A few months ago I celebrated Virginia-based Dead Professional's utter pop coolness. Now, a few words from the man himself, as well as his latest song "Downtown at Sundown."
like a lot of vintage pop and early rock and roll but also a lot of
modern electronic pop as well. But I guess my biggest inspirations are
great modern singer-songwriters like Nick Lowe, John Prine, Randy
Newman, Jarvis Cocker. They're all real singer-songwriters'
Could you tell us more about your previous work? Is Dead Professional a big shift for you?
this, I’d been writing and singing in a duo for a few years. On stage,
this project is very different without the live drums and that band’s
unique chemistry. But I think my new songs and recordings are a very
natural continuation. And it's still my voice and guitar. So, it’s a
shift of gears but I’m driving on the same road.
When confronted with a drum machine, I think most people
these days would make dance pop. What inspired you to use new technology
to make old timey tunes?
Well, people like JJ Cale have done this
before and there’s a world of other variations nowadays. Like Sleigh
Bells, the Kills etc. I like electronic beats for practical and
aesthetic reasons. To me it’s all about simplicity and emotional impact,
whether a song comes from tin pan alley or some Swedish guy’s laptop.
These days we can pick and choose from the whole history of music to try
to come up with fresh combinations of sounds. But for me the ultimate
goal is great songwriting, which I think is a bit more timeless.
Do you see Dead Professional as a project you'll devote all of your time to, or will it continue to be a side project for now?
Professional is very much my priority. I’d like to have a live band for
Dead Professional tours sometimes and I’m always up for being a sideman
to other people, singing harmony and playing guitar solos. But this
solo thing is definitely my main thing.
Dead Professional -- Official, Soundcloud