Last week saw the release of ShadowFormerSelf, the latest single from former A Man Called member Simon Grainger’s excellent Enemy Forward album. Supported by three very different remixes, it’s been climbing the charts backed largely by word of mouth recommendations.
I caught up with Simon earlier this week to talk about going it alone in the music industry, the impact of his long term battle with ME and the highs of rubbing shoulders with Bjork.
ShadowFormerSelf is the second single taken from my recent album ‘Enemy Forward’. The album was recorded over 18 months, mostly in my home studio in Yorkshire and then completed with Ian Catt (Saint Etienne) on the outskirts of Croydon in 2016. I’ve been working with Ian for 6 years now and he is pretty much the only person who can coax a final sounding record out of my recordings that I’m actually happy with. I’d always wanted to work with him after hearing those early Saint Etienne albums so I was thrilled when he agreed to work with me back in 2011.
AP: It sounds like there might be some biographical lines in there (What if I crumble/what if I fall on my knees/what if I breakdown and forget to breathe)…or am I wrong!?
AP: The remix treatments are all very different – how did you choose who you would work with?
I was really lucky with this as people actually approached me to remix the track. Deuce and Charger are a great trio of Drum and Bass producers who I met via the Leeds music scene and LippyKid is a very talented electronic producer. He and I collaborated on the track ‘The Difficult Lies Of Us’ on my album. When I got the remixes back they hung together really well so it felt right to release them as a mini-album in their own right.
AP: Future plans? Can we expect more new material 2018?
There’s going to be an ‘Enemy Forward Remixed‘ album out early next year which I’m very excited about. Various people have been working on remixes over the last few months and I can’t wait to hear them. I’ve taken some time out of writing and producing so I’m not sure when the next album of new material will surface. My feeling at the moment is that I’m ready to mix things up and change direction musically, so who knows what could happen.
“Enemy Forward” is available now. You can follow Simon on Twitter: @graingerboyo