Interviews

Interviews are always an adventure trip. At best, they give an insight into the way of working and the world of thoughts of artists and musicians. Here you find our WEST COAST Soul interviews.

The Rhead Brothers Story – Interview with John Rhead

The fact that in the golden era great West Coast music was not only created in sunny California, but could also flourish in the rather rainy Great Britain, was demonstrated not least by the English duo The Rhead Brothers in the late 1970s. The brothers John and Steve Rhead recorded two albums whose quality could compete with any American production and which are still sought after and loved by many music aficionados today. WEST COAST SOUL talked with John Rhead about their musical beginnings, the making of their two excellent albums, “Dedicate “and “Black Shaheen”, his memories of the Muscle Shoals music scene and the rediscovery of the Rhead Brothers in 2016.

“Coming Home” – Interview with Tomi Malm

Three years after his critically acclaimed debut “Walkin’ On Air”, Finnish songwriter, producer and arranger Tomi Malm returns with his sophomore effort “Coming Home” via Contante & Sonante. His new album presents another flawless collection of pop, soul and fusion songs, recorded with the help of some of the most talented musicians on the West Coast music scene. WEST COAST SOUL talked with the multi-talented artist about the making of his new album, the importance of collaboration, the characteristic Tomi Malm sound and his everlasting love for West Coast music.

Hamish Stuart (Average White Band)

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Hamish Stuart shot to fame in the 1970’s as the falsetto voice of The Average White Band, his distinctive songwriting and guitar style paving the way for the band’s worldwide success.

Ned Doheny

A key member of the California West Coast scene in the 70’s, Ned Doheny reached cult status thanks to his 1976 album “Hard Candy”.

Chris Jasper

If you love 70’s and 80’s R&B and funk, you can’t get past the American multi-instrumentalist, singer, composer and arranger Chris Jasper. Whether as a member of the legendary Isley Brothers, the successful trio Isley-Jasper-Isley or as a solo artist: Jasper shaped the sound of an entire era. WEST COAST SOUL talked with the legendary musician and Grammy Award winner about his early beginnings, the golden era of the Isley Brothers and his new, soon to be released album.

Joel Sarakula – Companionship

On his new album “Companionship”, prolific writer, producer, performer and multi-instrumentalist Joel Sarakula keeps the mood easy and the grooves deep. Ten new songs see Sarakula develop a deeper, more introspective lyrical style from his previous works as he celebrates and laments friendships, love and loneliness. The result is one of the most exciting albums of 2020. We spoke with the Sydney-born and London-based artist about his new album, his fascination for smooth West Coast and soul music of the 70s, and the effects of the Corona crisis on his new release.

Corona Crisis Chat with Marcus Liesenfeld (Too Slow To Disco)

The current corona crisis especially affects musicians, bands and artists. Against this background, we at WEST COAST SOUL would like to give musicians the opportunity to talk about the current situation, but also give fans a little insight into their musical roots. Today we talk with the Berlin based DJ veteran and Too Slow To Disco curator Marcus Liesenfeld aka DJ Supermarkt.

Corona Crisis Chat with Marcos Valle

The current corona crisis especially affects musicians, bands and artists. Against this background, we at WEST COAST SOUL would like to give musicians the opportunity to talk about the current situation, but also give fans a little insight into their musical roots. Today we talk with the legendary Brazilian pianist, singer and composer Marcos Valle.

Corona Crisis Chat with Fernando Perdomo

The current corona crisis especially affects musicians, bands and artists. Against this background, we at WEST COAST SOUL would like to give musicians the opportunity to talk about the current situation, but also give fans a little insight into their musical roots. Today we talk with the American multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and producer Fernando Perdomo, who has just released his first 70s inspired Yacht Rock album with the fitting name “Yacht”.

Corona Crisis Chat with Marc Jordan

The current corona crisis especially affects musicians, bands and artists. Against this background, we at WEST COAST SOUL would like to give musicians the opportunity to talk about the current situation, but also give fans a little insight into their musical roots. Today we talk with the multiple award-winning Canadian singer, composer and producer Marc Jordan.