So I just posted my review of Abby’s latest album TIME ON MY WRIST, and I was lucky enough to chat to Abby about her new music and what she has been up to. It has been a while since we spoke, but as usual, it was a treat!
JC: Congratulations on the new album, what helped inspire Time On My Wrist?
AH: Thank you! Usually I write from what I think another persons perspective is. This album, I wrote from my own. It was more challenging and more rewarding. The inspiration for it? Life. Good old crazy life.
JC: How does the new album compare to the previous releases?
AH: One thing I’ve noticed is that I come at songs from different angles. During the writing and recording processes – which can mean that they sound worlds apart. This happened a lot during the earlier recordings. I’m working on creating more flow with an album, and I’m getting closer with this current release.
JC: You seemed to go very quiet for a while, did this help with the album?
AH: it’s good to take a step back and look at things from the outside. Have a breather so to speak. It meant I had more energy returning to the studio and my passion for music is bigger than before.
JC: The variety in music genres is rather expansive in the album, did that come naturally or was that purposely done?
AH: Completely natural. I did scrap a few songs from the album as they did not fit well (that was me trying to improve the listening flow). The average album length still sits above 12 tracks – but then I noticed Bruno Mars’ latest offering is 9 tracks. So I beat him with 8.
JC: One song I would love to see on an album (and maybe a few other people) is ‘Ginger Pubes Are Amazing’. Would you ever look at officially releasing that as a song?
AH: Everyone says that! So I’m going to listen this time. I feel it would be a single release. Not sure how that gem would fit onto an album of ‘serious’ songs. You know what, I’m taking it back into the studio to polish it up. Apparently there is a national red head day. I could perform it there.
JC: I enjoy the music videos you made before, is there any songs on the new album you would like to record a video for?
AH: Thank you very much. Jukebox will be the first video from the album. Out very soon …..possibly in two days. Primrose Hill was the back drop for dragging a jukebox down the street. Every resident loves an early Saturday morning music video wake up call right? After that the next video with either be ‘Long way to go’ or ‘It’s you’.
JC: With the album now out, will you be doing any live shows in the near future?
AH: At the end of this week, I head to America for a few weeks. Will definitely be trying out the tracks live in New York. Here’s the thing….I need to learn them on the guitar or piano in a way that translates. Doable, but it’s the hardest part of performing an album solo. Maybe I’ll put a band together in New York! Joking. Kind of.
JC: You do perform some great covers of hit songs, is there a particular track you would love to incorporate into your live show?
AH: I love playing acoustic versions of hit songs. Yesterday I was talking with Jay Picasso – producer at Starcity Studios – about that very thing. We were discussing how covers of older songs sometimes take off, rather than covers of what’s on the charts. There is an old Kylie song that I want to do a cover of….fully produced…..studio style. I think it could work. It’s not one of her famous ones either – but I guarantee all Kylie fans will know of it.
JC: Have you already got plans for album five? And what would you like to do for the album?
AH: Yes I do – it’s more of an interlude album. Then album 6 will be from scratch again. The ‘interlude’ will be a dance album. Using a couple of pre released dance tracks, and remixing tracks from Time On My Wrist. I expect this to be ready by September 1st. An album to play while getting ready for a night out.
JC: Finally, if you could choose anyone to record a collaboration, who would you choose and why?
AH: Sara Bareilles. Her construction of a song is superb. Sara majored in communications at University – which possibly explains why her lyrics suck you into a track. But maybe it’s just raw word smith talent. Something that can’t be taught in the classroom. You can hear her talent with words and melody progress through the albums. Her wordplay with my weird take on the world will produce an awesome song. I must tell her that.
TIME ON MY WRIST is out now! Here is the music video for Abby Holden’s song ‘Jukebox’
And here is a photo taken by Hanlan of Abby from the video: