Interview – Clifford

I reviewed Clifford’s song I’m So Bored recently and loved it – the track has a really unique sound to it, showing his vocal range off in a lovely way. Read the interview below to find out more!

By Jane Howkins

You recently released a song titled I’m So Bored, which we reviewed. What can you tell us about this song and where can it be purchased?

I’m So Bored is really a homage to drum and bass music while incorporating a Marc Bolan (T.Rex) vocal sound. I wanted to write a song about how you feel when you have nothing to do, especially at the end of the day when there’s little time to begin a new project. I also wanted to write about a topic that was relatable to everyone and was upbeat instrumentally. I thought a juxtaposition of the topic of boredom with upbeat instrumentals would do that.

Has the pandemic hindered your work much?

The pandemic has been a double-edged sword to me. On one hand, playing live has been off the table, but on the other, creating and publishing music has been very rewarding.

What is the writing and recording process like for you? Have you started writing for a future EP/album yet?

My creative process is full of multiple sprints. When I have ideas I work on them for short periods of time. The last stages of mixing/mastering are more like marathons (or so they feel like when I’m going through them haha). My goal is to not produce a ‘fast-forward song’, one that you wouldn’t miss anything if you decided to skip forward. As for future EP/albums, I’m sure I’ll have an album at some point, but for now I’m releasing singles.

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

I have a single I hope to release in February ’22. Not quite at the mixing/mastering phase yet but close.

Whereabouts are you based and what is the music scene like in your part of the world?

I live in the Mid-Atlantic region of the USA, Maryland more specifically. I’m about 45 minutes to Baltimore and a bit further to DC. The area I actually live in is somewhat rural where country music is a favorite. Sometimes I refer to my singing as having “twangs of rural Maryland” haha!
The music scene here is influenced by a very diverse fanbase. The DC area is multi-national and both DC and Baltimore provide opera/classical music, indie, hip-hop, R&B, Country, Go-Go music, and everything in between. This region brought us Marvin Gaye, Duke Ellington, Chuck Brown, Ian MacKaye, Talking Heads, Dave Growl and Wale to mention just a few.

I felt like the track had a lot of different genres present in it, are you influenced by a range of different genres and styles?

I’ve been told my music sounds familiar yet hard to place. My musical influences vary which is why I genre blend. Each song has a story to tell and I choose the genres most suited to tell that story. As a result I think if a listener is looking for music that includes variations of sound, more like a compilation of musical tastes, my music might interest them.

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

Although a bit rusty, I’m fluent in French and Arabic. I’m a US/UK citizen (Dad’s from London) and I’ve travelled to the UK all my life. Researchers say we use the same part of our brain for learning languages as we do music, so I think language studies have had the greatest influence on my music.

As for what I’m currently listening to… I listen to different artists at any given time, especially while working out, but recently its been: The Temptations, Mozart, Fairouz, Stromae, Amr Diab, Bowie, Yo-Yo Ma, Blind Willie Johnson, Eminem, Drake, Kool & The Gang, Parliament, Cash and xxxTentacion.

Do you have any tour dates lined up?

Haha! I read this morning the GRAMMY’s are delayed till April due to Omicron. So I guess time will tell as to when I can begin performing live, but soon I hope.

What can people expect from one of your shows and why should people come and see you perform live?

My plan is always to make my performances energetic and interactive. I never like spotlights on me when I perform because I like to interact with the crowd and see everyone’s faces. It helps me to feel like we’re all enjoying the music together.

Any last words for the fans?

Thank you all for your support! I look forward to seeing you as soon as it’s safe for us to do so. Cheers!

Find Clifford’s Linktree here.