Royal Talk with… NZCA Lines
It’s a chain reaction of an unlikely sort that finds Michael Lovett at the head of his own project. As the bassist in the group Your Twenties he provided rhythm for frontman Gabriel Stebbing, himself the former bassist from Metronomy. Relatively quiet since his debut album gained critical acclaim back in 2012, he re-emerged at the end of last year with his New Atmosphere EP.
WE LOVED THE ALBUM AND THE AIRLOCK EP, WHAT DID YOU GET UP TO IN THE TIME BETWEEN THEN AND ‘NEW ATMOSPHERE’?
Quite a bit – I finished a degree, wrote a new record, directed and produced the video for New Atmosphere and toured as a keyboard/guitarist with Metronomy for a year.
YOU EMPLOY SOME VERY NOSTALGIC SOUNDS IN YOUR PRODUCTION, HARKING BACK TO THE 80S AND BEYOND. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY ARE SOME OF YOUR BIGGEST INFLUENCES AS A MUSICIAN?
The polished pop songs of the 80s are definitely in there, such as Tears For Fears and Scritti Politti. A whole range really though, The Beach Boys, 90s RnB and modern pop music. Recently though I’ve been getting into proper prog, which I’ve never really given the time of day. It’s awesome.
FAVOURITE ALBUM OF THE YEAR SO FAR?
It’s obvious, but it would have to be To Pimp A Butterfly, Kendrick Lamar’s new album. It’s brilliant rewards repeated listening.
HAVE YOU GOT ANOTHER ALBUM IN THE PIPELINE?
Yep. Stay tuned.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE VENUE IN DALSTON?
I would have to say Servant’s Jazz Quarters. It’s got sophisticated cocktail vibes upstairs and a country pub venue ambience in the basement.
FAVOURITE PLACE TO HANG OUT IN DALSTON?
Ridley Rd Market Bar is great for the obligatory can of Red Stripe with friends.
MOST IMPORTANT ASPECT OF THE LOCAL SCENE THAT MAKES IT SPECIAL?
I think there’s more intimate venues concentrated into a single area than anywhere else in London, so that makes for a healthy scene of new bands.
ACT YOU’RE MOST EXCITED ABOUT ON THE BILL?
Make sure you catch Ghost Culture, i’ve seen him couple of times now – he presents his music in really interesting way, the whole thing including the light show is programmed and performed by him. Boxed In are also a surefire hit but I think you’re about to ask me a question about them so…
YOU AND FELLOW LOK FEATURE OLI BAYSTON OF BOXED IN ARE CHUMS RIGHT? WHEN AND HOW DID YOU MEET?
Ah yes! I became aware of Oli’s music through the guys at Moshi Moshi, but then it turned out we had a load of mutual friends too. He’s a great guy and very talented musician and producer. We supported them at Electrowerks back in February which was fun.
YOUR IDEA OF AN IDEAL PRE-FESTIVAL BREAKFAST?
Champagne, guava juice, granola and oysters.