"It’s about the trials and the celebrations. Getting beyond the trivia into the deep stuff" - hmv.com talks to Jamie Lidell
Eccentric electro soul man Jamie Lidell comes back with new album Building A Beginning today and we sat down with him to chat about making it...
How did you want Building A Beginning to move on from your self-titled album?
"I had three years between Jamie Lidell and the new record. I wanted to get back to songs that were for my new emerging life. Songs less about “that” life and more about “this” life! As it became clear I was to be a father I started to want to make sure my music was reflecting my thoughts and feelings. Those were new sensations. The music was just a reflection..."
You worked with Justin Stanley and Ben Ash, what did they give you as producers?
"I’ve known Justin for many years. He’s basically the nicest guy in audio and immensely talented. A real feeler. He goes after the feel good and that’s something I really needed on this album. He helped product the track called 'How Did I Live Before Your Love' and also hooked me up with he backing singers for the album that were just a huge part of the sound so he connected a lot of dots."
"Ben and I just worked on one song together, which is 'Nothing's Gonna Change'. Was a chance to pen a number in London. It has a different sound to the rest of the album, yet it fits effortlessly to me."
What was the song on the album that took the longest to get right?
"'I Live To Make You Smile' took ages. I think there were four ot five entirely different versions of that one on the HDs in the house. Maybe I’ll put them all out..."
And which came together most quickly?
"That was 'Nothing’s Gonna Change'. We wrote and recorded it in a day basically. I did some overdubs but that was an easy one!"
What kind of album is this lyrically? Does it have a common theme?
"I like to let people make up their own minds when it comes to lyrically meaning but I wrote the vast majority of the lyrics with my wife which was a great experience. It’s about us clearly.. shamelessly. It’s about the trials and the celebrations. Getting beyond the trivia into the deep stuff. Trusting the deep stuff."
When did you settle on the title of Building A Beginning? And why?
"With my son Julian coming along, all thoughts were on family. On identity. Who the hell am I? What’s important? What I’d like to do is a build a beginning for my boy and for my mind to allow all things to grow and flow as best they can."