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Mitch Laddie

Mitch Laddie, who has already released two albums to much critical acclaim, recently recorded and released a live album at The Cluny.  He talks to us about the experience and the writing process.

 

Tell us about the new album, how did it come about?

It was an idea that was born out of a lot of fans begging us to make a live album. We thought about it after “This Time Around” but it wouldn’t have been right to release a live album after just one studio record. After “Burning Bridges” came out, we toured those songs and it then became something we really felt like doing so we ran with it.

 

How did you find the experience of recording live?

It was great though very fresh for us. It was exciting and a little unnerving having the added pressure of recording the gig as well as performing. Once we just relaxed and did what we do all was well.

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Do you think the album has captured the excitement of your live show?

Definitely. The album is a true replication of what we do live, 100%.

 

How would you describe your musical style?

I really couldn’t say. I think to label it would be doing ourselves an injustice as group of young musicians. We don’t pigeon-hole ourselves and constantly try to push one another. I guess you could say that the style is an amalgamation of all of our influences.

 

Do you / who writes the material?

Over the years it has predominantly been myself who has brought a song to the table to embellish with the band. I write all the lyrical content. However, Rhian and I have always written together since being kids so a lot of the songs from the first two albums are ideas from each of us also. The dynamic for songwriting for our next studio album has been very much jam based and seeing what ideas or direction comes from those jams. As well as myself bringing a song to the table and saying let’s run with this and see where it goes. It’s a very easy and free process between the three of us right now and it feels good. Two of those new tunes are on the live album.

 

Tell us about your musical & lyrical influences?

My influences span from Motown to Blue Note with dozens and dozens of guitar players, singers, Funk bands and guilty Pop pleasures intertwined. From a guitar perspective, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Eric Johnson are probably considered my three biggest influences. From a singing and songwriting perspective, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye are huge influences; Donny Hathaway too. I’m also really influenced by bands like The Police. Hendrix is also a big lyrical influence too, the guy was a visionary. John Mayer, Jeff Buckley, Sixto Rodriguez right now…I could go on and on but in a nut shell.

 

Where in particular do you draw melodic inspiration from?

Human voice, what I hear in my head and feel in heart.

 

So what do you write about?

Life, love, the world and people in it. We’re all fellow travelers to the grave and it’s about finding the meaning to the journey.

 

Are you dealing with any current issues, say political or

philosophical, that influence your writing?

A lot of the lyrical content is drawn from current political issues which in turn sparks philosophy. People need to wake up and realise there’s more to the 21st century than taking a “selfie.” Open your eyes, realise what is important and speak up.

 

 

Do you think of yourself as a guitarist who sings, or a singer who plays guitar?

I’m a guitarist that sings. My voice will always be playing catch up but it’s determined.

 

What do you think is the future of the CD? (this question is in

relation to downloading, etc.)

Within the crowd of music lovers, physical will always win. Vinyl sales are higher than they have been in at least 10 years but digital is rising also. People who don’t see music as art-form, are never going to care about physical copies because it’s so much easier for them to download. Digital has its pros for artists and bands too but for me and many others, physical will always win. Time will only tell on the CD’s future, I hope it survives.

 

Listening wise – Favourite Saturday night music?

Funk. If it’s Saturday night, I want to get down.

 

Favourite Sunday morning music?

Maybe some Miles Davis or Neo-Soul.

 

What do you listen to / sing – while in the bath

Whatever is stuck in my head, which could be anything.

 

Read any good books recently?

I’ve recently got into “The Dark Tower” series by Stephen King.

 

All-time favourite book?

“Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?” by Philip K. Dick.

 

Stones or Beatles?

Not a huge fan of either but if I had to pick it would be The Beatles.

 

Curry or Chinese, or?

Give me whatever you’ve got. When it comes to food, I’m not fussy. Anything without nuts and I’m all good.

 

Freddie, BB, or Albert?

I’d have to say Albert.

www.mitchladdie.com

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