You clearly have a busy musical life - what
made you want to create a solo album?
Chasing Eva is really a diary,
a document of everything that has happened over the last few
years. I don't find that I choose to write solo stuff, it
just kinda happens and its quite cathartic.
You play most of
the instruments and make most of the sounds yourself on Chasing
Eva, how do you come up with new ideas?
I grab what I can find and try
to make things work.
I am quite good at making broken things make noises and giving
them a new lease of life.
A lot of the record was made on the move so it was a question
of who and what was around at the time to join in.
How do you approach
creating a new track - do you write vocals first or do you
start with the music?
I can compare the process to
that of an involuntary response - (like sleeping etc). You
can't choose the moment it happens or how it happens, you
suddenly find you are there or doing it. On my own there is
no real pattern. Songs can often appear at a most inopportune
Which part of the
creative process gives you the most pleasure?
I love playing and interacting
with other players.
Which singers would
you say have had some influence on your vocal style?
Its just the
noise that i make.
What led to you
choosing Perhaps Perhaps as a cover number for the album?
I loved the song as a kid. I
used to love Doris Day. My grandfather put the song on a cassette
for me. I heard it again years later when I went to see Strictly
Ballroom and just really wanted to sing it. I have always
had a fantasy of singing in some smoky Jazz club in a fantastic
The artwork with
the CDs is very strong, do you personally have much involvement
with that side of things?
Yes I do.
How important would
you say image is to your musical career?
metamorphosis keep me interested.
What one question
do you think we should have asked you (but didn't) - and what's
Roast dinner and good red wine, or possibly a cheese fondue
and some pink champagne.
What plans do you
have for Maple Bee?
To keep looking forward and to experiment.
Thanks to Maple Bee for
allowing us that interview. Thanks also to Duff for helping
to set it up.