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With album number three making a big impression, Newton Faulkner is at the top of his game. He talks style, looping and the importance of writing with the live audience in mind.
Dave Hanratty, 05 Oct 2012
“I didn’t really write for the live arena in the past,” he admits. “With the second album, I was very much writing a record, which I think is the big difference. I can’t remember who gave me this advice but I’d like to find them and punch them. Someone a very long time ago said, ‘You should never write to play live, you shoud always write records’, and that’s what I did in the past, particularly around the time of Rebuilt By Humans. With this record, it was written with quite specific types of gigs in mind. It’s very festival-based.
“Sonically, I wanted to recreate the vibe of the live show, but without it being purely live because I’m not sure it would work for radio if I just stuck a mic in front of me at a gig. Maybe if it was the right arrangement and the right recording, I could get away with that – which I’d love to try and do – but for this album at this stage, people felt they needed a full Radio 1-style thing. Whether they were right or wrong, I guess you’ll never find out! It’s always interesting. You have to play the game to a certain degree and I’ve played it a little bit. Not as much as I have done in the past. It’s tricky. I juggle a huge amount of balls. Wait, that sounds bad. Is that gonna be the quote up the top? ‘Newton Faulkner comes out!’ How very Frank Ocean of me. What were we talking about? Balls?”
Write It On Your Skin is out now. Newton Faulkner comes to the Dublin Olympia on October 7.