Temperamental Old Friend the Acoustic Guitar | Liam Naughton & The Educators [Musician Interview]

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Who inspired you to make music?

Musically, my get-off-my-arse moment was when Danny Byrne hit the play button on Harvest Moon in the background at work. When it finished I asked, “Can you play that again?”. I thought it was brilliant, the way Neil Young put down his lyrics. After years of bull sh–ing myself, I bought a guitar and practised 4 hours a night, 6 hours on weekends for 6 months straight. I started writing soon after I moved from Ireland to Perth Australia in 2004.

What is your creative process like? Do you start with lyrics? Instruments? Concept?

In general the writing process is always the same. It’s sit down with my temperamental old friend the acoustic guitar and just wait patiently like a leopard outside a warthogs den for something to come out of it that I find interesting or unique. Something that’s far enough removed from anything else I’ve heard or done myself before. That’s the battleground for me. Once I get the guitar line, I play it over and over until a lyric comes thru that suits that line. I sort out the lyrical puzzle from there.

What do you feel is the best song you have released/written and why?

Mmmmh, I like them all. They all got the same level of attention. But if I was to choose one, and this changes depending on what side of the bed I wake up on, but today I’ll choose Bipolar. It took a while to write, like most of the songs, I write a bit, come back to it, touch it up (I can have a few on the go at the same time) but with Bipolar, the music and the lyrics both really contribute to the theme of the song. Sculpted mate hahaha.

What is the best advice you’ve been given?

Mmmh…The best advice. What’s the best advice I’ve been given?? Well, I’ve learned a lot, as you do, as you go, and I’ve had some very positive influences in my life as well as some negative. I think all of the positive things people have said, all of the good advice I think can be rolled into one thing as ‘Do Not Be Afraid’. The polar opposite of Love in this world is Fear. So ‘Don’t Not Be Afraid’, yeah, recognising fear and negativity keeps more Love in my life.

If you could be any kind of cookie, what would it be and why? (Most important question)

Ganga cookie….but I bet you knew I was going to say that hahaha.

How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?

Yeah, the old internet had changed our lives. Not just the music business but it’s changed all aspects of how we live. I dunno mate. I say f– it off. I mean, how fast do we really need to go. How much information do we need in our lives? I’m conflicted about the net. It
was supposed to connect us but I think it’s disconnected us. Yeah, it’s a topic with so many different aspects and angles to look at but has it made us happier? Everyone’s stuck in the phones or laptops and not being very social but we’re supposed to be more socially connected. I don’t see it. As for the music business, when Spotify gets I think 40,000 uploads a day, that’s a lot of noise to get through when you’re looking for a gem. Small needle, big haystack. But we can’t help ourselves, we all feed it, including myself. Too much murky water mate.

If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?

Well, it’s just been prostituted, hasn’t it? The mainstream, the cornerstone of ‘The Industry’, well they’ve sexed it up to keep those units moving. There’s not a lot of substance. They’re setting the standard and they’re saying that sh– is the bar you’ve got to aim for. Very confusing. It’s not about the music and that’s the sad thing. It’s about celebrity, my image, my profile, fame, anything other than the person you actually are. If you want success in this life, for God’s sake don’t be yourself… that’s what their saying mate.

What is the most useless talent you have?

Songwriting – it’s made me f– all $$.

When you’re done with music, what do you want people to think when they talk about you and your work?

I’ll probably never be done with it. For as long as I can remember I’ve been thinking about it. I was born to a Choir Master and an Organist (not very rock and roll) so the music had been there for me from before the off. But when I first embarked on a songwriting career, Neil Young kinda gave me a standard to work toward in my own lyrics, so I try to get there and hopefully at least approach it more often than not, but that’s what I try to do and I hope people can see that. Yeah, if people can say that I at least tried to add to music in a sincere way then I could say I’ve done a good job.

What is your most recent project/upcoming project?

My latest record ‘Cut On A Cut’ was released on 19th June and it’s gone down like a spoon of honey… smooth and sweet but not overly so, and like honey, I hope it never gets old haha. People really dig it eh. Promise Cross Your Heart went to No 1 on IT’s Indie Top 40 chart so that was a first for me. Well, a double first… 1st on the chart and the first time having a No 1. So have a listen to folks… do an old soldier a favour hahaha and next…whats the next move??? Well, I’ve been thinking of different ways to get to a wider audience so the plan is to release a new single called Panda Eyed Princess which is about prostitution, get an Insta influencer to star in it and get to their audience. And here’s a world-first lyric release.

Panda Eyed Princess

by Liam Naughton

Take a cut for the pimp man
Paying rental to the one hour room man
And shoot the pipe to keep you naughty at night until day break
Walking freely by the side of the road
Free and easy past the talk of the town folk
And turn a trick so you can saddle a fix – Ride on babe

Red light in the window you see
You got your cigarette and gut rot whiskey
I guess the reason is she’s short of a buck
And then the man in the truck said you’ll never get love sl–
You’re strung out and no meds

A high class for the wealth man
A window worker for the walk down the street man
Or cruise a patch where you can hustle your a– for the top rate

Thigh high boots you’re fashionably dressed
You got your game on but your life’s in a mess
He’s got a buzz on going to work till you sweat
And then your Panda Eyed Princess got to fix up her makeup and leave

Mamma what the h– is happening to me I got this need
Daddy begging please for forgiveness it’s still me inside this scream  

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