Monday, July 9, 2012

Catching Up With Maria Neckam Part Two The Unison Interview

As I continue part two of my chat with Maria Neckam:

A release for any artist is really a subjective snapshot of their work at a given moment in time. So where are you artistically now, are you looking ahead for ideas for the next release or are you simply enjoying the moment that is Unison.

M.N. - "I am both thinking about what my next album will be and also working on my milán full length album (my electronic music). There are always so many ideas and possibilities … the challenge is to stay focused and just go with one thing. One thing I’ve been wanting to do is write for more different (nontraditional in the jazz world) instruments and maybe also for more than one voice."

Finally - tell us about your vocal inspirations and the last disc you bought.

M.N. - "I enjoy singers that sound authentic and unaffected, but also interesting, not too polished. I love surprises in music, but I also need there to be a certain warmth in a singer’s voice to fully connect with the artist. Some vocalists that have inspired me are Björk, Joni Mitchell, Luciana Souza, Theo Bleckmann, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Cassandra Wilson, Maria João, Sidsel Endresen, Thom Yorke, Teitur, Emiliana Torrini, Imogen Heap, Meshell Ndegeocello, Rufus Wainwright, Sinéad O’Connor, the list goes on and on, but a lot of my inspiration also comes from instrumentalists and composers.
One of the last albums I bought is Meshell Ndegeocello’s “Weather”. Also, I’ve been listening a lot to singer/songwriter David Bronson’s album "Story", which I’m singing on too ;). I think he’s brilliant."

Maria Neckam via You Tube.