Pink Floyd Projects
I have always felt a close connection to Pink Floyd for a variety of reasons.
The first was they were the first band that blew my mind open as a teenager and showed me what was possible when recording an album. I like the mysteriousness of the band, that their album covers looked like magic, that their albums were written around concepts.
All of these things led me down a musical path that may have been different if I had never heard of them . In the past few years I have done a few projects as an homage to one of my favourite bands, the first was a concept album I did in their "style".
Years ago I asked myself a rather nerdy question, what if Pink Floyd were still producing concept albums?
After listening to the intro of “Time” for the millionth time I wondered if younger generations would know what those loud chiming sounds were? Grandfather clocks are basically extinct, would an updated song have ringtones in their place? If so would the song have the same impact?
After this thought I started writing songs which related to our digital age. Songs about cell phones, getting caught up on TV shows and trying to buy sex online all fit into one neat package that I wanted to tie together.
I watched as couples fell further and further apart from each other while devices wedged into their hands as got all the attention. Seeing couples dominated by technology gave me the added plot line of a married couple who’s love dissolves with the aid of our technological addiction.
So in the end I wanted to make an album in the “style” of Pink Floyd all the while telling the story of my disdain for the many facets of our modern life I don’t understand. It is not catchy, uplifting or very fun but it conveys my current state of mind and I feel like I got as close to being Floyd as I ever could.
The second project I did was In the summer of 2017 and 2019 where I decided to challenge myself and perform a one-man-show of their album "The Wall". I've felt very connected to this album for a long time and wanted to not only tell the concept behind the album but also convey how certain songs and themes connect to my life.
Some stories were comedic, others not so much, but my goal was to keep the audience engaged while I sweat my butt off trying to nail every song on that double album.