Daniel Riley caught up with Newton Faulkner after the release of his 4th album, Studio Zoo to find out a bit more about the musical virtuoso.
First of all, great job with Studio Zoo, how do you felt it went?
I’m still at the stage where I’m asking people loads of questions, like “What was it like to watch?” and “What was it like to watch and then get the album at the end?” But yeah I’m still trying to work out exactly what, because no one had done it before.
Where did the idea for livestreaming Studio Zoo come from?
It was my managers idea, it started really small like “Can we stream part of the recording process?” and I thought probably, but we probably wouldn’t be able to do it with sound, I thought there would be all kinds of latency issues.
But the way it ended up was so much bigger than I think anyone thought it could be with the four cams. The level of involvement was fascinating. Just as an artist, being able to hear people commenting on something as it’s coming together, it’s very strange!
Which instrument is your favourite to play?
I really want to get better at using the Guzheng, which is used on Plastic Hearts, and it’s just so much fun to play. I’d love to do a song just with it, but it’s really hard.
Is there any instrument that you can’t play at all that you really want to learn?
I’d love to play something kinda brassy, but I had a BMX accident when I was a kid, so I don’t have much lip on one side, it just kinda tapers off, it’s really funny. But when I did try and blow into a trumpet, all the air just came out one of the sides. So I don’t think I can ever play the trumpet, unless I find some sort of weird sideways style.
You’re touring again soon, is there anywhere that you’re really looking forward to going back to?
I’m just really looking forward to being back on the road, just in general it’s been a little while cus I didn’t do as many gigs as usually over the summer, summer is usually a bit insane for me, but it was pretty quiet and I think I only did like 5 gigs, whereas usually it’s like 26.
For the rest of the interview, check out the September edition of Street Cred Magazine.