files via the internet…before that time there was no way you could transfer big files like that…so in 2010 and 2014 our band The Britannicas were able to write and record from our home studios on 3 different continents and have our music produced in Australia..I never imagined being able to do that…and I guess the only thing that I feel badly about in the music now a days is the fact that people are listening and buying downloads and not full cd’s anymore…they are missing out on the sequencing of the songs the way the artist intended for them to be heard…and they are listening to downloaded mp3 files thru earbuds…people forgot what hi fidelity great sounding recording are supposed to sound like.
Who is the best musician in the world nobody has heard of yet? And why will this change very soon?
Oh gosh…I don’t even know how to answer this…i know so many unheard of great musicians but to be the best in the world…what does that even mean…I am much more about great songs as opposed to great musicians…lots of great musicians don’t have a clue how to write a great song…
She tells you she will decide on a 5-song-mixed tape if there is going to be a second date. Which 5 would you put on?
Let’s answer it this way…instead of 5 songs it would be 5 cd’s…Matthew Sweet 100% fun…Lindsay Buckingham Out of the Cradle…The Beatles Rubber Soul…Teenage Fanclub Songs from Northern Britain…Courtney Barnett Sometimes I sit and think, and sometimes i just sit…
What’s up for the next couple of months?
Joe Algeri and I, along with the christmas crew, have just written and are in the process of recording a brand new christmas song and after that I’ve already started writing new songs and demoing them for my next solo cd and the 3rd cd for The Britannicas