I caught up with soul music collective Peak Futures to chat about musical influences, music recommendations, latest release ‘Colours of the Sun’ and a whole lot more.
Do you prefer performing live or recording, and why?
It’s really hard to compare the two, the processes and emotions are just so different. Feeding off and feeling the audience’s excitement is amazing and something that you never get anywhere else. Equally, listening to your ideas take shape in a nice studio is really special.
Who are your main musical influences and why?
I’m really influenced by soul and R&B artists such as Isaac Hayes, Curtis Mayfield & Aretha Franklin (and all the musicians who worked with them!). Not only were they revolutionising music and pushing the boundaries of production, but their music had a genuine social conscience.
Give our listeners some music recommendations that we should check out!
St. Lenox is an artist that I played with in New York who has the most incredible voice and songwriting style. His work ethic is incredible – keeps making consistently great albums and working as a lawyer at the same time. Check him out!
Tell MoggBlog viewers about your latest release! What’s the inspiration behind that?
“Colours of the Sun” is our debut album and I’m so happy that it’s out now so that everyone can hear it. It’s really a concept album that creates a sonic & lyrical journey for the listener. It’s not a collection of pop singles or a mixtape; it’s really a coherent piece from beginning to end. It’s inspired by the ideas of astronomy and space as ways of understanding ourselves, as well as my experiences of living for many years in New York.
How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
On one hand the internet helps people connect with a wider group of fans, and that can be great. But we also consume music in a much more passive way now; playlists just play in the background and a lot of the music just blends into the background. So creating an “interesting” persona has become critical for artists. I think a lot of music around at the moment gets lost behind spectacle and the surface image of the artist as a result. Fundamentally though, the financial model for artists and songwriters is going to need to change in their favour if we’re going to have a creative future.