Artist Interview: Your Company
Tell us about yourself and your music
Grew up in the sixties and seventies in Scotland. Transistor radio and pirate radio stations were the main source back then. Listening in bed with a single earphone so as not to disturb my sleeping siblings. Endless exposure to music at home and at school, mostly British and US popular and roots music. Great era for music. By the age of sixteen I’d also heard blues, jazz, fusion, free-form, folk and other genres. I started playing in local groups after school and began writing songs in my mid twenties. Initially, production was slow but it got better with time. The catalogue keeps on growing now. Occasionally co-written some songs with other writers, too. Started recording properly in the early 90s. Two previous albums and a few collaborations with other musicians since then.
Talk to us more about your latest release
BRICKBAT BLUES – released in September 2016. It contains eight tracks, only one of which is a cover, Deal Go Down, a traditional US song but done in celtic fusion style. There are distinctive blues resonances in all the other songs, except in the last track, Course Of The Road, which is more americana with a hint of Scottishness, perhaps. The album is eclectic, overall, with bits of rockabilly and R&B, too. The title is implicit in the emotional content the songs. They’re about defiance and determination, social critique and compassion. There are also eight guest appearances in six of the tracks.
What inspired you to write this release?
I had a number of songs that sort of fitted into my idea of what a ‘brickbat’ stereotype might be; a bit like myself, I suppose. And I also had a few friends in mind to play some of the parts. Gladly most of them were able to help me out, which contributed to that feeling.
Any plans to release a video?
Not at the moment, although there are some on Youtube already.
Any plans to hit the road?
Andalusian Tour in the summer. Dates to follow
As an indie artist, how do you brand yourself and your music to stand out from the rest of the artists out there?
Who have you been listening to lately?
Ceramic Dog, Van Morrison, Julian Lage, Warren Zevon, Ray Charles
Tell us about your passions
Breakfast and the day ahead, for the most, working on music, travelling, my surroundings and my wife.
What else is happening next in your world?
Finding out how much real learning is going on in the world nowadays. Hopefully, it will overcome the bullshit we have to face every day.
Thanks for an awesome interview, Rob!