Interview – Forgotten Garden

I recently featured Forgotten Garden’s track Christmas Time in a round-up review of Christmas/holiday songs and I really enjoyed the song, so much so that I wanted to have a chat with them. I made some time to speak to speak with Danny & Inês – find out how we got on below!

By Jane Howkins

You recently released a new track titled Christmas Time. What can you tell us about the track and where can it be purchased?

Danny: Christmas Time was inspired by seeing children laying flowers at the side of the road where their young friend had died in a car crash. That image was very powerful (and sad). So I interpreted that image on the piano using the lyric contained in the first line. That then suggested the whole shape of the song. The song was set at Christmas to reflect that as well as good memories Christmas can be a milestone for bad memories too. As the song was piano based it naturally fitted into a more acoustic type of arrangement, hence the strings!

You can purchase Christmas Time on our website at https://fo…n.com/home or at Bandcamp https://fo…ndcamp.com

Would you ever consider doing more Christmas/holiday songs in the future? How do you celebrate the holidays?

Danny: I would certainly write another Christmas song if I could find the right concept. Would have to be something different to the usual approach to Christmas songs though!

I prefer the old school approach to Christmas of visiting family and having a traditional Christmas meal (no meat though!). Often I also go for a hill walk at Christmas or, if the snow is there, a little ski tour.

Inês: I try to spend time with loved ones and to enjoy baking traditional Portuguese desserts.

Have you got any plans to release a full length album or an EP anytime soon?

Danny: We intend to release two singles next and then an EP. The EP is going to be four tracks long on the theme of loss. The songs are all sad and haunting so have your tissues ready haha!

What is the writing and recording process like for you?

Inês: The songwriting and production are all Danny. This is how the process always goes for FG – he writes these beautiful melodies and arrangements and then I only have to try to get my vocal interpretation to do them justice and fit the atmosphere and feeling of the music and lyrics. The backing vocal arrangements are usually a collective effort.

Do you plan to release any singles at any point in the near future?

Danny: The two singles we intend to release early next year are at an advanced stage of production. The first is called Bad Guy and is about a man who feeds on affection in a vampiristic kind of way. The second is a fully acoustic version of our previous release Jessica” with strings instead of synths.

You’re based in Scotland. What is the music scene like in your part of the world at the moment?

Danny: Inverness is only a small town so it hasn’t got a very big music scene. However, it does have quite a large music festival, the Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival, nearby every summer (Covid allowing). It’s attracted some quite big acts over the years. In 2022, Nile Rodgers and Chic, Van Morrison, Emile Sande, the Fratellis and many more are going to be on the bill.

What/who influences you most as artists? What have you been listening to recently?

Danny: I’m mainly influenced by Joy Division, The Doors, The Cure and probably quite a bit of folk music! Right now I’m listening to Franz Ferdinand’s You Could Have It So Much Better and Dougie Maclean’s Singing Land.

Inês: My vocals are influenced by some of my favourite artists like Florence Welch, Lana Del Rey, Chelsea Wolfe, Weyes Blood, Kelsey Lu and Warpaint. Listening wise Tennessee Waltz by Connie Francis has been on repeat; and the latest album by Arooj Aftab.

Has the pandemic hindered your work much?

Danny: I guess the pandemic has affected every corner of life. For us it has hindered the recording process by slowing it down. We can still record but it just takes longer!

Do you have any tour dates lined up? What can people expect from one of your shows and why should people come and see you perform live?

Danny: No gigs to report I’m afraid. Unfortunately at the moment we aren’t doing live performances.

Any last words for the fans?

Danny and Inês: Thank you for your support – it means a lot to us. More music is on the way in 2022 which we hope you will enjoy! Have a great Christmas!

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