Kenna Confrontmagazine Interview !
Speaking Of Music !
“…I never took lessons; you know what I did is I just, I really…I tell this to people who ask, you know, if they want to sing but they don’t feel like they have a great voice—because I really even now have a pretty mediocre voice. I’m learning how to sing even now. But I studied everyone. I listened to every Sam Cooke record I could, every Marvin Gaye record, Stevie Wonder, and I listened to every Police album and every U2 record, every Talking Heads. Joshua Tree’ was the first album I ever really listened to, from front to back and it’s an album that represents a journey; you know? And it’s the journey of the search for truth. I’m a big ‘Op Art’ type of fan. I’m really into Basquiat and Warhol and the irony of that kind of art. First album ever purchased was U2’s the Joshua Tree and the last one was Kings Of Leon…”
Speaking Of Chad Hugo !
“…I started late—most of my friends started very early—my friend Chad Hugo started when he was three making music. And then I think I got the bug when I was 13 or 14 and I couldn’t sing to save my life so I started just singing everything I possibly could; at one point I thought I sounded exactly like Peter Gabriel, which I did not. And then my sister got a piano at home to learn and I ended up being the person playing it all the time because I went from chopsticks to Richard Marx. Me & Chad grew up together. He lived, probably one neighbourhood over from where I did. We both went to the same high school, to the same college; we would run into each other pretty much constantly in the hallways and in the auditoriums wherever there was a piano he would be there to show me how poorly I played. He’s like “Hey yeah, that’s great, that’s great…is this what you were trying to do?” No, he’s great. And he’s my band. You know it’s like I got to him; I come with songs, I come with melodies, I come with keyboard parts or guitar parts or whatever it is I need to make the record and he will bring out beats and sonics that make me feel like I’m the Buck Rogers of music. And then I’m not afraid to wear that white suit and (laughs) kill the Klingons…”
Speaking Of Ashlee Simpson !
“…Santo Gold. She’s dope! She’s great; she’s one of my favourite people, and we ended up writing together on Ashley Simpson’s album. I did seven songs with her; she’s actually great. You’re gonna trip out. This album, you’re going to realize why you like her. The last two albums were people helping her create something and she didn’t really know what they were making her do, and she was like, “I just want it to be rock, and I like this, and like that,” and she was young. And she came around on this album, and she was like, “I want this and I want this, I want it to feel like this, and I want that,” and finally she was introduced to me and she was like, “Will you help me do that? Will you help me make that?” and it was me and Chad and Timbaland. It’s a good album; it’s a really good album. She sounds like Cyndi Lauper meets Siouxie and The Banshees…”
Kenna Ashlee Project !
- Boys (C.Hugo)
- No Time For Tears
- Outta My Head (Ay Ya Ya) (Timbaland)