with Anna from Le
Blouson Noir :
Part 1 of 2
First, what made you start playing music, and when?
(JN) Well I had been interested in music since I was a small child,
mainly playing my parents record collection which consisted of 60s
number 1 hit singles and artists such as Rod Stewart, Booker T
& the MGs, Dusty Springfield etc.
But I was first inspired to start playing an instrument when I was
about 11, when I visited a friend. He had an electric guitar, and it
was the first time for me to hold one. I guess I was instantly hooked.
Within a couple of weeks I had persuaded my parents to buy me one on
credit, and I worked every morning before school delivering newspapers
for a couple of years to pay for it.
(LBN) Why do you play alone?
(JN) It hasn't always been that way, but even now I mostly only write
songs alone. I have David Halling who does most of the playing on my
current songs, and we arrange and produce the songs together too.
Before I started working with David I did spend what seemed like an
eternity either trying to join bands or put bands together, without an
enormous amount of success. Mainly because I could never find good
enough musicians to work with.
With Dave, we seem to be thinking on the same wavelength, and besides,
he is a fantastic musician, and friend.
(LBN) By what kind of music
have you been inspired?
(JN) For the last couple of years I have been listening and
re-listening to an enormous amount of music from the 50s, 60s and early
70's. Including Pop, Rock, Folk, Jazz, Soul, Blues, Progressive Rock,
and anything in-between.
For me it was a golden era of songwriting when musical creativity was
at its peak.
I think that since then, the art of songwriting has deteriorated to the
point where nowadays bands are not saying anything musically
interesting at all.
I'd like to be the one that turns that trend around.
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