- Jamendo: tell us a little bit about your album Inhumanize?
Neil: I’d been playing in bands for years when I realized that I work far better alone. So in 2012, I self-recorded an assortment of songs I’d written and called it Inhumanize. I wanted to showcase a bit of all the styles I compose, which explains the variety of songs on the album.
- Why and when did you choose the name Soundstatues? What does it mean?
When I decided to abandon the traditional band format, I knew I didn’t want to use just my name—that’s far too “singer-songwriter” for me. Like any decent music name, I just chose whatever sounded the least ridiculous after repeating it a few times.
- What's the next project you're working on?
I’m always writing music; lately, I’ve been very electronic. But I’m not going to release any more music until I can properly tour on Inhumanize. So hopefully I can find a label or manager who can help me organize a tour.
- What inspires you both musically and in general?
My music is autobiographical, and I write music as a form of self-therapy. I take inspiration from whatever is on my mind: interpersonal relationships, politics, even science fiction.
- What would people be surprised to learn about you?
I have a doctorate degree.
- Professionally, what are your goals?
I want to achieve my potential as a musician, whatever that may be. And, I want to play PinkPop in the Netherlands!
- When and how did you first become interested in music? How long have you been a musician?
Like many musicians who were kids in the 90s, Nirvana is really what opened my eyes to the world of rock music. That’s what spurred me to teach myself the guitar; music quickly became something I held onto in order to make sense of life.
- We love the crocodile puppets in your "Give It Up" music video. What made you come up with that?
In late 2012, I decided to make some music videos, which turned out to be a huge amount of work. By the time I was shooting “Give It Up,” I was sick of being in the videos myself and I couldn’t find suitable actors, so I figured puppets were a good substitute. It was too sweet at first, so I had the crocodiles murder a harmless little squirrel.
- Why did you choose to play the type of music you do?
Honestly, I just compose whatever feels interesting to me. I have an obsession with sounds and tones, whether it’s guitars or synths or orchestras, and that obsession leads to songwriting.
- We thought it was really cool that you shared the guitar tabs to your tracks on your website. What inspired you to do that?
Thanks! I actually get quite a few emails from people asking how to play my songs, and as a guitarist myself, I always wished my favorite bands would post their sheet music online.
- In October of last year, you told your fans on Facebook you were organizing a tour and asked them where they wanted you to go. Have you started touring yet? If so, where will you be going? If not, what would be your ideal city to play in and why?
Touring has turned out to be far more difficult that I thought! It’s an organizational nightmare, especially considering most of my fans are international. At this point, I have a few shows in Florida this spring, but until I can get proper label or management representation, touring is a tough proposition.
- Do you think life in NYC helps fuel your creativity? How does the Big Apple inspire you ?
NYC absolutely fuels my creativity. No matter how irritating life can get here, there’s an undeniable energy, and I don’t mean just positive energy. The sense of desperation and
darkness in NYC is intense, and that’s not a bad thing when it comes to writing music.