Interview – Black Angel

Where are you located and what are the vibes like musically there? Have the different places you’ve lived inspired you differently or brought unique challenges to you as an artist?

Black Angel are located in Los Angeles, I myself come from the UK, I am a English 80s UK kid for sure, it was my time there is a teenager that has definitely inspired me to create and continue with our Gothic rock band Black Angel. Living in Los Angeles it’s obviously a great multicultural society with a lot of live music so we don’t really find any challenges without living here, I guess the only challenge we face these days is trying to get some exposure Over the over populated music industry as it stands right now

How did the creative process differ for this latest release than older ones?

Unfortunately, to say the creative process didn’t differ at all, we tend to stick to a fairly staple procedure, I’ll start writing songs when I get the opportunity and musical imagination to make a start, that usually takes about three or four months as they develop the music, tracks yet either expand it or quite often deleted, once I have a 10 track album that I’m happy with. I’ll send it over to Corey and Maneesha for them to do their vocal magic, it comes back, lives with me for a bit to finish up production techniques, and once I’m happy with it, I put it on the shelf for a month, go away, do something else, come back, have a listen, make tweaks, and then it’s released.

Can you talk about the current single and the next one?

We just released three singles, killer, black, velvet, amphetamine, and the last dance, these are all of our new album. Lascivious switches out now and you can purchase from our website or off Bandcamp, it was great to be able to start releasing some songs off the album before we got it finished, it’s all about timing, release them too early and people forget about you, release them too late, and sometimes people can miss the bus

How do you balance time between your profession, your creative work and family?

Is the discipline in balancing a challenge? I’m in a lucky position, whereby I have the studio that we use a Black Angel Projects attached to my house, it’s not in the house, which is good, there’s a separate building, but it’s very close, and it means when I get inspired, I can just go do my thing and then easily get back to the family, it’s also a way where I’m not pressured to have to go and work, I can just go there. When I need to, it’s easier to balance, family and regular work. we both work in the film industry and that can be fairly volatile in terms of schedule so sometimes it’s hard to make time for live events or if we were to go on tour as for both of us or Phil ministry work has to come first, then family, or maybe both of those are the same and then music needs to come last, but hopefully we balance everything equally so we can get a good lifestyle

How important is literature to you as an artist?

For me, not so much, I’m definitely a music person, for the first two albums I collaborated with other songwriters to come up with the lyrics, on the third album I decided to do it myself and now we are on the sixth album I’m finding the process so much easier and more natural, I always use my wife as a sounding board for the lyrics on the tracks and she’s pretty much spot on every time when she can see that I really meant to say what I wanted to end when I was just writing lyrics because I needed to.

Favorite cities to visit or perform in?

That would be very nice to have a list, unfortunately, we’ve only played in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Portland, we would love to put together an American tour, and we are actively seeking out a tour company or promoter to help us to do that so if there are any out there that are reading this, please do not hesitate to get in touch if you might be interested :-)

What scares you?

I think as a band, and especially nowadays, you need to build a brand, that sounds very corporate, but it takes a hell of a lot of time and energy apart from making the music to actually get yourself. Heard these days, I did touch on earlier about how big and overpopulated the music industry is, well, it’s only getting more overpopulated as people release more and more music. Every day, some of this is essential and some of it maybe not so much, so trying to poke your head above, the absolutely enormous amount of independent music out there is getting harder and harder each day, so yes, we need to create a brand so I guess if anything scares me, it’s the fact that something might change and that all the work that we’ve done in order to get some exposure may have been in vain

Are there any locations on the globe where you would like to retire to & that you think would be inspiring as long as you live?

Oh, I’m definitely going to retire to Spain, I want to be near the UK I definitely won’t be retiring in Los Angeles, it is extremely extremely expensive, and in many cases is not a very nice place to live.

Name a song that can make you cry. Have you ever cried after you created a song or during the process? If so, what song?

That is a great question, I’d like to tell my wife that on every album I have created a song just for her, on the first couple of albums that was definitely true, but it was also more convenient, on our third album and Prince of Darkness, I wrote a song from the beginning for her, called my love, I definitely was in tears half the time I wrote it, I was definitely in tears, when I record of the demo, and in floods of tears when I played it for her for the first time, but it was definitely well received an anybody that has heard the song definitely feels the sentiment.

What was the last great record you heard?

That’s a tricky one, and definitely hard to single it out to one particular record, so I’m going to pick a couple, one would be Floodland by the sisters of Mercy, another would be juju by Siouxsie and the banshees and then I guess the album that I come back to over and over, and I just saw them play in Los Angeles last week, is the cult and their album love, I heard this album on cassette in 1984 and I still play the album regularly to this day


I have it tattooed on my arm, ‘life is tough, be prepared’

What have you planned in the coming months for the band?

We just released lascivious, so we are just finishing up Publicity and getting to release the album on vinyl, then I’m going to start writing on our sixth studio album called Electric, and at the same time we are going to see if it is possible to come up with a North American or West Coast tour of America, we want to say thank you very much to all of the people that have listened to and bought all music, is extremely important to us and without them it’s very difficult to continue so I think thank you to those folks. Thank you very much for the great questions and thank you for listening.

written by W.Z.