Bright Light Bright Light aka Rod Thomas is setting the music world on fire. His debut album “Make Me Believe in Hope” is released in the United States today, June 26, 2012! The album is pop perfection with highly danceable and extremely addictive songs. This collection of songs deals with finding love, being in love and getting your heart broken and all to delectable dance beats. If my glowing recommendation to get the album is not enough, Sir Elton John was recently quoted as saying that “Bright Light Bright Light is the hottest thing in the music business at the moment.”
I asked Rod Thomas a few questions, but before you familiarize yourself with the man, get to know his music. Click play to start your day off right!
According2G: What are your favorite pop songs of all time?
Bright Light Bright Light: Oh God … so many. ‘Hyperballad’ by Bjork is probably my favourite song ever. I guess that’s pop … but of the more full-on pop nature … maybe ‘Dreamer’ by Livin’ Joy, ‘Power Of A Woman’ by Eternal (purely for the number of key changes) or ‘Whadda Ya Want From Me’ by Frankie Knuckles and Adeva.
A2G: You collaborated with Scissor Sisters guitarist Del Marquis on “Cry At Films” which is available on your debut album “Make Me Believe In Hope.” How did that come about?
BLBL: When I was in NYC in the summer of 2009, I emailed Del as I’d heard his solo records and loved them. So we met for dinner and went to watch Depeche Mode together. We hung out and got on really well musically and as friends. Then I produced ‘Cry At Films’ on the plane home, sent it to him when we were swapping some music and he liked it. So we ended up turning it into a collaboration as we became better friends. It was such an incredible feeling to first hear someone from one of my FAVOURITE bands on my own song!
A2G: A lot of your mash-ups are widely circulated on the net. What’s your favorite mash-up you’ve done? How do you come up with the ideas for mash-ups? [Editors note: many BLBL mashups can be downloaded on his official Soundcloud page.]
BLBL: I think my favourite mashup is my track [“Your Lovin Moves (BLBL vs. Billie Ray Martin)”] which is ‘Moves’ verses Billie Ray Martin ‘Your Loving Arms’. It sounds really epic and really sad, I love it. Her voice just soars.
A2G: What are your favorite cities to perform in?
BLBL: NYC is a really special place to play for me. I’ve not played in too many cities, but Paris is always fun and Barcelona was a blast.
A2G: Do you feel any barriers in the music industry due to your sexuality?
BLBL: It’s not as black and white as that, I wouldn’t say. Only when you’re in venues and some other bands are laddy making boring “that’s so gay” comments, which isn’t even homophobia. It’s just fratty humour. I wouldn’t say I feel that that has been a hurdle over anything else.
A2G: What’s currently on your ipod?
BLBL: Arthur Russell (all time fave – Calling Out Of Context), Magnetic Fields (69 Love Songs), Austra, Broadcast, Dubstar and Nova Social.
A2G: What goes through your mind when you play live?
BLBL: It’s weird, I kind of zone out. I tend to get quite lost in it and sometimes I’ll play whole songs and then tune back in before I realise what’s happened. Everything and nothing.
A2G: After people listen to your album, what do you hope they take away from the experience?
BLBL: I hope that it connects with them in some way. The whole record is about connections with people and places, so I hope that the songs reach out and mean something to whoever listens. I hope that they at least feel that it’s made out of love of making music, and from a desire to be a musician not a desire to be famous or jump on a bandwagon.
A2G: What’s the best concert you’ve ever been to?
BLBL: Depeche Mode at Madison Square Garden was immense, and Joanna Newsom with a full orchestra at Barbican, London was mindblowing.
A2G: 5 years from now, what do you want to have on your list of accomplishments?
BLBL: I would like to have recorded another few albums that I’m happy with, I’d have loved to have toured the US, met even more amazing people (the best thing about music and travelling), I’d like to have learned Spanish, and to have made my family proud.
Thanks again Rod for taking the time to answer some questions for us and I am looking forward to seeing your name across the world in bright lights! New York – reserve August 2, 2012 for a special acoustic performance from Bright Light Bright Light at Pianos. Ticket details are forthcoming. “Make Me Believe in Hope” by Bright Light Bright Light is out NOW! Get it and tell a friend!
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