To me, the Hammond is a very funky, masculine instrument whilst the piano is more emotive and feminine.
On The Beekeeper, they come together to form a perfect union.
When I feel like I’ve got to a point of enlightenment, then I lock myself in my studio and start composing.
Sometimes I start with a melody, sometimes I just play the piano until I get an idea.
It’s not healthy for sex and sexuality to always be portrayed as dirty or depraved and what it takes to turn people on sometimes shocks me.
There are a lot of damaged women out there who can’t respond unless they take on another character because they haven’t been taught they can just be a worker bee. There’s a line in The Power of Orange Knickers about not knowing who the real terrorist is… I know some artists prefer not to comment, but I’ve followed the US administration and I genuinely believe they’ve emotionally blackmailed and manipulated the American people.
As I started to dissect the ideas and ideologies behind both parties, I found myself going back to the Bible and some of the stories contained within it.
‘Original Sinsuality’ for example, tells the parallel story of Genesis and suggests it’s not sin you find in the garden, it is original sinsuality.
And sometimes the best solution isn’t to throw a bomb at a balloon, it’s to pop the balloon with a kitty heel! Are you past caring how successful your records are or do you secretly hope they’ll fly straight to the top of the Billboard charts?
It’s always a nice surprise if a record does well, but I’ve learn not to value things in terms of commercial success.
I’ve thought about this a lot since I had my daughter and what I find really disturbing about this global war, is you don’t see any of the world leaders sending their children to be butchered.
It’s always someone else’s children, someone else’s blood.
You can’t get angry if ten years later you feel like you’ve sold out and disrespected your talent. The most important thing for me as a composer, is that each piece of work I create is one I’m proud of.