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ARTIST INTERVIEW: ANDY SMYTHE


Interview


1. Cru cru Andy Smythe, what first got you into music?

Listening to the Beatles and hearing the beautiful harmonies and songwriting skills on Rubber Soul. i wanted to be a hybrid of Jon and Paul.


2. What is "Leaves To Burn" and why is it so nostalgic in your opinion?

It's about being brought up int he countryside. It's about a solitary person, who suffers loss and exists through their relationship with the sky, earth and the river. It's nostalgic because it reminds me of simpler times in the 70's and 80's when England was more rural and more fun.


3. What’s your go to artist when your in the mood for psychedelic music?

It remains John Lennon and the Beatles - I head to the Blue Album, The White Album and Revolver. they remain the benchmark..


4. Will you name your top 3 pop rock records of all time?

Number 1. Rubber Soul by The Beatles.,Number 2 'Five Leaves Left' by Nick Drake, Number 3 'This is The Sea' by The Waterboys


5. What would you be doing right now, if it wasn’t for your music career?

I'd be teaching children science or music.


6. When did you fall in love with brtitpop?

I remember Oasis coming out and hearing the first record, it was a sea of energy and I saw them in a tiny venue called 'The Venue' in New Cross just as they were breaking. I saw Blur several times when they first came out and remember them playing Alexandra Palace, they were literally swinging from the rafters - it was a great night! London was suddenly the coolest city in the world again!


7. What are your long term goals in the music business?

I'm going to keep developing my songwriting, I know that I have the ability to write some truly great songs - i'm getting closer. I want to develop a following on Spotify that laps up my releases and let's me work on songwriting full-time. From there I'd love to play some bigger festivals with a full band.


8. How does your creative process work?

. I usually start with a lyrical hook and then start developing verses. i believe in writing without interruption, a stream of consciousness that forms a strong original idea. Then, I'll put it to music on piano or guitar and then refine and develop the lyric. When I record, I fine tune again and continue to iterate, I leave room for hooks and bring them in...


9. What's your favorite movie soundtrack of all time?

I love 'Withnail and I' where they are driving up the motorway listening to Jimmy Hendrix and 'All Along the Watchtower', otherwise the country movie with Townes Van Zandt in it is really cool... I think it's called 'Heartworn Highways'. I love all the great musicians just playing in their kitchens... they live and breathe music.


10. Do you agree wih the Pigeon?

The Pigeon is cool, much more fun than a regular Pigeon, they are annoying, I hate it when they descend on a half eaten cake...


Review

The melodic synergy in "Leaves To Burn" reminds me a lot of the early phase of the fabulous quartet: The Beatles. "Leaves to Burn" is based on a British blues aesthetic, and manages to sound nostalgic like the pop of another era, with the vibe of Andy Smythe and his friends sometimes sounding more like a barbershop quartet. In "Leaves To Burn" I want to highlight a solo that goes to infinity and beyond, halfway through the track. The harmonica refinements add a rustic touch to this song whose lyric imprisons us on Earth. Then there's another guitar solo that perfectly complements the melody it's set to. But "Leaves To Burn" never ceases to amaze! An organ is added and now it's like The Doors, and we've never been so alone and there's no dream left to sit on. In short, "Leaves To Burn" couldn't be more poetic or better acted, with the vocalist revealing a powerful and charismatic performance, escaping into the psychedelic, shining through the simplicity that so characterizes the timeless works of art from the 60s.









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