Sul numero di ottobre di Rockerilla trovate l'intervista a Martin Rossiter, ex leader dei Gene. La posto qui nella sua forma originale, in inglese...
- Hello Martin, thanks for your time. How are you? where are you at the moment?
I am sat dressed as a nun watching programs about antiques, a very normal Saturday.
- I guess your solo album is almost over now, right?
If you mean completed, then yes it is. I hope it's not over before it's released, although nothing would surprise me.
- I noticed you chose Pledge Music to promote your album. I think that's a good way to keep in touch with your fans and to whoever love your music. What's your opinion?
When I first released records, people would write us letters and we would do our best to reply although I'm sure we missed a few. Now, although little effort is required the digital world has made those interactions essential, it is almost expected of you. I don't mind, however I sometimes need time away from the glare of the screen as I spend on average 25 hours a week on social networks.
The reason Pledge exists is because the music industry became so complacent and arrogant over the last 20 years. What it allows me is complete control, if this album is a failure then it is my failure. That was never possible when Gene were signed to Polydor, if an album failed it was Gene's fault, if it did well the record company took the credit and the money.
- You lived and spent your "Brit Pop" moment with a leading role: which are your best memories of it? Nowdays with networks, mp3, downloads (and so on) everything seems less spontaneous, what do you think about technologies?
My best memories of 'Brit Pop'? I have very few. Most of the music was terrible and most of the people involved worse. That era was the equivalent of throwing a party while Rome burns. Excessive spending by the record companies on young men because they wore interesting trousers. As an era it lacked intelligence and grace, a boorish and loutish time.
- How did your way to compose and write songs changed now that you are a soloist and there's no more a group to exchange ideas with?
They are my songs and that's what is important to me. I know that people have great affection for Gene and I count myself as one of them, but compromise doesn't always enhance.
- In your UK tour, piano and voice, you have presented new songs, intense and touching, and it was great to listen with this arrangement so simple but direct. The album will move completely on these musical canons or even we can expect some surprises in the arrangements?
Thank you. The songs were deliberately written for piano and voice. It forced me as a writer to treat every note and syllable as if they were tiny diamonds. There is no note that isn't dripping with my sweat. I didn't want the songs to hide behind layers of arrangement, the listener needs to be forced to listen to the words. Having said all that, they may be the odd surprise.
- You are always active on facebook and you dedicate part of your time to reply regularly to your fans, and to be honest they show a great respect and affection toward you, but I can notice also a sincere and vivid memory for Gene. It sure means you really transmitted something significant with the music of that group. What's your belief?
There is so much affection for Gene for which I'm grateful. Having said that, I've been blessed that the people who liked Gene tend to be open minded which means that they have been receptive to me being a musician in the here and now rather than a ghost of the man I was. The response to the new songs has been wonderful as of course it should be.
- Many artists after the split of a group are suddenly ready to start a career as soloists. You took your time instead, with no hurries. Did you need to reserve some time for you, maybe taking a break from music, after the long adventure with Gene?
No, I'm just lazy.
- Thank you again, last but not least: I'd like you to chose a song of The Gene as a soundtrack of this interview and obviously one from your soloist album, can you motivate the choice you made?
I can only choose 'Is It Over?' by Gene considering your second question and I Must Be Jesus considering my answer to your first.