Today, we sat down with A Permanent Shadow to talk music inspiration, heroes, and much more. Be sure to check out his music on Spotify below after the interview!
What is your inspiration to write your music? Is it your surroundings?
Surroundings definitely play an important role, but also personal experiences. I also find inspiration in news I see on TV, documentaries or books. Our new album “Humdrum” will feature songs about ageing, tsunamis, self-help gurus, the corporate world, collective ennui and more. So it’s fair to say that inspiration comes from different sources.
What type of music did you listen to growing up?
I was and still am an avid fan of David Bowie who I first got into as a very young boy. Through Bowie I learned about Iggy Pop and Lou Reed early on. I also listened a lot to Depeche Mode, The Stranglers, The Cult and The Pixies.
Is there someone you looked up as a hero?
Again, Bowie for me is a musical hero. Always interesting, always daring, never lowering the standards. He was everything you can aspire to when you get into music. His musical catalogue remains unequalled in my opinion.
If you weren’t a musician, what would you be doing today?
I am a trained grief counsellor, so I’d probably be guiding people through their last few steps on this mortal coil and then try to help their relatives overcome the loss.
What advice do you have for our fans out there that want to create music?
Learn your craft but don’t let yourself get deterred by others who are better or more successful than you. As long as you enjoy creating you are in the right place.