Liam Naughton & The Educators – Interview
Interview with Liam Naughton and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
LN: I’m a singer / songwriter / rhythm guitarist. I write my songs at home and when they’re ready I hook up with my band The Educators, rehearse the arrangements with drums, lead guitar, bass guitar, sometimes keys to get the right fluidity and then take it to the studio. Have been known to include keys at times and orchestral instruments on my first record ‘Cornerstone’. A lot of my focus is on lyrics, unusual chord and timing progressions.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
LN: I grew up in Kilmallock, a small town in Limerick, Ireland. Limerick being the home of legendary Irish band ‘The Crannberries’. Population of Kilamllock today 1806 according to Google. A lot of characters there.
Musically, my get off my arse moment was when Danny Murphy hit the play leave off work, went to London and recorded 4 tracks with The Animal Farm. George Addison Atkinson who was playing drums with Cameron in Georgia Reeds line up came on board. Matt Leppanen of The Animal Farm
played bass and produced what was to become my Cut On A Cut EP. I battled it a bit but we got there in the end. Unfortunately covid-19 hit the shelves before I did, the music scene died in London, is still dead and it’s looking like that for the rest of 2020 so I grabbed my parachute, bailed, and now I’m at home in Perth eating a cheese burger.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
LN: I’ll start with my non-musical influences. One of my great inspirations is Vincent Van Gogh. He started his art late in life too. Art was his soul, without it he couldn’t live, with it, took him to the darkest parts of his life and finally pushed him to his death. But it’s a tale of unrequited love and he died for it. The crappier his life got the more beauty poured out of him. Dunno, it’s kind of like a
Jesus story or something, it’s just remarkable. People like Nelson Mandella, Mother Theresa, Muhamad Ali, Ghandi. From Ireland, legends like Michael Collins…all these people had great heart, if they were afraid then they didn’t show it and carried on fighting their cause. I love non giver uppers. So much respect too for the great scientists like Newton, Einstein, Darwin; these people were real thinkers who saw what was in the heart of nature. Speaking of nature, David Attenborough, when that man passes there should be an international day of mourning.
Neil young was the man who finally got me to go for it. I just loved the way he put down his lyrics. They’re was such a sincerity to it that it compelled me to become a writer and guitarist. Male artists
like Johnny Cash, John Lennon, Kurt cobain, Jim Morrison, David Bowie, just trailblazers ya know with genius flaw. Famale artists like Stevie Nicks, Debby Harry, Janis Joplin again all cut a path all of their own. More recently I’ve great time for Adele. So many.
Bands like Nirvana & Radiohead, bands who really pushed the boundaries. The sex pistols…wow!!! I am also a hugh Beatles fan. Me and my best mate used to listen to them for hours smoking cigarettes when we were young.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
LN: I did want to score the winning try for Ireland in the Grand Slam or bicycle kick the winning goal for Liverpool in the FA cup final when I was younger but I’m just going to have to settle for headlining Croke Park, being supported by U2 at this stage. Keep it real ya know
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
LN: I do all the writing. The music comes first so I play around with the guitar until I find something that makes a good pattern or rhythm, is far enough removed from anything I’ve heard before and develop the music from there. Keep playing over and over until the first line blarts out and work out the puzzle from there. The words come second which naturally helps with the phrasing I think. Organising music around words sounds like putting the cart before the horse for me. I write about all sorts of things. Family, girls, mental illness, break ups, addiction anything I feel close to personally.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
LN: Social media FB band page, Instagram, youtube all the usual suspects. Currently trying to master the FB business pages to run campaigns for my latest Cut On A Cut record. I’m a guitarist, writer, singer,
producer, shooter of my own videos, and now running marketing campaigns. Starting to take that more seriously. I’m just looking for someone to go…sit back mate, just focus on the tunes and we’ll take care of the rest. Anyway, forward march!!
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
LN: Great for the punters. Personally I like to hold something in my hands like a CD or a record, smell it, feel it, excite the senses. There a real joy in lining up outside a music store, chatting with the other
eager beavers, getting you’re hands on a new record for the first time. There’s a lot to be said for that.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
LN: Wish I hadn’t started writing in the first place :0) Killing In The Name Of…. that boy says exactly whats on his mind and sounds like he doesn’t care who hears it. Screams with abandon and doesn’t hide behind any form of social etiquette. Kaboom!!!
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
LN: PC culture’s got everyone stuck in this little box that they seem proud to be inside of. It’s debilitating….just be fucking nice to each other. The “I’m offended” thing as well is way too boring to say anything else on other than it’s more boring. We’re floating thru space at the end of the day. We don’t know if we’re coming or going. We don’t know if North is East. Be happy you’re alive
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
LN: My proudest moment is battling myself to get the balls to rise above the naysayers, get out of that “That’s what other people do” attitude and produce something from nothing.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?.
LN: I’m working on my next record. It’s in the advanced stage of writing lyrically and structurally. I’m going to get the home studio and record some decent demos and start nutting out the other parts. by the time I get to the studio we’ll know whats what and be ready to smash it out
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
LN: Cornerstone, Leaning In and Cut On A Cut are available on all major online stores. My youtube channel ‘Liamnaughtontube’ (didn’t mean it to sound phallic) has band and acoustic live performances.
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