"The album was always going to be called Following My Intuition. That’s what I’ve been doing my whole life" - hmv.com talks to Craig David
It's been six years since his last studio album but Craig David is back! With his new album Following My Intuition now on shelves we sat down with the singer for a chat about how it all came together...
It’s been six years since your last studio album, how much of that has been spent writing and recording Following My Intuition?
"I never stopped writing or recording songs. I’m always thinking of ideas every day; I think the difference after my last album was that for the first year or so I was just writing for the enjoyment of it instead of working towards an album deadline. It was probably a couple years ago when I put everything together and realised I had another album’s worth of material but even then I never stopped going to the studio and always tried to top the songs I already had."
Did you come up with a lot of songs for this album? And has the way you write songs changed over the years?
"I’ve written hundreds of songs in the last few years and I found it really difficult to choose which ones I wanted on the album. I don’t think the way that I write songs has necessarily changed but in the last couple of years I’ve been working with the best up and coming writers and producers who have pushed me to always write the best material I can."
You’ve worked with an array of different producers on the record, how did you find working with lots of different people?
"I love it. It’s been such an amazing experience working with all the writers and producers who are on this album. For me, it was all about working with the next big thing and seeing the people I’ve worked with go on and have their own hits has been great to see. People like Sigala and Blonde have gone on to have massive hits during the time we’ve been working on Following My Intuition. I’ve worked with some incredible writers and producers like Tre Jean Marie and White N3rd who are also doing amazingly in their careers so it’s been great for us all to share these experiences together."
There are a few collaborations on the album, you've got Big Narstie and Kaytranada on there among others, how did they come about?
"I’m a big fan of every collaborator on this album so us working together has come about from either me reaching out to them or them reaching out to me. It’s been really organic and I’m so happy to have people all of them on this record. My collaboration with Narstie on 'When The Bassline Drops' came about from us both being on Kurupt FM’s 60 minute Live show with Mistajam. That was a pivotal week for me because my freestyle on the show went viral and then literally the next day me and Narstie decided to go to the studio and that’s when we recorded the track."
What song on the album took the longest to get right?
"Every song went through their own individual process and to be honest I’m a perfectionist so I pretty much spent an equal amount of time of each track to make sure it was as good as it could be."
What kind of album is this lyrically? Is there a theme running through it?
"I think it’s a real mixture when it comes to lyrical content on the album. There’s a combination of deep lyrics which will make you think and reflect but on the flip side there’s other tracks which will just make you happy and make you want to go out and have a good time."
Who are some of the lyricists you look to for inspiration?
"I’m always been a huge fan of Michael Jackson and Terence Trent Darby."
When did you settle on the title of Following My Intuition? Were any other titles in the running?
"The album was always going to be called Following My Intuition. The main reason is because that’s what I’ve been doing my whole life. Even when I didn’t know it, I was still following my intuition. Even when I was a kid growing up on the estate, it was always my intuition which drove me to say no to clubbing and instead stay at home and write the songs which became 'Fill Me In', '7 Days', 'Rewind'. It’s the same with this album, there’s been times when I could have gone out but instead all I’ve wanted to do is to be in the studio and write new music."
You’ve got a big arena tour booked for next year, what can fans expect from the shows?
"I can’t wait until the arena tour! When the artwork went up online the other week I couldn’t get over it. It was an incredible day! People can expect a combination of songs with my live band and then a party with my TS5 sets."
You’ve got six albums’ worth of songs to choose from now, how will you go about picking your live set?
"This summer has been amazing because I’ve been able to play a combination of my old tunes and also all the new ones which have been released this year. Being able to see the new generations coming to my shows has been incredible. For the arena tour, I’ll make sure all the tunes are in there!"