“2017 has been pretty intense so far”, begins Puzzle as we caught up once again with the London based artist. “I’ve managed to release two singles, an EP and make a couple of videos, which has taken pretty much all of my creative energy. But it has been great!”.
Our first interview with Puzzle was back in December, but for now, his new track and video “Kamikaze” premieres right here, right now.
CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT YOUR EP “BABYLON”, WHAT’S THE STORY BEHIND IT?
‘Babylon’ is inspired by my observations on human behaviour in this new wave of the digital age, particularly the way we have started ‘dating’ and interacting with each other in cyberspace. I tried to tie in the idea of ‘slavery’ which permeated the Babylonian historical period to the addictive nature of online hook-ups and the lack of fulfilment that is generating in people through the songs. Sonically, I wanted to mix 3 elements that represent my journey so far: 80’s dark synthesisers ( I’m a child of the 80’s), some 90’s William Orbit’s experimental grooves (how the internet influenced me during those formative years) and some R’n’B vocals (reflecting my evangelical upbringing). That, in a nutshell, is what Babylon is.
BACK IN DECEMBER, WE ASKED YOU WHAT YOU WERE TRYING TO SAY WITH YOUR MUSIC AND YOU SAID THE MESSAGE WAS TO “NOT BE AFRAID OF COMPLEXITY”. HOW DO YOU EMBRACE COMPLEXITY AND WHAT DOES THIS SENTIMENT MEAN TO YOU?
Our very existence on this planet is mind-boggling. From the get-go life is not an easy thing to figure out. Society puts stresses and strains on our shoulders – just getting by can be pretty overwhelming. We are complex beings. I think complexity is part of who we are and something we have to embrace and explore. We also have to accept that it can take time to find answers – and sometimes there are no answers!
WHERE DID THE INSPIRATION FOR YOUR TRACK, “KAMIKAZE” COME FROM?
It actually started with a picture myself and my collaborator Jonny saw online. It was a bright orange sunset amongst a cloudless sky, so beautiful but so final. It made me think about belief systems and feelings that can be so absolute and all-consuming, and above all made me think of how falling in love can be self-sacrificial. I worked on a production idea with tribal drums to depict a sense of urgency and then myself and producer Ade Fenton worked on the track together.
WHAT DO YOU HAVE PLANNED FOR THE REST OF 2017?
Personally, I want to start learning a new language so I’m starting a course in French soon. Also, I’ve already started planning my summer around Game of Thrones so I don’t miss any episodes! On the professional side, I’m back in writing mode for the next couple of months working on new material and the next chapter for PUZZLE which is really exciting. I will also be playing some summer gigs so stay tuned for some upcoming dates!