A Chat with Nigel Brown (16.02.22)

Bringing elements of old-school power-pop to contemporary indie-rock, UK-based singer-songwriter Nigel Brown revels in eclecticism and obscure music. We speak with Nigel Brown about his new album Something Good Will Come, positive personality traits and much more.

OSR: What drew you to music?

Brown: There were a lot of record players in our house! Certainly hearing ‘I Am The Walrus’ cranked up was a draw. I was surrounded by music, I grew up with it.

OSR: Do you have a musical background?

Brown: As a kid, I played piano (badly), trumpet (also badly). Fortunately, my dad let me sell the trumpet and buy an electric guitar. That was a turning point. From then on playing music was not a chore, I didn’t want to stop.

OSR: What inspires you to create music?

Brown: To me, it kind of feels like making something from nothing. When you stumble on a couple of nice chords, mutter a melody, add another guitar, suddenly it can turn into something much greater.

OSR: What can you tell us about your album Something Good Will Come?

Brown: It’s a Rickenbacker-driven, eleven-song set swinging from rock to folk to blues and back, with storytelling lyrics and Laurel Canyon inspired vocals. I’m a long time Tom Petty and Byrds fan, and on this album I wanted that to show.

OSR: Which do you find more difficult: melody or lyrics?

Brown: When I started songwriting, I used to find the lyrics were the hard part. As I’ve got older this process has become much more enjoyable to the point I’d say now it’s 50/50 really. Years ago when I was playing pub gigs, I’d have 12 songs with no words and just make stuff up on the night. I wouldn’t dare do that now!

OSR: What do you hope people take from your music?

Brown: I hope they listen to my words! The greatest gift to me really would be that someone could take comfort from my songs. I think that’s what the best music can do.

OSR: If you could change something about Something Good Will Come, what would it be and why?

Brown: Maybe to have added other backing vocals, female ones would have been nice. Just to add a different layer of sound.

OSR: How has the Covid-19 pandemic affected you as a musician?

Brown: In a weird way, it made it easier to lock myself away and write songs with less distractions. On the downside, it has been a disaster for live performance which is only just coming back, so it’s cost a couple of years which is a long time.

OSR: What is your best personality characteristic?

Brown: I am forever the optimist!

OSR: What future plans do you have as a musician?

Brown: Mainly to keep writing and recording more songs, probably alongside recording more production music. Songwriting has always been my passion in life, and if I can keep doing that then I’ll be a happy man.

Many thanks to Nigel Brown for speaking with us. For more from Nigel Brown check out his official website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Spotify.

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