'Music is eternal' says Logan J Parker

Written on 05/29/2020
Julian Von Plato

Marie: Logan, how did you start out as an artist - how and when did it begin?


Logan: I think it was when I was 6 and my parents put me in the church choir! It was so much fun singing with all the other kids and learning all the songs. I loved performing live and I remember stepping up on the stage for the first time and feeling a huge adrenaline rush! It was so much fun!

Marie: Tell me more about the new single - the recording process, who produced/engineered it and if they have any other successes?


Logan: Well the new single 'I don't wanna go' is part of my debut EP which has 6 original songs. Everything was recorded at The Premises Studios in East London with amazing engineers (Curtis Elvidge and Neil Goody). It was mixed partially in The Premises and in Battery Studios by mixing engineer Rohan Onraet and later mastered by Miles Showell, the legend himself, in Abbey Road Studios. I had the pleasure of working with amazing producers such as Nicky Brown, Tieks and Viv Broughton. They were all incredible and I couldn't be happier with the final result. It has been an amazing journey!


Marie: What is the single inspired by? What is the story behind it?


Logan: ”I don't wanna go" is about a job I had in a clothes shop and which I hated with all my soul. It was one of the worst times of my life. I was truly unhappy and I think a bit depressed. It's tough when you have to be in a place you don't like and be surrounded by people that don't really capture your essence and you just feel stuck and empty. I started writing this song on my way to work while on the bus. I guess tough times make you write better songs cause despair kind of triggers your creativity. For me it's like a cathartic exercise. Music saves me every time.

Marie: What is your writing process like? Is it stream of consciousness type writing or more planned and thought out? Is there an underlining theme in your music?


Logan: When I was at high school I saw music as a hobby and it was just so much fun, it carried being this way until I joined university to study economics. But by the time I finished my degree I really felt like I have wasted my time and money there because I felt very strongly that what I wanted to do was music full on! Nevertheless, I wasn't brave enough to make that choice back then so I stuck with it and eventually got a decent job in a bank but I was very unhappy there cause I was stripped of all my creativity and forced into a mathematical routine. These were rough times for my soul and I reckon I wrote great songs during that period. I guess music comes to me when I am sad more than when I'm happy. This is why I love listening to Blues and Soul. I think I'm very sentimental and I believe this is how it should be. So, my writing process is very intuitive and emotional I guess. Sometimes I cry while writing and I think every word and every chord have a bit of my blood in it. The truth is this record talks more about sad times than anything and it's about being real and honest and accepting who you are and how you feel about things.


Marie: Where was the new release written? How does place and time influence you and your writing process?


Logan: All these songs were written in London from my home in Camden town. I find it a very inspiring place to be.


Marie: Were you listening or watching anything in particular quite a bit during the recording and writing process?


Logan: I think I was listening to Ruth Brown, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Wynona Carr, Billie Holiday, Screaming Jay Hawkins and T Bone Walker quite a lot around that time.


Marie: Do you think there is a perfect time and place to listen to the single, does it lend itself to a particular listening experience?


Logan: I like to believe I write music that will last forever so I don't think there is a place or time for it in our endless universe. If love is forever, then the music I make is eternal. This is what really drives me: creating something for others, something that will last in time and space.

Marie: If you could hope that your music inspires someone to do something, what would that be?


Logan: I’d love to help people face the same kind of problems I've been struggling with. If they feel the same way about things, I truly hope my music would make them feel better. Cause that's what music does to me: it heals!


Marie: Tell me more about your musical influences? Are you hoping to achieve a certain sound or theme on your new release?


Logan: I really wanna be myself and sound original. I have spent a lot of time doing things that I didn't like at all such as studying economics and working in a bank and I've taken so many unfulfilling part-time jobs after that in order to make my music happen, that right now being honest with myself and others is the most important thing for me and it naturally reflects itself in the music I make. So I'm not worried about achieving a certain sound. I'm just focusing on making it real and honest and I hope that will be enough to define and place myself as a musician.

Marie: Tell me more about you and your successes as an artist?


Logan: I’m just hoping what I am doing will somehow touch people's hearts, that's my one and only aim.


Marie: What are your hobbies/interests outside of music? Anything else I should know about you?


Logan: I used to surf every day, but since I moved to London that's not been an option which kinda sucks. But I love running and going to the gym. I am a member of Extinction Rebellion and I've been performing live and supporting their initiatives cause I believe it's my duty as a musician and a human being to care for our planet. By the way, The Premises Studios (where I recorded my EP) is a fully solar powered studio so I'm proud to practice what I preach! On a more lighter tone, I love dancing and my favourite drink is definitely whiskey on the rocks. I love a good party too, specially if there is a cool DJ paying old tunes. My favourite DJ is Barry's Lounge, wherever he is I know I'll dance till dawn!