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Rob Lynch: “I’d bloody love to drive a ferry.”


Ehrlich, hautnah und noch ein bisschen verschwitzt – so mögen wir unsere Interviewpartner am liebsten. Backstage ist die Sendung für diejenigen, die nie genug von exklusiven Infos aus erster Hand und wilden Geschichten rund um Tourleben, Musikproduktion und Künstlerdasein bekommen können. Wir bitten Künstler aller Couleur zum Gespräch in die Backstage-Räume der Hannoverschen Clubs.

[018] Rob Lynch: “I’d bloody love to drive a ferry.”

Musik macht Rob Lynch schon seit fast zehn Jahren: 2006 veröffentlichte er als Lost On Campus eine erste EP, der noch zwei weitere folgen sollten, bevor er sich 2011 dazu entschied, diesen Künstlernamen abzulegen. Seitdem erscheinen alle Werke des Wahl-Londoners unter seinem Geburtsnamen. Lynchs Debütalbum „All These Nights In Bars Will Somehow Save My Soul“ erschien 2013 zuerst in Deutschland, dann einige Monate später in der britischen Heimat.

Einige Stunden vor seinem Auftritt beim Fährmannsfest 2015 waren Rob und sein Gitarrist Jonny in unserem Studio, um ein paar Songs einzuspielen und ein kurzes Interview zu geben. Die Songs gibt’s vorerst nur on Air, das Interview hingegen steht hier zum Anhören und Lesen bereit.

It’s not your first stay here and you’re just hours away from taking the stage at the Fährmannsfest.

Rob: That’s right. How do I pronounce that…?


Rob: Fährmannsfest? Okay, cool.

Did anyone tell you that this translates as “Ferryman’s festival”?

Rob: No, no one has told me that.

It probably fits into you having an anchor tattoo.

Rob: Yeah! I’ve never driven a ferry, but I’d bloody love to. So maybe later on they got some ferries I can commandeer and I’ll be cruising across the river.

So you’ve played a few pretty big shows over the last few weeks, just recently at the Deichbrand Festival of which I’ve seen a video: There were quite a lot of people. Was that something new for you, something you haven’t experienced before?

Rob: We’ve played big shows, but they’ve always been support shows. So you’ve got somebody else’s crowd there watching you, which is cool. It’s great, but this is one of the first times – over here especially – where it’s been like a big festival and crowds are there specifically for you. We’re kind of blown away by it. It’s cool, I could get used to it.

You played your first German shows this summer in mid-July and you’re going to play the last one in mid-August. What are you doing in between?

Rob: Travelling. (laughs) We’re going back home, it didn’t make financial sense to stay in the country. It was cheaper to get back home and then come out again. I’m in the midst of writing album number two, so I need to spend more days back home, writing and practising. And then we come back out every couple of weeks and play some more festivals.

I’ve read that you’re going to record the new album together with your band. That’s quite different to how you worked in the past. Will the guys have any say on how the songs turn out, like “We should change that chorus”?

Rob: Absolutely not. (laughs) Me and Johnny, who plays guitar, we’ve been writing. I’ve been taking songs to him and showing him: how about this lead line? “Yeah that’s cool.” He’s tried and said things like: “I don’t think the phrasing works for that line” and I’m like: “Well… so… that’s your opinion, but…” (laughs) I can be stubborn. Arrangement-wise we’ll all be working on it together. It’s cool, it’s very amicable. As long as they agree on what I say. (smirks)

Do you have any idea of when this album will see the light of day? How far are you into recording it?

Rob: We’re recording in September. So the album won’t be out until early 2016, as it’s the case with that: You record it and then you’ve got to wait six months until anything happens. So yeah, early next year.

In the past, even on your debut album, you had a few people helping you with it, even producing it, like Sam Duckworth, who is probably the most “famous” one.

Rob: Yeah, he’s doing it again – him and Jay. Jay is with us today, he’s playing keys for us on these shows. So Sam and Jay are going to produce it again, just because it’s a comfortable, creative working relationship, so it makes sense to go back.

Over the past few months you also toured with a lot of people, like Geoff Rickley, Koji… Have you ever thought about doing collaborations or inviting one of them to do something with you?

Rob: On the first album, well on the only album I have so far, on “My Friends and I” I had Joe the singer from Transit, he came and did some guest vocals. For this album I’m thinking not… You know, this is us, this is what we do. We don’t need to kind of play around with inviting people. I think that’s people that we could, but I think it always takes away from what you feel you can do yourselves, rather than having someone’s name, like “featuring so and so”. It’s always a bit like… Are you looking for popularity? Can you get some of their fans? If it’s the right person, then I’d do it. If Bruce Springsteen gets on the phone and is like “I wanna come and sing on your song” I’ll be like “alright boy, get on playing” – I’d do that. (laughs)

So to wrap this interview up, a question for the long-term fans: A few years ago you played under the name of Lost On Campus and “Whisky” is a song from that era, but there were some other songs as well. Do you plan on revisiting one of them anytime?

Absolutely not, no. “Whisky” was the best and interesting one of a bunch of songs. (laughs) That song went down really well live and it means a lot to me, so I thought I’d give it the newer treatment and give it the justice it deserves. But the rest of the songs are quite happily locked away in a CD cabinet somewhere. Though I say that… If I’m struggling for songs in like four weeks: “Well, I do have this song from 2009 that we could use…” (laughs) But, no, probably not, sorry.

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