Backstage With THE BEACH
As gigs are on pause, Home is the new Backstage. Get behind the scenes with The Beach this week.
Celebrating the release of his euphoric new single, Still In Love, we caught up with George Morgan aka The Beach to chat about self-reflection, his brand new material, and the healing powers of music.
What’s a motto you live by?
Failure is an opportunity to learn.
Did you come across any surprises, whether pleasant or unpleasant, while working on your new material?
Not so much a surprise but I came to the realisation that most of the music I make that is any good comes from a place of feeling really bad, kinda wish I didn’t have to go through something adverse to try and make a living but then again maybe that’s the same for all artists.
Were there any particular events/stories that sparked the inspiration for your new music?
Yes mostly about the a break up but one story I have is for an upcoming release of Close To You which was inspired by a stay at my friend’s house, I was looking through his bookcase and pulled out a book I had borrowed the year before while on holiday in Mexico with my girlfriend at the time. The smell of sunscreen left on the pages pulled me right back to that moment on the beach, it was a real rush of nostalgia not really for missing the person just for the great time.
What advice would you give to your pre-lockdown self?
Pace yourself, don’t over work and burn out because you can’t even blow off steam with mates in the pub or anywhere for that matter. It’s you against yourself.
How, if at all, did lockdown impact your music making and producing process?
It didn’t impact me at all, songwriters and producers spend most of their time in either a bedroom studio or normal studio, either way a dark room cut off from the rest of the world. I guess the only difference is I didn’t get any fomo (fear of missing out) on Friday nights as there wasn’t a party I was missing out on.
How would you sum up your 2020 in one sentence?
Like trying to plug a UK power adapter into a European socket over and over again.
If you had a quarantine character, what was it like?
My quarantine character would be the guy in a sitcom who stays inside wearing the same thing everyday, eats cereal for lunch, avoids showering until it’s an issue whilst trying to build an empire from his bedroom, if that character exists.
Name 5 things that got you through lockdown.
Amazon, coffee, running, live sport and learning how to use Imovie.
What’s the most interesting thing you discovered over lockdown (could be a revelation about yourself, a new TV show, a new hobby)?
I discovered that I have terrible self control when it comes to snacks, if there’s a naughty snack in the house it’s getting gobbled no matter how full I already am.
What are your hopes and dreams for 2021?
To put songs out that I love and to travel freely without the anxiety of thinking I could be carrying a potentially fatal virus.
And finally, slightly cliché but what does music mean to you?
Music is the only thing in this ever changing world I have control over. It’s a place I can dream and a place to make sense of my emotions.