"I'm writing solely from my own perspective. Feeding off my own BS" We chat with Marlon Williams
With his second album out in the wild, and quite a different beast from his 2015 debut, we talk to New Zealand's finest country-ish troubadour ahead of his UK and European tour.
How the devil are you Marlon?
What have you been up to today?
I have been wandering around the streets of Kensington in a jet-lagged daze, pretending I’m in a Graham Greene novel.
What can you tell us about Make Way For Love in two sentences?
“Sad, desperate, overzealous charlatan treads well-worn road to personal happiness. Misses mark.”
If people could only listen to one track from record, which would you suggest?
'Can I Call You' because it has a sick ass beat.
How have you developed as a songwriter since your first album?
Well, I'm writing solely from my own perspective, which is a massive difference. Feeding off my own BS.
Make Way For Love sounds very different from your debut, what do you think are the key differences in the two finished albums?
Well, the above perspective thing from a songwriting aspect and sonically I just think its a lot more consistent and hopefully stronger because of it.
How did you record Aldous’ part of the fantastic ‘Nobody Gets What They Want Anymore’?
A late night phone call. I was at a motel in Portland, Oregon at 2am talking to her in a studio in Cardiff, Wales. It was both strange and normal for us, sad and comforting.
Is it fair to say that the album was inspired, if that’s the right word, by your break-up with Aldous?
Absolutely. I really wasn't sure what I was going to write about it until it just fell out in front of me.
What can you tell us about ‘Party Boy’, one of my favourite tracks on the record.
It came from a conversation I had with my friend Delaney Davidson. He literally said to me “heres the beat and it's called Party Boy. Go” and I wrote that song.
Does how people listen to music these days matter? Or are you happy for people to just hear you?
I'm really not concerned with playback quality or anything like that. Some of my most intense and moving musical memories have involved iPhone speakers or worse.
When was the last time you were starstruck?
Last year I did a couple of days writing with Don Walker, songwriter for Cold Chisel, and I've never been more awestruck or intimidated. It was beautiful.
Can you tell us the best and the worst thing about your hometown?
Everyone knows you/everyone thinks they know you.
You’ve got a UK (and European) tour coming up, where in particular are you looking forward to visiting?
I like revisiting places to see how they've changed and also just marking my own changes. Bristol is one of my favourite places in the world so I can't wait to hang there for a spell.
What’s the best thing about being out on the road?
Meeting amazing people everywhere.
And the worst?
Not having the time to get close to any of them.
What’s the question we should have asked you today but haven’t?
“How dare you think we care about your stupid love life?”
Finally, how do you take your coffee?
Flat and white.
Marlon's new album, Make Way For Love, is out now and available on all streaming services and shop-type places. He's also touring and you can find all the details on dates and tickets on his website. For more Marlon follow him on Twitter or like him on Facebook.