Qube Music International è tornata con un ospite pazzesco che è un sogno avere nel nostro spazio dedicato alla musica internazionale.
Cameron Avery, bassista dei Tame Impala e ora solista al primo lavoro con “Ripe Dreams, Pipe Dreams” ci ha parlato della sua fatica discografica e delle sue ispirazioni che lo hanno portato a questa svolta.
L’australiano tanto legato al concetto di big band, è un polistrumentista ambulante che ha messo tutto il suo infinito talento nella costruzione di un lavoro che ricorda i classici della musica anni ‘50. L’album è inizialmente nato da un autoproduzione che l’ha reso estremamente personale e indipendente, buon ascolto e buona lettura della nostra breve intervista.
– You worked so hard on this album which unexpectedly recalls to Sinatra and other crooners atmospheres. Why did you make this choice?
This album is easily the most self indulgent project I’ve ever worked on. The sonic landscape of this is mostly a product of things I grew up listening to as a child. Jazz/blues and soul has always been my favourite kind of music so I just became very unabashed in letting those influences in.
– What could alternative rock learn from this sort of music nowadays?
I think there’s echo’s of it everywhere in “rock” music, even if the composers don’t know it. The opulence in any kind of composition, whether it’s pop, rock or even rap music has a lot to do with an ambition to create a wow factor in music, artists are just using different tools now.
– Cinema is undoubtly the most suitable topic for this genre. How much influential was cinema in your experience? What is the classic you would like to be performed with your music?
I wouldn’t dare suggest that my songs have the capacity to appear in any classic film. I like a lot of 60’s new wave French cinema, Godard is my favourite, but I also like Jim Jarmusch, Star Wars, James Bond… it’s all relative to a time.
– What is the way you usually compose your lyrics? Can you refer to at least three features/situations which may be suitable subjects for a song?
My lyrics have recently been prevalent to specific events, usually involving a relationship.
– Was your experience with the Tame Impala of any help for this album?
Kevin has always been a huge influence on me, not musically as such but I think he’s the single most ambitious, brilliant artist I’ve ever met. His tenacity and attention to detail definitely inspired me to aspire for something bigger artistically.
– In your opinion, what is fascinating in the concept of Big Band?
That it was all composed by one person, whether it’s Duke Ellington or whoever… the grasp on harmony and rhythm is incredible.
– Who is the contemporary songwriter you would best associate to swing and Big Band as well?
Lana Del Rey!
– Was it helpful for you to be completely free in organizing your work?
I always have been that way.