Independent Irish singer-songwriter Peter Doran has released his first single in six years, Nothing New Under the Sun. We asked him the BIG questions . . .
The song is taken from his upcoming album, Voices, which is due for release this year.
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Speaking about the new track, Doran says, "This is a song about those moments when you feel burned-out, uninspired, lacking in faith and vision. When you've given the best of yourself to a pursuit and fallen short when you speak without conviction and find yourself sleepwalking through your days.
"It's about that feeling and figuring out a way to shake yourself free of it, to feel vital once more."
Tell us three things about yourself?
I live in a 200-year-old farmhouse on the outskirts of Mullingar with my wife.
I'm soon to release my fifth studio album and I couldn't be more excited or proud of what we've made.
Outside of music, I enjoy running and have run the Dublin marathon a few times. In the 2016 race, I hit a major wall, crashed heavily! They put me in an ambulance for twenty minutes before reluctantly letting me go on. I managed to finish it, so I guess I'm pretty stubborn when I want to be :)
How would you describe your music?
I would say it's in the songwriter tradition for sure. Lyrics are important to me, as is performance/space/mood/intention. The songs are sometimes contemplative, sometimes joyous, sometimes playful. I try to keep things pretty organic and true as much as possible as far as instrumentation goes. I've been lucky to be surrounded by amazing musicians and people on this new album.
Who are your musical inspirations?
At the moment I'm listening to a lot of jazz, strangely enough, sometimes it's nice to listen to music without lyrics. It's an obvious one but I've been listening to Miles Davis' Kind of Blue a lot lately. It's such a beautiful sounding album. There's a Billie Holiday album called Lady in Satin that was recorded in the same Columbia studio that has some of the same atmospheres that I really love too. Otherwise, my musical diet consists heavily of Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Wilco, Radiohead, Julian Lage, Felice Brothers, Joe Henry. When I first got the song-writing bug there was also a huge inspiration from Irish artists like Damien Rice, Fionn Regan, The Frames etc.
How are you occupying yourself during the coronavirus lockdown?
I've been lucky to have the new album project to keep me focused on. Something in the distance to work towards. It really helps with keeping sane. So lately it's been a lot of work on album artwork and design. I've got a designer friend in Munich helping with that. We're planning on doing a small vinyl run for this record so there's been lots of back and forth with the vinyl production company too. On top of that, I have a room here in the house that I use for recording, writing, listening to music etc. At the end of last year, I spent about a month building acoustic treatment for the room so that was something different and very rewarding.
What's your favourite song right now?
Muzz - Bad Feeling.
Favourite lyric of all time?
Impossible to pick one, but here's one that could easily qualify: "When you wake up in the mornin', baby, look inside your mirror, You know I won't be next to you, you know I won't be near, I'd just be curious to know if you can see yourself as clear, As someone who has had you on his mind - Mama You Been On My Mind by Bob Dylan.
If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life what would it be?
Oh wow. This one is giving me a total brain-freeze. You could do a lot worse than God Only Knows by the Beach Boys
Where can people find your music/more information?
Search Peter Doran on Spotify, Facebook, and Instagram.