Troubadour Rich Webb is back with a brand new single Love Someone, a heartfelt and vulnerable track inspired by the poor treatment of asylum seekers in Australia. The moving song is released today, and is accompanied by a stunning animated video that illustrates the plight of those affected by war, seeking a safe place to start their lives over. The expressive video was animated by Matthew Lawes-Wickwar of Other Brother Studios in the UK. Love Someone has a simple, but essential message – all humans deserve to live peacefully, and be treated with empathy and respect wherever they may be and wherever they may be from. Rich tells Hi Fi Way more.
How has the build-up been leading up to the release of the single Love Someone?
Pretty cool. It’s been brilliant to see the local music scene reopening again. The energy is just fabulous.
Was the process of making your single as challenging as you thought?
No, quite the reverse. I was working with a great engineer and producer Rohan Sforcina at Head Gap in Preston. Of all the songs we were working on, Love Someone was one of the easiest. I put the base track down with Jim Carden (drums) and Hugh Martin (bass). Phil Wakeman provided some guitar and keyboards that transformed the chorus in particular, and then the track left the earth when Charlie Woods walked in with her brilliant trumpet. Some gorgeous backing vocals from Mezz J Coleman ensured what I hope was a classy and elegant departure.
Sonically, how would you describe your music?
A dusty mix of folk and country, with some rock in there. Maybe not so much on this one, but in plenty of the rest.
Who would you consider to be the biggest influence on your music and why?
My folks, definitely. Mum was a marvellous singer, and my brothers and I got to hear her sing in church, choirs and in choral productions regularly. She had a great record collection too, and so did Dad, who was big on Johnny Cash through to Creedence. They both had fantastic music taste, including classical and opera, that I respect even more as time goes by.
Best piece of advice you have been given?
Be yourself and don’t overthink things. There is often a reason why things have happened, that you might not understand until much later.
What is the Rich Webb life story?
This is a good one. Not sure whether I’ve got an awful lot to say here or not much at all. I reckon a lot of musician autobiographies are boring, although I loved Rickie Lee Jones’ Last Chance Texaco. I’m going short: I’ve had a bit of a crack for a while now, had a blast, and I still feel l’m learning and getting better. I was pretty good at soccer as a kid though, maybe I should have stuck with it. That will do.
Are you looking to tour more broadly?
Yes! Working on that now.
What’s next for Rich Webb?
I’ve got an album coming out later this year. More shows. More music. More everything. I’m lucky to know and sometimes play with some really beautiful and talented musicians, and I want to do a lot more of that.
Interview By Rob Lyon