By Nicole Boeck
Posted April 14, 2016
Interview from Hamburg, Germany Music Blog. English Translation. To read the full interview in German, please visit the Concert-News.DE Blog.
Knapp sechs Monate nach seinem letzten Konzert in Hamburg hat Bobby Long schon wieder Sehnsucht nach unserer schönen Stadt. Wer kann es ihm verdenken. Die Fans des jungen Briten mit der rauchigen Stimme, den eingängigen Fingerpicking Melodien und den poetischen Texten wird es auf jeden Fall freuen, dass er auf seiner „1985″-Tour durch Europa auch Halt in Hamburg macht. Mit dabei hat er dieses Mal seine gerade erschienene Vinyl „Ode“, einer Auskopplung aus seinem aktuellen Album „Ode To Thinking“.
Unterstützung bekommt er bei der Show am 21. April in Maria’s Ballroom durch seinen guten Freund und Musiker Sam Bradley. Wir hatten die Möglichkeit, ein kleines Interview mit Long zu führen.
Approximately six month after his last concert in Hamburg, Bobby Long already yearns again for our beautiful city. Who can blame him? The fans of the young Brit with the husky voice, the catchy fingerpicking melodies and the poetic lyrics will be thrilled, that he makes a stop here in Hamburg on his 1985 tour through Europe. This time he is bringing along his just recently released vinyl „Ode“, the LP to his current album „Ode To Thinking“. For the show on April 21st at Maria’s Ballroom he will be supported by his good friend and musician Sam Bradley. We had the chance to do a little interview with Bobby, which we don’t want to keep from you.
Music critics usually use comparisons to famous musicians to describe a musical style. To someone new to your music: how would you describe your style? What sets it apart from other music? Bobby: I love great songwriting, great lyrics and people who flow through their songs. Devoid of deliberate style or fashion or what’s selling records. I try to be the best version of me I can be when I'm writing songs.
Your latest record „Ode Thinking“ seems - compared to your previous records - a lot more reflective on the state of society. Why do you think that is? Are you a political person? Bobby: I’m getting older and less self involved and more worried about my friends and my neighbors. I’m still selfish, but I don't want some rich corrupt ass fucking over someone. I wouldn't say I was political, but I have started to notice politics creeping into me and my friend’s conversations more and more. It used to be Pokemon cards and buying beer, and now it’s Bernie Sanders.
You’ve currently released a vinyl called „Ode“, treating your fans with 3 until then unreleased recordings. What do you think is the reason for the comeback of the vinyl and are you a collector yourself? Bobby: I think people love what it represents. Great sound, a vessel for great artwork and a community of buyers and local stores. It’s great under your arm, on the wall, on display or being played. It’s the ultimate experience for music lovers. Lyric books, artwork and, of course, music played though a better than average sound system.
Four years ago you published your first book of poetry. You recently mentioned, that you are working on a second book now. Will it also be a collection of poems or can we expect a narrative? When do you plan to publish it? Bobby: I’m finished—it’s being edited. It’s a collection of poetry again. I had plans to bring in some short stories, but I will do that when I have finished writing the new album. We will have it published some time in mid to late 2016. I’m excited about it.
You have toured Germany quite a lot since you started out. More than any other country outside the US. Is there a difference between shows in Germany and the US and why do you think the German audience receives your music so well? Bobby: Different culture and people mostly. Realistically, I love playing and I would play anywhere. I'm just fortunate that countries like Germany and America like my music and I get to go and play.
You’ve played quite a few shows here in Hamburg over the last few years, so we expect you know the city well by now. What’s your favorite part of the city and could you imagine to return for a set at the Reeperbahn Festival in the fall? Bobby: I love going down to the water and checking out record stores. There are lots of great shops and restaurants so it’s great walking around. I would love to one day play the Reeperbahn Festival. I hope I'm lucky enough to one day.