Es wieder mal an der Zeit für ein Interview. Das erste Interview im Jahr 2011 durfte ich mit JOHN WAITE (The Babys, BAD ENGLISH) führen. Am 21. Januar wurde sein neuestes Album über Frontiers Records veröffentlicht (hier geht es zum Review). Nun aber das Interview:
Hi John, I am Michael and welcome to Melodic-Rock-Inside.com. Thank you for having time for the interview. I have some question for you.
1. What are you currently up to?
I took some time out in Santa Monica getting ready for the record release. I’m working on a set list for the European tour…listening to some Ella Fitzgerald.
2. How does it feel now that your new album “Rough & Tumble” coming out on 21th of January? What are the highlights on the album for you?
All of it. It was one of those records you make where it just pulled you forward. There wasn’t a lot of time to think, and I think in some ways that really helped the record. For the second session in L.A., I was scrambling to find songs to do, but I found quite a few up my sleeve. Alison Krauss suggested “Further The Sky” by Gabe Dixon, and I think in some ways, it turned out to be my favorite song. Singing a song you didn’t write is like taking out a sports car to see what it can do.
3. Where do you get your song writing ideas from and who musically is an influence on you?
Everything is an influence on me – even the things I don’t like. The truth works well in any situation, and the more honest the music, the more interesting it is. I try to stay away from anything I’ve done before.
4. Are there any plans for live dates in Germany and how easy/hard is it to get a decent run of tour dates?
It’s not easy. We came and toured twice over the last year and a half, and the turnout was much better the second time around – in fact, there were a couple of sold out shows. There’s been a tremendous amount of interest in the new record over there, so we’re going to come back and hit the clubs again. Ideally, we can play some festivals in the summer as well. I’m European, so it means a great deal to me. Always did.
5. Which song(s) are you most proud of & why?
All of the songs on the new album have a very strong identity, and they all sound like singles to me. If you do the track listing differently and move the songs around, the album changes its identity completely and it’s an entirely different record. I’m still finding out about this record, as it was made so quickly. The Nashville sessions were meticulous. The L.A. sessions were a dogfight. Those are two entirely different ways to make a record, but it all makes sense when you play it down. I’m very proud of the whole thing.
6. What were the highlights in your long career? Looking back if you could change anything what would it be and why?
Obviously being #1 in America with “Missing You” as a solo artist and then #1 with Bad English with “When I See You Smile” a few years later. The highlights, though, have been the journey of getting there and not so much the reward. Living in New York City was indescribable. Making music in New York City was the high point in my life. It almost killed me, but it produced truthful songs. Just listen to Temple Bar or When You Were Mine…the track “Downtown” in particular. It was some of my best work.
I’d get a lawyer, and I wouldn’t be so trusting. I got screwed quite a bit, but I hung in there. I was basically kind of broke for 12 years because of contracts I signed. The music business is the only business that eats its young, but hell, the music’s important and you’ve got to keep your head up and keep playing. It’s worth more than money.
7. What piece of advice would you pass on to budding musicians wanting to start out today in the music business?
I wouldn’t. If you’ve got to do it, you will, and if you’re half-hearted, you’ll fall away from it after a while. You have to love it with everything you’ve got.
8. What do you do in your spare time outside of music?
I read a lot. I’m quite into books and I read everything from Russian and French stuff to history. When I’m not doing that, I’m watching movies. I’m very much into 30’s and 40’s cinema and foreign films. I’m drawn to art – paintings, sculpture, movies, books – anything that’s expressive. Failing that, I go down to King’s Head and have a pint of Guinness.
9. What really gets on your nerves and really annoys you at the moment?
10. Message to your fans...
I hope you enjoy the new record. Come and see us on the road! We’ll be there in April. God Bless.
Thank you John and I hope we will see us at tour in the future. I wish you good luck with your new album “Rough & Tumble”.