DeadJournalist.com Exclusive Interviews:
Albert Hammond Jr.
Chuck Norton, DeadJournalist.com
MP3: Albert Hammond Jr. - "GfC"
What you need to know about Albert Hammond Jr.:
- Albert Hammond, Jr.'s second album ¿Cómo Te Llama? was released on July 7, 2008;
- The album's first single is "GfC";
- The album was recorded at Electric Lady Studios with Matt Romano, Marc Philippe Eskenazi and Josh Lattanzi;
- Sean Lennon appears on “Spooky Couch”;
- Hammond, Jr. is a guitarist for The Strokes;
- His first solo album, Yours to Keep, was released in October 2006;
- He is he son of musican Albert Hammond;
- He was born in Los Angeles, but resides in New York;
- He was the first of XM's Artist in Residency deejays;
- Hammond, Jr. will be touring, with upcoming dates in the US, Australia and Japan.
For more information on Albert Hammond, Jr., visit his Web site at www.alberthammondjr.com or his MySpace.com page at www.myspace.com/alberthammondjr or his Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/pages/Albert-Hammond-Jr/18236031789.
DeadJournalist.com is pleased to bring you this exclusive interview with Albert Hammond, Jr.
Your second solo album, Como Te Llama?, is just been released. You've indicated that this album would be somewhat of a departure from Yours to Keep. What were the motivating factors for this album?
AH: The songs ... [sic] always waiting for something new and exciting that you can spend the next year of your life on.
How did the recording process for this album differ from your first solo release?
AH: We knew we were making a record so right there from the get go it was different. I had a band and we put ourselves into the studio for five weeks creating a wonderful musical environment. [Its] the best time I've ever had recording
With your supporting tour about to start, what are you most looking forward to about being on the road?
AH: The reaction to the new songs.
As a veteran of international tours, is it easier or more difficult to prepare for an extended period away from home as compared to earlier in your career?
AH: Experience always makes things better. I dont know if its easier or harder.
You're heading back to Japan in August to play some dates. What is your favorite part of of performing there? How does your reception there differ from the States?
Well I've never been there solo so I'll have to wait and see. Ilove going around and touring the world though.
The most bizarre thing that has happened to you while on tour is ... ?
A bed caught on fire.
Which do you enjoy more, performing live or writing and recording?
All of them for different reasons. They all need each other. After writing a song you can't wait to record it. Once you've recorded it you cant wait to play it live. And after you've played it live you cant wait to write something new.
You've had the opportunity to perform with a great number of noted artists throughout your career. With whom were you most excited to perform? Is there someone that you haven't worked with that you'd like the opportunity to?
Lou Reed. I'd love to write a song with a bunch of young artist ... and make an anthem.
You were one of the first artist to be a part of XM's Artists in Residency. How did you get involved with the project? What songs/artists were you most excited about playing as a deejay?
I enjoyed it very much. Its great to show people songs they might never have heard. Songs that have inspired me.
Have you found that your own personal taste in music has changed over the years?
My taste in everything changes as I get older. That's whats so great about getting older, the discovery of new things.
Is there a band or artist that you've discovered recently that you've recommended to your friends?
What were you listening to in 1998?
Guided by Voices
Who and where was your first concert?
MP3, CD, Tape or Vinyl?
One Drink. One Movie. One Album.
Coke, Ace Ventura, Tom Petty's Greatest Hits