Interview: Bob Perry

A World Like This is a fabulous album released by musician Bob Perry, who has been on the scene for quite a while now. I had a chat with him about his wonderful career – you can see the results below!

By Jane Howkins

You recently released an album titled A World Like This, which we reviewed. What can you tell us about this album and where can it be purchased?

While isolated during the pandemic I started looking through my hard drives at unfinished songs – some that had been previously recorded, and some that were either lyrics or just ideas recorded into my phone. I sent one of those phone ideas to my friend, singer-songwriter Edward Rogers. We wrote the song Broken Sides together from that idea and that was the spark that set me on the path to completing the rest of the album. A World Like This is available at https://bo…dcamp.com/ and streaming platforms everywhere.

I hear the pandemic helped you with your writing. Has the pandemic hindered your work much?

Being isolated in my home studio during the pandemic, I found myself with hours of time I wouldn’t normally have had, and I used that time to focus on writing or rewriting in some cases. I was able to revisit older material I had in the ‘vault and see it in a new light.

You’ve been writing and performing music for a long time now. Do you have any other projects on the go?

My wife Stephanie Seymour (https://st…dcamp.com/) is also a songwriter and we recently released a single, There Was a Time, which I produced and played guitar and bass on. We recorded it in our home studio last year.

I mentioned Edward Rogers (http://www…music.com/) who calls on me occasionally to contribute guitar parts to his music and record at my studio. Sad About Girls (https://sa…dcamp.com/) is the brainchild of my friend Tom Lucas. I’ve been working with him recently recording guitars, helping with arrangements and doing whatever else is needed.

What is the writing and recording process like for you and has it changed much over the years?

In the old days you went to a studio to record your band and it was very costly without support from a record label. I was always looking for ways to combine the quality of a full band recording in a studio with overdubs that could be done at home. With the invention of computer based DAW recording, it became a reality to take a band into a professional studio and record basic tracks, focusing on getting the drums bass and rhythm guitars down, and take those recordings home to a computer running audio software to record the overdubs. That gives you a chance to hear what is really needed in a song and the time to work out the additional parts without the ticking of the studio clock. I used to lug a desktop computer back and forth to whatever studio I was working in. Now with modern systems being affordable enough, musicians like us don’t have to leave the house for any of it! And if you’ve got an internet connection you can collaborate with people anywhere.

What are your thoughts on the ways in which the music industry has changed since you’ve been active?

In the mid to late 1980s I was in a band called Winter Hours. In those days you’d play your local scene to try and get noticed by an A&R person at a record label, with the hope they would sign you and give you money to make a record. Or, at least buy you dinner and drinks and tell you why they won’t give you money to make a record. In some cases record companies used to actually nurture artists and develop their careers. Now artists are on their own, recording music on laptops, releasing it on their own, doing their own promotion and if they get enough attention record companies may take notice.

Have you started writing for a future EP/album?

Yes, we’ll see what develops on that front. It’s in the beginning stages at this point but I can feel it start to happen. The songs are starting to reveal themselves to me in bits and pieces. I’ll follow them wherever they lead me.

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

Right now I’m working with Stephanie on an EP of her new songs. I’m also working on a video for the song Love Is Running Over Me, the first track on a A World Like This. We’ve got a few things in the works so we’ll see which ones rise to the top of the pile. Please stay tuned.

Whereabouts are you based? What is the local music scene like?

We live in New Jersey USA, but our local music scene is New York City. Despite the past few years dealing with Covid the scene remains vibrant.

Your music is rock infused, but I also felt there were some vintage elements in there too. What/who influences you most as an artist? What have you been listening to recently?

I love music of all kinds! I’m influenced by everything I’ve ever heard in one way or another. I grew up on the Beatles, Stones, Byrds, Dylan, Neil Young, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, you get the idea – the list is too long for print.

One of my recent discoveries is a band called Deep Sea Diver (https://ww…diver.com/).

Do you have any plans to tour in the UK?

No plans at the moment but I would love to tour in the UK if the people demand it.

Any last words for the fans?

We love you! I’m a DIY artist so anytime someone buys my stuff on Bandcamp, comes to a show or streams a song or video, that’s what allows me the desire to keep doing it. And I can’t thank those people enough!