MY 2012 ALBUM “A CLIENTELE OF ONE”. The 1960s and glorious organ pop.

 

http://garyflanagan.bandcamp.com/

Where did the title “A Clientele of One” come from?

I was thinking about a good title.  I often try to come up with titles that are clever or unique.  I think a good title is important.  It can be a good reflection of the music, and vice versa.  Basically, it can be taken a number of ways.  Many artists will tell you that being an artist can be a very lonely endeavour.  Sometimes you feel like the only person who gets what you are doing is you.  So, in that regard, I often feel that my only audience, my only true audience, is me.  I am my own clientele.  And I think in a roundabout way that goes for everyone.  We are all our own customers, accountable to ourselves at all times.  We ultimately have to answer to ourselves more than anyone else.

Also, it speaks to the fact that I often feel like I am the only person in the world who likes the type of music that I do.  I feel sometimes like I am the last of a dying breed, even though I know that’s not true.  Again, solitude and isolation are very critical elements for me to create my art.  I also have a love for outdated technology, and I often envisioned a fictional shop where a little old man only repaired antiquated pieces of gear that were only still being used by one person in his city.  I think there’s a sad nobility to that situation.

How would you describe this album?  How is it different from your previous ones?

Well, this one is definitely more “rocky”.  There is a lot of electric guitar on this album, and a lot less synthesizer.  Plus almost every song on this new album features an organ.  I simply wanted to do a tribute to all those great classic rock songs that I heard on the radio while I was growing up.  All that stuff from the 60s, 70s and 80s is very deep in my blood.  I have such an honest weakness for simple, 3 minute pop songs that are super catchy and lite.

Are those real organs we hear?

No.    I wish.  My home studio is tiny, and I would never be able to fit a real organ in it.  The organ sounds came from my various synths and modules, mostly the Roland JV 1010 and the Yamaha DX 100.  I adore the “tease organ” sound on the DX 100!

Do you have any plans to ever return to your synthpop roots?

That’s definitely a possibility.  I still have a love for synthpop, but right now I am content to explore other fields of music.  For the longest time, I only used synths, and I reached a point where I felt eager to try some new sounds.  I also love blending synth with guitar.  If it’s done right, it sounds amazing!  I may do some more synthpop songs in the future, but if and when I do, I will do it right.  Regardless of what instruments you use, the song still has to be good and interesting.  I want to write good songs, not just crank out some more tunes that just honor an already established, slightly tired sound.

Any shows coming up?

None at the moment.  In general, I don’t get as excited about doing live shows as I used to.  But that’s not to say that I’ll never play live again.  Maybe someday.  Many folks have told me that I am quite a showman, and I would never, ever take these kind compliments for granted.  Thanks to everyone who has said sweet things about my live shows.  But my heart just isn’t into it right now.  I am more passionate now about songs and song writing than I am about putting on a show.  I have to follow what my heart tells me to do.

How long did it take to record your new album?

I wrote and recorded most of the songs over the summer of 2012.  About 2 months.  I found myself unemployed at the time, so I decided to take advantage of that and use my time constructively!  🙂

What is the rap at the end of “We Love Psychotic” all about?

It means absolutely nothing.  I was just playing with words.  Nonsense rhyme always seemed very fun to me.  That song, by the way, was inspired by M’s “Pop Muzik”.

Where in the world did you find the inspiration to write the song “Does It Bother You, Ex-Con?”

Well, I’ve never been a convicted felon, I can assure you.  I don’t know.  I actually wrote that song years ago….way back around the late 90s I think.  Seasoned writers will often tell you that you should only write about what you know.  I don’t think I entirely agree with that.  That’s what an imagination is for.  My songs are often like little movies, and I am the director.  Sometimes they involve scenes and characters.  I thought it would be cool to write a song about a guy who just got out of jail after many decades and how difficult it is for him to readjust to life on the outside.  Many of my songs and poems are about cycles, and how everything in life moves in a cyclical fashion.  I am totally obsessed with that.  That theme runs through a lot of my songs, especially on the new album.

Do you have a favorite song on the new album?

Definitely “Falling In Love”.  I think that’s one of the best songs I’ve ever recorded.  It’s just so silly and fun.  Philip Oakey once said that you should make a pop song as close to a nursery rhyme as possible.  I think I succeeded in doing that on that song.  I’m also proud of “All My Mistakes”.

Where can people buy your new album?

The best place is bandcamp.com.  You can also Paypal $10 directly to me at muzikman84@hotmail.com and I can send you an MP3 version of the album, or a good old fashioned CDR.  I will also do orders through snail mail.  And, I hope to get it up on iTunes and other major shops very soon.

Any surprises coming up in the future?

Yeah, there may be a vinyl edition of “A Clientele of One”.  I will remain tight lipped about this for the time being, but needless to say I am extremely excited.  More details will be revealed in the near future!  🙂  My Christmas album will also see the light of day in just a few weeks!

2 Comments

  1. Marc Davies
    30 October 12, 4:49pm

    Hi Gary,

    Its been a while!!!!

    A new album? Fantastic…………can I get it on CD sent over here to the UK?

    Best regards
    Marc

    • 31 October 12, 2:42am

      Hi Marc! Nice to hear from you!!! Yes, of course I would be happy to send a CD to you. Are you still at the same address? Thanks!

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