Since turning 30, Alabama Shakes frontwoman Brittany Howard has recorded a debut solo record and is giving less f*cks than ever. She tells Jack Lloyd why she can't recommend it enough.
“I’d be in the back of this Buick and be like ‘What's this? This is really cool’ and my friends told me it was Pink Floyd and I was like ‘Whoa’, it blew my mind. I started getting into all the classic rock stuff, like Yes, Cream, all that stuff.”
"I've always wanted to do a solo record since I started playing music so I thought 'Hey, now’s a good time as any. You never know you could die tomorrow so let's just get to it.”
“Inspiration wasn’t really coming to me when me and The Shakes were trying to rehearse and make the third record. We had tried for a whole year to come up with stuff and I was just like nothing’s really coming, nothing's really happening and it all got a little stagnant. So, I just thought well I've always wanted to do a solo record since I started playing music so I thought 'Hey, now’s a good time as any. You never know you could die tomorrow so let's just get to it.”
"All of a sudden, the songs just started coming to me, on this really hot miserable day, and if a song comes to you, you can't wait."
“Doing it by myself was easier in a lot of ways just because I already knew how I wanted everything to go down, I already had these demos fledged out and I would just show up and be like 'Alright here are your parts, take these parts. Here's why it's important. Here's what needs to remain the same but, of course, take it and do your thing with it'.
We just hit it off in one or two takes and then we had the song. It was so different than with The Shakes because it's like having four cooks in the kitchen, right?” This was a lot more thrilling because it was just like we went in and did it.”
"Since turning 30, I give less fucks than ever. It's amazing, I couldn't recommend it enough really.”
I don't really have a responsibility creatively to do anything I don't want to do anymore. I'm just going to do the things that I want to do. Being a creative person, that’s the most successful thing.”
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