UK based Balearic maestro James Bright returns to release action with his new ‘One Wish’ EP Featuring Danish vocalist MALO out now on Sveva music. We got the chance to have a word with JB about this cracking new four tracker:
Please introduce yourself to our readers
I guess I started making music in my early teens when I took up the guitar. I bought myself a Shure SM58 mic and a Tascam 4-Track and was constantly writing little hooks. I tried the whole teen band thing but unfortunately, I always fell to pieces when it came time to play on stage. I started producing around 1999 when a mutual friend introduced me to Steve Miller (AFTERLIFE). We went on to form the downbeat act LUX. Northern Lights, the first track we wrote together was picked up as the opening track for Café Del Mar Volume 7. We released a couple of albums as Lux. As a solo artist I released the album Little Things in 2010 which has been followed by string of eps on various different labels.
Tell us where you’re from and where you are now?
I was born in Kent, but my family moved to Macclesfield in Cheshire when I was 2 years old, so I think I can claim to be a Northerner these days. I’m still based there now.
Talk us through the ‘One Wish EP ft. Malo.’
It started with the track that would eventually become ONE WISH. I wrote the backing track to send to MALO after being introduced to her by Mark Lusty from SVEVA MUSIC. I’d recently heard Malo’s vocals on a couple of THE SWAN & THE LAKE tracks that she features on. I wanted to write something for her that was a little more up tempo (up tempo for me at least) with quite tough drum sounds but that was still quite soft and gentle, something that I thought would really compliment her voice. I was really happy when I got her vocal back. The other three songs on the EP came together quite quickly after that and I thought they all worked well together as an EP.
Tell us a little about Malo
Malo is a Danish singer- songwriter. She released the album “WHO AM I” in 2019 through Hans Zimmer’s music company EXTREME MUSIC, with a follow up Ep again with Hans Zimmer currently being set for release. Early this year saw her feature on tracks by fellow Dane THE SWAN & THE LAKE released on MUSIC FOR DREAMS.
Do you have particular process you follow when you make a record?
The production process for this Ep was the same as all my previous productions really. I very rarely go into the studio these days with any pre conceived ideas. When writing I just like to sit with a blank canvas and see what comes out. It could start with a beat or bassline or even just a sound I find inspiring. As you can imagine writing like this, I have hard drives full of sketches of songs that at the time didn’t go anywhere. I guess the good thing about that is I have to hand a library of sounds that at some point I found inspiring to delve through. Once the Ep was finished, I handed it over to Steve Miller (Afterlife) for mastering. As you can hear from his extensive library of top releases over the years Steve is the man to go to, he gets such a full and complete sound.
Who would you like to see playing it?
Hopefully, anybody that likes it. Though I guess it’s always nice to know that other producers and DJs are playing your music. When getting back the PR reactions it’s always a massive buzz and privilege to not only see some legends of the scene (Don Carlos) have received your music but to have review and really like it.
Where’s the best place to enjoy it?
I like to think the tracks on this EP would work equally well on the dancefloor or watching the sunset with a cocktail in hand.
What was the last piece of music you bought?
Just the other day I bought the beautiful new PROJECTIONS EP ‘Original Cell.’
Tell us, what do you think is one of the most important Balearic record of our time?
That’s a tough question……Even though I’ve been producing and releasing “Balearic” music for over 20 years now, compared to a lot of people I suppose I’m still a newcomer to the scene and my depth of knowledge isn’t as great as others. But some important records for me personally are….
Cantoma – Pandajero
Afterlife – Dub in ya Mind
Nightmares on Wax – Les Nuits
Penguin Café Orchestra – Air a Danser
Sabres of Paradise – Smoke Belch II (Beatless)
The Grid ‘Floatation (Subsonic Grid Mix)
What is the best musical advice you’ve been given?
“Use your ears and don’t rush” There’s no big secret to producing apart from learning to use the gear you have and listen, in fact spend hours and hours listening don’t be in a rush to finish something and “Find your style” don’t try and be the next big thing by copying what you think will sell.
What else do you have in the pipeline?
I’ve got an Ep coming out next year on Phil Coopers NUNORTHERN SOUL label which I’m very excited about and I’ve just started a collaboration with Joe Morris which is still in the early stages but is sounding great so far. Also, I’m just discussing the release of another Ep on a label that’s starting up again after a break, which fingers crossed I’ll have some news about very soon.