Marilyn Manson through to odd dark orchestrated stuff,” he says. "It's heavy, but it has
elements of progressive rock in there and almost like a jazz ideology of exploration.
You wouldn’t use jazz to describe it, though, unless you followed it with punk. It has all
of those things: it’s so interesting. I love the power trio format - not that 1
don’t like the
extra harmony you can have from adding keyboards, horns and an extra guitar player
or whatever, as we do in Groovesonix, a band which plays corporate events. That's
lovely too. but I do like the freedom that a trio allows."
The Dark Sinatras have already performed live in the UK, and with the second
album ready to go. some live festival dates could be on the cards very soon indeed.
"We’ve done a lot of low-level pub-style gigs around the country, although were trying
to get into the rock festival scene,” he tells us. ”1
think it stands up well against a lot of
name bands, were a really high-quality band, and when it’s live it takes on a whole
new energy. We’ve done some webcast gigs from Hook End Studios and they went
really well: people logged on from all over the world.”
Although Jamiroquai is taking a break. Paul is a busy man, as he explains. "Rob
[Harris, Jamiroquai guitarist] and I have been taking our ‘Boom n Twang' project of
workshops and masterclasses around the UK and overseas, and I've guest lectured
at most of the music colleges in the UK. Students always ask, ‘How do you make it?
How do you get a break?’
but what is 'making it? Nowadays, it's a totally different
answer to what 1
would have given 20 years ago. If you enjoy playing music, whether
you’ve got a side job or otherwise, you've already made it - because you’re already
appreciating something that a lot of the population don't really get to understand,
and you’re already a winner. If you can make money doing that, great. If you
can reach a level where you can survive without doing anything else,
you’re definitely doing well. How cool would it be if 15 out of every
20 people walking down the street could play music?"
To keep the creative juices flowing between Jamiroquai
albums. Paul and Rob have a new writing project called
Trioniq. which has recently launched the first fruits of its
labours on iTunes: a five-track EP called One. “The other
core member is Iwan Vanhetten, who’s an amazing
musician and plays keys and trumpet.” says Turner.
"We wrote about five songs in one day and recorded
them quickly with three drummers - Ash Soan. Gareth
Brown and Karl Vanden Bossche - and two vocalists,
Shean Williams and Mim Grey.’’
Turner continues: “Rob, Derrick [McKenzie.
Jamiroquai drummer] and I had a band with Daniel
Pearce called Shuffler, and we finished an album in
spring 2012. but unfortunately it is still unreleased and
the band is no longer. The Trioniq project has filled the
void we had, where we just wanted to be able to have
some output creatively. We can enjoy writing without
trying to chase a deal or being precious about fixing things
and making them sound perfect for a record. We want them to
sound great, but we’re going for that 70s warm, fat kind of live
recording. If that means there might be a few moments where
something unexpected happens, but the vibe is great, that’s going
to be the thing were going to go with. It’s a groovy record, and
the response has been amazing, but most importantly we're
really enjoying it. so well be pushing on with more material and
locking down some gigs.”
It's not gone unnoticed at BGM Towers that Turner likes
a white bass. As he explains. "I’ve always favoured white
instruments. My dad always says. 1 tell people you’ll be using
a white bass, he’ll be easy to spot”' It’s no surprise, then, that a
current collaboration with Jens Ritter will eventually result in
a bass in that colour.
.. “I’ve always been a fan of Jens’s basses.”
he says. “I met him at a presentation held by the Bass Gear
guys when he first started selling basses through them. He
came down to a Jamiroquai gig we did in Germany and he
brought down a pair of four- and five-string Cora basses, plus
one of his guitars. We used them on the encore: they played
great, sounded nice and looked amazing. I tried a couple
of others with different woods, including the Late
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