What can I say about my new single?

Humphrey Blog - What can I say about my new single?

I have a new single out on July 5th and it’s called “Now and Forever.”

My debut single “What Goes Around” was a complete surprise to me in that I honestly didn’t think it would be as well received as it was. I couldn’t be prouder of how things have gone and are going - so what's next?!

Well, at this next juncture it would be a wise and advisable decision to follow up with something in a similar vein to carry on the ‘buzz’ so to speak - but I’ve never been one to jump on bandwagons if I can help it! This track could be the complete opposite of what’s expected from me!

‘Now and Forever’ comes from a dream I had - in the dream, I am dying and my younger self and the people I care about are asking my old dying self how to live my life? At that point, the dream became a nightmare because I was unable to get the words out in time and then I watch myself die…

The next morning as soon as I woke up I picked up a pen and paper and wrote out my dying words/life advice so they will never go unsaid.

This will be without doubt the most personal song I will probably ever release. I have a slight problem when performing it in that I get a little choked up and teary - hopefully time will rectify this.

And so, ladies and gentlemen - ‘Now and Forever’ are my dying words...

Humphrey

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Time to Turn and Face Myself

Humphrey Blog - Time to Turn and Face Myself

I am best known as a guitarist/vocalist and songwriter for a band called MASK - I started the band and we are a genuine group of friends who get together to make a noise, something I feel is lost in the industry today.  We usually take that sound and play it loud enough so that our ears are bleeding!  It’s fucking great.

So let me make it clear, this is not the end of MASK, I love our band - in fact I think we are just beginning…

When I write for MASK the process is usually very observational - I am looking at the world and writing from the inside looking out.  For this solo project I flipped the script and decided to instead look at who I am.  Ultimately, it was time to turn and face myself.

I returned to Millbank Studios where the last MASK album (“The Famous”) was recorded, armed with some rough home demos and an acoustic guitar.  

I gave Michael (owner and producer at Millbank) the brief that I wanted to do something “different” and that if I started to do anything that sounded like a MASK record then steer me away.  I truly love working with Michael, he is an incredibly talented individual and his enthusiasm is absolutely infectious.  

What was crazy about the recording process, is often I would actually feel the emotion behind the song.  So if it was a song about ‘betrayal’ for example, I would feel really “off” and hurt in some way.  I guess the only way to portray real emotional honesty is to actually sit in it.  This is completely new for me.  I have never stopped long enough to hurt for anyone or anything…

The results have been a real roller coaster of emotion and self-discovery.  

Humphrey.