Artist Interview – Patrick Craig

You may recognize UK-based folk-punk artist Patrick Craig from our recent review of his new album, True Story, out April 29th. This week, check out our interview with Patrick! Later this month, be sure to give his album a listen – it’s great!

Indientry: Do you think that the quick production time of this album affected the music? Was it difficult to find places to record outside of the studio?

Patrick Craig: I don’t think so, cause although it was recorded quickly, it still took nearly a year to mix and revise and that, so the appropriate amount of time and care and attention was used.
Not especially. I’ve spent years recording in my bedroom, and the joy of being at uni while I made this record was that there were plenty of good sounding practice rooms that I could use.

I: From the “recording in odd places” to “self-shot videos” for the music video for True Story, it seems like you’re putting together a bit of a DIY approach to the actual production side of your music (Which I think is great!). How do you think this affects the process and the music itself?

PC: I think DIY is a double edged sword. I remember a friend of mine describing DIY folk-punk as “normal songs, just recorded badly”. If I were to brand myself as a DIY musician I think that would bring certain prejudice from some people, whereas in reality I’m making the music I’m making at my own time and my own pace, learning as I go.I produced and mixed the album, I made 2 of the 4 videos we’re releasing, I’ve been very hands on with all of the aspects of this record, and I think that it may affect the music to an extent, but to how much isn’t really for me to judge.

I: You’ve said that you value honesty in your music, and that it’s big in this album through emotions and stories. How do you think this will evolve, if at all, as you continue to write music?

PC: I think there is an element of songwriters who write based from a first-person narrative who get disconnected from their audience, because they might not be singing about things the audience can relate to. But as long as the honesty is there, then I think most audiences can empathize with whats being said, and still connect with the songs. I’ve started writing a bit more character based songs, and playing with those kind of ideas; but i hope I’m still doing it in an honest way so that although I may not have gone through the exact motions the character has gone through, I can speak about the emotions felt during that process with honesty and integrity.

I: Previously, you’ve supported other artists at shows. Will you be playing any shows or touring on this album?

PC: We’re doing the album launch party on the 23rd. The plan is to tour as much as possible, but the reality of that isn’t that easy. But thats not to say I’m not trying, and I’m always happy to play just about anywhere as long as I can get to it.

I: Do you plan on releasing more music soon? If so, will it be along the same lines as True Story in terms of sound?

PC: Because this album has taken so long, I’d like to focus on touring it and playing live for a bit mainly. I’m still writing things, but the focus is on the live show for the time being. I think my ‘sound’ is very present in True Story, in all its forms (from full band alternative rock, solo acoustic and punk) and I’m not planning on starting a reggae band just yet……

I: Water shows up a lot throughout this album, through sound effects and lyrics. Does that have a special meaning or any symbolism to you?

PC: I’m definitely a water baby. I was that kid who never got out of the pool. Even as I write this, I’m sat in my parents’ flat in Bournemouth looking out at the sea. My family are from the coast so beaches were our go-to for holidays. To continue down a symbolism route I think there are definitely parallels between the water I talk about and baptism – the idea of being clean from your past self. And i think that most of this album is about growing up to some extent, and realizing the person you were isn’t the person you want to be.

I: Speaking of lyrics, yours on this album are wonderful. They’re vivid, exciting, and create some awesome imagery. Did you have any background in writing or writing music before this?

PC: You’re far too kind. 🙂
I’ve always loved poetry and short stories, and have been an avid reader from an early age. I started writing songs when I was about 13, and for a few years, they were always dreadful. The oldest song that I still like and play is Summer Daze (from It Will Get Better) which I wrote when I was 17 or so. But in the interim period I was in a band called Dear Revolution who had an amazing lyricist in the front woman, and I definitely learnt a lot from her.
Lyrical music is always my main influence though. I’m a massive fan of The Mountain Goats, a band who, especially in the earlier albums, keep the music very simple, but the lyricism is majestic. And I think, especially with the kind of music I play, the lyrics are important. There is a story, there are emotions to feel, there are bits that I want people to join in with. The music could be just a handful of chords (and in most of my songs they are) because the thing I really want people to hear are the lyrics.

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