Northern Ireland native Lee Rogers has released his new single Silent Song. We asked him the BIG questions...
Having had songs from his debut album Drawing Clocks used on the Maradonna documentary La Mano De Dios, TV show Friends & Rivals and Hollywood movies, including The River King, Rogers released his cover of The Bee Gees classic Stayin' Alive earlier this year.
The pandemic and lockdown restrictions have presented many challenges to most people, and for Rogers and his label it meant finishing Silent Song remotely by engaging with other creatives also in lockdown to finish, mix, and master the track.
Speaking about the new song, he said: "We tried to think about how other creatives were also stuck at home with workflows hugely impacted, so we thought the best way forward here was to try and use the resources around us, and luckily Northern Ireland is not short on talent."
Who are your musical inspirations?
That's a big question. I could list endless inspiration, I used to wear them on my sleeve, and when I say that I mean a good ear could work out from old demos what or who I was into at the time. Now, these days I'm pulling inspiration musically from the good folk around me. There is incredible talent on this island. But yeah, to answer the question everything from DMB to Sting, Bruce Springsteen to Bruce Cockburn, Bon Iver to The Beatles... everything in between all those too.
How did you occupy yourself during the coronavirus lockdown?
Well, just right at the beginning of it all we released my version of the Bee Gees' Stayin' Alive and ran quickly into planning what to do with the next single and how to do it under the circumstances. So after agreeing that I should put out Silent Song, it was a constant web of calls and zoom meetings, collecting footage, creating ideas for the imagery and getting the actual recording finished too, all done remotely. All that paired with the fact that every one of us where homeschooling as well. I also did lots of drinking, and sharpened up on a few dance moves, hahahaha.... In seriousness, it was was a challenge but a real nice diversion from the real-life threat that seemed to be lurking on everyone's doorstep.
What's your favourite song right now?
A while back I was in the car, heading home, and on the radio this song started playing. I actually pulled over, just to hear it properly. Josephine by Ritual with Lisa Hannigan singing on it too. That's one that I would still put on now.
Favourite lyric of all time?
I'm not even gonna attempt to think about that. This question stressed me out and then I couldn't think of a single lyric from any song. Songs have lyrics? Cos I can't think of any...
If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life what would it be?
You love these curve balls here, that's too hard. It should be 'Top 5 in no particular order' at least give us five songs... Gospel Choir by The 4 of Us is sweet though. I could handle that.
Where can people find your music/more information?