Essex-based artist Kevin Pearce returns with single ‘Maria Come Home’, the first from his new album, So On out now. We spoke to Kevin about his career so far and latest material
The last album I did was quite natural sounding and I wanted to experiment more with layers and textures this time out.
First up, tell us bit about yourself - what first got you into music?
My name is Kevin Pearce from Sunny Essex in the UK. My dad’s vinyl collection is responsible for getting me hooked on sound.
Were there any particular bands or artists you took inspiration from to form your musical and thematic style?
I’ve always admired songsmiths and lyricists the most. Playing with language and song form has always been the biggest influence to me. People like Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave, Tim Buckley and in the more modern era, Sleaford Mods and Kate Tempest.
How would you describe your style?
Soul ’n’ Folk with the occasional Electronic yolk.
You’ve received praise from publications such as The Independent, MOJO, Uncut and Q, plus BBC 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq and Stuart Maconie. What’s been the piece of praise or advice that has stuck with you?
Me mam telling me what nice hair I have.
Tell us about your new single ‘Maria Come Home’ - is about Maria Callas. Why did she become your muse for the song?
I remember hearing ‘Madame Butterfly’ a piece written by Puccini, and it made me well up a bit.
What do you think listeners who don’t know Maria Callas will think it’s about?
A ghost. I hope ;-)
When did you write it and when did you record it?
I wrote it about a year ago, very fast in fact. The song was written pretty much in its entirety in about half an hour. Then I needed to spend some time thinking about how best to dress it so to speak. I recorded it over a couple of weeks. Taking breaks and coming back to it to make sure I hadn’t over or under baked it. I’m proud of how it turned out.
It’s taken from your new album So On. How does your style used for ‘Maria Come Home’ echo throughout the album?
I think mainly that I wanted to play with atmosphere more in each song. The last album I did was quite natural sounding and I wanted to experiment more with layers and textures this time out.
What are your hopes for ‘Maria Come Home’?
That when folks listen to it they get something out of it.
Tell us more about the album - what are it’s themes?
Themes vary from mental health, homelessness and the housing crisis, zen moments in life, friends, paranoia. You know, all the good stuff…
When can we expect to hear more about the album?
When and where can we expect to see you on tour next?
December 4th - Oporto, Leeds
December 5th - The Castle Hotel, Manchester
December 6th - The Running Horse, Nottingham
December 10th - The Smokehouse, Ipswich
December 13th - The Green Note, London
February 1st - The Musician, Leicester
If you could collaborate with any living artist, who would it be?
Finally, if you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice, when would it be and what would you say?
Start playing golf earlier in life.
Watch the video for ‘Maria Come Home’ on YouTube below. For Kevin Pearce news and tour dates, go to kevinpearcemusic.com/.