S. R. Krebs Q&A (Her Majesty’s Ship)

SBYour new single Grey Skies EP has just been released and comprises of four tracks numbering in different styles. Can you describe the influences that are behind each of the tracks?

Well, for Grey Skies…..Leo came to me with the blue print of the song and I instantly fell in love and we actually wrote it very quickly. The influence/inspiration was really just me trying not to commit suicide. I mean I was in such a dark place and really needed something hopeful, one golden thread to hang on to. For me when I hear it, the song has this Bruce Springsteen Americana influence that I was brought up with, so it has this nostalgic feel, something that reminded me of home which I desperately needed at the time. A contemporary of mine said how much he loved this song because it was so simple, which is hard to do these days, to just write a beautiful pop song that is heartfelt and completely unpretentious. I had no idea that this is what we did but in retrospect I totally agree.

Talking to Yourself, is a really spécial track for me. I mean, it is funny because I wrote it on the guitar, two chords I think A and G,I don’t even remember, about a person I had not even met yet, sort of a song about a ghost lover, my sweetheart twin, true mirror. Then I put it in the hands of Leo and Mike and they turned it into this glorious monster of an out of this dimension dance track.

Big Shot was written by Mike and I think the sentiment of this song is about how quickly the business we work in can turn on you. One day you are on the top, it is all champagne and gold chains and everybody wants a piece of you, to the complete opposite where suddenly everything you produce as an artist is questionably bad, where you are walking down the street and nobody gives a shit about who you are or that you are an actual person, I mean aside from being an artist and that like everyone else you need to eat, and sleep and pick out great outfit for the day and get on with it and not feel like a complete waste of space. It really is a fuck you to all that, a real cheeky way of saying nope, not gonna play that game.

For losers…..Oh well that song was really influenced by just always feeling like an outsider my whole life, especially in Paris where let’s face it, everyone is so fucking cool, or everyone thinks they are so fucking cool. You know I don’t exactly fit in. I never feel thin enough or rich enough or fashionable enough. So I guess it is about that, and in a weird way it is a love song about two people who are tired of each other and only see the “loser” in the other person where they once saw a winner or champion. It is sort of a desperate cry to get back to a place where they can believe in each other again. Give me black leather tonight is a way of me saying what can I do to save us?

Can you tell us about the making of the video to accompany Grey Skies?

No fucking idea. I woke up one day with this lovely vidéo made by parallell in my email and I was like cool. This is beautiful.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZwxQVBkUiw

Why did you make the move from America to Paris in 2008, how would you describe the city in 2014?

Oh like every fairy tale, I fell in love. I fell in love with a man and the city. I came here on tour with some friends and never left! I never thought I would end up in a place like Paris. Being from Mississippi, as a young girl I never thought about making a life in another country. New York, yes, California for sure, but living abroad just seemed like too big a dream so….. Just imagine, a girl like me with nothing but a guitar and a few silk dresses all the way from Mississippi! Sometimes I don’t believe it myself. It really is a fairy tale. Where do I begin about Paris? I love it just as much as I did when I arrived, if not more so now. When I came here I really did not know anyone or about the culture or history of the city so I got to expérience it like a newborn. I spent the first three years going to a lot of parties not being known really as a singer, just as so and so’s weird drunk American girlfriend. I basically stayed inside with the curtains drawn watching a lot of movies, creeping around Bellville, playing my guitar and getting stoned. I think Paris is the same as it was when I arrived, the only difference is that I have changed.

You first joined Slove and released the single Flash. How did you join the band and what made you decide on doing this solo project?

I met Leo Hellden at a party one night through a friend. I told him I was a singer and that I was having a show and that he should come. So he came to my little folk show, you know just me and my guitar on stage, and thank god I was not wasted or nervous because he really saw something in me. He said he was working on this project with a friend, Julien Barth (plasir de France) and he thought my voice would be perfect. So just another case of being in the right place and the right time with the right person. And really ,the whole reason there is a solo project is because of Leo. He just felt the world needed to hear more than a guest spot on an album and offered to produce this project. Voila! And that my friend is how the cornbread crumbles!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ehv3tv_RO4

Can you tell us about your relationship with your record label Her Majesty’s Ship?

Harmonious, organic, and pleasurable.
I am really lucky to work with them. Charlotte and David are the other reason there is a solo project! They have believed in me from the beginning and stayed with me during hard times when I was an impossible person to be around. So,yeah it is cool. They are giving me more than a fair shake.

How would you describe playing your music ‘live’ to people?

The completion of a song for me is being able to perform it live. This is when I feel least alone and most loved, by strangers, friends, and myself so obviously I enjoy performing live as often as possible. It is a brilliant exchange of energy. Suddenly I am a vessel and so many intangible magical things pass through me and I hope I transmutate all that heartache and joy to the audience. If I fail at this then I am in the wrong business.

s2What’s the balance like between the House/Techno clubs in Paris and the live clubs/ bars?

Oh well let’s see, I don’t get out much unless I have a show….So…I am kind of clueless about the techno or bar scene here and really could care less. Is that bad? If you had asked me this a few years ago I could answer in confidence, but now……This question doesn’t have much significance to me, and I feel kind of uncool that I can’t answer it adequately.

Which artists/ musicians are you biggest influences? What is your favourite Gallery in the city?

From the formative teenage years I would say Tori Amos, P J Harvey, The Smiths, Dead Can Dance,This mortal Coil, Pale Saints, Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell. Who influences me now? Owen Pallett, Lloyd Cole, Yesway. The list is long. As far as art galleries in Paris, Air de Paris is grand, Crève Coeur, Kamel Mennour…….I really admire all these places. Totally fresh, what they are doing.

What are your plans for the future?

Well, I am looking in my crystal ball right now and I see a lot more collaborations with artists I admire, releasing my first full length album, touring America, taking piano lessons and French lessons, getting a personal trainer and maybe a big beautiful shaggy dog named Bosun? Visit my momma on the Gulf of Mexico and drink beer and eat a bucket of fried chicken on the beach?
Sounds good non?

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Julian & Der Fux
Hin Und Weg EP
J.hruza Records

JHR614Good to see the confidence of five track’s worth of quality music making the grade on this release. Without You opens with a Talking Heads styled guitar lick and then proceeds to jam undulating electricity all over it. There is something so effortlessly funky about this yet it’s offset by almost melancholy vocals and delicate piano chords which help define this captivating production. Hin Und Weg continues in the similar vein although expands the sense of melody along with brooding synth lines. Magic String plays on the shuffling funkier elements of their style to great effect. Unglaublich is next with almost Yello styled vocals taking centre stage alongside a very dramatic conclusion. With the tougher Durch Die Stille finishing off this first rate EP.

release: March 21

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https://soundcloud.com/julianundderfux/hin-und-weg-radio-edit

SR Krebs
She Like Remixes
Her Majesty’s Ship

Cover remix S.R. KrebsOriginally released last year Sarah Rebecca Krebs AKA S.R Krebs icy cool vocal gets remixed with three new takes on the song. Beginning with Ewan Pearson’s excellent eighties inspired version which takes its cue from euro-disco and even comes complete with fretless bass sounds. However this doesn’t merely replay the past but adds a very contemporary sheen to the striking vocals. Hiem, then give a much tougher rhythm with attacking basslines and punctuating synths that again works particularly well with the vocal. Moscoman, provides the final mix and again plays with synthesised atmosphere’s to lend it all an epic feel.

release: April 14

 

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Thomas Leyh
Contact
Who We Are

WWA002For the labels’ second release Berlin based DJ/ Producer Thomas Leyh delivers three tracks for your pleasure. Ironically starting with Goodbye which places a yearning, slightly uncomfortable vocal over pulsating stabs and bass. But the real standout happens next with the title tracks’ sumptuous, dark bass and commanding piano coming together in an enticing arrangement. Do It Now ends on a lighter set of notes coupled with a more playful sense of melody that draws you gently into its way of thinking.

release: March 31

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NTFO & Karmon
Diynamic069
Diynamic

3516-180339_600Great two track release from the always tasty Diynamc imprint, although I’m slightly late with reviewing this, good music always keeps. First off is Metropolis which lives up to its name with all the tension of the city twisted into a dramatic electronic landscape that suitably hints at a classic Kraftwerk synth lines in the process. Next, Composit picks up the pace with tough, brooding bass accompanied by a brutal kick drum and shimmering synthesisers which cumulate in a gorgeous breakdown of the elements. Both tracks are in the region of eight minutes long and both worth every second.

http://www.beatport.com/release/composit-ep/1258545
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Rock It, Don’t Stop It – compiled by Sean P
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Sean P’s excellent compilation of the not so obvious from the early days of Hip-Hop/ Rap makes for inspired listening. Plus, you also learn something about the music into the bargain. There was always something more playful and even funkier with this era, but then after all if you’re taking your cues from the likes of Chic and Kraftwerk then it always would be. Consisting of ten tracks which sound like they could only have been recorded between 79 and 83 you get a real feel for this great party-time music. There are a number of standout cuts, though you can’t help but like the boastful Rappin’ Partee Groove by Rappers Rapp Group, the life affirming Cat Claw and the Better Love Crew’s The Golden Rule, and representing the ladies the brilliant latino percussion fuelled Oh, Yeah from the The Jackson Two.

http://www.bbemusic.com/releases/BBE174CDG/Sean%20P%20-%20Rock%20It,%20Don%27t%20Stop%20It#.UzBxk864XTo

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