After introducing himself with his stunning debut single 'Lazy Lou' earlier this year, London-based artist Concrete Green returns once again to offer up his wondrous new outing 'One Last Try'.
Bringing back more of that warm and emotive aesthetic he is quickly earning a reputation for, 'One Last Try' makes for a beautifully smooth and alluring listen. With his broad and shimmering voice layered across a soaring production from start to finish, he is cementing himself as one of the more exciting names on the rise with this one.
So with the new single available to stream now, we sat down with him to find out more about his origins and what has been inspiring him most lately.
What was the first instrument you fell in love with?
The electric guitar. Even though I’ve started learning guitar with the incentive of switching to bass, sooner than later it became the best way for me to express music.
What kind of music did you love when you were younger?
As a child at home we were listening to the 60’s 70’s bands like Beatles, Queen, The Doors and Israeli musicians like Arik Einstein, Shalom Hanoch and Kaveret. But during my teens and later I was a huge devotee of 90’s Grunge music and Radiohead.
What was the first album you remember owning?
First album that I remember “buying” was Gorillaz by Gorillaz.
What is the one song you wished you could have written yourself?
Mother Nature’s Son – The Beatles
Do you have any habits or rituals you go through when trying to write new music?
Normally it’ll happen when things are changing in life. Then, most of the process will happen in the shower or tube. Once the song is built in my head I’ll grab the guitar or piano and start to write chords which often completely change the song from its original thought. Another way, I am jamming something on the guitar or piano then, laying lyrics while in the shower or tube.
Who are your favourite artists you have found yourself listening to at the moment?
A lot of Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles, but also Elliott Smith and Zohar Argov.
If you could open a show for anyone in the world, who would it be?
What do you find is the most rewarding part about being a musician?
To be able to create music. Using music as a way of communication whether it’s between people playing live together, a connection as a listener, or a way to communicate with myself where my “logic” dismisses emotions or “irrational” thoughts.
And what is the most frustrating part?
Not making money, obviously…..
And what is the best piece of advice you have received as a musician?
Dedicate time to actively listen to music – meaning no other distraction, just you and a musical piece. It develops your mind, your musical hearing, and brings you to a meditative state.
Concrete Green's new single 'One Last Try' is available to stream now. Check it out in the player below.