Today’s Featured Artist – INTERVIEW – Hometime

Tell Us about:

Your latest single you have released:

“It Beats Living Alone” winces at the cowardice and self-delusion it takes to stay in a failing relationship, rather than return to the challenge of the single life. A tale more common than many like to admit. It’s a mellow, mid-paced electronic track with big hooks and a soulful vocal. 

Your first single and how you felt when it was released:

My first single was a dance-pop banger called “Gratitude.” It came out in January last year, before the pandemic shut everything down. I was proud to get it out there – but nervous too. Setting yourself up for criticism is part of the process. But the reaction was terrific. New York dance maestro/label executive raved about it. In fact, he liked it so much that he commissioned a Hometime remix of a hit by a name act for a forthcoming album! Not only that, but British pop icon, Alison Moyet, said lovely things about it. I was in hog heaven! 

Your favourite song that you have created that is an album track:

The album is still in production but there’s a song called “Lullaby” that really changes the atmosphere in the studio when we play it. It’s very atmospheric and emotional. 

Your favourite song to play live:

The song I have always enjoyed playing live is “It Beats Living Alone.” It’s a very personal song. Painfully autobiographical, so I can always get right inside it. 

Your most emotional track:

It’s a toss-up between “It Beats Living Alone” and “Lullaby.” They’re both based on real experiences – “It Beats Living Alone” is about the collapse of a very important relationship a few years ago, and “Lullaby” is about my mother’s death. Recording the vocal for “Lullaby” was very challenging. 

The best lyric you have ever written:

The best lyric I have every written is actually quite a recent one that I wrote for a friend’s album. It’s basically a love letter to my son, the world’s most brilliant boy. I don’t do many happy songs but this one is really uplifting. It’s called “Shipwreck Gold” and was released last year by Gavin Murphy. It actually brought lumps to our throats when we were putting the song together. I’ll have to try to record my own version. 

Describe the feeling you get when you walk on stage to do a show:

It’s been quite a while since I performed on stage with a band. But I always remember that surge of nerves as I walked on stage. They would only start to subside if I got the first line out of my mouth without messing it up. But that feeling you get when an audience really gets a song is hard to beat! 

The hardest track to play live:

That would have to be “Lullaby.” The emotional aspects aside, it’s a challenging vocal line from a technical perspective.

Essential items you always take on tour with you?

We always kept things small back when we were playing live, so long tours were never a feature. I’m very low maintenance, so I can get by under nearly any circumstance. 

Describe your fans in three words: 

Surprisingly, wonderfully loyal. 

A song by another artist or band you wish you had written: 

Even if it were just for the incredible lyric, I think I’d have to say “Starlings” by Elbow. 

What we can look forward to from your band this year:

My début album, hopefully! It’s called “Past Imperfect” and is a set of ten original songs. Well, ten so far. There is a small possibility that a new song or two might be squeezed on to the tracklist. I’m very excited about it. 

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