Interview: Gin Wigmore
Thu, 02 Jul 2015 13:18:54
New Zealand singer/songwriter transplanted to L.A. talks stunning forthcoming album Blood To Bone.
Gin Wigmore possess a voice for the ages. It's a striking, sultry, sweet soul siren croon that instantly catches ears. It also drives her forthcoming new album, Blood To Bone [Island Records]. A star back in New Zealand, her 2011 breakout Gravel & Wine began to establish her foothold stateside. However, Blood To Bone breaks the skin and brings her to a new level altogether. In this exclusive interview, she tells us all about the album, her move to Los Angeles, and so much more.
Was it intentional for Blood To Bone to flow as one piece?
I think it's how it all went down. The tracklisting in particular was just how the songs were written—the order that everything happened. "New Rush" was written very early on in the production and everything else followed in a chronological order. It ended with "I Will Love You." It followed with a succinct story line, a lot of which is about my upheaval and move from Australia to Los Angeles and pushing through a difficult time and to improve everything.
The storytelling is so clear that you can see the songs visually.
Absolutely, I totally feel that this was the case with the songs. I consciously think to myself that I have to see the visual. I've got to think, "What am I seeing with all of this?" I love film and write music that is a soundtrack to a film or picture in my head.
What's the story behind "Holding Onto Hell"?
That was an interesting song. It was eight hours into the session and judging from past writing sessions, you can usually judge how well something is coming together by how much time you spent on. Well, this session wasn't at all, but we kept writing [Laughs]. We kept going. We started playing this droning note on an acoustic guitar, and it began coming together. It's about holding onto the past and not wanting to let go.
Watch the video for "New Rush" from Gin Wigmore: