FORKSTER Exclusive ‘One on One’ Live Interview With Legendary Rocker Wayne Hussey
In Depth Chat Prior To Opening Night On 22nd Of September 2014
‘Songs Of Candlelight & Razorblades’ UK & Europe Solo Tour
As I was hanging out behind the soundboard booth while the crew was setting up for the show tonight at The Robin 2 in Bilston/Wolverhampton, UK, I realized that ‘the man’ was walking sort of in my direction and when I saw him not sure where he was going with feeling the place out I immediately made my introduction known in saying, “Hi Wayne”. He looked in my direction and when I came forward we shook hands and he said to me, “We recently did something right?” I then with a big grin and a chuckle said, “We certainly did.” We then went through two sets of doors which led us to an outdoor patio with a table and 2 chairs straight ahead. As we both sat down and I started unloading my materials it then hit me mighty that the FORKSTER and Wayne Hussey live PART TWO Interview magic was now on!
FORKSTER: Hi Wayne, thanks so much for taking the time to speak to me on the ‘opening night’ of the UK part of your ‘Songs Of Candlelight & Razorblades’ solo tour.
Wayne Hussey: Hi Tim. Well, yes it is officially the first night. I actually kicked it off with a warm-up show the other night on Saturday in Trowbridge.
FORKSTER: Which was a secret too right?
Wayne Hussey: Well, it was a secret for awhile, but it wasn’t much of a secret the past few days that led up to it. (Laughs)
FORKSTER: What gives you the most pleasure, writing and producing the songs, or performing them live? Or a bit of both?
Wayne Hussey: Both really. When you come up with a song in the first place and you realize that you have come up with something that is good and that moment of conception is really when that song is most potent and that makes it a really good time to record it. Although, by the time you’ve generally ended up recording it, you have played it through a few times and you have worked it out a bit more and probably it is better technically, but I think you lose a little bit of the potency and is substituted by technique I suppose. Then, you get to play it live again. I mean, certainly lyrically the lyrics I only really think about what I sing the first few times I sing it and then after that I just sing it.
FORKSTER: You have made a very conscious choice Wayne to navigate away from the big budget music industry route and produce your own material and release it on your own record label, Eyes Wide Shut Recordings. What made you decide to take both artistic and commercial control to do it all yourself?
Wayne Hussey: I have been recording with various labels since 1979 and whether their independent or major they all make an investment and because they make an investment they feel and quite rightly so, they are entitled to voice opinions and try to shape the music to how they think it should be. That’s fine if your 20-21 years old and your not really sure what you should be doing with your music. That is why you have producers and the good producers can kind of help you realize what you want to be and where do you want go. But at my age now, I am a 56 year old contrary git, people trying to come to me and tell me what to do is like there going to short shrift really (laughs). It’s more about control, but let me say if a big label approached me and offered me money I would love to have bigger budgets to record with and get producers in and play with various musicians, but that is not my reality.
FORKSTER: It is what it is.
Wayne Hussey: Yeah, it is what it is. I do get a great deal of pleasure doing it this way with a great sense of achievement as well. I just finished the album which will be coming out shortly.
FORKSTER: October I believe, right?
Wayne Hussey: Yeah and get to sell some tonight, but yeah, it’s nice to have the control, but at that same time it would be nice to have budgets to make videos, spend on advertising and all that.
FORKSTER: Having been in a many number of big budget videos, your superb video for your brilliant first single off the upcoming album ‘Wither On The Vine’ was filmed by your wife and edited by you. How was that experience and how satisfying was it to produce it?
Wayne Hussey: All in our kitchen, yeah it was great. I had made some little films for the last MISSION tour using projections and we hadn’t used projections before for a tour, not to my knowledge anyway. I certainly hadn’t been involved with it before and I made some little films for that and really enjoyed it. It was handheld filming off my iPhone filming candles and playing with the film distorted, slowing it down and adding textures to it, again, I really enjoyed it. So I thought it would be nice to have a video for ‘Wither On The Vine’ and we were doing a photograph session in our kitchen for the album cover and we set some candles up on our table and I then picked up my guitar and my wife started walking around filming me from the camera on the iPhone. It only took four takes and you can hear the dogs barking and stuff. (chuckles)
Wayne Hussey: Yeah we do have parrots actually.
FORKSTER: (Laughs) Excellent, very cool!
Wayne Hussey: Yeah and I put them all into final cut, chopped them up and added little bits of internet that I found. I really enjoyed the editing. It took me about a week to edit it all.
FORKSTER: Normally a whole video process can take up to 3-6 months and your done in a couple of weeks and really happy with it.
Wayne Hussey: Yeah, obviously a professional cameraman would do a better job with the lighting and camera work and obviously with a professional editor it would be sharper maybe, but the thing I think is that a lot of people that get trained for instance in video are not particularly musical, where as I am musical and so my editing was more musical than most editors would be.
FORKSTER: How has the industry changed over your musical career and do you think the way forward for up and coming artists and bands is to set themselves up to be as independent as possible?
Wayne Hussey: Well, I think obviously the effect of the internet has really messed up the industry. Record companies have been running scared for a long time now as CD sales are way down to where they once were and vinyls are weak overall, says a whole lot I think. Then, with tours and things, people have digital stuff without paying on, so it happens. If people are downloading music well, that means there listening to it. Then, it means they might come to a show or buy a t-shirt and if they really like it they might even buy the CD. that’s alright to me. For up and coming bands I think it is very difficult. I think that there is a huge amount of pressure when you sign to record labels now to have instant success with the first record. If you don’t your career is more less over before it has even started. There’s no circuit. I mean, you have lots of venues like this one and you look at everyone who is playing here right, it’s all old bands and old artists, not any new ones.
FORKSTER: Not too long ago that the likes of Rich Robinson from the band ‘The Black Crowes’ was playing to around 20,000 people a night around the world.
Wayne Hussey: Yeah, that’s what I’m saying, it’s not about what it was doing or it’s cover bands. There’s no new bands! There’s lot of venues like this one and it is good for people like me because it means there’s a circuit and go and play it. When I was a kid what I did was go out with my band and play shows. I played little gigs that were far smaller than this one and that’s how you learn and I don’t think young bands have that opportunity really.
FORKSTER: Your so right there, they don’t!
Wayne Hussey: Consequently then, they don’t get as good as playing at their instruments. It’s all very well playing in your bedroom or a rehearsal space, but playing in front of an audience of five, fifty or five hundred, it is a whole different thing. I think to really have that chance you need money behind you. There are those occasions though when things go viral and catch on to the zeitgeist of the moment and just rocket upwards. It’s not something you can ever predict or premeditate, it’s just one of those things. As far as I am concerned, as long as you can keep control to your music for as long as possible then, try and do so.
FORKSTER: Is there anywhere on the tour that you are particularly looking forward in playing and if so why? Where all along I was confident asking this one I got not sure about it because as a music artist your focused aren’t you in hoping every show goes as good as the one before or after it?
Wayne Hussey: Yeah, absolutely. There is nothing that really stands out too I suppose.
FORKSTER: You just want it all to have a really good feel and flow throughout it right?
Wayne Hussey: Yeah, that’s right. There is 51 shows altogether on it, too.
FORKSTER: A great amount of merchandise to be sold too would be very good too right?
Wayne Hussey: Yeah, it all helps and we have to earn a living somehow and the best way to do that these days is to play shows. Out of 51 shows there are going to be 2-3 that aren’t going to be so good for various reasons, but I am hoping the percentage will be higher than normal.
FORKSTER: What does the future hold for you as an artist and writer? Can we expect more solo work from you in the near future?
Wayne Hussey: It depends on how this goes I suppose. Obviously, I will keep writing songs and keeping at making music. Whether or not I keep releasing it will have to see I suppose. The thing is if I have written a song I want people to hear it and don’t want to just leave it on my hard drive. I want to get it out. Some people spend however long and it’s like ‘do it and get it out’ and move on to the next thing.
FORKSTER: In closing Wayne, thanks so much for your time here and I wish you the very best for your entire tour ahead.
Wayne Hussey: My pleasure, thank you for that Tim.
FORKSTER: You bet.
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Article Released: 26th of September 2014
By: Timothy John Forker aka FORKSTER’S DAILY BAND REVIEW