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.


SENTIMENTAL FOOLS – INTERVIEW WITH PHIL MARTIN (MARTIN & GARP)

Just in time, before the dull autumn weather makes us feel depressed, a dose of sunny optimism comes straight from the Netherlands. Today “Making Up”, the first single of the Dutch duo Martin & Garp, is released by Légère Recordings. A song that, with its catchy guitar and synthesizer licks and luxurious, radio-friendly harmonies, takes us straight to the heyday of Californian West Coast music of the late 70s and early 80s. WEST COAST SOUL talked with Timothy van der Holst aka Phil Martin about the new single, their forthcoming album “Sentimental Fools” and their fascination for smooth West Coast music.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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JOEL SARAKULA

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.

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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”.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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CRISIS CHAT WITH ANDY PLATTS (MAMAS GUN/ YOUNG GUN SILVER FOX)

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 British singer, songwriter, producer, founder and bandleader of Mamas Gun and the ‘Young Gun’ of Young Gun Silver Fox Andy Platts.

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CRISIS CHAT WITH SHAWN LEE (YOUNG GUN SILVER FOX)

The current corona crisis affects especially music makers, bands and artists. Against this background, we at Late Night Dream would like to give musicians the opportunity to talk about the current situation in an interview series, but also give the fans a little insight into their musical roots. Today we talk with the singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, arranger and ‘Silver Fox’ Shawn Lee, who we have reached in London.

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Corona Crisis Chat with Don Breithaupt (Monkey House)

The current corona crisis affects especially music makers, bands and artists. Against this background, we at WEST COAST SOUL would like to give musicians the opportunity to talk about the current situation in an interview series, but also give the fans a little insight into their musical roots. The start is made by the profiled pianist, singer/songwriter, composer, arranger, producer, author and Monkey House leader Don Breithaupt, whom we reached for a chat in Los Angeles.

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Interview with Izo FitzRoy

Three years after her excellent debut album ‘Skyline’, British Soul singer, songwriter and pianist Izo FitzRoy releases the highly anticipated follow-up ‘How The Mighty Fall’ this March. Recorded between Paris, London and Sheffield, the native Londoner convinces on her new album with a captivating blend of Gospel, Soul, Funk and Disco and of course with her unique big voice. WEST COAST SOUL talked with the artist about the making of the album, sources of inspiration, strokes of fate, the creative potential of collaboration and the power of gospel music.

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Dexter Wansel

Calling Dexter Wansel an all-rounder is no overstatement. As one of the architects of the Sound of Philadelphia, the keyboardist, synthesizer pioneer, composer, producer and arranger worked with dozens of top recording artists such as Teddy Pendergrass, The Jacksons, Patti LaBelle, The Jones Girls, Evelyn “Champagne” King, Lou Rawls and The O’Jays and released style-defining solo albums that have become a goldmine for hundreds of hip-hop artists in the past decades. In February 2020 Wansel performed in London and Paris. Reason enough to talk with the legendary artist about his long career, his love for synthesizers and the heyday of Philly Soul.

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YOUNG GUN SILVER FOX

After their critically acclaimed milestones ‘West End Coast’ and ‘AM Waves’, Shawn Lee and Andy Platts, better known as Young Gun Silver Fox, return this February with their long-awaited new album ‘Canyons’. Reason enough to talk with ‘Young Gun’ and ‘Silver Fox’ about the new album, their band anniversary, sources of inspiration, kids and further plans.

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MANDOO

Seven years after their critically acclaimed first album “Sweet Bitter Love”, the French duo Mandoo, consisting of singer-bassist Pierre Vanier de Saint Aunay and pianist Esther Ben Daoud, returns this December with “Pacific Addiction”. The new album is a wonderful love letter to the West Coast music of the late 70’s and early 80’s. WEST COAST SOUL talked with Pierre Vanier de Saint Aunay about their new album, the collaboration with the legendary artist and songwriter Eric Tagg, the band’s history and their everlasting love for the Californian sound.

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SHAWN LEE

“Rides Again” is Shawn Lee’s first vocal and songwriter album since 2005, and a very personal journey into the world of soul-inspired Country music. WEST COAST SOUL talked with the American born and London based singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, arranger and “Silver Fox” about his new album, musical role models, his love for classic Country music, ageing and the importance of authentic guitar sounds.

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Kraak & Smaak

The Dutch trio Kraak & Smaak, consisting of Oscar de Jong, Mark Kneppers and Wim Plug, has been successful with their eclectic mix of electronic, funk, disco and downbeat music for more than 15 years. Their new studio album “Pleasure Centre” is the result of two years of hard work and the first release on the band’s own label Boogie Angst. WEST COAST SOUL talked with Wim Plug about their new album, the search for inspiration, their instinct for new talents and their personal pleasure centre.

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Marcos Valle

Marcos Valle is a monument of Brazilian music. The 75-year-old legendary pianist, singer and composer from Rio de Janeiro blends pop, bossa nova, psychedelia, jazz and funk into a distinctive sound that has inspired music lovers for nearly six decades. His songs were interpreted by famous artists such as Frank Sinatra and Bebel Gilberto and sampled by Hip Hop stars like Jay-Z and Dr. Dre. “Summer Samba (So Nice)” is, after “The Girl From Ipanema”, the most played bossa nova song of all time. Now the original Rio beach boy has returned with his new album “Sempre” – his first solo album in almost a decade – and revives his seminal feel-good Brazilian boogie-era sound of the early 80s. WEST COAST SOUL talked with the pioneer of Música Popular Brasileira about his new album, his musical career and old friends.

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Don Breithaupt (Monkey House)

Sophisticated musicianship, imaginative lyrics, and a flair for melody are signatures of the sound of Monkey House, a sound that has earned the group serious critical acclaim, peer respect, and a steadily expanding international following. With “Friday”, the American/Canadian band has returned with a new excellent album, that is already causing enthusiasm among critics and West Coast music lovers. LWEST COAST SOUL talked with band founder Don Breithaupt about their new album, the band chemistry after more than 25 years, his love for Steely Dan, the first tour in the band history and future plans.

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