Q&A Scene: Alex Watts

Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour?
My new single, Hopeful, is the first track to be released from my debut album, which is coming later this year. It’s a song that almost made the last EP but I felt like it needed some more elaborate clothing than the acoustic setting of that disc. As soon as we stepped in the studio it presented itself naturally as a bit of a 1960’s soul strut, so we broke out the wah-wah pedals and sitar.

What’s your favourite work at this point in time?
I spent a good deal of last year recording new music and I’m extremely proud of the results. It’s a really good synthesis of a lot of the music that I love and have imagined. There’s just the one song out right now, more to come soon.

Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.
I had a pretty good sandwich at the airport in Perth once. Wholemeal rye.

What, or who, inspires you?
Cheap speed and vitamin pills.

Which song do you wish you wrote?
Flame Trees.

How would you describe your sound in food form and why? 
Congee. It’s an acquired taste but I like it.

What’s next for you?
We are playing a Wednesday night residency in May at The Grace Darling in Melbourne to launch the new single. These will be the first band shows I’ve played in two years, as all of 2015 was spent recording so I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve assembled some of the best players I know to play and there’s a lot of songs that have never been done live before, I suggest that everyone come and check it out because it’s gonna to be a party.

What’s your scene?
Psychedelic blendcore.

About Alex Watts

Melbourne singer Alex Watts will release the new single ‘Hopeful’ through Astound Records on April 15th. Taken from his upcoming debut album, Watts along with his full band will celebrate the release by hitting The Grace Darling stage every Wednesday night throughout May.

Recorded by Andrew ‘Idge’ Hehir at Soundpark and mixed by Jez Giddings at Hothouse Studio, ‘Hopeful’ is a dramatic tale of courtship and doubt set to a vintage soul strut.

Having last appeared with 2014’s stripped back Sing, Strum & Strut EP, this new offering is painted on a much broader canvas. Featuring members of the Melbourne funk/soul institution The Cactus Channel, ‘Hopeful’ tips it’s hat to 1960’s R&B, peppering its groove with wah-wah sitar and a wash of backing vocals.

Alex Watts will celebrate the release of ‘Hopeful’ with a month long residency at The Grace Darling Hotel, Wednesdays in May.

‘Hopeful’ is out on Astound Records April 15th, available to purchase via ITunes.

Tour dates

Alex Watts – May Residency – The Grace Darling – Collingwood – Tickets on the door only.

Wednesday 4th + Mandek Penha
Wednesday 11th + The Bluebottles
Wednesday 18th + Saatsuma
Wednesday 25th + Frida

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